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After months of winter gloom, what could be more refreshing than a trip to the coast? Come on the journey with us by way of our Coastal Collection which starts on page 14. There are three stunning garments in shades of crisp white and denim blue, including Jo Allport’s funky slant sweater (left and on page 18), plus patterns for contemporary cushions and textured pot holders that are full of beach-house chic. A new season brings not just a change in the weather but new yarns and patterns too! Our roundup of the best in spring and summer knitting from your favourite brands including Rowan, King Cole, Stylecraft and Sirdar starts on page 53, and highlights include linen yarns, cool cottons and everyday sparkle. There’s also our pick of the best denim-themed yarns on page 27 and a medley of marvellous mohair on page 42. Saturday 12th May is Yarn Shop Day, meaning that once again shops across the land will be hosting exciting events and giving away exclusive freebies. Discover some great reasons to join in on page 82. There are some terriic patterns in this month’s LK, from our stylish beginners’ T-shirt to Jane Burns’ quirky doughnut pals on page 39. What will you be knitting from this issue? Let us know! Happy knitting!

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April 2018

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See It, Want It, Love It Top treats for April

27 Denim Heaven Cool blue yarns for this spring trend

42 Fabulously Flufy Luxurious mohair blend yarns

61 Feelin’ Peachy Gorgeous yarns for springtime knits

78 NewsFlash Shows and goodies you’ll love

FOCUS 25 Master Cabling Learn this classic knitting technique Beginner’s T-shirt

53 Your #1 Spring Knitting Guide New season trends, yarns and patterns

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66 The British Knitting and Crochet Awards Nominate your favourites!

68 Knit One, Purl One, Knitalong! Why you should join in the fun

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

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13 Out & About Where to go and what to do

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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YOUR 11 PAGE FASHION SPECIAL

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Knitted in soft and luxurious merino, this cute cardigan by Kelly Menzies is perfect for wearing with a pretty dress or everyday jeans. It’s knitted from the neck down meaning there are fewer seams to sew up at the end! The lace details on the bottom section and sleeves are a gorgeous detail and add a classic touch to this traditional looking children’s garment.

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Using a lifeline With any lace pattern, we strongly recommend using a lifeline. After a correct section of work, insert a contrasting length of smooth cotton yarn through all the stitches on your needle, but don’t go through any markers. Then carry on knitting. If you go wrong, just whip out your needle, unravel back to your lifeline and have another go. Just remember to keep moving the lifeline up after each correct section.

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Find more beautiful projects in 35 Knitted Baby Blankets by Laura Strutt (£12.99, CICO Books). Whether you’re a new knitter or experienced hand, there are plenty of patterns to keep your bundle of joy wrapped up for years to come. Get your copy from your local bookshop or visit cicobooks.co.uk

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TOY

Freddie & Mabel IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT THEN JANE BURNS', QUIRKY KNITS ARE FOR YOU!

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These cheerful doughnut pals are low in calories and high in colour so would make a sweet decoration for your kitchen, or a fantastic toy for a little one! If you “doughnut” believe your knitting skills are up to creating these fun little guys, think again! They require only a small amount of yarn and can be whipped up in an afternoon. You’ll have a “hole” lotta fun and a box full of delights before you know it!

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Your #1 Spring KNITTING GUIDE WELCOME IN THE BRIGHTEST SEASON WITH A FRESH WARDROBE AND EXCITING NEW YARN STASH!

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Blue & WHITE

As you might have seen from our brilliant Coastal Collection starting on page 14, these two colours are in perfect harmony this season. Whether it’s a bold royal blue or a more subtle hue, pairing with a crisp white brings an instant burst of springtime freshness. Rowan Magazine 63 has a number of patterns that are perfect for this trend, including the simply stylish Paragon (above) and the rather more intricate Delft (far left).

Here at LK we are treated to a preview of the new ranges and we’ve put together a showcase of some of our favourite trends, yarns and patterns for you to enjoy. Which will be irst on your to-knit list?

