Knitting Preview: September 5, 2020 Issue

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We are talking texture in this week’s knitting preview, thanks to this long-sleeved sweater.

Autumn berries are the inspiration behind this week’s shade, Elder (080), and the yarn is the versatile Rico Design Essentials Merino DK.

This 100% merino wool is soft, smooth and has a light and springy structure, making it both beautifully warm and kind to sensitive skin. You can find out more about the yarn and alternative shades, and order directly from

The textured pattern is worked over the entire garment and is created over a 14-row, 16-stitch pattern.

The pattern contrasts with the unusual lace rib, formed over a 4-row repeat.

We have eight sizes available, ranging from 81 cm (32 ins) to 117 cm (46 ins). Actual size is around 15 cm (6 ins) bigger offering a comfortable fit.

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Photograph by Ally Stuart.

The most distinctive feature on this sweater is the shaped neckline. Work this with a circular needle once the garment is complete and consists of eight rounds.

This sweater is the ideal garment to see you through the change of seasons. We love it and hope you do, too.

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Liz O’Rourke

Liz is part of our Features Team and her hobbies include knitting and crafts, reading and foreign travel which are also her main responsibilities on the “Friend”. If you walk into the office you will soon spot her desk, it’s the one piled high with knitwear and balls of yarn!