Making Stories Magazine strives to feature companies and makers who focus on sustainability, transparency, fairness and equity in their work. They love telling their stories and hope to inspire and enable crafters to make conscious and informed decisions about the materials they use and companies they support.
In Issue 1, you’ll find thoughtful accessories and versatile garments that are designed with change in mind - change in seasons, in the way we work and live, in our choice of materials. We’re proud to be able to share the fantastic work of writers and visual artists with you with pieces that range from disability and knitting to body image, from queering the knitting status quo to what change means for our lives.
Adrienne Larsen, Armenuhi Khachatryan, Cheryl Eaton, Jennifer Barrett, Joanna Ignatius, Lauren Wallis, Linolimon, Maddie Harvey and Nataliya Sinelshchikova
Blacker Yarns, Cambrian Mountains Wool, De Rerum Natura, Garthenor, Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, L’Échappée Laine, Lana Rara, Oysters and Purls and Triskelion Yarn
To our knowledge, the only ad-free knitting magazine on the market today. They believe in preserving their independence when it comes to deciding who they feature and work with through not accepting any ads for this magazine.
They are printing on 100% recycled paper, one of the few that’s certified not only with the EU Ecolabel and the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, but also with the Blauer Engel certificate.
They are keeping production and fulfilment as local as possible, working with Druckhaus Berlin-Mitte as their printer, the first printer to be certified with Blauer Engel.
For years I have dreamed of my ultimate Christmas jumper and never found a suitable pattern. When I was given the opportunity to enter the hand knit Christmas jumper contest onKirstie’s Handmade Christmas, I began designing and knitting furiously.
This jumper has a more vintage fit with its cropped body. The stripes and colourwork add a bit of whimsy and fun. As the jumper is worked in Aran weight, it also a relatively quick knit. This jumper is knit in the round from the bottom up. Sleeves are knitted first and set aside, then the body. The sleeves are then joined to the body and the yoke is worked in the round to completion.
This is a PDF pattern that will be emailed to you. Or if you would like the pattern added to your Ravelry library, please provide your Ravelry Username in the 'order notes.'
MC (Main body): Ginger’s Hand Dyed Masham Mayhem Aran ‘Part of Your World’ (Aran weight; 75% British Bluefaced Leicester 25% British Masham; 160metres / 175yards per 100gram skein) x 4 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins
CC1 (Stripes): Ginger’s Hand Dyed Sheepish Aran ‘Poison Apple’ (Aran weight; 100% British Bluefaced Leicester; 166metres / 182yards per 100gram skein) x 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 2) skeins
CC2 (Yoke background): West Yorkshire Spinners 100% Bluefaced Leicester Aran ‘Ecru’ (Aran weight; 100% British Bluefaced Leicester; 166metres / 182yards per 100gram skein) x 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1) skein
4.5mm circular / US 7 circular needle 60cm / 24in (80cm / 32in) in length
4.5mmm circular / US 7 circular needle 80cm / 32in in length for magic loop or DPNs
4 stitch markers (different colour markers will help to keep track of decreases)
Waste yarn (smooth cotton recommended)
18 sts and 27 rnds over 10cm / 4in of stocking stitch worked in the rnd and blocked, using 4.5mm / US 7 needles
19 sts and 27 rnds over 10cm / 4in of 1x1 colourwork ribbing worked in the rnd and blocked, using 4.5mm / US 7 needles
Sizes 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6)This sweater has been designed to fit with between 2.5-5cm (1-2in) negative ease. The sample is shown in Size 2 on a model with a 89cm (35in) bust. The sweater can be worn with zero ease or a little positive ease for a more casual or boxy look.
Following are the finished bust measurements Size 1: 31inches Size 2: 33.25inches Size 3: 36inches Size 4: 38.25inches Size 5: 40 inches Size 6: 42.25inches
Please refer to the schematic for full measurement details so you can choose the best size for you.
Bursting forth this spring, our botanical-inspired issue sees our designers looking to flora for the seed of their ideas. Issue 28 is budding with your next ‘must make’ projects, and it features no less that three gorgeous crochet patterns.
In addition to the patterns, there is a lovely lineup of other verdant thoughts for you – Anna Maltz’s musings on plant-based fibres, Rebecca Lawrence’s method for botanical-infused gin, and Paula Goosen’s tutorial for making your own floral lotion bars.
Wherever your crafty pursuits take you this spring, this issue goes some way to helping your creativity flourish, and maybe even flower.