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Welcome letter Monthly Free Pattern Knitting & Crochet Magazine 54 The Rowan Design Competition 2013 New Season 4 5 6 8 10 McAree Brothers Rowan Stockist Meet Claire Durbin Weekend Workshop Diss Crochet Bee member 18 21 22 17

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Hello and welcome to the new edition of the


July is our favourite month of summer here in Yorkshire of course nothing to do with the weather, more because its the month of our brand new autumn collections! Read on for details of all our luscious new yarns and designs. Also in this issue, and back by popular demand, are details of the Rowan Design Competition 2013, so get your creative caps on! We hope you enjoy your July issue.

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Front Cover: Vivaldi by Vibe Ulrik Using Kidsilk Haze Knitting & Crochet Magazine 54

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Stellar Wrap
by Alison Crowther Smith Kidsilk Haze Glamour


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Knitting & Crochet Magazine 54

Vintage glamour meets iconic colourwork in this stunning collection of timeless designs from the Rowan team. Three design stories make up the brand new Knitting & Crochet Magazine 54; Romancing, an exquisitely romantic collection featuring jacquards and gothic hints, Folk, a rich tapestry of colour and texture and Essentials, which combines key trends such as intarsia, abstract texture, woven stitch effects and graphic cables. Sure to be one of the most popular designs is the intricately beautiful Aida by Marie Wallin, alongside Kaffe Fassetts inspirational Kilim Wrap piece. Why not visit our Facebook page and tell us which design will be the first on your needles?

Aida by Marie Wallin from Romancing using Kidsilk Haze, Fine Lace & Anchor Artiste Metallic 6 - July 2013

Kilim Wrap by Kaffe Fassett from Folk using Felted Tweed

Balkan by Brandon Mably from Folk using Colourspun

Soumak Scarf Wrap by Stacy by Gemma Atkinson from Essentials using Kid Rowan Classic from Folk using & Anchor Artiste Metallic

Lisa Richardson Fine Tweed

Stacy by Gemma Atkinson from Essentials using Kid Classic & Anchor Artiste metallic
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Rowan Design Competition 2013

Launched 1st July until 1st October 11.59pm GMT. Brief - Design a garment or accessory using Rowan yarns inspired by the look and feel of the Great Gatsby film.
See yourself as a Rowan designer? Why not enter the Rowan Design Competition 2013 to be in with the chance to have your design featured on our website and in our enewsletter, and to win the yarn to knit the garment of your choice from our brand new Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine and if thats not enough, weve thrown in a one year membership of Rowan Subscription! This year, we have taken inspiration from the glamour and glitz of the new Great Gatsby film from Baz Luhrmann. The brief is simple; design a fabulous knit or crochet garment or accessory piece, which encapsulates all of the style, fashion and feeling of the film, to be a winner. If you need inspiration, check out the August issue of the enewsletter for Rowan Designer Lisa Richardsons take on the brief, or why not visit the information pages on our website to research suitable yarn choices. To enter, simply send in your sketch and swatches either by email to with the subject header Design Competition 2013, or by post to the address below: Rowan Design Competition 2013 Coats Crafts UK Green Lane Mill Holmfirth HD9 2DX The competition will close on 1st October 2013, and any entries received after 11.59pm on this date will not be considered.

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New Season
The Alpaca Colour Collection
The Alpaca Colour Collection features seventeen modern, easy to wear styles featuring on trend effects ranging from texture and bobbles to slashed pieces. This collection also introduces the new Alpaca Colour yarn; 100% alpaca and available in ten colour rich shades ranging from Emerald and Garnet to Topaz.



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The Angora Haze Collection

Soft, feminine and utterly romantic, The Angora Haze Collection encapsulates all the style of the 1940s but with a modern twist. Designed by Martin Storey, the fourteen delicate designs range from lace and beaded knits, to ruffled shrugs and an elegant wrap. The collection also plays host to the new Angora Haze yarn; an exquisite blend of 69% angora, 20% polyamide and 11% wool worked in a breathtaking palette of soft pastels and jewelled brights.



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Ilam & Wye

using Cocoon

Autumn Knits

Designed by Marie Wallin Chunky texture and graphic pieces dominate this collection of fourteen designs for men and women by Marie Wallin. Photographed against a pretty English countryside backdrop, designs range from cabled sweaters to drapey wraps and Fair isle cardigans.
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Little Star
Little Star is an adorable collection of twenty-one designs for girls and boys from three to ten years by Marie Wallin. Charming and quintessentially cute, pieces range from bright, easy to wear casual knits to pretty party wear and smart outdoor accessories. Alongside other favourites from the current Rowan yarn range, the collection debuts the beautiful new Angora Haze yarn; an exquisite blend of 69% angora, 20% polyamide and 11% wool. The new yarn will be available in thirteen stunning shades, ranging from soft lime Hug, to cherry red Kiss and soft pink Baby.
Plum Duff

using Pure Wool DK


Brule Capelet

using Angora Haze


using Pure Wool DK

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Pioneer Collection
A coolection of 14 designs by Martin Storey. Mid west meets catwalk fashion in this understated, yet on trend collection of rustic knits. Signature cables feature alongside block colour pieces and minimalist effects, all worked in a dark palette highlighted with soft lime, rose and navy.


using Big Wool



using Creative Focus Worsted


using Creative Focus Worsted

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Thick n Thin
Introducing a beautifully versatile collection featuring the stunning new Thick n Thin yarn; a vibrant 100% wool yarn of variegated thickness. Designed by Sarah Hatton, the collection features fifteen simple garments which showcase the texture of the yarn brilliantly. From scarves and cowls to cropped sweaters, the collection will have something for everyone.



