Is Fall in the air where you live?
For me, the nights are getting cold, leading to crisp mornings and a hit of color starting to show on the trees.
Soon there will be no doubt that it is autumn and I can start getting out my hand knit sweaters and putting my shawls to good use.
This is the time of year when our knitting and crocheting really come into their own. The approach of cold weather makes us think about bundling up, while the approach of the holidays means we have to get going on making gifts.
To add to our excitement and inspiration, it seems a new magazine is on display every time we visit our local yarn store!
Enjoy this sneak peek of magazines that will be out soon, as well as a reminder of why you wanted that issue you recently saw at the store.
Knit Simple Holiday 2013
The 2013 issue of Knit Simple Holiday magazine is due out October 1, so you might want to make a note on your calendar.
Louisa Harding has designed three collars for this issue that will be great for adding flair to either your party outfits or even a plain top when going to work. They would also make fun gifts for any “Downton Abby” fans on your list!
The Lace-Edged Collar uses one skein of Louisa Harding/KFI Mulberry Hand-Beaded. The version in the magazine is shown in color #38B shimmer. There are 6 new colors of this silk yarn, which is pre-strung with beads. You can just cast on without fussing around stringing them. Hooray!
If beads aren’t your thing, you can use Louisa Harding Mulberry yarn instead. This 100% Silk yarn is available in a range of colors, which will make it easy to coordinate to your wardrobe.
If you’re feeling whimsical, consider making the Knitted Bow Collar using Louisa Harding/KFI Grace Silk & Wool. This collar will be a great ice breaker at holiday parties!
The version in the magazine uses Grace Silk & Wool colors #06 ruby and #32 frost, one ball of each. There are five new colors of this wonderful 50% Merino Wool, 50% Silk yarn, making for many wonderful color combinations.
The Fur Collar will ensure you are dressed in one of the hot trends this season. It uses one ball of Louisa Harding/KFI Luzia, a plush new faux fur yarn available in 10 colors. The collar is shown in color #2-Ruby.
For the children on your list (young and old), Debbie Bliss has designed a Stuffed Toy Trio using her Rialto family of yarns.
How cute are these bunnies?! The small one would make a great stocking stuffer.
Stuffed Toy Trio
Designer: Debbie Bliss
Yarn Information: Debbie Bliss/KFI Rialto 4-Ply, Rialto DK, and Rialto Chunky
For Sizes: Small, Medium, Large
- for small rabbit, Rialto 4-Ply: 1 ball each in #38 mink and #34 blush, small amount in #02 ecru for eyes and nose
- for medium rabbit, Rialto DK: 1 ball each in #37 earth and #42 pink, small amount of Rialto 4-Ply in #02 ecru for eyes and nose
- for large rabbit, Rialto Chunky: 2 balls in #04 chocolate, 1 ball in #16 rose pink, small amount of Rialto 4-Ply in #02 ecru for eyes and nose
Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2013
Speaking of gift knitting, the 2013 issue of Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts hit stores at the beginning of September.
It features this adorable trio of Dala Horses designed by Sarah Monroe. A “Dala Horse” is a specific style of horse statue from Sweden. You can read more about them on Wikipedia.
Someone on Facebook asked how they can be horses if they don’t have manes and tails, but the absence of those strands make these great gifts for small children and babies since the loose yarn could be a choking hazard.
The small horse uses one skein of Araucania Panguipulli: #20 orange/blue/purple variegated (small horse). This 100% Merino Wool yarn is available in a range of hand dyed colors.
The medium and large horses both use Araucania Tolten: #4 orange/brown/purple variegated (medium horse) or #2 olive/peach/rust (large horse), 1 skein. This 100% Wool, hand dyed yarn will work up quickly on US11 needles. A great choice for those night before the gift is due knitting marathons!
Unofficial Harry Potter Knits
You must have seen the “Unofficial Harry Potter Knits” magazine by now. It was released in August and many of the patterns have been wildly popular, even if people aren’t fans of the book!
I was interested to see the Albanian Forest Mitts by Anne Podlesak, because I love me some fingerless mitts.
The point on the back of the hand and the tie on the underside add a lot of interest to this pair.
They are knit using Debbie Bliss Rialto DK yarn. According to the project page on Ravelry, the smallest size uses one skein, while the next two sizes dip into a second ball. Sounds to me like you’d be safest buying two balls and either exchanging the second one or finding another one ball project! No one likes to run out of yarn just before they cast off.
The pattern also calls for a small amount of Debbie Bliss Angel yarn for the trim.
knit.wear Fall/Winter 2013
With the small project fix fulfilled, we can turn our focus to our true fall-knitting love…sweaters!
The fall/winter 2013 issue of knit.wear magazine features two sweaters using our yarns.
The TUCKED PULLOVER by Quenna Lee uses Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool: #109 medium gray, 5 (6, 6, 6, 7, 7) hanks.
I like the way the relaxed looked of this sweater contrasts with the interest detail at the neckline. It looks like it would be a fun knit. Just as you’re getting tired of working stockinette stitch you reach the fun part around the neckline!
There are 5 new colors of the wonderful Silky Wool yarn this season.
The second sweater is the POCKET HEM PULLOVER by Alice Tang. The hem of this raglan sweater is folded up to create pockets. Such an interesting construction! And pockets are handy to have.
This sweater is knit using the yummy Noro yarn Nadeshiko: #6 sand, green, and peach, 6 (6, 7, 8, 9) skeins.
There are 11 colors of this 40% Angora, 39% Wool, 21% Silk blend, which will knit up fairly quickly on US10 needles.
Looks for these magazines and yarns at your local yarn store.
Have you already added these magazines to your library? Which pattern is your favorite?