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The Knitter is the premier magazine for confident knitters who are looking for beautiful, original patterns from the world’s best designers, informative, in-depth articles from experts around the globe, advice on new yarns and products that are available to enhance their knitting hobby. Each month features an expert, in-depth Masterclass aimed at learning new techniques and  help readers to become more confident, proficient knitters. 

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Issue 141

Contemporary stitch patterns take centre stage in our Modern Textures collection!

Designs include an elegant cardigan in a decorative twisted rib, a chunky sweater by Sarah Hatton, and a feminine yoked jumper by Oksana Dymyd featuring a fascinating cluster stitch. Get set for autumn with Norah Gaughan’s versatile cabled tunic dress, or add a touch of pretty lace to your outfit with Anniken Allis’s shawl design.

We also have a timeless yoked cardigan inspired by Bohus knitting, and two handsome sweaters for men. Read our interview with Dr Zoe Fletcher, aka The Woolist, who is a champion of British purebreed wool, and discover Knit Pro’s work to improve education for girls in rural India.

Plus, our special supplement includes a classic top-down raglan sweater from The Fibre Co. that’s sized to fit the whole family, from toddlers to a 56in chest! The pattern is accompanied by an interview with The Fibre Co.’s Daphne Marinopoulos.

Issue 140

Soft stitches, luxurious yarns, delicious colours – you’ll find all this and more in our latest pattern collection!

Our designers have used a mix of classic and contemporary shapes to create timeless fitted cardigans, tops and pullovers, and easy-going garments with a modern look. We showcase a range of special British yarns from The Fibre Co., UK Alpaca, Fyberspates and Cambrian Mountains Wool, plus we discover the fascinating story of Uist Wool, a yarn collective in the Outer Hebrides.

Our special supplement explores the beautiful, vintage-inspired style of Jennie Atkinson, with two original garment designs and an interview with Jennie.

Issue 139

From traditional and modern Fair Isle to chic cables and intricate lace motifs, there’s a wealth of beautiful stitch patterns for you to enjoy in our latest pattern collection.

Do you love to knit shawls? We have a pretty, beaded crescent design by Jem Arrowsmith, and a light-as-a-feather fine lace wrap from Rebecca Blair. Mary Henderson has been creative with Fair Isle to bring us a contemporary short-sleeved jumper, and we have a vintage-style men’s tank top in West Yorkshire Spinners wool.

Plus, we find out what it’s really like to run a yarn shop, courtesy of Debbie Judd at Wool on the Exe. Our special supplement includes a timeless Fair Isle top, plus an interview with Daniela Yrjö Koskinen, the fourth generation of her family to run the Novita yarn company in Finland.

Issue 138 

The gorgeous colours and shapes of flowers take centre stage in our Summer Blooms pattern collection. Look inside to discover Dario Tubiana’s vibrant intarsia poppies, and delicate floral textures from Emma Vining, Bronagh Miskelly and Sasha Kagan. Cast on and capture the summer sunshine! We also bring you stunning contemporary designs from Kristin Blom and Anniken Allis, and the most beautifully neat, tailored Fair Isle cardigan by Mary Henderson. We take a peek inside Loop’s London store, and discover a brand-new yarn show for Sheffield, called The Wool Monty. Plus, our special supplement includes an interview with the inspirational designer Sarah Hatton, accompanied by her pattern for a modern twinset design, which features a light, lacy vest top and cardigan.

Issue 137

Delicate stitch patterns abound in our latest collection, from the contemporary lace of Bronagh Miskelly’s shawl to the exquisite Fair Isle of Carol Meldrum’s top. We bring you a choice of warmer cable styles, too, including a handsome sweater for men, a feminine flared jumper by Fran Morgan, and an easy-going funnel-neck design with curving cables by Lisa Richardson. Treat yourself to a gorgeously textured pair of socks, a smart felted Fair Isle cushion, or an elegant, fitted top for sunny days. We bring you all the highlights of this year’s Edinburgh Yarn Festival, chat with the designer, yarn entrepreneur and knitting hotel owner Belinda Harris-Reid, and explore the modern Nordic knits of Eline Oftedal. Plus, our special supplement includes a stylish cabled sweater by Norah Gaughan, plus an interview with this iconic designer. 


Issue 136

From the delicate floral colours of Mary Henderson’s Fair Isle cardigan, to the leafy green of our lace socks, and the sunshine yellow of Anniken Allis’s shawl design, our new issue is filled with the joys of spring!

