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DECEMBER 2016

This Month’s Patterns 13

BEAUTIFUL BEADED SWEATER Siân Brown’s creation is both flattering and fabulous

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ELEGANT BEADED EVENING PURSE Party it up with our stylish accessory

18 EVIE THE ELF Lucinda Ganderton’s elf toy will get you feeling festive 21

TWO-TONE TEXTURED CARDIGAN Stay snug and stylish in Pat Menchini’s cardi

24 COSY ONE-BALL COWL Veronica Shaw’s cobweb cowl makes for a great accessory

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JOLLY TOTS Jane Burns’ merry little Santa hat and pants

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THE ULTIMATE COSY ACCESSORIES SET Snuggle up in Helen Ardley’s winter knits

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MIX & MATCH Lucinda Ganderton’s crazy colourful mittens

45 GLITTER GIRL Sparkly chic top from Bergere de France 48 SIMPLE CUSHION A quick and easy make from Jane Burns

55 SOFT FURRY SWEATER

Jo Allport’s fabulous furry knit

58 EASY FUR COLLAR Lynne Rowe’s on-trend furry accessory

63 THE CLASSIC BABY JUMPER Penny Hill’s timeless design you'll knit again and again 71

STYLISH PONSHAWL Jo Allport’s colourful multiway creation

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TWO-WAY SHAWL Anniken Allis’s sparkly and stylish lace showstopper

84 EYE-CATCHING CABLED SCARF Knit this gorgeous accessory with our step-by-step guide

87 COSY CROCHET Lynne Rowe’s cute and classic hot water bottle cover

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In Every Issue 3 WELCOME 7 THIS MONTH’S FREE GIFT 8 DECEMBER IS THE MONTH 34 SUBSCRIPTIONS 44 BOOKSHELF 49 COMING NEXT MONTH 52 TEA BREAK 75 GIVEAWAYS 83 CAN WE HELP? 92 PRACTICAL GUIDES 94 STEP BY STEP

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LAST-MINUTE GIFTS FOR KNITTERS Ear Ear!

How about some knitty-inspired mitten earrings? This sweet pair are designed by Double Thumbs Up and laser cut from solid spruce. £10, www.notonthehighstreet.com

Top Toes

If you can’t knit your own socks, then these are possibly the next best thing. We love the adorable sheep design! £3, 0333 202 0720, www.mandco.com

Sweet Treats! Check out the amazing array of edible knitwear in this Apres Ski collection from Biscuiteers! Delicious! £39.50, 0870 458 8358, www.biscuiteers.com

Y o u r F a b K n it s

LK reader Jacky Thornton has knitted a herd of Rodneys from our Christmas Special issue in 2014. They look fab, Jacky! To buy an updated version of this pattern direct from the designer, search for Dinky Reindeer on Ravelry!

Knit your own ‘hide and seek’ elf! Find Lucinda Ganderton’s pattern on page 18! 8

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Beary Christmas!

...TO BEGIN THE ADVENT COUNTDOWN, FINISH OFF THOSE LAST FEW KNITTY PRESENTS AND INDULGE IN TASTY FESTIVE TREATS!

Who doesn’t love a polar bear in a jumper? This Bernie Bear cushion is the perfect addition to your winter wonderland décor. £7.53, www. homebase.co.uk

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We’re exceedingly excited by Deramores’ latest collaboration with US craft superstar Vickie Howell – mainly because it means there are new yarns for us to try! This is Mod Wool, a light, lofty and fabulously soft aran-weight roving yarn made from pure merino fibres. There’s also Woolpaca, a chunky chainette yarn which mixes 80% merino and 20% baby alpaca. Both come with kits and patterns. To find out more, call 0845 519 4573 or go to www.deramores.com

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DATE: SUN 8TH AND 22ND JANUARY, SKIPTON PRICE: £60 Learnt to knit socks with this two-part class. You’ll learn how to use doublepointed needles, turn a heel, shape an instep and graft a toe – and all materials are included. Fabulous! 01756 228247, www.purlandjane.co.uk

2 THERAPEUTIC KNITTING 3BEGINNERS CROCHET DATE: SAT 21ST JANUARY, WARRINGTON PRICE: £39.95 Betsan Corkhill shows you how knitting and crochet can improve your health, mindfulness and well-being in a special workshop that’s tailored to help you. 01925 764231, wwwblacksheepwools.com

