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I offer you so many apologies, I am VERY behind in my book ordering …. and you have a lot to choose from this season too!

Laine 16: Winter 2023

Release Date: December 16, 2022

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Laine Magazine Issue 16 brings you to the streets of our beloved Helsinki, the capital of Finland. We will visit a charming bookstore and an edgy record store, and sit down to have a warming cup of coffee. In short, a perfect, slow Saturday.

Designers featured in this issue: Fiona Alice, Rachel Brockman, Dee Hardwicke, Thien-Kieu Lam, Lotta H Löthgren, Rosa Pomar, Yan Qian, Eri Shimizu, Anna Strandberg and Orlane Sucche.

Issue 16, Winter 2023, includes:

  • 148 pages
  • 11 knitting patterns
  • 5 sweaters, 2 cardigans, 2 shawls, 1 waistcoat, and 1 pair of socks.
  • an interview with Elaine Tom – learn how she became the trusted test knitter for many designers, knitting around 40 sweaters a year!
  • an article on how the Craft Museum of Finland preserves cultural heritage and inspires the crafters of today.
  • seasonal recipes to inspire your winter cooking
  • book reviews
  • Printed in Estonia
  • Print only

NEW
– Jeanette Sloan Talks Fibre – a regular article on Jeanette chatting with interesting people. In this issue, she meets Lorraine Amagove Mugere, a Kenyan knitwear and crochet designer.

– Five Ways by our regular writer Päivi Kankaro. In this issue, Päivi explores how you can keep your favourite knits around for longer by taking care of them the right way.

– Where I Knit – a regular piece that pictures people knitting in their favourite spot, and talking about crafting in their everyday lives. In this issue, we meet a knitter in Indonesia.

52 Weeks of Easy Knits from Laine

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Laine Magazine loved and cherished 52 Weeks book series is getting a sequel: 52 Weeks of Easy Knits! Laine has put together a collection that is unlike anything you’ve seen before.

If you have read Laine’s 52 Weeks books, you will find many familiar things, but also something new.

Just like before, there is an abundance of knitwear and makers: the book’s 52 patterns come from 40 talented designers from all over the world. The beautiful visuals and clear instructions are also something Laine is known and loved for.

In this book, you will find patterns for many types of knitwear: from sweaters to socks, beanies to mittens and scarves to cardigans. They are fun, modern and wearable, but above all, they are enjoyable to knit – for knitters of all levels.

52 Weeks of Easy Knits includes 52 uncomplicated knitting patterns, ranging from beanies, mittens and scarves to sweaters, socks and cardigans. The designs are fun, cosy and modern, but above all, they are a pleasure to knit.

In this clear and colourful book, there are many super-easy, quick-to-finish patterns that are perfect for beginners. The more challenging ones offer meditative projects for those with a bit more experience.

All the patterns are created using basic knitting techniques, and each step of the process is explained thoroughly. The book also includes useful information about choosing the right materials and finishing your garment.

52 Weeks of Easy Knits offers you knitting inspiration for years to come – the only difficult thing is deciding what to knit first.

  • 264 pages
  • 52 knitting patterns
  • 15 sweaters, 3 cardigans, 4 vests, 13 shawls & scarves, 7 hats, 2 headbands, 2 balaclavas, 4 mittens & mitts, 2 socks
  • Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Weight: Approx. 1150 g / 2.6 lb
  • 214 x 278 x 27.5 mm
  • ISBN: 978-952-7468-36-4
  • Printed in Latvia
  • Print only, digital download code for charts only.

Mini Pom – Happy Knits for Little Kids from PomPom Press

By Meghan Fernandes + Lydia Gluck

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A collection of 11 versatile knitting and crochet patterns for kids aged 0-10, Mini Pom reimagines classic grown-up patterns from the archives of Pom Pom for our tiny friends, as well as some new just-for-kids designs, all in the fun and modern style Pom Pom is known for.

Each of these patterns has been chosen and designed with growing bodies and the way they move in mind.

From Mini Woodwardia, Pom Pom’s classic and versatile raglan pullover, to Mini Battenberg, a granny square cardigan inspired by the most fanciful of desserts, and Mini Skipworth, the perfect little mittens for colder days, these are patterns we know you’ll want to return to again and again!

Featuring designs by: LYDIA GLUCK // MEGHAN FERNANDES // SOPHIE HEATHSCOTT // FIONA ALICE // RACHEL COOPEY // GINA FAMA RÖCKENWAGNER // TOSHIYUKI SHIMADA // KIYOMI + SACHIKO BURGIN

Pom Pom also provided colouring pages for all the designs in the book, for kids (and adults!) to experiment with and make their own.

