Knitting for women

Knitting for women

Elegant shimmering wristwarmers

Elegant shimmering wristwarmers

THESE ELEGANT wristwarmers by Tanis Gray are decorated with two lace ‘cuffs’, which overlap to provide warmth and beauty. The cuffs are knitted separately, then sewn onto simple garter stitch tubes which have thumbholes. “It’s easier to put them together by wearing the mitts while sewing the cuffs on,” Tanis suggests. She has used the wonderfully soft and light Lustrous Extrafine Merino DK yarn from Sublime, which is a merino wool spun with delicate, lustrous metallic threads.

SIZE: One size, to fit average woman’s hands

Length: 25cm (10in)

Palm circumference: 15cm (6in)

Clutch bag "Magic the Circus"

Clutch bag

THIS COLOURFUL clutch bag by Nicki Merrall is knitted in a variegated yarn, using seamless techniques. The front flap is made first, one hexagon at a time, with more hexagons joined on by picking up stitches. Once the front flap is complete, stitches are picked up round three sides of the flap to make a mitred facing. Stitches are then cast on and picked up along the remaining flap edge before the bag is knitted in the round, from the top down. The lower edges are joined using a three-needle cast-off. The bag is then completed by inserting a lining fabric and thick interfacing.

SIZE: 33cm (13in) wide by 191/2cm (71/2in) deep

YARN: Noro Silk Garden Sock (4ply weight; 40% lambswool, 25% silk, 25% nylon, 10% kid mohair; 300m/328yds per 100g ball)

Hooded scarf "Iseult"

FASHIONABLE YET practical, hooded scarves are fun to make and wear. This design by Bergere de France features elegant cables and a patterned rib, and is finished off with chunky tassels on the ends of the scarf and the peak of the hood. It’s knitted here in an aran-weight blend of wool and alpaca from Bergere de France, called Pure Nature. This rounded, roving yarn comes in a palette of eight soft shades, achieved using 100% natural dyes.

SIZE: 25cm (93/4in) wide by 168cm (66in) long

YARN

Bergere de France Pure Nature (Aran weight; 50% alpaca, 50% combed wool; 82m/90yds per 50g ball)

Jonquille (29573); 10 x 50g balls

Two-tone mittens

Two-tone mittens

SIZE: Length: 28cm (11in)

Hand circumference: 21cm (81/4in)

Cuff circumference: 26cm (101/4in)

YARN: Blacker Yams Pure Shetland Wool (4ply weight; 100% wool, 175m/191yds per 50g ball)

A White; 1 x 50g ball

B Dark; 1 x 50g ball

NEEDLES & ACCESSORIES

1 set 2.5mm (UK 12-13/US 1-2) double-pointed needles1 x 3mm (UK 11/US 2-3) knitting needle (for cast-on)

Cabled cardigan

Cabled cardigan

Sized for Small, Medium, Large.

Materials

Comfort by Berroco, 31/2oz/l00g skeins, each approx 210yd/193m (nylon/acrylic)

• 6 (6,7) skens in #9765 spice

• One pair size 8 (5mm) needles OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE

• Size 8 (5mm) circular needles, 32''/81 cm long

• Cable needle (cn)