Sneak peek at our BUMPER October issue!

Katy Evans

Katy Evans

19 September 2013


We can't believe our bumper October issue has just arrived in the office! Some issues are gone in the blink of an eye and when they come in it's a pleasant surprise to flick through and refresh ourselves of what's inside it. Other issues you can work on for months, right up to the last possible deadline and before you know it, it's gone off to print and come back a tangible product.

But because bumper issues are so tangible, so glossy, so like a coffee table tome, it is always thrilling to finally get them in our hands and admire how pretty it looks.

With a lovely 41 patterns in this issue, we focused on two fashion stories based on trends straight from the catwalks of A/W13. The monochrome story showcases black and white and all the shades in between, while All about texture speak for itself. Featuring designs from Erika Knight, Louisa Harding, Debbie Bliss, Martin Storey, Jeanette Sloan, Judy Furlong and more, we're pretty sure you'll find something you'll love!

The monochrome story

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Plaid Jumper Main _4433 Lace Top Main _4197

All about texture

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 Tweed Main _3836 Buckland Main _3551

Also, don't miss in this issue:

  • 41 knits for Autumn - women's, men's, children's, babies, home and accessories
  • EXCLUSIVE patterns - Sanquahar coat, Checkerboard gansey, Garter st edge top, Tweed and lace cardigan, Chunky jacket, Stripe sweater, Wavy plaid jumper, Navajo jacket, Lace top, Leaf lace top, Colour pop bag, Bow ankle socks
  • EXCLUSIVE - British wool Unisex Sheep jacket by Martin Storey - Don't miss Wool Week!
  • Cute knits for kids - Girl's cape cardigan, Boy's wrap neck sweater, Fox Fairisle jumper, Eton Mess, Girl's bobble jacket and cowl, Baby bonnet and jacket, Ballet slippers, Textured baby blanket, Little chicks mobile and Fox and hen toy
  • Monochrome cushion collection by Sarah Hazell
  • FEATURE - Knitting up the Skeleton Coast
  • FEATURE - Craftdermy, the new craze
  • Spotlight on - Autumn gold
  • COMPETITION - Design a cushion and win yarn!
  • Knitting & Stitching Show - who, what, where and show discounts!

And, of course, all the usual news, reviews, competitions, products and events you expect from your favourite Knitting magazine.


Hand knitted by...

Katie Holloway

Katie Holloway

16 September 2013

Knitted By

It was my birthday last Friday and among other things, my husband bought me this lovely little stamp, that I thought I would share with you all. I had no idea you could get such a thing! If ever there was a way to encourage me to knit more presents, this is the way to it, and just in time too, as I'm just starting to think about Christmas presents (perhaps a little late for a knitter!)

In case you're wondering (I would be!) he said he found it on so do have a snoop around there and see what you can discover! 

Fabric of Britain: Knitting's Golden Age

Katy Evans

Katy Evans

16 September 2013


Now the nights are drawing in and the evenings are a little darker, a little colder, we don't really need an excuse to stay in and curl up on the sofa, but the good old beeb is about to give us one!

BBC Four, in partnership with the V&A, presents Handmade in Britain; a season exploring the history of British decorative arts, starting off with a new three-part documentary, Fabric of Britain. Looking at Britain's relationship with fabric and textiles, the first episode, Knitting's Golden Age, starts Wednesday 18th September at 9pm. The next two episodes will focus on needlework and wallpaper.

It sounds pretty interesting, here is the BBC's synopsis:

Documentary telling the story of how knitting rose from basic craft to the height of popular fashion in the 20th century. It's a craft that has given us scratchy jumpers, sexy bathing costumes and the infamous poodle loo cover, has sustained Britain through the hardships of war and shown a mother's love to generations of little ones. Today, knitwear has become a staple of every wardrobe thanks to a prince's golfing taste, the Beatles and 1980s breakfast television. Warm-hearted and surprising, this is the story of the people's craft and a very British one at that.

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After a bit of sleuthing we have discovered good old Kaffe Fassett will be making a star appearance (here he is being filmed!) as well as Knitted Textiles Award judge Professor Sandy Black and vintage-loving designer Susan Crawford talking about knitted swimwear on Bournemouth beach, with contributors including the UKHKA, the V&A and the Knitting and Crochet Guild.

