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Why the Royals love classic baby kn its

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Gorgeous Garments

CUTE BUNNY EGG HOLDERS

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PRETTY AND VERSATILE WRAP

All the makes you need! EASTER GIFTS TO MAKE TODAY! Plus PATTERNS FIT FOR MINI PRINCES AND PRINCESSES!

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ARM KNITTING

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CHARITY SPECIAL

HOW TO USE YOUR SKILLS TO HELP OTHERS

TIMELESS BABY TREASURE

YARNS YOU’LL LOVE

THE BEST LUXE FIBRES AND BABY BRANDS

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EDITOR’S Letter

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We’re very excited to reveal our brand new look, and we hope you love it too! We’re always making small improvements to Let’s Knit, but every few years we decide it’s time for a complete revamp – like the ultimate spring clean. Don’t worry, you’ll still find all the patterns, yarn reviews, tutorials, news and tips you love, but with a shiny new layout and lots of added extras to boot. Turn to page 14 and check out our Feminine Collection – five gorgeous garments with an air of old-school glamour that never goes out of style. From Jo Allport’s off-the-shoulder stunner (left, and on page 16) to our sweet and preppy yoke sweater, (p24), you’ll be spoilt for choice for which one to cast on first. The royal baby is due within the next few weeks, and we simply can’t wait for the explosion of traditional baby knits that tends to accompany a royal birth. Turn to page 53 to read more about royal baby style, and find patterns for an adorable mini cardi (p56) and a rabbit-motif sweater (p84) inspired by the Duchess of Cambridge’s taste in baby knits. It’s time to nominate your favourites in the annual British Knitting & Crochet Awards, so turn to page 42 to find out how to enter and the great prizes you can win. Happy knitting!

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SHOPPING

8 See It, Want It, Love It Our pick of March goodies

27 Treat yourself to Luxe Fibres Our favourite finest yarns

41 Citrus Fresh

Lemon and lime shades abound

59 Hey Baby!

The perfect cosy yarns for little ones

81 NewsFlash

The latest knitty updates

FOCUS Siân Brown’s beginner knit

42 The British Knitting and Crochet Awards

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Nominate your favourites!

53 Knit for a Princess

The royal children and classic knitwear

67 Knit with Beads

Add something sparkly to your makes!

70 Arm in Arm

Cover Star

Embrace the arm knitting trend with us!

PEOPLE

10 Knit It, Write It, Share It!

A selection of your makes and letters

Fran Morgan’s cable sweater

12 Out & About

The main events in the knitting calendar!

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/patternupdates 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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Off-the-shoulder Sweater Rosebud Wrap Fluted Cardigan Cable Sweater Yoke Sweater Celebration Wreath Easter Rabbits Spring Swag Bags Beginners’ Sweater Rose Baby Cardi Baby Shoes Raglan Ponchette Charity Twiddlemuff Crochet Cushions Herringbone Bedrunner Koala Blanket Sockalong part 3 Intarsia Baby Jumper Blanket Square Cherry Bakewell Stashbuster

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YOUR 11 PAGE FASHION SPECIAL

The FEMININE

Collection EMBRACE SOFT SHADES AND GENTLE, FLOWING LINES WITH THESE ELEGANT DESIGNS

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super-soft alpaca Think of old-school Hollywood glamour teamed with vintage pastel colours and you’ll have the essence of this issue’s Feminine Collection. These sweaters, cardigans and scarves are a celebration of the prettiest design elements in knitwear, with frills, lace, twinkling beads and fitted shapes. Pick any one of these exquisite makes to complete your outfit and you’ll instantly feel more graceful and elegant.

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ACCESSORIES SUIT EVERY SHAPE AND SIZE

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ADVENTUROUS KNITTERS WILL LOVE THESE TWISTY CABLES

PERFECT FOR EVERYDAY WEAR

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An Easter egg hunt is sure to have your little ones excitedly leaping around like spring bunnies! Now they can keep their chocolate safe with these boldly coloured knitted bags by Nicola Valiji. The adorable chick and bunny are knitted separately and stitched to the bags to create a fabulous 3D effect. These cute makes are quick to whip up, leaving you plenty of time to hide the tasty eggs!

