Ruby Anniversary Collection Preview


Preview - The Ruby Anniversary Design Story


Top notch internationally acclaimed designers are coming out of the woodwork for the Ruby Anniversary design story, which forms roughly half of the brilliant and extremely collectable Ruby Anniversary Rowan Knitting and Crochet Magazine 64. As a special treat we will quickly preview the designs which the knitting and crochet world's biggest names have come up with to celebrate this amazing company's 40 years of service to the worldwide knitting community, all with a rich ruby red theme.


ALIZARIN by Martin Storey is a gorgeous if somewhat challenging knit for lovers of texture. The intricate cable design (fortunately rendered in nice thick Brushed Fleece) gives an amazing depth and movement, and the deep scalloped edging which frames all the open edges creates a slightly dressy look to this otherwise relaxed wrap-over coat. Perfect for giving jeans and winter boots a touch of classy dramatic flair.

CARISE  AND FOLLY (L)  are a sweater and cowl combo by Arne and Carlos, Denmark's biggest knitting 'names'. |The vivid combination uses two shades of Alpaca Soft DK which creates a wonderful drape. The 2-colour work makes these really warm even if they don't have the obvious bulk of a chunky winter knit. This is a great example of fashion forward 'New Nordic' and you can see a lot more of their designs in the book of that name in our New In section. Simple shapes mean that the competent two-colour knitter will have no problem focusing on patterning rather than shaping. 

CARMINE (R) is another Martin Storey offering with a dramatic design which has a strong flavour of  first nation indian or south american patterning. A really striking piece, it is knitted in three shades of Kid Classic which, even allowing for the dramatic fringed edgings (and chunky ribbed cuffs) it will be fabulously warm but not too heavy. High drama with a casual vibe this will make cold winter days a delight.

CARNELIAN (Above, R and L) is a classic Marie Wallin piece, a gorgeous winter shrug perfect for the party season with a simple stocking stitch body and batwing style sleeves and a fabulously flamboyant fluted crochet framing which makes it well worth learning the craft if you arent already handy with a crochet hook.  In Deep Rose Alpaca Soft DK it drapes really well and will keep you feeling elegant but warm in the draughtiest restaurant or gliding from car to party!

CINNABAR by Galina Carrol (above left)  is a delightful luxury v-neck sweater in Cashmere Tweed and Alpaca Soft Dk with deep bands of simple geometric 2-colour work throughout, and cute little embroidered squares in pastel shades of Kidsilk Haze to highlight the stitch pattern. A smashing upper-thigh length skims any unwanted post-festive season bulges and it is a real dress up or down piece, smart with jeans but sophisticated with a long velvet skirt for cold season glamour.

CLARET (above left) is Lisa Richardson's take on the newly fashionable sweater dress with an eye-popping all-over 2 colour design which shouts Christmas, Nordic, Contemporary and Sassy...the patterning clearly makes me think in capital letters. Knitted in two shades of Kid Classic it is warm but lightweight and would make my trendy daughter very happy should I knit it for her.  I might if she takes over the ironing for a year, otherwise she's on her own.

FALU above left is a heavily cabled serape style throw delivering bags of high drama with all-over cabling and amazing long fringes. By Martin Storey it is very versatile, for evening it could be draped over a sleeveless gown, would substitute for a jacket on cool but dry days, and when the temperature really plummets fling it over a plain dark winter coat for instant seasonal cheer. Shown in Rich Red Pure  Wool Superwash Worsted.

GAZEBO (above R) could only be a Kaffe Fassett offering, shown here in one of two colourways. It requires ten shades of Felted Tweed and features stylised 3-D effect intarsia stars throughout all framed neatly in a bi-coloured rib. A Kaffe Classic, which uses some of his new Kaffe;s Colours in the Felted Tweed range this little number will be a wardrobe staple whenever you want to really stand out from the crowd.