DATE: TUES 24TH JANUARY, SADDLEWORTH PRICE: £20 Join new LK designer Jacinta Bowie as she shows you how to get started with our sister craft, crochet. To book email jacinta.nelson6@btinternet.com or find out more at www.facebook.com/ Saddleworthcraftworkshops

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New for you! Heidi Wilkins brings you all the latest knitty news

Yarn GENIUS

Here at LK HQ we can't stand tangled yarn, so that's why we love Wendy's Fur Evolution! This glorious invention is essentially a box containing colourchanging yarn, which is ready to work straight into a scarf. It's available in a range of beautiful, subtly blended colours. Wendy's clever boxes keep your yarn safe and tangle-free, and include exclusive, stunning designs for various scarves. The box is also available in a DK blend. Fur Evolution costs £25, for stockist information visit www.tbramsden. co.uk

Keep It Local! If you're a fan of home grown yarn like us, then be sure to get your knitting needles ready! Kate Makin, owner of Northern Yarn, has announced her new range of Poll Dorset Lambswool which is to be available in 4ply and DK. This cosy wool is 100% British grown and composed of wool from pedigree sheep. Kate's new product uses surrounding resources and supports the local economy. To find out more information, and browse the accompanying patterns, please visit www.northernyarn.co.uk

The Charity WE LOVE CRISIS

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THE WORLD'S FASTEST KNITTER IS MIRIAM TEGALS FROM THE NETHERLANDS WHO CAN KNIT 118 STITCHES IN ONE MINUTE

The national homelessness charity, Crisis, needs the help of us knitters and stitchers this Christmas! Crisis is asking crafters across the country to volunteer at temporary shelters over the festive season, and help visitors by repairing their clothes and teaching them the basic skills of knitting and sewing. Last year, Crisis' temporary centres welcomed 4,594 guests, and they're hoping this year will be just as successful! If you've got a skill to share, visit www.crisis.org.uk

Feeling Good

Attention knitters, there's a new yarn in town! Wool And The Gang has announced the release of a brand new yarn. The fluffy Feeling Good is a beautiful blend of baby alpaca and merino wool. It's an aran weight yarn, perfect for creating light layers this winter, and is available in a range of gorgeous neutral shades. Grab a few balls for yourself for £8.50 per 50g (150m) ball from 0207 241 6420,

www.woolandthegang.com

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Clean Knits!

LK's knitwear is smelling pretty glorious right now, after discovering Soak's new scent; Pineapple Grove. Reminiscent of hot weather and fruit salads, this delicious smelling soap is a rinse–free formulation that's perfect for washing your precious hand knits as you don't need to stretch out your hard work by rinsing it. It's perfect for cleaning almost any project and blocking your knitting. Browse the range of Soak's statement scents online at www.thelittleknittingcompany.co.uk

W e a sk ed o u r re a d er s. .. “Everyone wants a woolly hat from me! Baby size to adult.”

WHAT DO YOU KNIT MOST THIS TIME OF YEAR? “Lots of lovely bright scarves of course!“ HELEN BALDWIN

CHRISTINE BONNER

“Just started knitting a chunky pink scarf for the upcoming winter! New to the knitting scene, but loving it"

WINTER Inspiration

Here at LK, we're beaming with seasonal glee as we look through Bergere De France's new magazine release, Le Wooling Issue 2. Jam-packed with fun festive knits and stylish projects, the booklet highlights several upcoming trends for this season, as well as all the company's latest pattern releases. The magazine is free online and the patterns including this little intarsia sweater are available to purchase from www.bergeredefrance.co.uk

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Knitted Tree Decorations

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Knitted Snowmen

This charming little snowman is certain to stand out on your tree, with its printed vintage scarf adding a fashionable touch to its Christmas outfit of choice. It costs £7 from

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Rudolph Reindeer

Animal themed knits are big this season, and this merry Rudolph is bang on trend! This cosy mini knit features the classic red button nose we all know and love, and is certain to kickstart this year's festivities! It costs £2.50 from 0800 329 329,

www.wilko.com

“I knit a boatload of cowls every year, because they are quick, easy to wear, and great as gifts. Everybody wants one.” SANDY DAVIS

Bobble Hat

Although too small to keep your head warm this winter, this endearing little hat is the perfect addition to your tree. Bring chalet chic to your living room this Christmas for only £2.50 from 03456 049 049, www.johnlewis.com

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DAY-TO-NIGHT KNIT

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et the yarn do the work in Siân Brown’s stylish knit! It’s pre-threaded with shiny glass beads that transform a classic sweater into the perfect party top. The grey shade is right on trend and the deep v-neck is fabulously flattering too!