DIGITAL DOWNLOADS

You can also access a digital copy via Ravelry using the download code printed on the inside back cover of the book from the same day.

Knitted Kalevala by Jenna Kostet

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What does knitted folk poetry look like? How can a sweater be both a garment and a story?

Knitted Kalevala by Jenna Kostet includes 18 knitting patterns – sweaters, cardigans and accessories – inspired by Kalevala.

Considered a national epic in Finland, Kalevala contains old poems full of Baltic-Finnic mythology, ancient symbols, mythical creatures and nature.

These as well as other Finnish, Scandinavian and Baltic influences can be seen in the decorative colorwork patterns of the designs. They are also a wonderful alternative to the popular Icelandic sweaters.

All of the designs are knitted in one piece and the colorwork only uses two colours at the same time, making them accessible to all levels of knitters. The patterns use a variety of lighter and heavier yarns and include several options for suitable yarns.

Jenna Kostet is a writer and a knitwear designer known for enchanting patterns, such as the Suolaulu Sweater which has been made by thousands of knitters around the world.

She has studied ethnology and folkloristics and has published numerous historical novels and children’s books in Finland. In her knitwear designs, Jenna places importance on the stories, the continuation of traditions and the joy of creativity.

  • 176 pages
  • 18 knitting patterns (12 sweaters, 2 cardigans, 2 socks, 1 pair of mittens, 1 hat)
  • Hardback
  • Weight: Approx. 530 g / 1.2 lb
  • 188 x 240 x 19.5 mm
  • ISBN: 978-952-7468-31-9
  • Printed in Latvia
  • Print only, digital download code for charts only. (Note: A separate ebook will be available through Laine’s online shop on November 11)

The Knitted Fabric By Dee Hardwicke

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Brimming with artistic inspiration and filled with patterns for gorgeous knitwear and joyful pieces for the home, this creative and original book invites you to step inside Dee Hardwicke‘s world.

Illustrated throughout with beautiful watercolours and painterly photography, The Knitted Fabric brings the pages of Dee’s sketchbooks to life.

As Dee explains, “I find the process of knitting very similar to painting, with each stitch being a brushstroke of colour. As stitches loop together, they create a knitted fabric, a kind of narrative of art, making and the people and landscapes that inspire me”. Just like the designs within it, this unique book is something to treasure.

Dee Hardwicke is an artist, designer and knitter whose work is inspired by her passion for colour and by her love of the British landscape.

Dee’s designs have been used in exclusive collaborations with partners including the National Trust and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Her previous knitting books include A Story in Yarn: How to Design and Knit an Intarsia Heirloom Quilt (Quail Publishing, 2016) and several titles with leading British yarn producers and designers Rowan. Each design begins life in her sketchbooks.

  • 192 pages
  • 20 colourwork knitting patterns (9 cushions, 3 wraps, 3 quilts, 2 sweaters, 1 vest, 1 hat, 1 pair of gloves)
  • Hardback
  • Weight: Approx. 700 g / 1.6 lb
  • 191 x 246 x 21 mm
  • ISBN: 978-952-7468-34-0
  • Printed in Latvia
  • Print only, no digital download code available
  • Note: A separate ebook will be available through Laine’s online shop on November 25

Amirisu Cosmology Daruma Collection 2022

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For Cosmology DARUMA Collection 2022, amirisu collaborated with two of their favorite designers, Kiyomi and Sachiko Burgin.

With their unique individual perspectives on the theme “Heavenly Bodies,” they created pieces with inspiration from the Milky Way, aliens, fluffy weightless textures, and more.

The eight cosmic knitwear designs in this collection are playful, heavenly, and super cozy.

  • 8 patterns: 2 sweaters, 2 cardigans, 1 hoodie, 1 cowl, 1 hat, 1 pair of socks
  • Designers: Kiyomi Burgin & Sachiko Burgin
  • Featured yarns: GENMOU, GEEK, Wool Mohair, Falkland Wool, and Silk Mohair, all from DARUMA
  • Format: Hardcover, B5 size, approximately 90 pages
  • Language: English
  • Printed in Japan by Shinano Publishing

Amirisu Magazine Issue no. 25 Fall/Winter 2022

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This issue features twelve knitwear designs created with special attention to silhouette and pattern in subdued shades.

