The brand new Making magazine has landed and we’re in love! Designer Carrie Bostick Hoge of Madder has embarked on a new magazine project that gets to the heart of what we love to do: make. As Carrie describes, making not only connects us to the past and the history of our chosen craft, but also to the future as what we make now is passed on to future generations. While most of the projects included are for knitters, other crafts including sewing, embroidery, cross stitch, cooking, and more are included to truly bring makers together. We are so beyond excited to have our hands on such a well-executed and truly stunning publication!
Making, Issue One is focused on Flora. The strong natural element is woven throughout the publication, which includes delicate flower cross stitch hoops, vegetable-inspirited needle felting and even flower arranging. But at its heart are 10 beautiful knitting patterns.
The Silver Leaf Cardi by Hannah Fettig is a simple open cardigan with a beautiful lace edging running around the entire front. Since it’s DK weight, it would be light enough for the warmer months, yet still substantial to transition nicely into cooler weather. The Branches and Buds Pullover by Carrie Bostick Hoge features a beautiful geometric pattern on the yoke that is reminiscent of branches. Little bits of simple embroidery have been added for little pops of color to represent buds or berries and give you the opportunity to make the sweater unique to you. The Marigold Cardigan by Cecily Glowik MacDonald has a lovely lace panel down the back that works nicely with its overall simplistic look. With a cropped length and ¾ sleeves, this laceweight sweater makes for a great layering piece.
The Flora Cardi and Cowl by Carrie Bostick Hoge both utilize an organic lace stitch pattern that ties them right back to nature. The cardigan features just a bit of lace around the front, keeping the look simple. Since it’s knit out of laceweight, it’s perfect to wear on your stroll through the garden this summer. The coordinating cowl utilizes the stitch pattern throughout, and is perfect for wearing as a single loop for a stylish addition to your outfit or doubled when you truly need some extra warmth.
The Violet Cap and Bonnet by Melissa LaBarre are coordinating lace accessories that both use a feminine lace variant of feather and fan. Whether you knit it for a dear friend or a new baby in your life, these hats are sure to become favorites that will be used year round. Or better yet, knit each for your next baby shower gift! The Wildflowers Cap by Mary Jane Mucklestone is an adorable colorwork hat featuring a fun flower motif. Since it’s a worsted weight hat, it’s great for those chilly winter days when you want to keep the spirit of spring alive.
Dawn Catanzaro’s Tulip Fields Shawlette is a simple garter stitch scarf that can be worn equally well as a wrap. Knit out of laceweight, this wrap is perfect for throwing on when running errands or when going to an evening dinner out or concert when you need just a little something around your shoulders. A simple lace edging provides just the right amount of added interest that allows it to be easily dressed up or down. The Flower Fairy and Leaf Sprite by Susan B. Anderson are the epitome of cute. Knit your very own flower fairy or leaf sprite, complete with their own little whimsical beds. While they make great toys for children, they are also perfect for tucking around your house for a little extra charm.
Our Suggested Yarns:
- Silver Leaf Cardi – BC Garn Semilla
- Branches and Buds – Lux Adorna Sport
- Flora cardi – The Fibre Co. Road to China Lace
- Flora cowl – Crave Thoreau
- Violet Hat and Bonnet – The Fiberists Franklin Fingering
- Wildflowers cap – Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool Worsted
- Tulip fields shawlette – The Fibre Co. Meadow
- Toys – Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
Regardless of your favorite craft, Making has something inside for you. Be sure to pick up your copy soon, since they won’t last long. Also be sure to share your favorite part of this lovely publication below!