Rowan Magazine 56 arrived last week and, true to form, it is chock full of inspiring and beautiful designs. There are two main design stories, Wilderness and Craftwork, featuring cables, colourwork and interesting shapes, as well as a collection of more straightforward pieces in Essentials.
Wilderness has a strong Scottish vibe, with Celtic and Norwegian influences. The collection features beautiful patterns which emphasise bold colourwork and thick textures. All of these patterns have a high level of attention to detail, so they’ll keep accomplished knitters interested but are not be for the faint hearted! These designs are photographed against the dramatic backdrop of Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands and the rich colours of the landscape really bring out the rugged appeal of these designs.
Craftwork is an elegant collection featuring luxurious fluffy fibres (such as Kidsilk Haze, Felted Tweed and the forthcoming Mohair Haze) and patterns for lightweight layers. These pieces will be perfect for giving warmth without bulk and many are knit using intriguing combinations of several different Rowan yarns.
Essentials focuses on easy-to-wear garments, and present an inviting contrast to the complexities of the other two collections. The focus here is on shape, with simple stitch patterns and plain colours (which also makes them a more economical option). There are many designs in Fine Lace and Pure Wool 4 Ply and it's nice to see these yarns receiving more pattern support. And don't worry- although they are lightweight, they will still keep you toasty warm this winter.