Pair this with our glitzy bag on page 16!

meet our DESIGNER “Embellished yarns are all the rage this winter and are perfect for fun, festive knits.” SIÂN BROWN

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Measurements & Sizes

Dress size (approx): 8 (10, 12, 14, 16, 18, To fit chest (cm): 82 (86, 92, 97, 102, 107, Actual chest (cm): 89 (94, 100, 105, 111, 116, Length to shoulder (cm): 66 (67, 68, 69, 70, 71, Sleeve length: 46cm

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Knit Kit Yarn: Sirdar Moonstone, 0202 Twilight, 9 (9, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13) 50g balls Needles: 4mm, 5mm Stitch holder Stitch markers

Tension Square l l l l

18 sts x 24 rows 10cm x 10cm stocking stitch 5mm needles

For abbreviations see page 92

About the Yarn Sirdar Moonstone is an acrylic, aran-weight yarn that’s decorated with clear glass beads. There are six colour options and it can be machine washed. It costs £4.85 per 50g (100m) ball from 0845 003 0775, www.wool4less.co.uk

Need an Alternative? If you’d prefer a smooth yarn, try Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran. It’s a really cosy yarn in a lovely natural fibre and can also be machine washed. It costs £3.69 per 50g (100m) ball from 0800 505 3300, www.woolwarehouse.co.uk To get 10% off all orders at Wool Warehouse use the code: LK113

Start knitting here... BACK

Using 4mm needles, cast on 82 (87, 92, 97, 102, 107, 112) sts £ K five rows Change to 5mm needles £ Beg with a k row, work four rows in st st £ Next row (dec): k5, skpo, k to last seven sts, k2tog, k5 £ Beg with a p row, work five rows in st st £ Rep last six rows five times more, then dec row again. 68 (73, 78, 83, 88, 93, 98) sts £ Beg with a p row, work nine rows in st st £ Next row (inc): k5, m1, k to last five sts, m1, k5 £ Beg with a p row, work seven rows in st st £ Rep last eight rows five times more, then inc row again. 82 (87, 92, 97, 102, 107, 112) sts ** £ Beg with a p row, work 11 rows without shaping

Shape armholes £ Cast off seven sts at beg of next two rows. 68 (73, 78, 83, 88, 93, 98) sts £ Next row: k2, skpo, k to last four sts, k2tog, k2 £ Next row: p £ Rep last two rows 4 (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) times more. 58 (61, 64, 67, 70, 73, 76) sts £ Cont in st st until armhole meas 19 (20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25) cm, ending after a p row

Shape shoulders £ Cast off 11 (12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17) sts at beg of next two rows. 36 (37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42) sts Leave rem sts on a holder

FRONT £ Work as given for Back to ** £ Next row: p to end dec 1 (0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1) sts at centre of row. 81 (87, 91, 97, 101, 107, 111) sts

Shape left neck Dress, £42, Topshop, Necklace, £2.99, H&M

£ Next row: k38 (41, 43, 46, 48, 51, 53), skpo, turn Cont on these sts only for first side of neck shaping £ Next row: p £ Next row: k to last two sts, skpo. £ Next row: p £ Rep last two rows three times more. 35 (38, 40, 43, 45, 48, 50) sts

Shape left armhole and shoulder £ Next row: cast off seven sts, k to

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last two sts, skpo. 27 (30, 32, 35, 37, 40, 42) sts £ Next row: p £ Next row: k2, skpo, k to last two sts, skpo £ Next row: p £ Rep last two rows 4 (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) times more. 17 (18, 18, 19, 19, 20, 20) sts £ Beg with a k row, work two rows in st st without shaping £ Dec one st at neck edge only on next and 5 (5, 4, 4, 3, 3, 2) foll fourth rows. 11 (12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17) sts £ Cont in st st without shaping until Front meas same as Back to shoulder, ending at armhole edge £ Cast off

