Let's Knit 156 April 2020

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KNITS FOR YOUR PETS - GREAT IDEAS INSIDE! ISSUE 156 Apr 2020

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BALLET BUNNY WITH TWO OUTFITS

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CROCHET STASHBUSTER QUICK CHUNKY BAG

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TOP 20 SPRING MUST-HAVES!

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SOCKS ROCK

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LEARN LINEN STITCH

ESSENTIAL YARNS FOR FOOT FANS

FAB FIBRES IN THE SUNNIEST OF SHADES

MASTER THIS STRIKING EFFECT IN SIMPLE STEPS


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If your wardrobe consists of 50 shades of grey then we’d like to invite you to step outside your comfort zone! There’s not a neutral in sight in our Bright & Bold Collection on page 14. But before you cast on any of our vibrant garments, check out our guide to crafting with colour on page 40 and discover how to choose shades that complement your skin tone. Using colour in knitting is a great opportunity to explore colourwork, from simple stripes to more intricate Fair Isle like our stunning Stranded Sea baby sweater on page 63. You can also learn how to work linen stitch on page 84. When it comes to speciic hues, you can’t get much brighter than yellow: check out our choice of yarns in this sunny shade on page 39. The dafodils are out, which means it must be time for our Spring/Summer must-haves! Turn to page 59 for our Top 20 picks for the season ahead. There’s still plenty of time to nominate your favourites in the British Knitting & Crochet Awards 2020. Everyone who does will receive a free Hexagon Blanket pattern, so visit letsknit.co.uk/ awards today to make sure you get yours.

ABOVE RIGHT: The Bright & Bold Collection, p14 ABOVE LEFT: Get creative with colourwork, p63 CENTRE: Mellow Yellow. p39 LEFT: our Top 20 must-haves for spring and summer, p59

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SHOPPING April 2020

In this issue

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See It, Want It, Love It! Our top picks for April

27 This Month We’re Loving...Socks Endless inspiration for fans of sock knitting

39 Mellow Yellow Embrace tranquillity with these pretty picks

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81 Newslash Catch up with the latest news in knitting

FOCUS 40 Craft With Colour Find your special shade with our comprehensive guide

57 British Knitting & Crochet Awards

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Vote for your favourites and have your say Easter Basket

59 TOP 20 We share our must-haves for the spring and summer months

69 Crafty Creatures We share our favourite pics of your precious pets

76 Keep Calm & Cast On Sit back and relax with our mindfulness special

83 Let’s Knit Yarn Shop Tour This month we focus on celebrating with special guests

86 What’s The Secret? Discover top tips for tricky techniques

PEOPLE 10 Knit It, Write It, Share It! Your incredible makes and letters

12 Out and About Fill your calendar with wonderful events

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Let us help you! WE UNDERSTAND THAT NOTHING IS MORE ANNOYING THAN ERRORS IN KNITTING PATTERNS, SO HERE’S OUR PROMISE TO YOU l Exclusive patterns featured in Let’s Knit have been professionally checked and reproduced with the utmost care. Updates can be found at letsknit.co.uk/pattern-updates l Should you encounter any problems we are more than happy to provide support and assistance. Contact us and we will endeavour to respond as soon as possible.

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98 My Life In Patterns We hear from knitter and fundraiser Patricia Wilson

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Contrast Lace Top

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Striped Oversized Sweater

16 Contrast Lace Top 19 Striped Oversized Sweater 21 Lace Trim Cardigan 23 Round Neck Sweater 25 Rainbow Sweater 31 Multi-coloured Bag 34 Mitred Square Rainbow Cushion 37 Colourful Bunting 45 Easter Basket 48 Easter Extras 53 Corina the Ballet Bunny 63 Stranded Sea Sweater 67 Beautiful Baby Blanket 74 Crocheted Cafetière Cosy 77 Striped Shawl 84 Linen Stitch Bag Tutorial

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JUST FOR YOU THIS MONTH

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Our Bernard Bunny is here to welcome in the spring season and we’ve given you the fabulous leecy yarn to make him in this issue’s kit. Designed by Stei Hochfellner, he’s full of character and is the perfect size for great big hugs. There are also more project ideas for this month’s yarn pack on page 46, plus even more great seasonal patterns to download for free at letsknit.co.uk/eastermakes. Don’t miss your bonus pattern collection, courtesy of Thomas B. Ramsden featuring nine designs for women and babies!

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YOUR 13 PAGE FASHION SPECIAL

The Bright and Bold

Collection COLOURFUL CREATIONS TO WELCOME IN THE SPRING

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Striped Oversized Sweater

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Bring the sunshine into your new season wardrobe with vibrant tones and easy colourwork. Stripes are a super simple way to transform your monochrome knits, whether you choose just a few bands of colour or the rainbow efect. If you prefer a more understated look, then contrasting edgings are the answer, or you could pick one single shade and make a statement. Don’t forget, all of these patterns can be worked in any colour combo you like!

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great ADVICE “On the chart the RS rows are read right to left and the WS rows are read left to right.”

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Take your Easter egg hunts to the next level with this delightful basket. It features pretty flowers in pastel colours that could also work as brooches or present toppers, plus a deceptively easy basket weave effect that you can produce by simply alternating your knit and purl stitches as instructed. Whether you treat your little one or use this make to enhance your spring décor, the results are sure to be incredible!

