Rowan Knitting and Crochet Magazine 47 includes some exceptionally pretty, feminine designs. The stories:
Serenity is inspired by the natural, fragile and ancient beauty of once great cultures. Calmness and purity of thought inspire a collection of garments which are simple and loose in shape. Lace ruffles and bows enhance this deeply feminine story with old crochet techniques being reworked into open structures.
Halycon Days is inspired by the merging of the spirit of past grandeur with the weathered reality of the present. The collection of garments has an essentially innocent look with the emphasis on hand crafted, vintage and heirloom pieces.
Jamboree is inspired by joyful optimism. This lovely, cheerful and playful story encourages and raises the spirits in a contagious way. Geometric patterning and stripes create a feeling of youthful energy and exuberance. Shapes are loose, but still fitted with wide kimono sleeves and the use of drawstrings to create a personalised silhouette, all adding to this fun story with a retro feel.
Yarns used in the designs are Cotton Glace, Fine Milk Cotton, Milk Cotton DK, Handknit Cotton, Kidsilk Haze, Lenpur Linen, Purelife Organic Cotton DK, Purelife Organic Cotton 4 ply, Pima Cotton DK and Summer Tweed.
Kaffe's Homeware is a major feature for this season, which showcases a collection of 12 homeware pieces exclusively designed for Rowan by Kaffe Fassett. The collection includes throws, wall hangings and cushions using the ever popular Summer Tweed yarn. Kaffe's Homeware designs can be downloaded free from http://www.knitrowan.com/free-projects/Accessories.aspx