Rowan Magazine 56 out now!

This time of year always brings exciting new things for knitters and the first of these is, as usual, the new Rowan Magazine:

Rowan Magazine 56

As ever, the magazine features three distinct fashion ‘stories’, Wilderness, Craftwork and Essentials.

The first story, Wilderness, is inspired by dramatic, wild landscapes and appropriately, is photographed in the bleak yet beautiful Scottish Highlands.

Ness by Marie Wallin

Ness by Marie Wallin
Knitted in Rowan Tweed, Rowan Colourspun and Rowan Frost

This story focuses on cables, texture and colour work with stunning designs for men and women.

Fergus by Martin Storey

Fergus by Martin Storey
Knitted in Rowan Felted Tweed Aran

The second story, Craftwork, is inspired by traditional crafts, with influences as diverse as Bauhaus and the Arts and Crafts movement (think William Morris).

Elsa by Marie Wallin

Elsa by Marie Wallin
Knitted in Rowan Kid Classic

 

This is the perfect collection for fans of colour work, but if you’re not confident with fair isle or intarsia there are some lovely patterns using stripes too, such as this gorgeous cardigan:

Ulrika by Lisa Richardson

Ulrika by Lisa Richardson
Knitted in Rowan Fine Art and Rowan Kidsilk Haze

The third and final story is Essentials.  Every season Rowan pull together the key catwalk inspired trends into a wearable collection of handknits and this season is no exception.

Melody by Martin Storey

Melody by Martin Storey
Knitted in Rowan Kid Classic

With a great selection of really versatile knits from this openwork wrap cardi to comfy slouchy sweaters like this one worked in snuggly fisherman’s rib, there’s a style to suit everyone.

Verse by Martin Storey

Verse by Martin Storey
Knitted in Rowan Pure Wool DK

If you want a peek at the other designs in the magazine you can check out the three stories; Wilderness, Craftwork and Essentials here:

Wilderness

Craftwork

Essentials

If you fancy a read, there are also interesting articles on knitting in the First World War, Sanquhar knitting, Alpaca fibre and an interview with Rowan designer Lisa Richardson.

Can’t wait to get your hands on a copy?  Grab yours here!

Happy knitting!

Designer Knitting in stock!

New this week, Designer Knitting Early Autumn 2014:

Designer Knitting Early Autumn 2014Full of fashionable knits to take you from summer to autumn, as well as in depth articles on adding pockets, Scottish kilt socks and the health benefits of knitting, Designer Knitting is essential reading.

Here are a couple of our favourite designs from this issue:

Sarah Hatton CardiganThis pretty cardigan by Sarah Hatton knitted in Rowan Wool Cotton 4ply features a delicate diamond lace motif and leaf embellishments and would be a perfect extra layer for cool summer evenings.

Marie Wallin TopThis airy top by Marie Wallin knitted in Rowan Truesilk is the perfect summer sweater!  An unusual lace pattern combined with the beautiful drape of the silk yarn makes for a fun knit.

You can see the other designs in this magazine here and Designer Knitting is available to buy on our website here.

Happy Knitting!

New Issue of Noro Magazine now in stock!

The new issue of Noro Magazine has arrived this week and Noro fans are certainly in for a treat!

Noro Magazine Issue 4

This issue is full of inspiring projects for Noro yarns and here are some of our favourites:

Noro Lace Shrug

This stunning lace shrug is worked in a combination of Noro Silk Garden and Debbie Bliss Angel.  What a great use of two different yarns!

Crochet scarfIf crochet is more your style, why not try this pretty scarf made of floral motifs in Noro Taiyo 4ply.  The self striping yarn allows you to make this scarf using just two balls of the same shade, a really clever use of the yarn.

Noro SocksFinally if you love sock knitting, why not try knitting socks in Noro yarn?  These colourful socks feature mock cables to give textural interest without any excess bulk and can be made with 2 – 3 balls of Noro Silk Garden 4ply.

Want to see all the projects featured in the magazine?  Check them out on our website here.

