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August 2015

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Knit for Peace

27th August 2015
Knit for Peace

This October (16th – 24th) Knit for Peace are hosting a knitting holiday in Jaipur “the pink city”, and whilst I am desperately disappointed that I have had to resign myself from the trip, I am delighted that expert knitter, knitting editor of Prima Magazine, and very good friend, Rosy Tucker, will be leading the morning knitting sessions on the shady veranda of Loharu House for the group.

This trip promises to follow the success of previous Knit for Peace knitting holidays providing a unique opportunity to visit the beautiful city of Jaipur; to experience colourful markets, ancient palaces and glimpse the real India with like-minded people in a relaxed and safe environment.
Availability is limited, so please contact Knit for Peace for further information and to book your place now.

If you haven’t yet heard of (or are not yet knitting for) the UK based charity Knit for Peace and the incredible support that they provide for people in need, globally, then be sure to look them up and find out more about the many ways that you can get involved.

We agree with Knit for Peace – that knitting is good for people in all sorts of ways – as well as being fun and therapeutic, knitting brings people together and gives a way of helping others in need, providing benefits both to the knitter and the recipient.

Knit for Peace holidays are a great way to meet people, make new friends, improve your knitting skills, learn a new technique and do something a little out of the ordinary that not only benefits you – but also actively supports a fantastic cause, including a donation to support the work of Knit for Peace so that they can continue to distribute tens of thousands of knitted items to those in need at home and abroad.

In January 2014 I was fortunate enough to be invited to lead the inaugural Knitting Holiday at the charity’s very own hotel in Mysore, Southern India.

The Green Hotel, which has been owned by the Charities Advisory Trust for nearly 20 years is a tranquil oasis of calm in the bustling vibrancy of Mysore. The spacious garden offers secluded spots to sit and knit, the home-cooked, locally sourced food is delicious, catering to every taste – and the afternoon lime soda with a slice of lemon drizzle cake is a must!

I was overwhelmed by the sensory experience of India and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough to anyone seeking a little inspiration away from the mundane.

Here are a few of my snaps from the trip which provide just a glimpse of the colour and magic of Mysore and some of the stunning places we visited and the inspirational people that we met.

Errata

Design Leaflets errata

26th August 2015

Whilst we take every care to check and double check all our patterns – sometimes errors do occur…

Project 12 Cable Stitch Maxi Sweater

Column 1, line 24. delete:  41[46:51]cm/16[18:20]in.
Column 2, line 27 should read: Row 3: K3[5:7], the rest of the row is correct.
Column 2, line 32 should read: k6, p1, k2, p1, C6F, p1, k3[5:7]. The p1 after C6F is missing from the pattern.

Project 26 Rib Wrap Cardigan

Make
Should read: With 12mm / US 17 needles cast on…
Books

Simple Colour Knitting

20th August 2015
Simple Colour Knitting

An introduction to working with colour for knitters of all abilities. Under Erika Knight’s expert guidance, each of the 20 projects in this book teaches you a colour knitting technique or designer trick, from working motifs in intarsia within a graphic patchwork-inspired throw or creating a Fairisle pattern through stranding and weaving in a two-colour infinity scarf. As these skills are not taught in isolation but within the context of a project, all the while you are learning whilst making – and the results will be an enviable collection of stylish knitwear pieces.

In addition to the projects, Erika dispenses her designer tips on putting together different shades, whether they are primary colours or neutral shades, monochrome schemes or punchy accent hues. Putting the basic colour theory knowledge across in a highly accessible way, Erika conveys the wondrous world of working with colour in a way that every knitter will understand and relate to.

With exquisite photography by Yuki Sugiura that perfectly shows each of the beautiful designs, and supported with clear diagrams and artworks, Erika Knight has created the ultimate knitting book of original designs. From cushions and throws to hats and scarves, Simple Colour Knitting provides the perfect opportunity for practising your colour work, whether that is random striping, tonal phasing, texture stitches or pictorial motifs.

Published by Quadrille. Photography Yuki Sugiura. RRP UK £16.99.

All photos copyright Yuki Sugiura.