Photographs were taken on location at the recently renovated Kyoto City KYOCERA Art Museum. Paired with the magnificent architecture of the museum, each design is truly a work of art.

Participating designers: Alice Caetano / Bérangère Cailliau / Bristol Ivy / Hiromi Nagasawa / Karel Chan / Ksenia Naidyon / Miki Teragaki / Miyuki Watanabe / Paula Pereira / Ronja Hakalehto / Teti Lutsak & amirisu

Feature: Special Interviews on Fashion & Knitting
We talk to designers and business owners who have combined their passion for handknitting, fashion, and creativity to create successful businesses.

Plus, a project from Lori Ann Graham, a machine-quilted cushion cover project, an introduction to kintsugi, and more!

Download Code: A Ravelry download code of the entire magazine is printed on an inserted card.

Format: Softcover / 130 pages / A4 size / Printed in Japan

PRE-ORDE Ready, Set, Socks by Pom Pom Press

PRE-ORDER Ready Set Socks By Pom Pom Press

RELEASE DATE OCT 12, 2022

Pre-Order your copy now and we will ship it/let you know when it is available for pick up.

There’s nothing quite like the lush, cozy feeling of hand-knitted socks! Quick and satisfying to make, small and portable, socks remain one of the most frequently hand-knit items today.

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Following the wonderfully successful Knit How, Pom Pom’s essential beginner’s knitting book, and the pullover compendium Ready Set Raglan, Pom Pom brings you Ready Set Socks, an exploration of sock designs for new and advanced knitters alike.

A collaboration with legendary sock maven Rachel CoopeyReady Set Socks is the ultimate guide to sock-making! Get ready to experiment, discover the magic that is turning a heel, and become a seasoned sock knitter. The book includes ten unique patterns in both 4-ply / fingering and DK-weight versions.

From simple and speedy stockings and ribbed socks to fancy mosaic knitting colour combinations, you’ll be sure to find your perfect pair with this compendium of patterns to come back to again and again.

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PRE-ORDER Laine 15 & Knitstrips

PRE-ORDER Laine 15: Autumn 2022

Official Release Date: Sept 16, 2022

Laine Magazine’s autumn issue, Laine 15, comes with a whole new look!

From the Publisher ….

Our beloved magazine is taking a step into a more modern, dynamic direction by celebrating knitwear and the world of fibre in a fresh way. Together with the new look, we are also excited to introduce new, regular articles, such as Jeanette Sloan Talks Fibre. Of course, there are also things that won’t change: gorgeous knitwear patterns, beautiful high-quality photography and the size of the magazine, all elements that Laine is known for. The new look was created by Kyiv-born Marina Veziko, one of Finland’s leading designers and the Graphic Designer of the Year 2021.

To celebrate the new look, Laine has TWO different cover versions available: one in full-colour and a very limited black & white version!

Issue 15, Autumn 2022:

  • 148 pages
  • 12 knitting patterns: 6 sweaters, 2 cardigans, 2 shawls, 1 hat, and 1 pair of socks
  • an interview with knitwear designer Lindsey Fowler 
  • an article on how sheep help to save endangered biotopes
  • NEW! Jeanette Sloan Talks Fibre – a regular article on Jeanette chatting with interesting people. In this issue, she meets Rose Sinclair, an academic researcher, author and lecturer. Rose’s PhD research into Dorcas Clubs examines how textile networks can be catalysts for social change.
  • NEW! Five Ways by our regular writer Päivi Kankaro. In this issue, Päivi explores 5 ways how knitting can be used as a tool for change.
  • NEW! Where I Knit – a regular piece that pictures people knitting in their favourite spot, and talking about crafting in their everyday lives.
  • seasonal recipes to inspire your autumn cooking
  • book reviews
  • PRINT ONLY
  • Printed in Estonia, 148 pages
  • Pattern & Yarn info

Designers featured in this issue: Jenny Ansah, Jennifer Brou, Weichien Chan (also known as the Petite Knitter), Štěpánka Drchalová, Meiju K-P, Bernice Lim (also known as Yamagara), Hanna Maciejewska, Terri Maue, Olga Putano, Florence Spurling and Yiğitcan Vatansever.

Knitstrips: The World’s First Comic-Strip Knitting Book

This new book is a tour de force, an epic achievement in melding knitwear design, instruction, and advice with interactive graphic illustrations. It’s a new way of seeing how to take a ball of yarn and a pair of needles and transform it into something tangible, useful, and beautiful. It’s bursting with life and the love of knitting.

