I sat down today all prepared to begin typing up some of the many posts that I have notes written for in my little book. First though, I thought I’d have a quick scan over Ravelry for a little link to post up on the Facebook page. Noticing the new issue of Petite Purls is out I went straight over to their site to have a look at all the yummy goodness in issue 16.
As per usual the cover alludes to much knitty joy, particularly as it’s the Upsize Issue. On opening the magazine I clicked straight on the ‘note from the editors’ link, which is where my sadness comes from. Allegra Wermuth & Brandy Fortune have announced that issue 16 is their final issue of Petite Purls 😦
Before they’re gone though let’s have a little look at a couple of the patterns available in this issue. The beautiful hats at the top of the page are called Ava and are designed by Sarah Grieve. Made in 4ply the pattern gives instructions for ages child to large adult.
The Pembroke Hat was designed by Kirsten Kapur based on her Pembroke Vest pattern that was published in the first issue of Petite Purls. The adult hat is knitted in aran weight yarn and has an unusual cable pattern that meets at the top to form an eight-pointed star. Here is the link if you want to have a look at the Pembroke Vest. http://www.petitepurls.com/Summer09/summer2009_pembroke.html
My absolute favourite from this issue is the Child – Teen Radiant Vest and the separate Adult Radiant Vest. It is split into two individual patterns to accommodate the vast range of sizes between the two patterns – six years to adult 54″ (wow!). The sleeveless cardigan is knitted sideways in chunky yarn, with short row shaping to create the yoke.
It’s sad to see the end of Petite Purls but here’s hoping Allegra and Brandy move on to bigger and better things. No doubt the resources from their time at Petite Purls will continue to delight knitters for years to come.
The latest issue of Knitty has been released and as ever there are some truly beautiful patterns so be sure to go and have a look for yourself.
My three favourites in this issue are:
Lunatic fringe by Jennifer Dassau is a beautifully, quirky shawl knitted in Terra by The Fibre Company which is an aran weight yarn. Knitted from the bottom up, creating the fringe as you go to form an unusual, asymmetrical shape.
Easy As Pie is a technicolour blanket by OneHandKnits and is knitted in Sirdar’s Baby Bamboo which is a standard double knit yarn. Clever use of short rows and colour work creates this vibrant, funky blanket.
Last but not least and one that I have had to add to my ever extending ‘to knit’ list is Buttonbox by Elizabeth McCarten. This beautiful waistcoat is knitted in one piece using Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter yarn which is an aran weight. The shaped waist and shawl collar make it a very flattering style, whilst the little box stitch pattern adds enough interest to the overall look of the knitted fabric.
If these patterns haven’t been enough to tempt you (why?), it might just interest you to know that there is a new coloum in the magazine – ‘Techniques with the Neurotic Knitter’. Kristin Fraser aka The Neurotic Knitter has a look at cast ons this issue via videos. The techniques she covers for Spring/Summer are the Backwards Loop, Cable, Knitted and the Long Tail methods. Great if you only know the one cast on method.
i also urge you to check out the Templeton Square Competition Winners to see just how ingenious some knitters are.