Happy knitting!

Araucania Ranco less than half price!

We’ve got a great bargain for you this week in our sale, Araucania Ranco at less than half price! (RRP £7.95, sale price just £3.95 per 100g skein!)

We’ve got a great range of sophisticated solid and fun multi colours for you to choose from:

PT1946x1 PT490x1 PT501x1

PT485x1 PT498x1 PT1944x1

PT2108x1 PT944x1 PT2111x1

PT943x1 PT2110x1PT2109x1

PT941x1 PT2112x1 PT2113x1

Ranco is a really versatile yarn, perfect for a whole range of projects, from socks to shawls and even sweaters!

Araucania Ranco is available to buy on our website here

Happy Knitting!

New Rowan Chenille available now!

Our latest arrival at Stash is Rowan’s new yarn, Chenille:

Rowan Chenille

Rowan Chenille is a soft 100% cotton chenille yarn, with a velvety texture.  It’s got really great stitch definition, making it perfect for cables and textured stitches, such as the cable and lace stitches on this lovely slipover from the Rowan Chenille book:

Satin in Rowan Chenille

There are twelve beautiful colours to choose from, ranging from classic neutral shades to rich jewel tones.  It also works well for colour work, like this sweater, worked in a slip stitch pattern:

Calico in Rowan Chenille

You can find Rowan Chenille on our website here and the accompanying pattern book, ‘Chenille’ here.  Want to know the yarn requirements for the patterns so you can buy both at the same time?  Find out yarn quantities and view the designs featured in the book here.

Happy knitting!

Knitscene Accessories 2014 now in stock!

We’ve just taken delivery of the gorgeous new issue of Knitscene Accessories 2014!

Knitscene Accessories 2014

Full of quick, stylish and wearable projects as well as informative articles, this issue has something for every knitter:

Knitscene Accessories 2014

There are some really lovely patterns in this issue, perfect for gifts or as a little treat for yourself.  Here are some of our favourites:

Corbusier Socks by Sarah Jordan

These beautiful lacy socks by Sarah Jordan are inspired by Art Deco architecture are knitted in sock weight yarn, a skein of Fyberspates Vivacious 4 ply (we think they’d look fab in Spiced Plum) or 100g of one of our Regia sock yarns would be perfect.

Eva Marie Hat & Cowl by Susanna IC

Or how about this lovely hat and cowl set by Susanna IC? Knitted in Manos Del Uruguay Silk Blend, you’d need two 100g skeins to make the set (we love #2446, an easy to wear denim blue).

Cassandre Cowl by Julia Barrowcliffe

Last, but not least, for the more adventurous knitters amongst you is my personal favourite, this stunning cowl by Julia Barrowcliffe .  Again inspired by Art Deco, this cowl, worked in stranded colourwork is knitted in a sportweight yarn.  Try Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in two contrasting shades.

Happy Knitting!

New summer yarns and patterns from Sirdar!

In the mood for summer knitting?

We’ve just had delivery of some lovely new yarns and patterns from Sirdar, Cotton DK and Heart and Sole sock yarn.  Sirdar Cotton DK

Available in ten summery shades, Sirdar Cotton DK is a smooth yarn is made from mercerised cotton to give it a beautiful sheen, perfect for cool and comfortable knits.

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Sirdar Cotton DK

Pattern support is available in the new Sirdar Summer Colour booklet and in single patterns too.

Sirdar Summer Colour

For fans of crochet, there is also a book full of lovely crochet patterns for this yarn and single crochet patterns as well including cardigans, tops and accessories.

Sirdar Cotton Crochet

Now on to this lovely new sock yarn:

Sirdar Heart and Sole

Sirdar Heart and Sole is a bright and cheerful self striping 4 ply weight sock yarn available in eight fun shades.

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One 100g ball makes a lovely pair of striped socks and there is a free sock pattern on the label too!  But why just save this yarn for socks?  It would make lovely gloves or mittens too.

Happy Knitting!