We have a range of fascinating stitch patterns for you to try, including Bavarian travelling twisted stitches, modern intarsia, Nordic stranded colourwork, and gansey-style textures. Cast on and welcome the sunshine in style!

We also take a look inside the studio of iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes, meet the Shetland artisan Helen Robertson, explore the development of new stitch patterns with Emma Vining, and discover the best new yarns for your spring knitting.

Plus, our special supplement includes a beautiful sweater in cables and Fair Isle, and an interview with much-loved designer Debbie Bliss.

Issue 135

Get set for spring with our new collection of lightweight layers, colourful patterns, and pretty textures!

We’re celebrating the versatility of lace, and our designers have been playing with stitch patterns and shapes to create contemporary yet totally wearable garments. Our ‘Modern Lace’ collection includes a breath-taking cardigan by Jeanette Sloan, and a feminine slipover by Jennie Atkinson.

We’re passionate about colour, too, so we have bright and breezy designs using Fair Isle and slip stitch patterns, including the chic ‘Quince Blossom’ cowl by Sophie McKane. We meet the Swedish designer Kristin Blom, chat with Jess James-Thomson, the hand-dyer behind Ginger Twist Studio, and discover the story of the entrepreneurial Victorian knitting writer and yarn shop owner Elizabeth Jackson.

Our special supplement includes two projects by the wonderful Martin Storey: a handsome cabled sweater for men, and a relaxed jumper with pockets for women.

Issue 134

Bring a ray of sunshine to your knitting with our colourful yet classic designs! Issue 134 contains cosy sweaters with Fair Isle and slip stitch yokes, including a stunning Nordic sweater from Dario Tubiana. Carol Meldrum brings us a modern poncho inspired by traditional Welsh textiles, plus we have smart cable styles, luxurious lace, and so much more for you in this issue. We explore the yarn adventures of Scottish design stars Donna Smith and Lucy Hague, and also find out what it’s really like to live the dream of running your own yarn shop! Plus, our special supplement includes a pretty cardigan design by Sasha Kagan, along with an interview with this legendary designer

Issue 133

Be inspired by our beautiful stitch patterns for your new year knitting! Colourwork plays a starring role in our latest issue, including Eline Oftedal’s Nordic motifs, Kaffe Fassett’s graphic intarsia, and modern Fair Isle from Kate Gagnon Osborn. Elegant cables decorate garments from Emma Vining and Pat Menchini, while we have lovely lace from Charlotte Walford. Our designs also showcase special yarns, including Daughter of a Shepherd, John Arbon, Lottieknits, The Uncommon Thread, and Baa Ram Ewe's newest wool. We discover the story of influential Victorian knitting and crochet writer Mlle Riego de la Branchardiere, meet the woman behind the popular DyeNinja brand, and bring you all the latest knitting news. Plus, enjoy a modern Nordic pattern from Scandinavian superstars Arne & Carlos in our special supplement.

Issue 132

Brighten up the dark winter days with colourful knits! Our designers have been mixing classic colourwork with contemporary shapes and colour palettes, to bring you cosy yet sophisticated knits for your seasonal wardrobe. Projects include a tweed-effect sweater from Jennie Atkinson, a Fair Isle yoked jumper by Dario Tubiana, and Carol Meldrum's neat poncho design. We have richly cabled projects in luxurious yarns to tempt you, too, along with a sweet jumper for girls, an elegant lace scarf from Sarah Hatton, and much more. We celebrate Shetland knitting in this issue, with a special Fair Isle shawl in our supplement, a report from the Wool Week festival, and a profile of an inspirational family of Shetland designers

 Issue 131

The softest yarns, the most beautiful stitch patterns, the cosiest styles - treat yourself to knitwear that will be a delight to make and wear. Our collection of seasonal sweaters demonstrates how winter knits can be feminine and flattering as well as warm! Designs include a modern cable and lace jumper by Sarah Hatton, a pretty cardigan with a textured yoke by Jennie Atkinson, and an indulgent wrap in a special yarn from Erika Knight. Looking for last-minute gift ideas to make? We have a cabled scarf and mitts set, a pair of Latvian mittens, a Fair Isle tunic for little girls, and three fabulous sock designs by Rachel Coopey in our supplement. Plus, we discover the story of two entrepreneurial sisters from 19th century Bath, who built up a successful knitting business, and we take a peek behind the doors of the wonderful Knitting Hotel in Devon. 

