Knitting for women

Knitting for women

Grey poncho

Grey poncho

Thanks to grey, this cable pattern poncho comes across pleasantly un-folksy! Tight blue jeans and sneakers round off the look. If you prefer a little sophistication, just combine it with a white blouse and high heels.

Size: 34/36, 38/40, and 42/44.

Figures for sizes 38/40 and 42/44 are given in parentheses, in ascending order, separated by a dash. If only one figure is given, it applies for all three sizes.

Materials: Lanecardate “Feltrone” (75% virgin wool, 25% angora, approx. 45 m/50 yds/100 g): 650 (700-750) g of Avon; addi circular knitting needles, size 15 mm (US 19), 1 each of 50 cm/ 20" and 80 cm/32" long; 1 cable needle.

Rib pattern: k 1, p 1 alternately.

Astrakhan Sweater

Astrakhan Sweater

KNITTED LACE has never looked so monumental! This dramatic top from the design team at Schachenmayr Select uses a lace and bobble pattern worked in a super-chunky yarn on colossal 25mm needles. The sweater is knitted in three main pieces; the right and left fronts are partly seamed together, and a collar is sewn onto the finished garment. The mohair content of the Alegretto yarn adds a pleasing fluffiness to those huge stitches - neon shades are also available, if you feel this design is not bold enough!

SIZE AND YARN: look after the description

NEEDLES & ACCESSORIES

1 pair 25mm (UK -/US 50) knitting needles

Knitted socks "Holy Moly"

Knitted socks

THESE WHIMSICAL socks are definitely meant to be flaunted! Designed by Charles D. Gandy for yarn company Schachenmayr Regia, they use self-striping sock yarn and are sized for children and adults. They’re made by creating ‘holes’ as you work the sock; once the sock is completed, stitches are picked up around these holes and a tube is knitted on then rolled back, using small balls of solid colour wound off from the main ball of yarn. If you want to go really crazy, you can unroll the rings to make tentacle-like projections around your leg!

SIZE: Foot circumference: 15 (171/2:20:221/2:25) cm

Foot length is fully adjustable.

Apricot wrap

Apricot wrap

THIS WRAP by Martin Storey has a luxurious feel and will impress anyone it’s gifted to, but it’s a quick knit for a garment this size. The mock cable pattern is knitted on 10mm needles in a super-chunky yarn from Rowan. Called Alpaca Chunky, this yarn has a chainette construction so it feels light yet is warm and comforting to wear; it comes in six natural shades including this deep grey-brown.

SIZE: 48cm (19in) wide and 120cm (47in) long

YARN: Rowan Alpaca Chunky (Super-chunky weight; 98% alpaca, 2% polyamide; 70m/77yds per 100g ball)

Pigeon (073); 7 x100g balls

Hyslop hat

Hyslop hat

CABLED HATS never go out of style, and this chic example for women by Lisa Richardson is sure to make a gift that will be gratefully received! The wide cables themselves add interest without making the hat too bulky. Made using Rowan’s super-chunky Alpaca Chunky yarn and 10mm knitting needles, the hat will knit up quickly, and shouldn’t be too challenging even for beginner knitters with some experience. The yarn itself is amazingly soft, and light yet warm, and comes in six neutral shades from cream to dark grey.

SIZE: To fit an average size adult head

YARN: Rowan Alpaca Chunky (Super-chunky weight; 98% alpaca, 2% polyamide; 70m/77yds per 100g ball)

Heron (078); 2 x 100g balls