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Laine Magazine - Issue 20

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  • Get ready for this lovely spring issue! Laine 20, Waterways, invites you to spend a day by the sea with us — you can almost smell the salty air and feel the soft breeze in your hair! This issue includes ten beautiful and unique knits perfect for the season: the kind that will keep you warm on the first spring days when you can’t get enough of the outdoors but still need that extra layer to keep you warm.

    Issue 20, Spring 2024, includes:

    • 10 knitting patterns (both charts and written instructions provided): 5 sweaters, 1 cardigan, 1 tee, 2 shawls and 1 pair of socks.

    • An interview with the Finnish knitwear designer Jenny Ansah who wants to bring a stronger sense of community to the world of handicrafts.

    • The results of our first-ever Laine Knitting Survey, with 4,433 responses from knitters from all over the world. Read what knitting looks like in the 2020s and how knitters hope to see it evolve!

    • Jeanette Sloan’s Fibre Talk: A regular article on Jeanette chatting with interesting people. In this issue, she meets Maria Zeb Benjamin from The Wool Library, a grassroots organisation that celebrates British wool.

    • Five Ways by our regular writer Päivi Kankaro, who explores how artificial intelligence might change knitting in the future.

    • Where I Knit: A regular piece that pictures people knitting in their favourite spot. In this issue, we meet Sascha Faxe, a Danish MP who likes to knit in Parliament meetings.

    • Seasonal recipes to inspire your Spring cooking.

    • Book reviews

    Designers featured in this issue: Rebecca Clow, Lily Kate France, Eliza Hinkes, Susanna Kaartinen, Marzena Kołaczek, Marion Mursic, Joey Poh, Olga Putano, Qing Studio and Thea Vesterby.

    As always, there will be an  Instagram Live recording for our top Yarn Recommendations! 

    Print only. No digital download code available.

    Printed in Estonia.

  • Here are our top yarn recommendations for each pattern in this publication! Also, check out upcoming Instagram Live which goes through each one too.

    Rebecca Clow — Pladda

    Pladda combines a graphic check pattern with a fluffy mohair, making it modern and crisp but still cosy! The sweater has a relaxed shape and straightforward construction: once you get through the first few rows, the knitting is meditative and simple. Pladda is knitted from the top down in all-over stranded colourwork. The collar and short rows are worked in the main colour, and the pattern is added later using duplicate stitches. The sleeves have a slight balloon shape.

    Le Gros Silk & Mohair by Biches & Buches (original yarn)
    Feli by Illimani
    Amelie by Illimani
    Brushed Suri by Blue Sky Fibres
    Skinny Andean Wool by KAOS
    Organic Local Merino by dLana
    Brushed Alpaca by KAOS (two threads)
    Gradient Merino by Schoppel

    Lily Kate France — Peppy

    The Peppy shawl is worked as two separate scalene triangles that are joined at the top so the points are misaligned. This way, it can have that layered feel while being far smaller than a folded square would need to be. Worked in garter stitch, the shawl is a relaxing knit, but the short rows provide enough interest to keep it entertaining. The three-needle / i-cord bind-off-edge is the only time the third colour is used — but it ties the whole design together both literally and metaphorically.

    Sabri Colours by Illimani
    Sabri by Illimani
    Coast by Holst Garn
    Merilin by Isager
    Le Petit Lambswool by Biches & Buches
    Balayage by Pascuali
    So so so many more options, including Merino Cloud, Krea Cotton - we would encourage you to try two different yarns for this one! Maybe a woolly one and a plant-based fibre, or a smooth one and a fluffy one? Check out all the FIngering weight options here.

    Eliza Hinkes — Ottilia

    Ottilia is a rectangular scarf with graphic lace panels. The scarf is worked in two identical pieces, each knit from the cast-on edge to the centre. The pieces are joined using the three-needle bind-off. The eyelet lace is used to hold the fringe, creating large “stitches” at the edges. The neutral colour combination works with many outfits, but it has enough contrast to make the fringe pop.

    Royal I by Illimani
    Camel DK by Pascuali
    Eco Baby by Isager
    Origin by Walcot Yarns

    Susanna Kaartinen — Jiellâh

    Jiellâh is a relaxed cardigan with clean lines and well-thought-out details— a true wardrobe staple! The graphic texture makes the garment interesting to knit and wear, but it is still simple enough to be styled in many different ways. This cardigan is worked from the bottom up. The wide horizontal stripes in the body and sleeves are worked in syncopated shaker stitch. The hem and the cuffs feature half-twisted rib, and the button band is double-knitted.