Shape right neck £ With RS facing, slip centre st on to a holder, rejoin yarn to rem sts, k2tog, k to end. 39 (42, 44, 47, 49, 52, 54) sts £ Next row: p £ Next row: k2tog, k to end £ Rep last two rows four times more. 34 (37, 39, 42, 44, 47, 49) sts

Shape right armhole and shoulder £ Next row: cast off seven sts, p to end. 27 (30, 32, 35, 37, 40, 42) sts £ Next row: k2tog, k to last four sts, k2tog, k2 £ Next row: p £ Rep last two rows 4 (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) times more. 17 (18, 18, 19, 19, 20, 20) sts £ Work two rows in st st £ Dec one st at neck edge only on next and 5 (5, 4, 4, 3, 3, 2) foll fourth rows. 11 (12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17) sts £ Cont without shaping until Front meas same as back to shoulder, ending at armhole edge £ Cast off

SLEEVES Using 4mm needles, cast on 32 (35, 38, 41, 44, 47, 50) sts

£ K three rows Change to 5mm needles £ Beg with a k row, work 12 rows in st st £ Next row (inc): k3, m1, k to last three sts, m1, k3 £ Beg with a p row, work 13 rows in st st £ Rep last 14 rows five times more, then inc row again. 46 (49, 52, 55, 58, 61, 64) sts £ Cont without shaping until Sleeve meas 46cm from cast-on edge, ending after a p row Pm at each end of last row £ Beg with a k row, work ten rows in st st £ Next row: k1, skpo, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1 £ Beg with a p row, work three rows in st st £ Rep last four rows twice more. 40 (43, 46, 49, 52, 55, 58) sts £ Next row: k1, skpo, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1 £ Next row: p £ Rep last two rows 11 (12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17) times more. 16 (17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22) sts £ Cast off three sts at beg of next two rows. 10 (11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16) sts £ Cast off

NECKBAND Join right shoulder seam £ Using 4mm needles and with RS facing, pick up and k 50 (52, 53, 55, 56, 58, 59) sts down left side of Front neck, k one st from Front neck holder, pick up and k 50 (52, 53, 55, 56, 58, 59) sts up right side of Front neck, k36 (37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42) sts from Back neck holder. 137 (142, 145, 150, 153, 158, 161) sts £ Row 1: k84 (87, 89, 92, 94, 97, 99), skpo, k1, k2tog, k48 (50, 51, 53, 54, 56, 57) £ Row 2: k47 (49, 50, 52, 53, 55, 56), skpo, k1, k2tog, k83 (86, 88, 91, 93, 96, 98) £ Cast off dec one st either side of centre st as set on Row 1

TO MAKE UP

knitwise

To get your neckband to lie nice and flat when you’re wearing your sweater, continue to decrease on the cast-off row as you have done on the two previous rows. You cast off your knitted stitches as normal, then when you come to a decrease work an skpo or k2tog over the next two stitches. This then gives you one stitch that is ready to cast off as normal.

Join left shoulder and neckband seam. Join side and sleeve seams. Sew in sleeves, matching marked rows to cast-off sts LK

“The waist shaping and set-in sleeves give this sweater a flattering fit.” LK Deputy Editor Adrienne Chandler

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PARTY ESSENTIAL

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eed a little sparkle this season? This fashionable beaded clutch bag is perfect for fancy dinners and fun parties. It features a sparkly wristlet loop alongside an essential zipper and it’s large enough to fit your phone, purse and keys, which is all you really need for a fun night out!

Stay classy this winter with our elegant

BEADED EVENING PURSE!

Measurements & sizes 12cm wide x 26cm long

Tension Square

Dress up any outfit with this stylish accessory

23 sts x 44 rows, 10cm x 10cm Over pattern, 3.25mm needles

You will need:

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YARN: Rowan Cotton Glace shade 831 Dawn Grey, two 50g balls NEEDLES: 3mm, 3.25mm

BEADS: Debbie Abrahams Beads size 8, colours 34, 39, 42, one bag of each ZIP: 26cm LINING FABRIC: 14cm x 28cm to give a 1cm hem

For abbreviations see page 92 b1: bead one as folls – bring yarn to front, slide bead up so it sits close to work, slip next st pwise, take yarn back ready to k next st, leaving bead at front of work

Start knitting here FRONT

Thread three beads of each colour onto yarn. Rep until you have 462 beads on yarn Using 3.25mm needles, cast on 58 sts Row 1: k