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Chart notes On the colourwork chart, one box equals one knitted stitch. Right side rows are read from right to left and wrong side rows from left to right. Strand the colours not in use loosely on WS of work. Knit the one-colour rows tightly in stocking stitch to balance out the tension diference with the stranded colourwork sections, which should be knitted loosely.

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Photography Š CICO Books.

Rainbow Knits by Nicki Trench (ÂŁ12.99, CICO Books) is bursting with colourful makes to use and wear. Order your copy from your local bookshop or visit makeetc.com

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Crochet a colourful NURSERY BLANKET MEASUREMENTS & SIZES 94cm x 94cm

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EMMA VARNAM UPDATES A GRANNY SQUARE IN THIS STRIKING MAKE

Yarn: King Cole Bamboo Cotton DK, shades (A) 544 Red, (B) 609 Glacier, (C) 634 Crimson, (D) 635 Lawn, (E) 530 White, (F) 524 Damson, (G) 3049 Jafa, one 100g ball of each Hook: 4mm Tapestry needle

FOR ABBREVIATIONS see page 97 ABOUT THE YARN King Cole Bamboo Cotton DK mixes 50% cotton with 50% bamboo-sourced viscose. It's a sleek and smooth yarn that's easy to work with and can be machine washed. It costs £4.99 per 100g (230m) ball from deramores.com

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Love this? This gorgeous blanket is from Granny Square Home by Emma Varnam (£14.99, GMC). It's a colourful collection of 20 stylish projects, all with a wonderful vintage feel. Get your copy from thegmcgroup.com

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WATCH & LEARN If you're new to crochet, take a look at our brilliant video tutorials to learn how to hold your yarn and hook, work chain and slip stitches, and make granny squares, crochet flowers and amigurumi toys. Find them at youtube.com/thecraftschannel

Every home needs a handmade blanket and this project from crochet whizz Emma Varnam uses basic granny square techniques with a bit of a twist. Instead of simple rounds of treble crochet throughout, you are actually alternating them with rounds of double crochet stitches. This gives an interesting look to the stripe pattern but is just as easy to work.

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worth over £400! A BUNDLE OF GORGEOUS GOODIES ARE UP FOR GRABS - JUST TELL US WHO YOUR FAVOURITES ARE! It’s that time again when we look back at the previous year and think about who made our knitting experience truly enjoyable. Which store, online or locally, provided great service? Who deserves to be awarded the ultimate accolade of Best Overall Yarn Brand? You can nominate anyone, from the biggest company to the smallest, using the categories on our form. As a thank you for entering, you’ll automatically go into our prize draw. First prize is a fabulous yarn hamper worth over £300, and two runners up will each receive £50 worth of books featuring all the nominated knitting and crochet titles for that year! The British Knitting & Crochet Awards are run every year by Let’s Knit and Let’s Get Crafting magazines, and are widely recognised as the biggest and most important awards in the industry. Once all the nominations are in, they will be shortlisted ready for the inal voting stage. Nominate now to make sure your favourites won’t be left out!

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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.

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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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How to Enter Nominating your favourites couldn’t be easier. Either ill 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

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

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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ABOUT THE YARN West Yorkshire Spinners Bluefaced Leicester Aran is a pure wool yarn that’s reared and spun in Yorkshire. It costs £4.89 per 50g (83m) ball from 0800 622 6225, knittingwool.com

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We love slip stitch colourwork for one simple reason – it’s so much easier than it looks! You are effectively knitting stripes and by slipping certain stitches, you can reintroduce colours from a previous row. LK designer Jo Allport has put together a brilliant photo guide to walk you through the technique. This cushion would be a stylish addition to any craft room.

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Colourful mandalas are all the rage in our sister craft crochet, so why should we knitters miss out? Knitted in the round for a seam-free finish, this design features a bold colour scheme, delicate eyelets and a fancy picot edge. Use it under a vase as we have here, or pin it to your wall for a crafty statement. Get all your supplies from your local yarn shop!

LK 130 April 2018  

Our new issue is packed full of knitting patterns and ideas for the new spring season!

LK 130 April 2018  

Our new issue is packed full of knitting patterns and ideas for the new spring season!

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