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Simple Knits for Little Cherubs

20th August 2015

A collection of classic, vintage-style knits for little children, aged two to five years old. Not only are the designs quick to make, they are great to wear. In Simple Knits for Little Cherubs, Erika Knight has created a brilliant array of easy-to-knit projects in soft, comfortable yarns that are ideally suited to delicate, sensitive, young skin. The colour palette is deliberately retro in feel: muted soft tones of oatmeal and charcoal in marled wools, old-rose pinks and soft lavender blues, with the occasional bolder statement in black and cream.

The designs feature beautiful but subtle, finishing details that turn the garments into classics: delicate picot edges to hems, fully fashioned increases and decreases on armholes and necklines, and garter-stitch trims to pockets or sleeves. Little touches of colour and pattern – a tip of colour on the cuff of a mitten or a simple, Fairisle-style border, perhaps, above the hem of a cardigan – give the garments individuality and nostalgic appeal. These little sweaters, tops and cardigans, hats, scarves and mittens, and simple knitted toy animals, will be passed on in the family, creating heirlooms to treasure long after the little cherubs have flown the nest!

Based in just two basic stitches – stocking stitch and garter stitch – the majority of projects are within the scope of even the most inexperienced knitter.

Errata

Simple Socks

p.97, column 2, line 12 (which is missing), should read:

Join leg and foot seams.

Fluffy Bolero

p.44, column 2, line 5, should read:

Continue until work mess 23(25.5: 28)cm / 9(10:11)in.

p.45, Back, line 9, should read:

Work rows 1 and 2 three times more.

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Simple Knits for Cherished Babies

20th August 2015

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The arrival of a new baby is a very special occasion and a knitted gift is a time-honoured tradition. In Simple Knits for Cherished Babies Erika Knight shows how to create baby knits that are both delightfully soft and luxurious, but also simple and modern in style. Her marvellous designs, in pure yarns such as merino wool, silk and cashmere are not only soft and gentle for a new baby’s delicate skin, they are absolutely modern in feel. They retain as their core inspiration the best of the classic patterns for baby knits – including socks and bootees, hats, cardigans and vests – but with a modern edge.

Erika’s designs are quick and simple to knit, but highly textural in feel. Even a complete novice can master most of the patterns in the book, and the simplest will take only a few hours to knit.

In a carefully chosen colour range of pastels and neutrals, these knits are the heirlooms of the future. If you are expecting a baby, or know someone who is, then this is the book to get you knitting.

  • full of quick and easy designs
  • graded in three sizes – from birth to nine months
  • simple, jargon-free patterns

Published by Anova. Photography John Heseltine. RRP UK £9.99.

Errata

Chunky Knit Cardigan

p.53 column 2, line 25 – stitch count should read: 80(88:98) stitches NOT 82(92:102)

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Simple Knits for Easy Living

20th August 2015

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Highly textural and elegantly designed, knitted textiles are modern, adaptable and extremely comfortable. In this aspirational yet practical book, Erika Knight shows how to create exquisitely beautiful designs for the home. The elegant, understated sophistication of Erika’s designs is matched by the restrained colour palette of the yarns: natural shades of ecru, graphite, indigo, heather and moss.

Starting with an introduction to basic knitting techniques, and using only natural yarns, bamboo needles and the easiest stitches, Simple Knits for Easy Living demonstrated photographically every element, from casting on to increasing and decreasing.

Using the simplest techniques, Erika has created a range of practical yet extremely attractive quick-to-knit textiles for home, including cushions, throws, rugs, runners, bags and wraps. Many of the patterns are based on a plain square. All of them are within the grasp of a complete novice knitter and almost all of them could be completed in a weekend, if not in an evening.

For anyone who wants to give their house a contemporary look, can spare the small amount of time to create these exceedingly easy textiles, Simple Knits for Easy Living is a godsend.

Published by Anova. Photography by John Heseltine. RRP UK £9.99.

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Essential Crochet

20th August 2015

essentialcrochetsoftCrochet is cool again. Currently a favourite with both leading fashion and interior designers, the traditional craft of crochet is back in vogue. Spearheading the revival is leading designer Erika Knight, with this collection of 30 homeware and accessory projects. Get hooked!

  • packed with 30 projects from cosy rugs and rustic throws to delicate lace cushions and beaded jewellery
  • embraces both traditional and modern designs, such as a classic patchwork blanket and an asymmetrical table runner
  • uses an array of materials, including the familiar wools and cottons and the more unusual leather, string and wire
  • begins with a chapter on basic techniques to teach the beginner how to crochet and provide a welcome refresher for those returning to the craft
  • each project is clearly explained and the instructions are devised so the minimum number of steps provides the maximum results

Published by Quadrille. Photography Graham Atkins Hughes. RRP UK £14.99.