YARN SHOP

Row 2: k4, *p5, k4, rep from * to end Row 3 (RS): k4, * (b1, k1) twice, b1, k4, rep from * to end Row 4: k4, *p5, k4, rep from * to end

Rowan Cotton Glace costs £5.49 per 50g (115m) ball from 0845 519 4573, www.deramores.com To get 15% off all orders at Deramores, use the code 5589

Row 5: k Row 6: k4, *p5, k4, rep from * to end Rep Rows 3-6 until you have 24 rows of beads Change to 3mm needles Next row (WS): k, dec one st across row. 57 sts

BACK Work as Front

HANDLE

TO MAKE UP

Next row: p

Thread three beads of each colour onto yarn. Rep until you have 27 beads on yarn

Next row: k1, * b1, k1, rep from * to end

Using 3mm needles, cast on 55 sts

Place WS together, sew down both side seams and bottom. Sew zip into place. Make lining and attach inside purse. Sew handle to side of bag. Using sewing thread and needle, attach strands of beads to bottom edge LK

Next row: k

Next row: k

Row 1: k1, * b1, k1, rep from * to end

Cast off

Cast off

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Cotswold Chunky 20% Wool, 80% Premium Acrylic

Merry Christmas from everyone at King Cole

King Cole Cotswold Chunky Found in all good wool Retailers For your local stockist call: 01756 703670 email: enquiries@kingcole.com | www.kingcole.com Join us on Facebook & Twitter For every King Cole pattern you buy, a donation will be made to the Pink Ribbon Foundation. Patterns featured: 4632 & 4637 & 4638


CHARMING ELF TOY

Evie the elf

Measurements & Sizes Top of head to toe: 35cm

Knit Kit Yarn: DMC Natura Just Cotton Medium, shades (A) 08 Green, (B) 05 Red, (C) 01 White, one 50g ball of each, oddment of cream yarn. Needles: 4mm Button: heart shaped, white Pompoms: 2cm, white, three Sewing needle and thread: black, red Tapestry needle Small clean stones or marbles: seven or eight Fabric: white, cotton Safety toy stuffing Pink crayon

For abbreviations see page 92

Special abbreviations RLI: right lift increase – use RH needle to lift st from one row below next st on LH needle. Place this loop on LH needle. K this loop, then work the next st as instructed

About the Yarn DMC Natura Just Cotton is an aran-weight yarn composed of entirely pure cotton. This composition is perfect for this project as it showcases your stitches well, making it easier to track progress. It costs £2.95 per 50g (75m) from 0845 544 2196, www.loveknitting.com

Need an Alternative? Stylecraft Special Aran, also available on www.loveknitting.com is an acrylic yarn with a similar range of colours. It costs £1.05 per 100g (196m) ball. To get 15% off all orders at Love Knitting use the code KNIT12

meet our DESIGNER “Designing Evie the Elf really got me in the mood for Christmas! Everyone should have one for their mantlepiece!” LUCINDA GANDERTON

Give your fireplace a little character this Christmas with a sweet elfette from Lucinda Ganderton

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urling up by a warm fire this festive season can only be made better with Evie the Elf as a charming decoration. She is simple to knit, with an easy eyelet row incorporated for added interest. She needs only a small amount of basic shaping and accessorising to complete, and makes for a charming addition to any shelf or mantlepiece!

Start knitting here... EVIE ELF LEGS (make two)

Using 4mm needles and yarn A, cast on 17 sts Beg with boot as folls: £ Row 1 (RS): k £ Row 2 (WS): k £ Row 3: (k2, kfb, k4, kfb) twice, k1. 21 sts £ Row 4: k £ Row 5: k8, k2tog, k1, ssk, k8. 19 sts £ Row 6: k7, k2tog, k1, ssk, k7. 17 sts £ Row 7: ssk, k4, k2tog, k1, ssk, k4, k2tog. 13 sts £ Row 8: k4, k2tog, k1, ssk, k4. 11 sts

STOCKING Cut yarn A and join yarn C £ Working in st st, work in stripes of two rows yarn C, two rows yarn B for 40 rows £ Cast off

BODY Using 4mm needles and yarn A, cast on 40 sts using two-needle method £ Beg with a k row, work six rows in st st £ Next row (eyelet row): k3, (yfwd, k2tog) to last st, k1 £ Beg with p row, work six rows in st st £ Picot Row (WS): fold up cast-on edge with WS touching, * insert

needle from front to back through bar at bottom of cast on st, then insert needle through working st as if to k, k both sts tog, rep from * to end

