Rowan Yarns is legendary for not only their amazing, diverse yarn lines but their pattern support with their stunning pattern books and magazines for over 30 years. Rowan has drastically changed how knitting and pattern publishing are done. Rowan Yarns was the first knitting company to give designers credit for their designs. Prior to Rowan, knitting patterns were published anonymously in women’s magazines, tucked in the back at the very end of the magazine.
Based in Yorkshire, England, Rowan Yarns has published the who’s-who of knitting designers: Kaffe Fassett, Brandon Mably, Sarah Hatton, Marie Wallin, Louisa Harding, and Kim Hargreaves to name just a few of the many internationally famous designers that have worked with Rowan over the years. Twice a year, Rowan releases their knitting magazine, highlighting stunning patterns that look like they belong in the art gallery. Each magazine features stunning photographs of the patterns in the beautiful English countryside alongside articles on knitting history, knitting techniques and featured articles about different fiber animal breeds/species. Every issue is a treasure trove of knitting knowledge and inspiration.
Highlights of Rowan Magazine over the years include just about any Kaffe Fasset pattern, with brilliantly colored knits in an artist’s pallet in many of the first issues, Kim Hargreaves’ long flowing coats, Marie Wallin’s Raphel in Issue 44. I personally fell in love with Rowan after seeing’s Kim Hargreaves’ Red Hot from Issue 33 on the Wendy Knits blog.
That one pattern started a life-long quest to collect each of the Rowan Knitting Magazines. I’m nearly there, missing only the coveted and rare, Issue 4. One day, I will find this holy grail within my budget.
In the meantime, I hope to share my undying love for this English knitting company with other knitters. The Teton Knitting Company eBay Shop is overflowing with Rowan Knitting Magazines, Rowan Studio pattern books and yarn specific pattern books. Find page after page of inspiration in these books from classic knitting patterns to runway inspired looks and everything in between. You won’t be disappointed and your knitting life will be richer for the inspiration.