GARNET (above L) by Grace Jones is a prime example of how simplicity and style can combine to make a really knockout design. This very simple stocking stitch batwing sleeve sweater features rich ruby tones of Kidsilk Haze with muted framing in a two-colour Felted Tweed combination. The texture contrast is quite arresting and modern, and the upper hip-bone length works well for most silhouettes. Glamorous Kidsilk Haze has a soft shimmer which gives this young casual style a touch of evening elegance, so dress it up with a long skirt and heels or down with jeans and boots. Either way it;s a memorable piece that a novice knitter could easily master.

MAROON (above R) by Sasha Kagan, (who else?) As instantly recognisable as Kaffe Fassett I remember seeing Sasha's early work in a vintage edition of Vogue Knitting, and she still has it!! Beautiful little intarsia butterflies in a range of colours really 'pop' against a rich maroon background. The shaping on this little jacket is very cutting edge in fashion terms, bracelet length trumpet sleeves edged with a fluted frill really attract attention and give instant glamour to this neat button through jacket. Flirty and frivolous  it has an edge of borrowed glamour because of the grown-up colour palette. In Valley Tweed, Felted Tweed, Alpaca Soft DK and Kidsilk Haze this is an absorbing knit for someone who loves to make a statement with their output.

PERINONE (above L)   is a show stopper by that doyenne of designers Zandra Rhodes. In four shades of Kidsilk Haze including a splash of her trademark pink, it features horizontal graduated stripes which really echo the movement of this large flowing one-size blanket-style coat. Absolute drama for what I think is one of the main highlights of this collection and wonderfully easy to knit as well.

REDWOOD (above R) is a super comfy raglan sleeved sweater with cosy ribbed roll neck and some lovely cabling detail just above the ribbed ham. In Kid Classic shade Cherry Red it has a real glow about it, perfect for combining casual, comfortable, and luxurious. A Sarah Hatton understated wardrobe classic, add jewellery for laid back glam at Christmas or chunky boots and jeans for walking the dog on crisp days.

MAGENTA (above L) by Lisa Richardson consolidates this Autumn/Winter's love affair with the body-con sweater dress. In Alpaca Soft DK its long sleeves and high neckline keep out the draughts, and the subtle all-over pattern of textured diamonds create lots of understated visual interest.  Short enough to please the young without being so short that only the exhibitionist teens would dare,and a perfect partner for warm solid colour tights or leggings.

SANGRIA (above R) a below knee length coat designed by Brandon Mabley. No doubting the fact that he works with and was inspired by Kaffe Fassett, so lots of colours and an eye-catching geometric design for the intarsia nuts. A big project but so eye-catching it will be a wardrobe staple from the moment it is finished. Cheaper to make with us as well with our 20% off Rowan's recommended price on all their yarns year round. will certainly  make a major difference to the cost of a project this large.   

                      ROSEWOOD (above L) by Grace Jones is a really sweet and versatile long sleeved tie-front shrug style cardigan, short and sassy   and very wearable for all age groups. Casually knotted over a t-shirt or fine gauge sweater to keep out the chills indoors, or a fragile flight of fancy over a strappy cocktail dress for the party season it is knitted in Kidsilk Haze and would makea welcome gift for women of any age

ROSSO (above R) by Sarah Hatton makes me think of English Country House weekends, very Downton Abbey with afternoon tea, butlers, and strapping y oung footmen. A four button round necked cardigan it is predominantly stocking stitch but features tiny cables from the lower bust level upwards which gently shape the fabric in to make it more form-fitting at the bust and shoulders while flaring slightly from bust to the upper hip-bone length hem. This A-line empre-waiststyle silhouette is very easy to wear, especiallyif you are a fashion deprived pregnant ledy who will find the extra easeof this and the Rosewood cardigan perfect for accommodating a baby bump. 


So, there are the major pieces in the Ruby Anniversary collection (or at least all we have room for), you will find the entire collection with the attached pdf file about all the yarn requirements and sizings in our New In category at |Hope this has given you some food for thought...I'm already planning Christmas presents,


Maggie Tarason



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