Belt Do not cut yarn A, join yarn B £ Beg with a k row, work two rows in st st Cut yarn B, cont in yarn A £ Beg with a k row, work two rows in st st £ Next row: (k2, k2tog) to end. 30 sts £ Next row: p £ Next row: (k4, k2tog) to end. 25 sts £ Beg with a p row, work 11 rows in st st £ Next row: (k3, k2tog) to end. 20 sts £ Beg with a p row, work three rows in st st £ Next row: (k2, k2tog) to end. 15 sts £ Beg with a p row, work three rows in st st Cut yarn A, join yarn C

Head £ Beg with a k row, work two rows in st st £ Next row: (k3, RLI) to end. 20 sts £ Beg with a p row, work seven rows in st st £ Next row: (k2tog) to end. Ten sts £ Next row: p £ Cut yarn leaving a tail, thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off

ARM (make two) Using 4mm needles and yarn C, cast on seven sts £ Rows 1-2: beg with a k row, work in st st £ Row 3: k3, RLI, k1, RLI, k3. Nine sts £ Row 4: p £ Row 5: k4, RLI, k1, RLI, k4. 11 sts £ Row 6: p £ Row 7: k1, (k2tog) twice, k1, (ssk) twice, k1. Seven sts £ Row 8: p

Sleeve Cut yarn C, join yarn B £ K two rows Cut yarn B, join yarn A £ Next row: k1, m1, k5, m1, k1. Nine sts £ Beg with a p row, work 15 rows in st st £ Next row: k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1. Seven sts £ Next row: p £ Next row: k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1. Five sts £ Next row: p £ Next row: ssk, k1, k2tog. Three sts £ Next row: p3tog. One st £ Fasten off

HAT Using 4mm needles and yarn C, cast on 18 sts £ Row 1: k £ Rows 2-4: p £ Row 5 (RS): fold up cast on edge with WS touching, * insert needle into st as if to k, then insert needle from front to back through bar at bottom of cast on st, k both sts tog, rep from * to end £ Rows 6-12: beg with a p row, work in st st £ Row 13: (k2tog) to end. Nine sts

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Evie Elf is a perfect gift for a small child, but there are a few adjustments that should be made in order to ensure she is completely safe. Firstly, be sure to remove the stones, pompoms and buttons, as all three pose a potential hazard to small children, particularly babies. Secondly, avoid using crayon on the face as if not completely set, it could be transferred on to clothing or accidentally ingested. Once you’ve made these changes, prepare to delight your little ones with this gorgeous toy!

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£ Rows 14-20: beg with a p row, work in st st £ Row 21: (k1, k2tog) to end. Six sts £ Rows 22-28: beg with a p row, work in st st £ Row 29: (k2tog) to end. Three sts £ Rows 30-36: beg with a p row, work in st st £ Row 37: k3tog. One st £ Fasten off

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TO MAKE UP Starting at top of Head and using yarn A, seam side edges to neck. Stuff firmly, sew running stitch around neck stitches, pull to gather. Seam hand and sleeve until three rows before shaping, stuffing as you go. Place Arm on Body and pass yarn through to WS, stuff shoulder and sew Arm to body. Sew Body seam, leaving base open. Stuff three-quarters full then wrap pebbles in scrap of cotton and place inside body. Add more stuffing. Sew sole and back boot seams, stuff boot lightly. Wrap two pebbles in cotton and tuck one into each boot. Using yarn A, sew running stitch around ankle stitches and pull to gather. Sew Leg seams, stuffing as you go. Roll Legs between your palms to even out filling. Sew pompom to top of shoes as shown. Leaving top edges open, flatten out top six stripes and sew inside edges together to make a square base. Sew four edges of base to inside top edge of picot hem on Body to make skirt. Sew button to the centre front. Cut 18 60cm strands of cream yarn, tie ends together with 3cm tassel, divide into three groups of six and plait. Knot again 20cm from first knot and trim ends to match. Make small knot of cream yarn for fringe. Sew centre of plait to top of head and fringe to forehead. Join side seams of Hat and sew pompom to point. Fit onto head and sew in place