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Warm & Toasty

Designed using the luxurious Alpaca Chunky and Tumble yarns, Warm & Toasty is a snuggly collection of fourteen small and simple accessory projects. Ranging from classic shrugs to stylish capelets and snoods, designs are simple yet textural throughout.


Cox Scarf

using Alpaca Chunky

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McAree Brothers
Walk up to Stirling Castle and you will pass McAree Brothers, a company whose history reaches back over 140 years. Originally an old fashioned department store in Stirling, McAree Brothers is now a specialist retailer of knitting and haberdashery supplies in Stirling, Edinburgh and Falkirk. Since the explosion of the online knitting community, business at McAree Brothers has changed and expanded in ways that would never previously have been possible. 50% of their sales come through their website and they can now stay in touch with customers who live far away, via their Facebook, Twitter, blog and Ravelry pages. Lucy from McArees said, There is an enormous sense of being part of a very creative and very widely spread community. We see a huge amount of chatter on-line when the new Rowan yarns are launched. I cant wait to tell everyone about the new Angora Haze, it is so beautiful and soft. For more information about McAree Brothers visit

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Meet member Claire Durbin

Tell us about yourself: Im Claire, a knitter and crocheter who is passionate about yarn and all things creative. Im a long-time fan of Rowans inspirational and creative designs and yarns and I was very lucky to be chosen as one of 15 Ambassadors for Rowan earlier this year. You can find me sharing my enthusiasm for knitting and crochet and Rowans latest collections on my Blog Knit and Purl Garden, where you will also find me chatting about family life and other loves including photography, books, sewing, making and baking, all things vintage and good coffee! I live near Bath in Somerset with my husband and two lovely girls aged 3 and 10, who I enjoy spending lots of crafty and creative time with. Im also a keen animal lover, and share a house with two border collies and the garden with some rare breed hens. How did you first become interested in knitting? Crafting has been part of my life for as long as I can remember I always enjoyed drawing, painting and making

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things as a child and it was then that my mother taught me the basics of knitting simple casting on, knitting and purling and casting off. I later came back to knitting as an adult when I was expecting my second child because I wanted to create something special and handmade for my daughter. It was at this time that I taught myself and my eldest daughter to crochet. We havent stopped knitting and crocheting since! Which is your favourite Rowan yarn and why? Thats a hard question for me my favourite yarn tends to be the one that I am currently knitting with! I love so many of the Rowan yarns. Im particularly drawn to colour and texture, and it is usually a combination of that which tempts me to try out a new yarn. Im a great fan of Rowans Big Wool for autumn and winter knits. There is something so satisfying about seeing rows of gorgeous Big Wool in all of its enticing colours on display in a yarn shop. In complete contrast, Ive recently been enjoying knitting with Kidsilk Haze and Fine Lace making a light spring/ summer wrap from Rowan Magazine 53. For crochet, my choice would have to be Rowans Handknit Cotton or Cotton Glace with its gorgeous sheen both yarns have amazing colour ranges as does the new Softknit Cotton range which has amazing stitch definition for both knitting and crochet.

What are you talking about on your blog at the moment? A lot is going on at Knit and Purl Garden at the moment my blog provides a record of my adventures in knitting, crochet and any creative happenings, including snippets of family life, baking, making and inspiring days out. Im so lucky that as an Ambassador for Rowan, I get to review new yarns and brochures, so also on my blog you will find posts about the gorgeous new yarns that Rowan has launched for this spring/summer season. Next up is my review of Rowan Studio 30, a collection for children by Sarah Hatton. Im knitting the Louisa Cape for my daughter using Rowans Baby Merino Silk DK. Im also reviewing Rowans Kidsilk Glamour. Recently, I have been writing about the granny bunting that my daughter and I have been crocheting for the Yarndale Festival of Creativity and Craft being organised in Yorkshire this September check out the Yarndale website and join in! Ive also written a little about crochet for children. Ive been completely amazed by the way in which my list of followers has grown since I started blogging in January there is such an amazing online community out there. The Blogger of the Week award that I received from LoveKnitting.Com came out of the blue and was such a wonderful surprise which has given me a big boost. Im having lots of fun with my blog and just seeing where it takes me

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What do you think will be the biggest trend out there this AW13 season? Knitwear will be back in a big way for AW13, with a multitude of designs, styles and colours to suit everyone and every situation. Wool will be truly celebrated and knitwear will be very much in fashion with sweaters, jumpers and cardigans being the new must haves. Personally, I can think of nothing better than to cosy up in a favourite wool sweater in the autumn or winter, the perfect item to be worn with a skirt, dress or jeans, dressed up or down, or layered under coats, or with other accessories or colourful scarves adding a pop of colour. Fashion trends might include chunky and gorgeously textured jumpers, beautifully fitted sweaters, cardigans, wraps and other garments suitable for layering, a continuation of the popular vintage

theme, stunning jewel colours and neon accents as well as more natural hues for both crochet and knitwear something for everyone. Im very much looking forward to previewing Rowans AW13 collection including some stunning new yarns and Magazine 54 which will be based around 3 themes or stories: Folk, Romancing and Essentials. Look out for some great reviews of Rowans new yarns and designs for autumn and winter on my blog and Facebook page very soon! Claire can be found blogging at: and also on Facebook

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Weekend Workshop
with Sarah Hazell

Triangular Lace Shawl

This workshop is ideal for those who would like to increase their knowledge of lace knitting. During the course of the weekend you will work on a triangular shawl and learn how to work from charts as part of the process of knitting lace. All the techniques will be explored in swatch form before starting on your workshop project and these will include a central panel of lace, how shaping affects a simple overall pattern and how to work a knitted lace edging. Date: 21st/22nd September at Rowan, Holmfirth. Cost: 80 for weekend/Members Price: 72

Gypsy Shawl
by Sarah Hatton Kidsilk Haze Glamour

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