View the designs in Magazine 50 and also access our members exclusive digital edition, as well as a video of the season's collection. Autumn Winter 2011 is set to be the season of total knits, with heavily layered looks contrasting with ultra feminine and elegant shapes. Chunky, natural, soft wool and alpaca blends feature alongside beautiful colour rich wool twists and silk and mohair blends, hinting of floral and alpine inspiration.
Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine 51 sees key shapes which reflect a new confidence emerging within the wearer. The designs have been created for ease of movement and casual freedom giving a relaxed, summery vibe. The fun element is injected with a return to the retro resort styles where pattern and colour explode. The season is mainly understated, where nothing is outrageous. Rowan is promoting two stories Artisan and Riviera to reflect these trends. Essentials is the showcase for the key shapes of the season but translated into more simplified, easy to wear styles that will compliment the season's essential looks.
This is the season of the ‘cosy’ knit, the ‘wrap up against the elements’ knit, sweaters that ‘cocoon’ the body. Capes are still important as well as the key accessories of large wrap scarves, leg warmers and chunky socks.
Extremes are seen in knit design from the neat and elegant to the grungy and worn out. Different scales of fairisle, motifs, stripes and checks are used together to create the ‘untraditional fairisle’.