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In this issue, travel to the Shetland Islands, origin of both Fair Isle knitting and Shetland lace. The tradition of trading knitted goods for luxuries like tea and linens has forever existed in these islands, and knitwear continues to be a contemporary export. Learn about the rich histories of Fair Isle and Shetland lace.
Visit the Isle of Skye and meet the Manwaring-Spencer family, who own and operate a museum and knitted goods shop. Each member of the family discusses their favorite methods for spinning and knitting the fiber they collect from the thirty sheep in the family flock. Experience the Isle of Skye lifestyle firsthand with the Skye Scarf, Hat, and Mittens pattern designed by Audrey Manwaring-Spencer. This set is the perfect trio for blustery days.
If you’ve ever had trouble settling on the perfect pair of knitting needles, get To the Point with this issue’s knitting needle review. Explore materials, from metals to woods and fiberglass, the benefits and features of each, sizing, and needle anatomy. This in-depth review also explores types of needles: straight, double-pointed, and circular in a variety of brands with details about their construction and yarns they are best suited for.
Talk tams with this issue’s Tam Talk from the Knits staff. Each staff member knitted their own rendition of Mary Rowe’s “Basic Tam” pattern, and give tips about their style choices for each tam.
This issue is filled with classic knitting patterns for accessories, winter-warmth sweaters and jackets, and more patterns, in addition to Strands from the editor, letters from readers, Beyond the Basics tutorials, knitting folklore, and more!