    One strand of the following held together with silk mohair:
    Merino Cloud by artyarns
    Organic Soft Merino by KAOS
    Noelle by LANG
    Le Petit Lambswool by Biches & Buches
    Woolstok Light by Blue Sky Fibers
    La Madrilana by dLana
    Balayage by Pascuali

    Without Silk Mo:
    Skinny Andean Wool by KAOS
    Plump DK by Mrs Moon
    Lalland DK by Di Gilpin

    Marzena Kołaczek — Devana

    Marzena Kołaczek — Devana

    Devana is an ethereal, oversized top with dropped shoulders, worked seamlessly from the top down. Textures mixed with delicate openwork guarantee a fun knitting experience. The knitting starts with the front pieces, which are worked straight down to the underarm. Stitches for the back are then picked up. The slightly scalloped hem and the picot edge around arm openings highlight the girlishness of the design. 

    Pure Silk by Einrum
    Bomulin by Isager
    Organic Cotton by Krea Deluxe
    Noelle by LANG
    Coast by Holst Garn
    Sabri Colours by Illimani
    Sabri by Illimani
    Merilin by Isager
    Lamb 2 by Einrum

    Marion Mursic — Sea Salt

    Marion Mursic — Sea Salt

    The Sea Salt hoodie was inspired by surf sessions and long days by the sea. It is an oversized, comfortable garment featuring dropped shoulders, cropped sleeves and a generous amount of positive ease. The hoodie is worked from the top down: first flat and then in the round. The little embroidered flowers are created using French knots, lazy daisy stitch and spider stitch. They add a finishing touch to the pattern and are a fun way to use leftover yarn.

    Woolstok Worsted by Blue Sky Fibers
    Sheepsoft DK by Bylaxtons
    Origin by Walcot Yarns
    Camel DK by Pascuali
    Eco Baby by Isager
    Bespoke DK Cashmere by Clinton Hill

    Joey Poh — In Bloom

    Joey Poh — Propagation

    The Propagation socks represent Joey Poh’s experiences with gardening: growing new plants from cuttings of other plants. These cute and dainty toe-up socks feature trellis stitch and little flowers created by combining colourwork and stitch patterning. Joey hoped to capture the essence of the freshness and hope that comes with springtime. Wear them with low-top sneakers, for example, so the flowers can be seen!

    Amble by The Fibre Co
    Socks Yeah! by CoopKnits
    BFL Mini Skeins by RiverKnits

    Olga Putano — Tepliy

    Olga Putano — Tepliy

    The Tepliy sweater is the epitome of sweet and cosy: knit­­ted in lightweight and lofty yarn, the finished garment has a thick feel without being too hot. The sweater is worked from the bottom up, both flat and in the round. The split hem with a longer back adds comfort and style, and the full sleeves allow for layering in the cooler months and breathability in warmer weather. The stitch pattern is fun and easy to memorise — you will truly want to work “just one more row”!

    Amelie by Blue Sky Fibers
    Vaya by LANG
    Eco Baby by Isager
    Camel DK by Pascuali
    Also, consider using a fingering weight yarn with a lace weight silk mohair yarns

    Qing Studio — Heligan

    Qing Studio — Heligan

    The Heligan sweater is all about embracing colours and having fun with your knitting. It is a lightweight cabled top worked in the round from top to bottom. The increases happen within the cables, so they almost double in size by the time you are finished. At the end of your knitting comes the fun part, where you unravel all the purl stitches between the cable columns, setting the top free to swing around the body! An applied i-cord and smaller needles are used to create the sleeve and body hems.

    One of our lace weight silk mohair yarns
    Organic Brushed Alpaca by KAOS
    Meadow by The Fibre Co
    Lamb 2 by Einrum

    Thea Vesterby — Columns

    Thea Vesterby — Columns

    Columns is a sweater you will reach for all year round. The light, high-necked pullover is worked in a simple lace pattern. The sweater is worked seamlessly from the top down. First, you knit the back and front pieces flat, and after they are joined together, you work the rest of the body in the round. Because of the repeated lace pattern, it is easy to get into a flow while knitting.

    Lalland by Di Gilpin
    Vaya by LANG
    Suave by Pascuali
    Cautiva by Wooldreamers
    Fluff by Walcot Yarns

  • Laine is a high-quality Nordic knit & lifestyle magazine for knit folks. We cherish natural fibres, slow living, local craftsmanship and beautiful, simple things in life. Our intention is to inspire you to gather and share, to be part of a community of like-minded knitters, makers and thinkers from near and far. Knitting is more than just knit, knit, purl. It is a feeling.

    Laineincludes patterns from the leading knitwear designers, insightful, long-format stories from the world of wool, interviews, exciting travel articles, seasonal recipes and strong, visual storytelling.