EARS £Using 4mm needles and yarn C, with RS facing, pick up and k four sts along the side of the head, just below brim of hat £ Row 1 (WS): p4 £ Row 2: ssk, k2tog. Two sts £ Row 3: p2tog. One st £ Fasten off Weave in ends £ Rep for other Ear With black thread embroider two eyes and use red for mouth. Finish off by blushing cheeks with pink crayon LK

“The right lift increase is a less common one but it’s a method that looks really tidy when you have to increase stitches in the middle of a row”

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SPECIAL CHRISTMAS KNIT

Get partyready with Pat Menchini’s TWO-TONE CARDIGAN

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his sparkly number is comprised of two beautiful yarns; one is sumptuously soft and the other is adorned with sequins. The lovely contrasting yarns will make this fun to knit and glamorous to wear for the party season. The sleeves are knitted using a pre-sequinned yarn, which transforms this simple piece into an incredibly special garment!

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Dress size (approx): 4-6 (8-10,12-14, 16-18, 20-22, 24-26, 28-30) To fit chest (cm): 71-76 (81-86, 91-97, 102-107, 112117, 122-127, 132-137) Actual chest (cm): 80 (90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140) Length from shoulder (cm): 53 (54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 60) Sleeve seam (cm): 44 (44, 44, 45, 45, 46, 46)

Knit Kit Yarn: (A) King Cole Embrace DK, shade Silver 2234, 3 (3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5) 100g balls; (B) King Cole Galaxy DK, shade Mercury 683, 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) 50g balls Needles: 3.25mm, 4mm Stitch marker Buttons: crystal, 11

Tension Square l 22 sts x 28 rows l 10cm x 10cm

l Stocking stitch l 4mm needles

For abbreviations see page 92

About the Yarn King Cole Embrace DK is an incredibly cuddly yarn, which is made by twisting three strands of soft acrylic thread with one soft nylon thread. It is machine washable at low temperatures, and costs £5.40 per 100g (245m) ball from 01924 565740, www.woolnstuff.co.uk King Cole Galaxy DK is soft with a hint of sparkle – perfect to brighten up any outfit. The colours are striking, and the yarn itself is machine washable. It costs £3 per 50g (178m) ball from 0115 947 4239, www.knitnottingham.co.uk

Need an Alternative? For the sleeves try Rico Creative Galaxy DK. It’s a similar gauge and includes sequins, but incorporates wool into its composition. It costs £7.39 per 100g (240m) ball from 0800 505 3300, www.woolwarehouse.co.uk To get 10% off at Wool Warehouse use the code: LK113

Let’s Shop For the largest selection of fastenings in the UK visit Duttons for Buttons, 01423 502092, www.duttonsforbuttons.co.uk

Simple but so effective!

Start knitting here...

NOTE: All casting off should be done loosely

BACK Using 3.25mm needles and yarn A, cast on 87 (97, 109, 119, 131, 141, 153) sts £ Row 1 (RS): k2, * p1, k1, rep from * to last st, k1 £ Row 2: k1, * p1, k1, rep from * to end These two rows form rib £ Rows 3-8: rib, inc 1 (2, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1) sts across last row **. 88 (99, 110, 121, 132, 143, 154) sts Change to 4mm needles £ Next row (RS): beg with a k row, work in st st until Back meas 37cm, ending after a p row Pm at centre of last row

Shape armholes £ Rows 1-2: cast off 5 (6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13) sts at beg of row. 78 (87, 94, 103, 112, 119, 128) sts £ Dec one st at armhole edge on next 3 (3, 5, 5, 7, 7, 9) rows £ Rep for every foll alt row until 66 (73, 78, 83, 90, 95, 102) sts rem £ Cont in patt until work meas 16 (17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23) cm from marker, ending after a p row

Shape shoulders £ Rows 1-6: cast off 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7) sts at beg of row £ Rows 7-8: cast off 5 (4, 6, 5, 7, 6, 9) sts at beg of row Leave rem 32 (35, 36, 37, 40, 41, 42) sts on a holder

RIGHT FRONT £ Commencing with 43 (49, 53, 59, 65, 71, 75) sts, work as Back to ** but inc one st at side edge on third, fourth and seventh sizes only on last row. 43 (49, 54, 60, 65, 71, 76) sts Change to 4mm needles £ Next row (RS): beg with a k row work in st st until work meas 37cm at centre, ending at side edge

