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With its sunny days and holiday vibe, August is the perfect time to inject some fun and frivolity into your knitting, and this issue of Let’s Knit has everything you need to do so. Our Nicely Nautical collection, which starts on page 14, features garments that are perfect for a breezy stroll along the Riviera. The collection includes a host of jolly details, from an anchor motif to bobbles, along with traditional stripes. For something a little more lamboyant, our Fringed Halter-Neck top on page 53 will be loved by holidaying teens and festival-goers alike. Summer knits are all about colour, and using a yarn cake is an easy way to create a jazzy colour scheme. Turn to page 32 where we’ve assembled a bunch of our current favourites in all their vibrant glory. We’re sure you’ll be inspired! Val Pierce has been designing for Let’s Knit for nearly ten years, and her quirky toys are legendary. In this issue you’ll ind no less than three fantastic patterns from Val, plus a chat with the lady herself about her magical makes. Turn to page 57 for the start of our nine page special. There’s still time to vote in the British Knitting & Crochet Awards 2019. Simply visit letsknit.co.uk/ awards and pick your choices from our shortlist. On page 71 you’ll ind details of the amazing prizes you could win as a thank you. Don’t miss out!
ABOVE LEFT: The Nicely Nautical Collection, starts on p14 ABOVE RIGHT: Fringed Halter-Neck top, p53 CENTRE: Yummy yarn cakes, p32 LEFT: Val Pierce 9-Page Special, p57 BELOW: Vote in the British Knitting & Crochet Awards 2019 and win amazing prizes, p71
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See It, Want It, Love It! Our top picks for August
32 Yummy Yarn Cakes Enjoy our super-sweet collection of ibres
38 Radiant in Red Upgrade your look with these stylish yarns
75 Silk Blends
Explore our fab selection of luxury ibres
90 Newslash Catch up with the latest news in knitting
FOCUS 36 Super Staycation Enjoy a sensational summer in the UK
64 In Conversation With Val Pierce
Crochet Summer Shoulder Bag
We hear from one of our most iconic designers
71 The British Knitting & Crochet Awards
Find out how to vote for your favourites
82 Technique Page Get Hooked on Crochet
83 Oops! I Knit It Again Our fabulous readers share their crafty mistakes
87 Q&A Central Providing answers for knitters everywhere
PEOPLE 10 Knit It, Write It, Share It! Your incredible makes and letters
12 Out and About
Nautical Bobble Sweater
Fill your calendar with wonderful events Car Seat Tidy
68 Charity Corner Knitters using their needles to make a diference
98 My Life In Patterns
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You can’t beat blue and white for a summer colour combo and stripes are an easy way to work these two classic shades into your next project. From our easy T-shirt to an all-out nautical extravaganza, we’re certainly feeling inspired. Lacy stitch efects make cool-to-wear openwork fabrics and we’ve got two patterns so you can try the technique whatever your skill level!
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BLUES GET CREATIVE WITH SLIP STITCH COLOURWORK! Inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting, Lake George, Faina Goberstein’s stunning scarf combines beautiful shades and striking stitch effects. The impressive colourwork is achieved by slipping groups of stitches across your row and really does remind us of rolling waves. The edging is worked using simple crochet stitches, see how to do these on page 77.
STYLE UPDATE YOUR INTERIOR WITH SIÂN BROWN’S STYLISH KNIT If you have happy memories of summers at the beach, this fabulous cushion is sure to hold a special place in your heart. Although the super-cute design fits perfectly with our nautical theme, the pastel colours will help this knit to blend in with even the most understated design scheme. If you enjoy following a chart, you are in luck! If you need help, simply check out our handy panel (overleaf) for pointers.
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SAILING TAKE A TRIP TO THE SEASIDE WITH NICOLA VALIJI’S INCREDIBLE PROJECT! Colourful, creative and oh so nautical, this gorgeous wreath would make a fantastic addition to your home. If you spend most of your time knitting toys, this project will allow you to do something different, without abandoning your favourite pastime. There will still be super-cute characters; however, you can transform them into an attractive accessory that will delight your guests and brighten your interior.
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Festival FASHION CHANNEL BOHO CHIC WITH SUSIE JOHNS’ ON-TREND FRINGED HALTER-NECK TOP
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With its bold sunshine colours and fabulous tassels, this statement garment will certainly look the part at a beachside resort or in a festival field. We’ve paired it with a halter bikini top and some summer denim shorts, but it would look just as good with a floaty skirt for that real bohemian vibe.
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MEET VAL PIERCE’S CUTE AND CUDDLY CRUSTACEAN! This cheeky chap has become a firm favourite in the LK office - he’s just bursting with personality! He’s mostly worked in garter stitch, while the cable detail around the shell will give novice knitters the chance to boost their skill set. Rocky’s eyes are made using crochet – see our how-to guide over on page 77.
“I have used safety eyes but you can embroider the eyes in black yarn to make the toy even more baby friendly.”
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With his majestic mane and cute expression, who wouldn’t want this lion king on their toy shelf? Choosing a self-striping yarn means you get a great effect without the effort. There’s a little bit of simple shaping, but otherwise he’s very straightforward to make. The tassels for the tail and mane will take a while so leave yourself plenty of time for finishing up.
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“This is a very versatile top that can be worn next to the skin, or over a T-shirt or body suit. Choose your own combination of colours.”
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Buttonhole LOOPS To fasten the top, you simply thread a ribbon through a little loop on each side, and tie in a bow. This makes for quick and easy changes. There are a few diferent options for creating the loop. An i-cord or a crochet chain are simple ways. Alternatively, bring your threaded needle through the edge of the knitted fabric, emerging at the point where you wish one end of the loop to be, then take it down through the point where the other end will be – about three stitches along – and back up through the irst point: you have a small loop comprising two strands of yarn. Work buttonhole stitches over and around the two strands to create a irm buttonhole loop.
TOP YARN FOR CROCHET Easy aran yarns for your next project et Croch h t i w
RICO CREATIVE COTTON ARAN Cotton. £2.20 per 50g (85m) ball from 01306 898144, gilliangladrag.co.uk
PAINTBOX COTTON ARAN Cotton. £2.50 per 50g (85m) ball from 01409 404010, loveknitting.com
STYLECRAFT JEANIE ARAN Cotton and acrylic. £3.75 per 100g (210m) ball from 01525 376456, thespottedsheep.co.uk
KING COLE BIG VALUE RECYCLED COTTON ARAN Cotton and viscose. £2.99 per 100g (160m) ball from 01554 899660, thewoollysheep emporium.co.uk
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