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By Hand Magazine

By Hand Lookbook No. 12: London

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Travel across the ocean and land in the bustling center of London, England for By Hand 12th volume.
Take a baking class at Bread Ahead, indulge all of your fabric fantasies and learn how to sew with the experts at Merchant and Mills, and observe the fundamentals of natural dyeing in the working studio of Botanical Inks.

Peek into the fabric storehouses of Liberty London and Cloth House. Stretch your legs and savor the sights and scents in London’s Kew Gardens, then hop a train and take a day trip to Brighton Beach or the medieval village of Rye.

Lookbook #12 is a maker’s travelogue, and we invite you to use it to craft your own fiber and fabric trip of a lifetime!


The patterns and projects in By Hand Serial Lookbook #12 are the push you’ve needed to stretch your wings a little and try your hand at something new. All of the projects are beautiful and functional: an opportunity to make simple, classic pieces that will become core staples in your wardrobe.

Patterns from Andrea Hungerford and Hannah Thiessen include a quilted vest sewn from jacquard cotton; a classic knitted turtleneck to wear alone or as the perfect layering piece; and a lightweight cardigan with carefully crafted details and a soft mohair halo will carry you from spring into summer.

Knitting patterns also include a clever colorwork vest by Sylvia Watts-Cherry, and a hat and scarf set with striking cables by Irina Pi.

Sew a flattering lounge set in one Liberty London’s vibrant floral prints, play with English Paper Piecing with Florence Knapp’s Eight Dials quilt, and try your hand at natural dyeing with small pieces of fabric that you can sew into a handy dumpling drawstring pouch. We have even included a recipe direct from Bread Ahead’s English Teatime baking class!