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PERFECT FOR BEGINNERS

DK YARN

3.25MM

MEASUREMENTS & SIZES 17cm x 17cm

KNIT KIT

Yarn: King Cole Dolly Mix DK, shades (A) 046 Natural, (B) 144 Orange, (C) 055 Gold, (D) 059 Peach, (E) 265 Grape, (F) 017 Lilac, (G) 1836 Kingfisher, one 25g ball of each, (H) 05 Sky, (I) 06 Pink, (J) 275 Spring Green, two 25g balls of each, oddment of black yarn Needles: 3.25mm Tape measure Pins Safety toy stuffing Tapestry needle

TENSION SQUARE n 26 sts x 32 rows n 10cm x 10cm n Stocking stitch n 3.25mm needles

FOR ABBREVIATIONS SEE PAGE 97

ABOUT THE YARN

King Cole Dolly Mix DK is an acrylic yarn available in a huge range of colours. The smaller size balls are perfect for creating mini projects like toys. They cost 79p per 25g (73m) ball from purplelindacrafts.co.uk

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How to Enter

Nominating your favourites couldn’t be easier. Either fill in the form opposite and send it to British Knitting & Crochet Awards 2018, 21-23 Phoenix Court, Hawkins Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8JY, or enter online at letsknit.co.uk/awards CLOSING DATE: 12th April 2018

THREE GREAT PRIZES

Need some inspiration? You may be an avid knitter, but it’s not always easy to remember what got your needles clicking with pleasure over the previous year, so here are some ideas to help you along:

BEST OVERALL YARN BRAND

Which brand of yarn do you turn to the most for quality, value and all-round excellence? It could be the yarn you use the most, or one that has recently impressed you.

BEST ONLINE STORE/LOCAL INDEPENDENT STORE

Who gives great service and always has

The Prizes Just by telling us who your favourites are you could win a fantastic hamper containing over £300 worth of yarn, needles, accessories and a gorgeous knitting bag, or two £50 runners-up prizes of this year’s nominated knitting and crochet titles.

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what you need? Make sure your favourite gets the accolade it deserves.

FAVOURITE PATTERN HOUSE

More and more yarn producers are offering great pattern support for their yarns, with lovely photography too. Who do you feel gets it just right?

BEST YARN FOR CROCHET

Our sister craft continues to grow in popularity, with a colourful charm and a personality of its own. Tell us which yarn has the colour range and value that’s perfect for crochet.

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If you’re new to knitting, or if you’ve never made a garment before, then this straightforward pattern by Siân Brown is an easy one to try. Worked flat on two needles with garter stitch borders, a main body in stocking stitch and minimal shaping, this sweater features nothing too scary for a novice knitter. The most challenging part is picking up stitches for the neckband and working this in the round, but you’ll find tips on how to do this overleaf, along with plenty more helpful hints.

DISCOVER HOW TO:

4 INCREASE 4 DECREASE 4 WORK IN THE ROUND 4 PICK UP STITCHES

PLUS 4 SIZES IN DIFFERENT COLOURS TO HELP YOU 4 ALL THE GUIDANCE YOU NEED IN OUR TIP PANELS over the page

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HEIRLOOM BABY SHAWL

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Chart notes On the cardigan, note that on the Back, you begin the chart at Row 1, but on the Fronts, you start on Row 19 of the chart. The 16-stitch repeat is shown in the middle of the chart, work the correct number of stitches before and after the repeat as given for your size. Use separate small balls of yarn for each motif, twisting the strands together on the wrong side of the work at each colour change to avoid holes.

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Ponchette STAY STYLISH THIS SPRING WITH OUR BEADED DELIGHT!

Designed by Veronica Shaw, this sweet short poncho – a.k.a ponchette – is a charming addition to your new season wardrobe. It’s knitted in a 4ply cotton yarn which drapes beautifully and we love the pretty wave edge. This is worked by rotating your needle to create a deliberate twist in your row. You might want to practise this action before you begin. The beads are added using the pre-threading technique, you can read more about this in our technique special on page 67.

Tension notes Check your tension square according to the ball band on 3.5mm needles. The tension may alter when knitting in the round and is generally a little looser. This is normal, just make sure the tension when working in the round is not tighter than the ball band indicates

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Hugs Sweet snuggle blankies like this are perfect for squeezing and this koala bear pattern is simply adorable. Most of the sections are knitted in the round, including the main blanket which uses the yarn forward increases for a decorative eyelet effect. Use stitch markers throughout to help you keep track of your shaping. Get all your supplies from your local yarn shop.

Joining in the round To avoid a hole at the start of your work, it’s best to join the round before you begin knitting. One easy way of doing this is to swap the first cast-on stitch with the last cast-on stitch. Make sure your stitches aren’t twisted when you join the round or it will be hard to untwist them later on.

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This adorable little top features cute bunny motifs that are worked using the intarsia method, and LK designer Jo Allport is here to show you how to do it. Follow her step-by-step photo guide to get to grips with the technique. This jumper fits up to age three and is sure to be a hit with mum and tot alike. Remember to keep the cast-off edge for the neckband nice and loose so it’ll stretch easily

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