Hard to believe, but the November issue of Creative Knitting is set to hit the newsstands at the beginning of October. If you’re not a current subscriber, you probably haven’t seen what’s in store for this issue, and I can assure you that you’re in for a treat. With the holidays fast-approaching, it’s a no-brainer to feature single and minimal-skein designs in this issue, along with some easy projects that offer laid-back knit and purl combinations. My guess is that you’d rather enjoy your time making quick-knit gifts and items that you can make while the holiday cookies bake! I think you’ll find several projects to get busy with right away, so sit back and enjoy my preview of what’s coming your way soon!
As you flip through the first few pages, you’ll notice that we just implemented a few new features that you’ll see with each coming issue. The first of these is called This Just In, where you’ll get the scoop on what’s what in the knitting world, from the latest charity to the next-best gadget for your knitting bag of tricks.
You’ll learn about Embraceable Wraps, an exciting new charity with a mission to provide wraps, shawls, scarves and blankets to women undergoing chemotherapy treatment, and to help promote awareness for women.
Also brand new to this issue is Ask the Style Guide, by Jill Wolcott of Y2Knit. Here’s your chance to ask Jill those burning questions about fit, fashion or how to find the right project. You can send your questions and feedback to Jill and you just might have your answered question published in an upcoming issue of Creative Knitting magazine!
Now on to the exciting selection of 27 projects in this issue, which you’ll find arranged by chapter, helping you to better mix and match the styles you’re after. We open this issue with Easy Does It, and that’s exactly what you’ll get—a mix of projects with nothing but “simple” in mind.
We open this chapter with the Gryphon cardigan featured in Boboli by the Berroco Design Team. This is an easy skill-level design, making it a great first cardigan project. This easy-care wool, acrylic and viscose blend almost has the look and feel of 100% silk. You’ll find that this worsted-weight yarn, glides effortlessly through your fingers and creates crisp and even stitch work. This yarn is also super-soft to the touch, making it perfect for a relaxed weekend cardigan or accessory.
Another highlight in this chapter is the Bellissima Belted Ruana by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby. We’re talking about some simple knits and purls with this stunning easy-to-knit piece featured in Silky Wool by Elsebeth Lavold. The body is worked in straight stockinette, with garter stitching running along the outer edges. This is one of those pieces I like to call brilliantly simple because of its easy box-like construction. You’ve got 1 piece for the front and 2 for the back. How simple is that?
In Just a Few Skeins, you’ll find a selection of projects that won’t break the bank. All you need are a few skeins to complete these time-saving, quick-knit creations.
The Quartz Boot Topper, designed by Jill Wolcott of Y2Knit is a great way to accessories your favorite boots. This makes for a great project to take on the go so you can knit with friends because you need just one hank of Powder River by Mountain Meadow Wool and you’re all set. This project provides skill building on a small scale because you’ll learn useful techniques such as short rows and decorative eyelet accents. Keep a lookout later this month on our Facebook and Raverly fan group pages, because these tantalizing toppers may be the next project selected for our next Knitalong!
Let them eat chocolate with a decadent collection of delights from the White Chocolate selection of projects. This winter-white showcase, in elegant and subtle shades of white, cream, taupe and tan, will truly enchant you.
We open this chapter with Winter Spice, designed exclusively for Creative Knitting magazine by Drops Design for Garnstudio. This stunning jacket was completed with Nepal, a wool and alpaca blend yarn from Garnstudio. This flawlessly fashioned garter stitch jacket is constructed by working in the round, starting from the mid-back and radiating elegantly outward.
My personal favorite, Arbutus Swing, by Megan Goodacre, is an intermediate design offering a little interest with just the right mix of color and texture. This design is featured in Deluxe Worsted by Univeral Yarn.
From the Color Play chapter, Sundance, designed by Irina Poludnenko, is an artfully constructed zip-up jacket with unexpected colorwork elements. If you’re up for the challenge, this experienced-level project is a must-have piece for this season’s wardrobe. This striking cardigan is made with 5 colors of Felted Tweed Aran, a wool and alpaca blend yarn from Rowan.
Please send me your feedback: What are your favorite designs, and which ones are you likely to select for your project queue this season?