21 Must-See Novelty Knits!
ISSUE 112 NOV 2016
CUTE CHARACTERS & FUN MAKES FOR ALL! ISSUE 112 Nov 2016
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SPECIAL CHRISTMAS KNIT
Get ready for the party season with our
EASY SEQUIN SWEATER
S Jeans, £22.50, Marks & Spencer
ometimes you just have to let the yarn do the talking and this simple lace pattern is a great example. Designed by Pat Menchini, the shape is a pretty standard sweater template, but it’s the sequin yarn and well-positioned eyelets that make it really special. If you have some yarn left over, you can make a matching neck tie like we have here!
“If you’re using a smooth yarn, you’ll be able to use an i-cord for the neck ties, but if you’ve got a sequin yarn it’ll be easier to follow the pattern” LK Deputy Editor, Adrienne Chandler
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COLLECT THE SERIES
THE FAIR ISLE SWEATER
Have a go at colourwork with Penny Hill’s yoke-style top
ive a nod to ski-slope chic with our great introduction to colourwork. Taking its lead from the traditional yoke design of Scandinavian heritage knits, Penny’s purple sweater is mostly worked in plain stocking stitch but features stranded colour patterns around the base, sleeve cuffs and yoke. Read our Knitwise panel overleaf to find out more about the technique.
Jeans, £27.50, Marks & Spencer; bracelet, £10, Next
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“This project uses smaller needles than you’d usually expect for a DK yarn to create a nice, firm fabric.”
CLASSIC CHRISTMAS CENTRE-PIECE
Embroider the rings using chain stitches!
Top, £19.99, TK Maxx; jeans, £14.99, H&M
LK Deputy Editor, Adrienne Chandler
GREAT TOY FOR NEW KNITTERS
Lenny the Cat Knit Louise Watling’s sweet and simple feline in a weekend!
hristmas gifts don’t have to be complicated – as this cute and cuddly cat proves! Lenny is a quick and easy knit that uses basic stitches and simple shaping. He’s adorably chubby, which we suspect is down to eating all the office mince pies!
“Make sure Lenny’s head, ears, feet and tail are really securely attached, because he’s sure to have a lot of playtime adventures!” LK Deputy Editor Adrienne Chandler
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Treat your toes with this gorgeous pair from Stylecraft
here are few things we like more than new yarn here at LK HQ, but when that new yarn comes with great pattern support, we just grin from ear to ear. Stylecraft Head Over Heels is a brand new self-patterning 4ply yarn that can be used for socks, shawls and other great accessories. We love the pretty lace detail and picot edging on this perfect pair.
EASY KNIT DECORATIONS
Knit Nicola Valiji’s gingerbread-inspired tree decs
e’ll admit it, we’re often inspired by food, especially around Christmas time! This trio of trees are decorated like gingerbread houses with white icing patterns. Some parts are worked as stripes and others are embroidered afterwards. Read the Knitwise (overleaf) for a more detailed explanation of the edging.
meet our DESIGNER “These unique Christmas decorations will look great on your festive table” NICOLA VALIJI
SIMPLE SCANDI STYLE
Decorate Helen Ardley’s easy-knit homewares with Christmassy cross stitch!
ur seven-piece set is a jolly addition to any seasonal spread, with the red and white colours managing to look both classic and contemporary at the same time. There’s no complicated colourwork to worry about as the motifs are embroidered at the end using cross stitch. If you’re feeling really creative, you can design your own cross stitch chart!
The motifs are added on afterwards – easy!
FLATTERING KNIT FOR ALL SIZES
Layer up this winter with a simple
LACE DETAIL SWEATER W
e love garments that are easy to knit and easy to wear and this one’s great for layering too – perfect for the indecisive British weather! The main body of the top is worked in the round, then divided at the underarms for the Front and Back. The lace pattern is worked over the top section and as it doesn’t interfere with the shaping, you can focus on mastering the technique. This is one of those tops that can easily be dressed up or down, which makes us love it even more!
meet our DESIGNER “This sweater is a perfect layering garment and is an easy first sweater project. The sweater is worked in the round to the underarms, and the front and back are worked separately to the shoulders. The shaping and the lace pattern are simple.” ANNIKEN ALLIS
PERFECT FOR PARTIES
Say “Cheese!” and make your party pics one-of-a-kind with our fab photo props!
e’re always looking to bring you something a bit different here at LK and this quintet is sure to cause a stir at your Christmas celebrations. Susie Johns has designed three different wigs, including long plaits and an Elvisstyle quiff, along with Groucho Marx-inspired glasses and a knitted moustache. Which one suits you?
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“If you don’t have time to make the whole set, these could double up as tree decs or quirky gift tags!” LK Deputy Editor Adrienne Chandler