Issue 130

Whether you’re looking for gift ideas to knit for the forthcoming festive season, or fancy treating yourself to a luxurious accessory, you’ll find lots of inspiration in this issue. Our designers have used a wide range of interesting techniques, from Fair Isle and Celtic closed-loop cables to entrelac, lace and felting. Along with smaller projects, including hats, cowls, scarves and mitts, there are gorgeous sweaters and cardigans. Anniken Allis has designed an exquisite lace shawl for us, while Mary Henderson displays her skills with Fair Isle, and Dario Tubiana plays with colour on his cosy marled poncho.Our Masterclass explores how to achieve the best results when felting your knits, and we discover the story of the pioneering Victorian sisters who became best-selling knitting writers. Meet the design team at Finnish yarn company Novita, go behind the scenes at Rowan's 40th birthday party, and explore the best new yarns for autumn and winter. Plus, our special supplement brings you a beautiful colourwork yoked cardigan in Nordic wool.

Issue 129

Stranded colourwork can look incredible when worked in a palette of black and white, or grey and cream - as demonstrated by the Light & Shade collection in our new issue. It includes an intricate Fair Isle cardigan by Mary Henderson, an elegant jumper by Emma Vining, a pretty tank top, and a graphic colourwork sweater with a classic silhouette. Elsewhere in the issue, we bring you patterns for a feminine, gansey-inspired jumper, a luxurious shawl from lace expert Anniken Allis, and much more. We have also been discovering the best new yarns for your autumn knitting, and exploring the story of pioneering Victorian knitting writer Jane Gaugain. Plus, our special supplement contains a pattern for a bright, cosy Fair Isle yoked sweater in a new aran-weight Shetland wool from West Yorkshire Spinners.

Issue 128

It's the start of autumn, so it's time to plan your new season knitting! To provide inspiration for you, we have projects in colour and cables, including an elegantly textured sweater, a chic colourwork jumper, and a feminine fitted cardigan by Jennie Atkinson. Create special knits for your home with our heirloom blanket design; we also have a handsome cabled sweater for boys, designed by Martin Storey.

In this issue, we're celebrating Rowan’s 40th birthday, with a look at the iconic brand's history and its anniversary celebrations, along with an interview with the influential Rowan designer Kim Hargreaves.

We also welcome the arrival of Finnish yarn brand Novita to the UK, and meet the inspirational woman behind Rauwerk. Plus, we have a stunning cardigan in Kidsilk Haze by the queen of colour, Zandra Rhodes.

Issue 127

Lacy designs include a beautiful shawl from Anniken Allis, and a textured jumper by Sarah Hatton in a delicious cashmere blend. Our designers have been exploring shapes, too, and combining traditional and modern styles. Mary Henderson’s Fair Isle jumper, for example, has an on-trend silhouette, while Lisbet Clements brings a fresh look to her circular yoked top.

We also discover the inspiring story of Gladys Jeskins, who knitted a sampler of 900 stitch patterns, and meet the designers Vithard Villumsen and Renée Callahan. Take a trip behind the scenes with hand-dyer Truly Hooked, and discover all the new yarns, books and events that are sure to inspire your summer of knitting.

Issue 126

Designed with relaxed summer days and evenings in mind, our new pattern collection brings you pretty, easy-to-wear shapes and beautiful stitch patterns.

Choose from tops, shawls and jumpers, such as Mary Henderson’s Shetland-inspired lace blouse, and a gorgeous shawl from Anniken Allis. We have go-with-everything cardigans for your wardrobe, a pair of vibrant toe-up socks, and an intriguing shadow-knit cushion.

We also meet the inspiring women behind YarnSub and The Loveliest Yarn Company, chat with young German designer Jana Huck, and bring you a refresher of Judy's Magic Cast On technique in Masterclass.

Plus, our special supplement includes a silky summer vest from Denmark's 'prince of knitting', Vithard Villumsen.


Issue 123

Cast on for spring with our special pattern collection that showcases the beauty of lace! Our designers have combined delicate stitch patterns and soft colours to offer feminine, wearable knits.

We have a vintage-style top from Jennie Atkinson, a modern lace-panelled jumper by Sarah Hatton, pretty socks, and a stunning shawl by Anniken Allis.

If you love colour, there's an amazing intarsia cardigan in our latest issue, inspired by Delft pottery, plus a bright, graphic colourwork yoke sweater.

We meet the inspirational women behind Sheepfold and Spin City, test the latest new yarns, and chat with popular designer Emma Vining. Plus, our special supplement includes a lovely Fair Isle top by Mary Henderson, plus a profile of The Border Mill.


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