Errata

Round rose cushion (Paperback edition)

p.92 Round 25, should read:

Round 25: 4 chain, * miss 1 dc and 1 half treble, 12 tr, miss 1 half treble and 1 dc, 1 double treble between petals, repeat from * to end, slip stitch to top of 4 chain.

 

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Simple Crochet

20th August 2015

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Simple Crochet is a modern twist on traditional craft, using a stunning range of natural materials. Raffia, leather and string are juts a few of the yarn with which you can crochet, producing a range of elegant textiles for the home. What is more, you need no previous experience! Erika Knight, one of our foremost textile designers, uses only a couple of basic stitches with which to create an innovative range of twenty brilliantly simple projects.

Her appealing and original designs are created in a contemporary colour palette, based on neutrals, with touches of vibrant colour. They fit easily into modern interiors as well as more traditional homes, and range from the most inexpensive round cushion in parcel string to a luxurious leather floor cushion.

The wonderful collection of projects includes cushions in many different guises, as well as rugs and throws in which traditional techniques are given a modern twist – from traditional afghans in cool monochromes to pieced crochet patchworks. Storage boxes, little Turkish slippers, a cover for a cafetiere and a table runner are just some of the more unusual designs in this book.

A short, fully illustrated section shows you how to master the basics of crochet as well as the principal stitches used in the book.

Simple Crochet is a must for anyone who wants to create a simple but beautiful textiles for their home.

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Simple Knitting

20th August 2015

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Simple Knitting is a unique workshop-based, how-to-knit book that will teach you the key techniques whilst creating an enviable collection of knitted items. Each of the 20 projects in the book teaches a new skill, as well as building upon and consolidating those knitting techniques already learnt through preceding projects. With a series of workshop-style masterclasses Erika Knight explains all the essential information – from achieving a perfect tension and substituting yarns or stitch textures, to more advanced cables and shaping – alongside broader design principles, such as building a colour palette.

Providing a unique opportunity to learn the design secrets of one of the world’s most highly respected knitwear designers, Erika shares her special tricks of the trade within the book. Erika’s signature style, for which she has become renowned worldwide, is her sophisticated simplicity. Simple Knitting is the embodiment of that elegant reductivism. Her designs proved that you can make wonderful, original items for your home and yourself at the same time as mastering a repertoire of skills. Likewise, her preference for a refined natural palette of earthy shades with the odd highlight hue is perfectly in tune with the current mood for relaxed, homely interiors.

With inspiring photography by Yuki Sugiura that showcases each of the beautiful designs, supported with clear charts and artworks, Simple Knitting is the ultimate learn-to-knit book.

Published by Quadrille. Photography Yuki Sugiura. RRP UK £16.99.

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Men’s Knits

20th August 2015

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A capsule collection of 20 hand-knit projects for men of all ages, from 17 to 71. Offering sweaters, cardigans, vests and accessories; Erika knows exactly what knitwear men want to wear: practical and comfortable yet also distinctive and stylish. The first section, Basics, presents strong, classic shapes, from the definitive v-neck sweater to an easy-wear cardigan. In New Classics, Erika has reworked many of the basic menswear shapes to give them a contemporary edge. So the basic v-neck sweater becomes a slimmer fit whilst a cardigan is patterned in oversized cables. The Items section includes one-off garments for men who aren’t afraid of making a statement whilst Accessories complete the look with a selection of hats and scarves.

Yarns are all natural – wools, cottons, bamboo and hemp – and the palette is neutral, stone, grey and basic black, along with some stronger fashion colours such as teal and chocolate. Each garment comes in a range of five sizes – from small to xxl – and schematics are given to detail the key measurements. Stunning photography shows the garments in alternative colour ways, different moods, and worn by men of all ages.

Published by Quadrille. Photography Chris Terry. RRP UK £14.99.

Errata

Shawl Collar Cardigan (First edition)

p. 36, column 2, line 15:

Should read: K and inc 1 st at beg of next and 5 foll RS rows. 16 sts.

Page 36, column 2, line 18:

Should read: Dec 1 st at beg of next and 5 foll RS rows. 10sts rem.