Inside, the book is organized into four chapters, or issues, each of which gathers a handful of designs by different designers.

These are not conventional patterns. They are yarn-neutral, meaning that the authors guide you through choosing your yarn, but the choice really is yours. You’ll learn how to adapt the pattern you’re making to the gauge and other qualities of the yarn you’re using. In contrast to the prescriptive approach of a typical knitting pattern, the Knitstrips approach is open ended and full of learning. As I read through these energy-filled pages, I had renewed appreciation for how much thought and engineering goes into the most familiar handknit.

The Authors: Alice Ormsbee Beltran and Karen Kim Mar

We have sentimental reasons for jumping up and down with glee at the publication of Knitstrips. In a very real sense, Knitstrips first saw the light of day here on MDK. We can take no credit for the brilliance of the idea, but we will claim every last bragging right for realizing that the idea that Alice Ormsbee Beltran shared with us was very exciting.

And when the first Knitstrip appeared, the reaction from knitters was incredible. There was an avalanche of downloads of that first Knitstrip, and each of the ones that followed.

So: we send our heartiest congratulations to Alice and her co-author Karen Kim Mar on achieving this amazing book. The mere idea of doing copy edits and technical edits on patterns that are drawn by hand—by brilliant illustrators Laura Irrgang and Michele Philips—makes us want to take to our beds for a week or so. This is a major work of vision and of writing, illustration, and editing. Most exciting of all, Knitstrips is going to introduce so many new people to the joy of knitting, the challenge of knitting, and the satisfaction of having handmade garments and accessories in our lives.

The roster of designers, which includes the authors, is stellar:

Ana Campos, Casey Rich, Cecelia Campochiaro, Hikaru Noguchi, Jeanette Sloan, Julia Farwell-Clay, Julie Kornblum, Lauren McElroy, Natalie Warner, Norah Gaughan, Rebecca McKenzie, Shery Cook.

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A Special Treat … Download The Darcy

The Darcy by Karen Kim Mar is a lovely, versatile neckwarmer that is made without shaping of any kind. Thanks to Alice, Karen, and the gentle publishers at Abrams for this exclusive downloadable PDF. (Click on the link to download the pattern.)

PRE-ORDER Salt & Timber by Lindsey Fowler

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All of our Summer yarns are on sale now! Take advantage of all the cottons & linens while the weather is warm!

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PRE-ORDER Salt & Timber: Knits From The Northern Coast

We are tremendously thrilled to inform you about the ultimate comfort-knit book for autumn 2022. The U.S. based designer Lindsey Fowler (@larkspurknits) has designed a beautiful and versatile knitwear collection for knitters of all levels.

Follow the book on Instagram: #saltandtimber

Lindsey Fowler’s knitwear collection Salt & Timber is inspired by the Pacific Northwestern coast. This visually stunning book features 15 cozy designs that are intuitive and easy to knit. The patterns – including socks, shawls, sweaters, hats, mitts, and even a blanket – offer thoughtful details, opportunities to make the most of your yarn stash and ways to customize the garments to fit your style.

Lindsey Fowler lives in Northeast Ohio, USA, with her high school sweetheart, her twins, her old mutt, and a cat. As a designer, Lindsey likes working with textures and finding new takes on classics. She is continuously inspired by nature, architecture, and traditional handicrafts. Salt & Timber is Lindsey’s debut book.

SALT & TIMBER: Knits From The Northern Coast

  • 160 pages
  • 15 knitting patterns (5 scarves, 4 socks, 2 hats, 1 sweater, 1 cardigan, 1 pair of fingerless mitts, 1 blanket)
  • Both charts and written instructions provided
  • Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Weight: Approx. 500 g / 1.1 lb
  • 185 x 246 x 19 mm
  • ISBN: 978-952-7468-18-0

PRE-ORDER PomPom no. 41 Summer 2022

PRE-ORDER. Pom Pom Issue 41

PRE-ORDER: This is a special pre-order. Your book will be available for pick-up or will ship on the book launch date, May 31, 2022. 

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You’re invited to Pom Pom’s yarn party! Issue 41 marks their 10th birthday and they have a host of jubilant and celebratory designs which radiate all the joy they feel on this landmark occasion! This rare bumper edition of Pom Pom Quarterly contains 13 designs for warm and cool climes, so no matter where you live in the world, there’s handmade party outfits aplenty within its pages. 

