CCK_FeaturedPatt-LARGE Cross-Country Knitting, Volume One, features a pair of contemporary, wearable masculine garments.   The Machrihanish vest, designed by Kate Davies . . . machrihanish9 . . . and the Bruton Hoody, designed by Jen Arnall-Culliford 2lr   Kate says  “the Machrihanish vest features traditional OXO motifs; uses Jamieson and Smith’s traditional Heritage Yarn, and is knit in the traditional Shetland way — in the round with steeks.  But though a Fairisle vest is, in so many ways, a truly classic piece of knitwear, I think it can also look really sharp and contemporary. Men’s vest patterns are rarely shaped, but here I’ve included  optional waist tapering to create, if you wish, a neat and stylish masculine fit. I live in the West of Scotland, and Machrihanish is a village on the Argyll Coast.” machrihanish4 Jen says:  “Zipped cardigans are classic masculine garments, and that’s what I decided upon for my design. I wanted to create something a bit more interesting than a plain cardigan: something involving detail, but which still remained simple and wearable. I’ve long had a love affair with Maria Erlbacher’s beautiful Bavarian twisted stitch patterns so I settled on a panel running up the front, with the cable just below the shoulder. The construction of this hoody uses some cunning picked-up stitches to avoid having too many ends to weave in! It’s knitted in one piece from start to finish, with the pockets and sleeve stitches picked up as you go. Tricky to explain, but very, very simple to do! I’ve named my hoody Bruton, after the Somerset town where my husband, Jim, was at school.” 3lr Cross-Country Knitting, Volume One also includes a feature article by Jim Arnall-Culliford (aka Veuf Tricot) exploring the perils of giving and receiving hand-knits, plus a cut-out-and-keep Cross-Country Knitting gift tag to attach to your work.   Cross-Country Knitting, Volume One, is available to purchase for £5.95 as an e-book (via Ravelry) or in print (via MagCloud)

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