So we know what we'll be doing Wednesday night. If you want to join us watching you can tweet us at @KnittingMag. See you there!

Fabric of Britain: Knitting's Golden Age is on BBC Four Wednesday 18th September at 9pm. 


Vintage knitting patterns

Katie Holloway

Katie Holloway

10 September 2013

Vintage Pattern 1

We get a lot of interesting letters into the Knitting office, but every now and then we get one that takes the biscuit, and we recently had such a letter. Linda Smith from Hull wrote to us to tell us that she had found a collection of her grandma's knitting patterns from the '50s and '60s and very kindly sent them to us. She commented that styles and descriptive language has changed an awful lot - and, wow, is she right!

In some cases styles don't seem to have changed all that much, such as this women's jumper below. We've definitely had patterns similar to this in recent issues (though we may have described them as 'retro') but I'm not sure anybody nowadays would dress their kids like this!

Vintage Pattern 4

Further through the pile the patterns seem to get more and more bizarre, perhaps as time gets further away from the present. For instance, friendships are as strong today as they ever were, but I'm not sure that I would want 'co-ordinknits' to match even my best friend. Not sure that I'd want a matching knitted skirt and top either!

Vintage Pattern 8

The lady in the below pattern seems to have been so inspired by the hanging bananas that she has knitted herself a mohair jacket to match!

Vintage Pattern 2

Whereas the following lady is so overwhelmed by her pastel angora cardigan that she just might swoon!

Vintage Pattern 3

Thankfully in modern patterns the models used for male designs look a little different… (Katy thinks he looks like a Hitchcock villain!)

Vintage Pattern 5

The standfirst for the below pattern reads, "Hold The Line! While she tells you about her trim new jacket with its neat collar and effective easy-to-follow pattern." Well, at least she seems excited about it.

Vintage Pattern 7

Finally, I think the below feature takes the biscuit. Entitled 'zing' (perhaps a word we should bring back?) The text in the pink strip reads, "Suzanne and Pete are just an ordinary couple in average jobs, and with very average wage packets. But we had no hesitation in choosing them to illustrate our 'young moderns' feature because it was immediately obvious that here was a couple who really stand out in the crowd.

"The couple met at a staff party about a year ago and have been dating steadily ever since. Theirs is a full life, with many interests ranging from dining at their favourite little restaurant, to bowling at the local centre.

"Suzanne, as a secretary to one of her firm's executives, thinks that a neat and tidy office appearance not only looks right, but helps her efficiency too. Out of working hours she likes to feel gaily casual or smoothly sophisticated, as the occasion demands - even if she only has time for a quick switch of accessories.

"Pete is a travelling representative for the same firm. His major clothes problem is dressing for a job which keeps him out of doors most of the time, but which calls for an immaculate appearance if he is to create the right impression with the firm's clients.

"To illustrate how Suzanne and Pete approach their problems we chose three occasions calling for completely contrasting outfits, and sent them shopping."

Vintage Pattern 6

Oh, my!

Behind the scenes of our Nov shoot – on the move in Brighton!

Katy Evans

Katy Evans

3 September 2013

Last Friday was our November issue shoot. With Editor Emma currently sunning herself in the south of Italy, I was in charge, eek!

With an autumn 'city chic' theme, where better to take to the streets than Brighton, right on our doorstep, with its endessly fascinating and interesting architecture filling its streets - and our backgrounds.

Of course, being the last weekend in August, Brighton was packed with holiday makers and even some extremely good humoured locals. With five people and three suitcases on wheels, I'm not surprised we were mistaken for tourists, despite having lived in Brighton for 12 years, but I was surprised how often people approached us to ask if they could help us or if were lost. When does that ever happen? 

Anyway, model Charlotte didn't bat an eyelid at the curious stares and off we went!



There was a lot of dodging traffic, both on and off the roads!


And ducking down interesting alleys when a bit of architecture took our fancy.

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There'll be a little bit of photo shopping here. Bright yellow warning signs are not a good look...


Not a bad place to stop for lunch, hmm? Yep that's the Pavillion in the background!


Loving this house. The green looked amazing against it.



All in all, I'm really pleased with the results. It was such a lovely collection of knits (this is only a sample, there were plenty more!), perfect for either snuggling up in or for cooler days out on the town. Sorry folks, you'll have to wait until 24th October to get your hands on them though!