This is their most collectable edition yet! Not only is this unique issue split into warm and cool patterns, they’ve gone all out with a flip double cover. This is also the first issue printed in their new larger format! Expect lush photographic spreads and more room for patterns – something you’ve told them they could work on! They’ve also permanently increased their page count to bring you even more Pom Pom! Over the last decade(!), they’ve had the absolute honour of working with some of the most creative and inspirational people in the fibre world, and they invited a handful of them to contribute to this extraordinary summer collection! 

Featuring designs by: ISA CATEPILLÁN // SARI NORDLUND // INYOUNG KIM // MARIE RÉGNIER // GINA FAMA RÖCKENWAGNER // DAWN HENDERSON // AMALIA SIEBER // XANDY PETERS // SYLVIA WATTS-CHERRY // KIYOMI + SACHIKO BURGIN // JAMES N WATTS // AINUR BERKIMBAYEVA

What’s more, Issue 41 comes complete with party favours in the form of two articles and a recipe! Atsushi Futatsuya writes about cultural appropriation and the practice of Sashiko, and Atia Azmi’s ‘A Crafter’s Guide to London’ is a wonderful tribute to the vibrant city in which Pom Pom was founded. Dee Omole shares her recipe for the most stunning white chocolate madeleines we’ve ever seen – we’re sure these would make a statement centerpiece at any shindig. So grab your knitting needles and crochet hooks and celebrate!

With the purchase of your magazine, you can access a digital copy via Ravelry using the download code printed on the inside cover of the magazine from the release date.

IN STOCK. Contrasts: Textured Knitting by Meiju K-P

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PRE-ORDER. Laine Magazine no. 14: Summer 2022

PRE-ORDER: This is a special pre-order. Your book will be available for pick-up or will ship on the book launch date, May 6, 2022. 

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PRE-ORDER. Traditions Revisited: Modern Estonian Knits

PRE-ORDER: This is a special pre-order. Your book will be available for pick-up or will ship on the book launch date, May 20, 2022. 

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Contrasts:Textured Knitting by Meiju K-P

PRE-ORDER: This is a special pre-order. Your book will be available for pick-up or will ship on the bool launch date, April 14, 2022. 

Meiju’s debut book, Contrasts – Textured Knitting, contains 22 patterns, including pullovers, cardigans, scarves and hats  (see details below) in a soft, delicate and feminine style. They have been designed by Meiju to be functional and fit well. The pullovers and cardigans are mostly knitted from the top down, making their size easy to adjust.

Meiju lives in Helsinki, Finland with her husband and three sons. Even as a teenager, she never knitted from patterns, preferring to create her own designs. Later, knitwear design became a passionate hobby and part-time work. She hopes to spark new ideas for beginners and more experienced knitters.

Meiju K-P’s patterns are filled with elaborate lace, beautiful cables and carefully finished details – but at the same time they are fun to make. As a designer, Meiju likes to combine challenging techniques with a pleasant knitting experience.

SEE ALL OF MEIJU K-P’s PATTERNS

Details

  • 280 pages
  • 22 knitting patterns (9 sweaters, 5 cardigans, 1 poncho, 4 shawls, 3 hats), additional pattern modifications given
  • Both charts and written instructions provided
  • Hardback
  • Language: English (also available in Finnish)
  • Weight: Approx. 1300 g / 3.1 lb
  • 205 x 270 x 27 mm
  • ISBN: 978-952-7468-11-1
  • Printed in Latvia
  • Print only, no digital download available.
This is a fake cover, the real cover is still forthcoming and will be much, much prettier!

Traditions Revisited: Modern Estonian Knits By Aleks Byrd

PRE-ORDER: This is a special pre-order. Your book will be available for pick-up or will ship on the bool launch date, May 20, 2022. 

For a small country on the Baltic Sea, Estonia’s tradition and love for handicrafts greatly surpass its size. Estonian knitting is all about techniques, embellishment and regionality. Each knit tells a story about the knitter and where they live. Aleks Byrd’s book Traditions Revisited – Modern Estonian Knits is an introduction to Estonian knitting, both traditional and traditional-inspired. It includes 19 patterns, ranging from mittens to sweaters, that blend seamlessly with modern knitting styles.

Aleks Byrd – whose roots are in Estonia, Canada and the USA – is a knitwear designer based in Bath, UK. In addition to knitwear design, she works as an illustrator and teaches Estonian knitting techniques around the world.

