Rowan Studio Issue 33 – The Last Hurrah

The Last Hurrah, or Rowan Issue Studio 33, is the final collection for Rowan’s Studio publications. This lovely brochure contains 10 fantastic designs, all named after rock stars, using Kidsilk Haze, Anchor Artiste Metallic, Kidsilk Haze Eclipse, Angora Haze and Kidsilk Haze Glamour and covers all knitting skill levels from beginner to the more experienced.

Studio 33 coverI would love to knit the design featured on the front cover, Jagger, and I also Springsteen, pictured below.Springsteen 1The intention of the Studio brochures was to bring a catwalk look to knitwear for more fashion-conscious knitters. So looking back through the Studio designs archive I found this design, Lucille by Sarah Hattan, knitted in Kidsilk Haze.

Lucille 260x310To my delight I saw that the pattern instructions are in a book called Rowan Studio Knits which I bought straight away!

Rowan Studio Knits 260x310This book is a collection of some of the best designs from the early Studio brochures and contains 21 designs by Sarah Hatton selected by Rowan’s brand manager, Kate Buller. It features a range of great garment designs for all seasons, with cardigans, tops, jackets, wraps, waistcoats and sweaters in a range of Rowan yarns. Although this is not a new book (published in 2010) I thought it was worth buying as I love many of the designs….but then I would as Sarah Hatton is my favourite knitwear designer.

There are quite a few designs in this book that I would like to knit but my two other favourites are: Barista (below)

Barista 260x310and Vali.Vali 255 x 340If you would like to knit Vali you don’t have to buy the book. It is available on the Rowan website as a free download if you register or are a member (see below). It was originally knitted in Cashoft (now discontinued) but has been re-worked in Wool Cotton 4ply, a high twist blend of wool and cotton giving great stitch definition.

Anyway, here is my finished Lucille knitted in the wonderful Kidsilk Haze in the purple colour Ultra (659).

Lucille2aYou can see that I have changed the design somewhat to suit my shape. I lengthened it, shaped the waistline, extended the lace pattern down my bust line slightly, added more buttons and omitted the extra sleeve layer. I’m sure I am not alone in altering a pattern to fit. We all have different length bodies and arms so when you spend time and money on knitting something it is important that it fits and suits your body shape when it’s finished.

Here’s a different view……..

LucilleB

Do you alter knitting patterns to achieve a better fit? I would love to know! Leave me a reply (below) saying what you have done. If you would like to send me a photo of the design and how it turned out, please leave a reply stating that you would like to send a photo and I will contact you directly.

Now for things to Click on!

Click on the links below if you would like to:-

view all the designs in Studio Issue 33

view all the designs in Rowan Studio Knits

how you can register for free with Rowan

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2 thoughts on “Rowan Studio Issue 33 – The Last Hurrah

  1. I agree – that book is a hidden gem! I randomly tossed it my Amazon cart when I was trying to use up some gift cards, and it ended up being my favorite purchase. There are at least 7-8 designs that I very much want to make. Your Lucille is lovely!

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