The Autumn Issue of Making Stories is due to be released on the 1st September so with this post I take a look at the knitting patterns inside and suggest some yarn pairings to get yourself prepared. The theme of this issue is looking towards the sky, reminding us to not forget to look up and see the beauty above.

In this issue are 12 knitting patterns inspired by the sky, the clouds, the buildings, the trees, the texture, the light and everything else you see when you look up! Along with works from artists and writers. Making Stories strive to feature companies and makers who focus on sustainability, transparency, fairness and equity in their work.

Altocumulus Shawl by Fiona Alice. This simply textured triangle shawl is a classic shape and all about pleasing fibre combinations. Two different textures sit next to each other in different colours to create a minimal look, finished off with a little whimsy in the form of tassels. Knit in a combination of fibres, I would try Hélène Magnúson Love Story Einband and Fyberspates Cumulus.

Among The Trees Hat by Makenzie Alvarez. I think a cable hat has to be an Autumn/Winter wardrobe staple. This design with its multiple cables that disappear into each other as you knit towards the crown looks very inviting. Knit in the cosy Garthenor No. 3.

Boirina Sweater by Elena Solier Jansà. This minimal go to jumper has an easy relaxed shape that is heightened by the cable detail that flows from body to sleeves. This elegant detail is in an unusual place and reveals itself when you move your arms. I think John Arbon Devonia 4ply would look smart.

Cirro Sweater by Valentina Cosciani. This pretty balloon sleeved jumper has large but subtle laced yoke, knit from the top down. After you have knitted the yoke the body and sleeves are completed in an easy stocking stitch. Knit in a combination of a 4ply and a lace mohair held double for a fluffy halo. Try Hillesvåg Sølje held with Fyberspates Cumulus.

Dancing Skies Socks by Emily Joy Rickard. Knit top down these socks have a fun contrasting cable that runs the whole length of the sock. A short row heel, 2x rib cuff and heel are done in a contrasting colour. A design with all sorts of colour possibilities. Knit in the recycled nylon sock yarn the Fibre Co Amble.

Grassland T-Shirt by Susan Schädler. Seamlessly knit from the top down this drop shoulder tee is designed to have a relaxed cropped look. The minimal shape is incorporates an airy lace panel that runs along the front. Knit by holding two strands together I would pair Triskelion Yarn Mona 4ply with Fyberspates Cumulus.

Growing Ivy Scarf by Ayano Tanaka. This scarf is knit as a long tube which is great because it hides all the floats from the colourwork on the inside. No purling either, just keep on knitting. A lovely graphic design that is framed by branches. I would choose Garthnor Preseli which is great for stranded colourwork and nice and soft.

Ley Lines Sweater by Kjerstin Rovetta. Slipped and twisted stitches create this dynamic jumper. The chevron design helps frame the v-neck opening on the front and pleasing diagonals meet at the seams. I think this would look great in the Fibre Co Lore or Nordic Yarn Eco Cashmere.

Orage Socks by Elena Solier Jansà. A classic cuff down sock which incorporates a delicate cable design in to the rib. I like a pair of socks that think a bit more about the ribbing. Try Triskelion Yarn Mama Qucha Sock.

Sky Lines Wrap by Ksenia Naidyon. Starting from the middle this scarf is knit outwards in two identical chevron panels. Gentle stripes and textured stitches make up this minimal but pleasing design. Finished off with tassels of course! I would knit this in any of the gorgeous Nomadnoos yarns: Dry Desert Camel, Smooth Sartuul Sheep or So Soft Yak and Sartuul which would creat a light and airy scarf.

Tropfen Sweater by Julia Exner. I like a colourwork project that has a bit of texture in it and this circular yoke is given something extra with its bobbles. The Fibre Co Cumbria Fingering would be a nice cosy yarn for this project.

Vitrail Socks by Audrey Borrego. Textured socks like this one keep the knitting interesting while also looking great. Knit from the top down and designed to be super comfy I would also try the Fibre Co Amble because it feels nice and would add definition to the texture.