In her designs, tradition and Aleks’ own, graphic style meet. With her book, Aleks wants to make traditional Estonian techniques accessible to everyone. At the same time, she builds a bridge between Estonian knitters and the international knitting community.

SEE DESIGNS BY ALEKS BYRD

  • 216 pages
  • 19 knitting patterns
  • 10 sweaters, 1 cardigan, 1 dress, 1 vest, 1 shawl, 1 cowl, 1 hat, 1 pair of socks, 1 fingerless mitt pattern, 1 mitten pattern
  • Detailed, illustrated tutorials for 5 traditional Estonian knitting techniques
  • Both charts and written instructions provided
  • Hardback
  • Language: English (also available in Finnish)
  • Weight: Approx. 1080 g / 2.4 lb
  • 205 x 270 x 27 mm
  • ISBN: 978-952-7468-09-8
  • Printed in Latvia
  • Print only, no digital download code available
This is a fake cover, the real cover is still forthcoming and will be much, much prettier!

Laine Magazine no. 14: Summer 2022

PRE-ORDER: This is a special pre-order. Your book will be available for pick-up or will ship on the bool launch date, May 6, 2022. 

Laine Issue 14: Summer 2022, is inspired by the light Nordic summer nights – gentle, delicate and carefree. Our beloved summers are so short and sweet, that even the wee small hours feel too precious to spend asleep. The 10 designs featured in our summer collection embody that summer night’s magic and explore colourwork, texture and delicate details.

Designers featured in this issue: Isabella Clark, Evgeniya Dupliy, Lindsey Fowler, Katrine Hannibal, Ema Marinescu, Claudia Quintanilla, Maria Walters and Sylvia Watts-Cherry.

  • 148 pages
  • 10 knitting patterns, beautifully photographed and illustrated (both charts and written instructions provided)
  • an interview with knitwear designer Aleks Byrd whose debut book is published in May 2022 by Laine Publishing
  • an article about Sisters United
  • an article about vegan knitting
  • a column about the challenge of running into a creative rut by our regular columnist Päivi Kankaro
  • a column about how to find comfort in learning a new craft by our regular columnist Jeanette Sloan
  • seasonal recipes
  • book reviews
  • Laine Favourites section
  • Printed in Estonia
  • Print only

PRE-ORDER Pom Pom Quarterly 40 Spring 2022

PRE-ORDER Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 40 Spring 2022

If you love knitting with Kid-Mohair, this is the magazine issue for you! Issue 40 of Pom Pom Quarterly is a bonanza of kid mohair.

Issue 40 is available in-store for pick-up/will be shipped on February 24, 2022.

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For their 40th issue they’ve concocted a knitted dreamworld! Allow their latest collection to transport you to your yarn-filled happy place with joy-bringing patterns which are whimsical without compromising elegance or wearability. The designs reference the seemingly unstructured nature of dreams through floaty fabrics and ethereal embellishments, loose gauge, and by gently emboldening the maker to use their intuition when it comes to playing with colour. As with anything that appears effortless, copious amounts of imagination and clever thinking form the foundation of these designs and they encourage the kind of creative escapism we cherish in crafting. The patterns in this collection vary in intensity; from ones which will allow you to realise your knitting fantasies to others you could finish with your eyes closed. But rest assured, each one will grant you gratification in a different way.”

Featuring designs by:

Aimee Sher // Allison Lutes // Edda Lilja Guðmundsdóttir // Hanna Lübben // Julie Dubreux // Marie Régnier // Marzena Kołaczek // Pope Vergara // Reed Keyes.

In addition to the 10 knitting patterns, the spring 2022 collection contains an article, ‘Making a World’ by lilith green, in which lilith talks about her experience of autism and how the act of making provides a haven from a world which prioritises neurotypical people. If your goal is to try your hand at a craft other than knitting, learn how to make decorative Polish pająki with Karolina Merska, or use Stephanie Ganz’ recipe to bake Honeysuckle Cream Puffs – divine!

52 Weeks of Shawls

SPECIAL PRE-ORDER DISCOUNT: RECEIVE 15% OFF*

*Discount will be applied automatically at check-out, no code is needed. Discount can not be combined with any other discount codes or promotions. This discount is a limited offer and we reserve the right to end it at any time. 

52 Weeks of Shawls is still on sale for CAD $61.20 (regularly $72). We need to sell a minimum of 8 books to get the discount, so please feel free to forward this to anyone you know who might be interested (or post it to social media, etc). Hopefully, together we can help Julie open up some space for more wonderful publications to come.