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Ballet BUNNY HOP TO IT AND KNIT SUSIE JOHNS’ SUPER-CUTE CRITTER Corina the rabbit loves to dance. In fact, she is a world famous prima ballerina! Although she would make a fabulous Easter gift, she will also keep your little one company all year round. Just imagine how much fun your youngster would have dressing Corina up in a combination of footless tights, a skirt, a crossover cardi, legwarmers and – of course – a handy headband to hold back those floppy ears.

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TOP WE SHARE OUR MUST-HAVES FOR THE SPRING AND SUMMER MONTHS

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under the SEA TREAT YOUR TOT TO THIS SUPER-CUTE CARDI FROM JANE BURNS There’s nothing quite like a Fair Isle knit, especially when there’s a theme involved. As the weather warms up and we start dreaming of trips to the seaside, it makes sense to opt for colourful projects that raise the spirits. Knitters who are experienced in working with multiple yarn shades will find this project a walk in the park; however, less practised crafters should also have a go. Simply read our handy advice panel for everything you need to know about Fair Isle!

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Slip stitches are the secret to transforming what are effectively simple stripes into this colourwork masterpiece. Known as mosaic knitting, this technique reintroduces past colours into your row, giving you pretty patterns without the fuss. The springtime shades are charmingly cheery and the yarn is super soft yet practical too, making this knit a hit with mums and tots alike.

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Time To Celebrate We’re continuing with our brilliant feature series highlighting some of the UK’s best bricks and mortar knitting suppliers. All of these retailers are taking part in this year’s Yarn Shop Day on Saturday 2nd May and will be welcoming some very special guests. Head in store to ind out more!

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Rainbow Valley, Chatteris This Yarn Shop Day you can discover gorgeous yarns and patterns and chat to expert designers at Rainbow Valley. Meet Cassie from The Missing Yarn (right) who creates bright and bold designs, plus Vicky from Vera and Bess (below) and owner Helen Free, a.k.a Enfys, will be showcasing their fabulous projects too. Buy a designer pattern with the yarn to make it and you’ll save 20% on your order. If you wish the team a “Happy Yarn Shop Day” when making a purchase on the day, you’ll get 10% of. Visit: 25B, High Street, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, PE16 6BG Contact: 01354 669922, enfys.me.uk

Join Sunshine Stewart of My Mama Knits for a brilliant Trunk Show at The Yarn Cake. These showcases have become a Yarn Shop Day tradition in store and this year is deinitely worth a visit. Sunshine Stewart ofers unique and quirky hand dyed yarns and her colourways are inspired by nature, popular culture and her children. There will also be goodie bags, discounts and a rale on the day! Visit: 148 Queen Margaret Drive Glasgow G20 8NY Contact: 0141 946 5305, theyarncake.co.uk

PERFECT POP UP Ida’s House, Caterham on the Hill To mark Yarn shop Day, Ida’s House will be hosting a one-day pop-up featuring three indie dyers! In-house dyer Ted from Tedsknits will be showcasing his fabulous jewel colours inspired by his garden, while Tara from Irish Artisan Yarns dyes luxury yarn in the shades of the Irish landscape. Don’t miss Lola from Third Vault Yarns who is inluenced by all things sci-i and fantasy. The irst ten people to spend £50 will also receive a special goodie bag! Visit: 27 High Street, Caterham on the Hill, Surrey, CR3 5UE Contact: 01883 345220, idashouse.co.uk

SPECIAL GUESTS Pins and Needles, Devizes Meet top designers and ibre artists in store on Yarn Shop Day! You’ll get to see the new designs by The Secret Crocheter and shop-owner Vixter Woolista (above left), plus talented spinner Sue Savage will there with her gorgeous yarns. The day will be a Bagstravaganza with special guest Sarah Hillman, a.k.a. Florrie & Jean, who makes fabulous project bags and needle rolls. There’s also a Scrapheap Challenge with prizes for the favourite bags created entirely from scraps and leftovers. Pop along on Yarn Shop Day to join in the fun! Visit: Units 9-10 The Wharf Centre, Couch Lane, Devizes, SN10 1EB Contact: 01380 727212, facebook.com/ pinsandneedlesdevizes/

FIND MORE OF OUR OFFICIAL YARN SHOP DAY PARTNER STORES ON PAGE 87!


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MASTER LINEN STITCH WITH JO ALLPORT’S HOW-TO GUIDE

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From its spicy shades to its gorgeous shape, we love everything about this stylish clutch bag. The top band is worked in linen stitch which creates a tight-knit woven effect. LK designer Jo Allport demonstrates this fabulous technique in her step-by-step photo tutorial. The zip adds a professionallooking finish and you could even line this bag with fabric for extra strength.

TENSION SQUARE n 14 sts x 36 rows n 10cm x 10cm n Linen stitch n 6mm needles

FOR ABBREVIATIONS SEE PAGE 97

ABOUT THE YARN Rico Essentials Mega Wool Chunky is a wool and acrylic mix that knits up quickly on 6mm needles. Projects can be machine washed at 40°C. It costs £6 per 100g (125m) ball from 07525233996, beadandwoolshop.co.uk

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