What to knit from the new issue of Amirisu
The latest issue of Amirisu has arrived! This biannual knitting magazine from Japan is always a highly anticipated arrival, and the spring/summer 2021 theme of “layers” provides much to get lost in.
The magazine is full of fascinating articles, interviews with crafters and gorgeous images to boot. This issue takes a deep dive into the crafts of Okinawa—a perfect dose of armchair travel while international adventures remain, for the most part, off the cards. No fewer than 12 new patterns should be plenty to while away the summer months. Here’s a closer look at some of our favourites.
This sweater designed by Ririko features a meandering lace pattern that tumbles gently from the shoulders before resolving into stockinette and finishing in a high-low hem. Worked in the round from the top down, this pattern uses a fingering weight yarn, making it perfect for layering piece. We recommend using either Life in the Long Grass Fine Sock or Madelinetosh Twist Light for this pattern. Each yarn is available in over 60 colours, offering a huge array of options to make it your own.
For a sweater of a different stripe, Agave designed by Orlane Sucche should fit the bill. Knitted from the top down, Amirisu editors encourage using the jogless stripe technique—slipping the first stitch of the new colour purl-wise at the end of the first round after each colour change—to keep the stripes nice and neat. This piece will knit up well in De Rerum Natura Ulysse, CaMaRose Yaku, Quince & Co Tern or Quince & Co Finch.
This ever so slightly asymmetrical shawl by Kate Gagnon Osborn progresses through three textural motifs, providing plenty of interest for the eye as well as the knitter’s hand. The shawl is worked back and forth from the neck, increasing throughout. We think this shawl would look great in one of our favourite yarns, Tot le Matin Sport Plus. This merino yarn is so soft it feels like cashmere. It comes in divine hand dyed colours, has amazing stitch definition, and is springy and soft at the same time—what’s not to love! Naturally dyed Twirl Ditto Ether and hand dyed Life in the Long Grass Merino Sport would also be excellent choices for this pattern.
We’re so excited to have the cute and flirty Daisy Chain yarn back in stock from Knit Collage. These adorable yarns are lovingly hand-spun by craftswomen in India, combining tiny crochet daisies, bits of tea-dyed lace and hand-printed Jaipur fabrics into a totally unique skein. This super bulky weight yarn makes fun hats, cowls, scarves and other accessories. Head to the pattern page for Daisy Chain on Knit Collage’s website for more inspiration!
Don’t forget to enter to with one of two punch needle gift packages, each containing a copy of the book Punch Needle by Arounna Khounnoraj (aka Bookhou) and two balls of Iroiro roving of the winner’s choice for some punch needle inspiration! One winner will be selected on Instagram and the other on the blog. This context is open to everyone and we’ll ship to wherever you are in the world!
To enter on the blog, please leave a comment on last week’s post (comments on other blog posts will not be entered) with an idea of how you might use your prize.
To enter on Instagram either post one of your own punch needle photos or repost our photo from today using the hashtag #LoopLovesPunchNeedle. You will need to be following our account, @looplondonloves. Your entry will not count if you only leave a comment on our IG post—it has to be on your own post.
This giveaway will close at midnight UK time on Wednesday the 30th of June for blog comments and IG users.
We’ll announce the winners on Friday the 2nd of July, both on the blog and on Instagram.
Good luck Loopers!