English Diamonds Cowl by Laurie Chochinov

The pattern in this issue is from Laurie Chochinov, a Master Knitter since 2012. Her English Diamond Cowl uses a gradient yarn from Apple Tree Knits. As one would expect from a Master Knitter, her pattern gives the knitter a chance to practice many hand knitting skills, including provisional cast on, slip stitches, variation in gauge, and finishing techniques.

Learn Something New!

How to join in the round is the topic of the series in this issue. It complements the Skill Builder article on working knit and purl stitches in the round.

Top-Down Market Bag by Binka Schwan

The Confident Beginner pattern is for a reversible bag, using Berroco Weekend. It is worked from the top down, starting with the strap. Once the strap is complete, stitches for the top of the bag are cast on from one end of the strap. The opposite end of the strap is then attached and the remaining stitches for the top of the bag are cast on. The top edge is then joined to work in the round for the body of the bag. The bottom is seamed with the three-needle bind off.

Open-Edge Selvedges

This series explores options for projects where selvedges are left open. Carefully planning your selvedges can help ensure the edges will look neat and lie flat. Treatments range from subtle to very decorative. This article discuss picot edges formed by working yarn overs at the start of each row. Picot is French for “little point” and this method does create little points, but they are open, dainty little points.

Wayfarer By Celia McAdam Cahill

This cardigan, using Dream in Color Classy with Cashmere yarn, features a zip front. It accompanies this issue’s Special Topics in Finishing article by Celia McAdams Cahill on the best way to include a zipper in a knitted garment.

Color Block Tunic By Donna Estin

This easy-to-wear tunic, using three colors of HiKoo Kenzie, provides just the right amount of coverage when wearing leggings. The dramatic color blocks provide a slimming profile, and the lace waistband adds a feminine accent. The dual-colored cables on the sleeves twist the colors into eye-catching stripes.