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PROJECT Harvest Queen

Harvest Queen 

I’m sorry it has taken so long to share this sweater! Around the time we finished it we had a run on the yarn, Drops Wish, and it seemed a cruel thing t show you something you can’t have. We’ll we’ve restocked several of the most popular colours and are constantly reordering, so I think it’s safe to share.

Harvest Queen is a cozy, oversized pullover that’s knit in one piece from the top-down. It features a yoke construction with pretty cable and lace detail. It’s knit on 9mm needles, so it works up fast! The yarns recommended are blown yarns, making it a lighter, airier textile than expected. Video and written tutorials are provided at the bottom of the free pattern (they even have a place you can ask them questions about the pattern, and the pattern is available in 15 languages). And just in case you don’t believe me … it is Gruau’s (the bird’s) favourite sweater in the store.

Our Sample is a size small and used 8 balls of  Drops Wish in colour 18 Sage Green.

Drops Wish is a blown yarn; it’s made with a knitted cotton core with super soft alpaca literally blown into it. It’s light, airy, and kind of squishy (it has lots of give). Blown yarns are great when you want a thicker yarn that’s also light, so you can get bulk without weight.

Size

  • XS(S, M, L, XL, XXL)
  • Bust circumference: 36.75(40.75, 43.25, 47.25, 51.25, 56) inches or 92(102, 108, 118, 128, 140) cm
  • Fit is oversized

Yarn Options

  • Drops Wish: 8(8, 9, 10, 11, 12) skeins  
  • Drops Air: 7(7, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins {2 strands of yarn are held together}
  • Illimani Amelie7(7, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins {2 strands of yarn are held together}

Needles & Notions

If you do not already have the needles for this project we recommend buying interchangeable needles. They are very versatile for top-down sweaters and have more longevity for future projects (if you need a longer or shorter needle you can purchase an inexpensive new cord, rather than an entire needle. If you are buying individual tips and cords, that Knitter’s Pride are the most affordable option. If you are thinking about investing in a set, the Chiaogoo Twist Red Lace 4″ Tips: 2.75mm – 10mm have the best range and versatility for an assortment of projects.

Online Support

Drops has tutorial videos to support their patternsSee the bottom of the pattern webpage for links.

Hacks

If you don’t love the way a pattern is formatted, consider copying the text into a free, cloud-based text editing program like Google Docs. There, you can clean up the formatting to your liking and store your notes and changes. If your perception problems are more pronounced, you may even want to put it into a spreadsheet program like Google Sheets to break it down into line-by-line instructions – you can even make it into a chart and tick off your work as you go. I do this when a pattern gives me a bunch of instructions that all need to be done at the same time, it makes life easier to plan your path before you embark on it.

Using a cloud-based storage system is also a great way to manage your patterns. When you use a cloud-based program, you can access your notes from anywhere (including your phone, tablet, or computer). You don’t have to worry about losing them if your hard drive fails, or transferring them when you get a new computer. This is also a good place to store any PDF patterns you download. If you make changes and notes on the paper version of your pattern, just take a picture of it with a free scanner app on your smartphone and upload it to your drive.

Just one caveat – be detailed and descriptive in your document titles. For example, say you bought the pattern Love Note – my title would be “Love Note Tin Can Knits Pullover Lace Mohair Cropped Yoke”. Basically, anything I associate with the project. You’ll thank yourself later when you’re looking for a pattern, can’t remember its name, and only recall a fragment of information about it. It is also really useful to log your projects in your Ravelry account, with the needles and yarn you used. Years later, when you want to do it again, you’ll be happy to have that history. Plus you can look through all your accomplishments!

FYI: this photo has NOT been colour corrected. The colour of the garment is not accurate (it’s washed out). The bird’s colour, however, is great

52 Weeks of Shawls

SPECIAL PRE-ORDER DISCOUNT: RECEIVE 15% OFF*

*Discount will be applied automatically at check-out, no code is needed. Discount can not be combined with any other discount codes or promotions. This discount is a limited offer and we reserve the right to end it at any time. 

52 Weeks of Shawls is still on sale for CAD $61.20 (regularly $72). We need to sell a minimum of 8 books to get the discount, so please feel free to forward this to anyone you know who might be interested (or post it to social media, etc). Hopefully, together we can help Julie open up some space for more wonderful publications to come.

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SALE 52 Weeks of Shawls

52 Weeks of Shawls

SPECIAL PRE-ORDER DISCOUNT: RECEIVE 15% OFF*

*Discount will be applied automatically at check-out, no code is needed. Discount can not be combined with any other discount codes or promotions. This discount is a limited offer and we reserve the right to end it at any time. 

Our distributor reached out, letting us know that they have an overstock of 52 Weeks of Shawls, and they’re offering a one-time bulk discount to help them make some room in their warehouse. Always wanting to help-out where I can, and never wanting to pass up a deal on something exquisite, I’m offering the savings to you. When you buy now, you’ll get 15% off the retail price; that comes to CAD $61.20 (regularly $72). We need to sell a minimum of 8 books to get the discount, so please feel free to froward this to anyone you know who might be interested (or post it to social media, etc). Hopefully together we can help Julie open up some space for more wonderful publications to come.

From the publishers of Laine Magazine, 52 Weeks of Shawls is a unique look into contemporary shawl knitting. The designers behind the 52 patterns come from all around the world. This collection showcases an exceptionally wide range of yarns, techniques and levels of difficulty and also includes two crochet designs. It is a true encyclopedia of shawls, a future classic for decades to come. This book is a continuation of 52 Weeks of Socks which has been immensely popular around the world.

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As the title suggests, the book contains 52 knitting patterns by 50 designers. All patterns are beautifully photographed, illustrated and presented on 272 pages. This book does not come with a digital download component and is only available in hard-cover. Like all of Laine’s books, it is a beautiful creatiopn in itself.

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The book contains patterns from the following designers: Stella Ackroyd, Andrea Aho, Fiona Alice, Natalya Berezynska, Rebekah Berkompas, Lærke Bisschop-Larsen, Sveina Björk Jóhannesdóttir, Rachel Brockman, Aleks Byrd, Susan Chin, Valentina Cosciani-Tibisay, Evgeniya Dupliy, Stephanie Earp, Marion Em, Frida Franckie, Katya Gorbacheva, Samantha Guerin, Joanna Herriott, Sarah Heymann, Jonna Hietala, Erin Jensen, Anna Johanna, Malia Mae Joseph, Susanna Kaartinen, Pauliina Karru, Linda Lencovic, Marjut Lund-Rahkola, Lotta H Löthgren, Hanna Maciejewska, Aude Martin, Mariya Matveeva, Helen Mawdsley, Faïza Mebazaa, Kathryn Merrick, Tif Neilan, Hanne Kær Pedersen, Paula Pereira, Claudia Quintanilla, Lucía Ruiz de Aguirre, Nataliya Sinelshchikova, Jeanette Sloan, Elena Solier Jansà, Susanne Sommer, Anna Strandberg, Niina Tanskanen, Mari Tobita, Miriam Walchshäusl, Lauren Wallis, Claire Walls and Stephen West.

  • 272 uncoated, high-quality pages
  • Language: English
  • Woven book cover, banner, ribbon place marker
  • Weight: 1100 g / 2.5 lb
  • Dimensions: 28 cm X 22 cm thickness: 3 cm
  • Printed in Latvia

PRE-ORDER Worsted by Aimée Gilles

Worsted by Aimée Gilles

Release Date: Nov 19, 2021

Worsted – A Knitwear Collection Curated by Aimée Gille of La Bien Aimée is a knitwear collection featuring 14 patterns by 10 incredible designers. The designers all have their unique styles and speak to many kinds of knitters. Now they come together to form a beautifully cohesive collection. You can find garments such as sweaters and cardigans and accessories like shawls and hats, with techniques ranging from stripes and stranded colourwork to cables and textured stitch patterns.

This book features designs by the following designers: Nadia Crétin-Léchenne, Stephen West, Sylvia Watts-Cherry, Andrea Mowry, Tif Neilan, Saysha Greene, Norah Gaughan, Maxim Cyr, Nancy Marchant and Thien-Kieu Lam.

Aimée of La Bien Aimée started working on this book almost a year ago. With Worsted, she wanted to create a tangible way to connect with people through knitting and bring joy.

In Aimée’s own words: “I hope that you will welcome the adventure of casting on a new project from this book with perhaps some of that beloved yarn you have curated for your stash or why not go on a yarn escapade and mix Corrie Worsted with other yarns.”

  • 160 pages
  • 14 knitting patterns 
  • Editor: Aimée Gille
  • Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Weight: Approx. 650 g / 1.4 lb
  • Dimensions: 190 x 225 x 17 mm
  • ISBN: 978-952-7468-04-3
  • Print only, no digital download code available.