Shape armhole £ Cast off 5 (6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13) sts at beg of next row. 38 (46, 51, 50, 55, 59, 63) sts £ Dec one st at armhole edge on next 3 (3, 5, 5, 7, 7, 9) rows £ Rep for every alt row until 32 (36, 38, 41, 44, 47, 50) sts rem £ Cont without shaping until front meas 22 (24, 26, 26, 28, 28, 30) rows fewer than Back to start of shoulder shaping, ending at front edge

Shape neck £ Cast off 10 (12, 12, 13, 14, 15, 15) sts at beg of next row

Dress from a selection at TK Maxx Earrings model’s own

Measurements & Sizes

£ Dec one st at neck edge on next five rows. 17 (19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 30) sts £ Cont until work meas same as Back to shoulder shaping, ending at armhole edge

Shape shoulder £ Cast off 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7) sts at beg of next row and two foll alt rows £ Work one row without shaping £ Cast off rem 5 (4, 6, 5, 7, 6, 9) sts

LEFT FRONT £ Work as Right front

SLEEVES Using 3.25mm needles and yarn B, cast on 43 (45, 47, 49, 49, 51, 53) sts £ Work in rib as given on Back inc one st at each end of ninth row, then on every foll sixth row until there are 53 (55, 57, 59, 59, 61, 63) sts, taking extra sts into rib £ Rib five more rows Change to 4mm needles £ Rows 1-2 (RS): beg with a k row, work in st st £ Cont in st st, inc one st at each end of next row, then on every foll 14th (10th, 8th, 8th, 6th, 4th, 4th) row until there are 59 (65, 73, 73, 73, 73, 81) sts £ Cont to inc on every foll 14th (12th, 10th, 8th, 6th, 6th, 6th) row until there are 65 (71, 77, 81, 87, 93, 97) sts £ Cont without shaping until work meas 44 (44, 44, 45, 45, 46, 46) cm, ending after a p row

Shape top £ Cast off 5 (6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13) sts at beg of next two rows. 55 (59, 61, 63, 67, 69, 71) sts £ Work 0 (0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8) rows without shaping

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£ Dec one st at each end of next row, then on every foll k row until 25 (27, 31, 33, 37, 39, 43) sts rem, then on every row until 15 (17, 21, 23, 27, 29, 33) sts rem £ Cast off

NECKBAND Join shoulders £ Using 3.25mm needles and yarn A, pick up and k 32 (34, 37, 37, 40, 40, 43) sts up Right front neck, k across sts on holder, pick up and k 31 (34, 36, 37, 39, 40, 42) sts down Left front neck. 95 (103, 109, 111, 119, 121, 127) sts £ Beg Row 2, work six rows in rib as for Back £ Cast off in rib

RIGHT FRONT BORDER £ Using 3.25mm needles and yarn A, pick up and k 117 (119, 119, 123, 125, 129, 129) sts along Right front edge £ Rows 2-3: work rows in rib as Back £ Row 4: rib 3, * cast off two sts, rib 16 (16, 16, 17, 17, 18, 18) including st used to cast off, rep from * five times more, cast off two sts, rib to end £ Row 5: cast on two sts in rib in each place where sts were cast off £ Rib two rows more £ Cast off in rib

LEFT FRONT BORDER Work to match right front border, omitting buttonholes on Rows 4 and 5

TO MAKE UP Stitch two buttons to top of rib section of sleeves. Sew in sleeve tops. Join side and sleeve seams. Sew rem seven buttons to left border LK


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SPARKLY ACCESSORY

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ake this easy and quick winter wonder for yourself or a loved one this season! This vibrant and sparkly cowl is worked in a version of cobweb stitch knitted on circular needles, making it a super easy knit. This cobweb style stitch pattern knitted in the round has a natural diagonal lean, however, if you block it straight then a whole new stitch is born!

Make our fab and cosy

ONE BALL COWL Stay snug and sparkly in Veronica Shaw’s pretty knit

Measurements & sizes 160cm x 20cm

Tension square 22 sts x 30 rows, 10cm x 10cm, Stocking stitch, 4mm needles

You will need:

CK &

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YN S A E TTER PA

YARN: Stylecraft Cabaret DK, shade 3575 Red Sky, one 100g ball NEEDLES: 4mm (for tension square), 5.5mm straight, one (for casting off) 5mm (80cm) circular STITCH MARKER

Start knitting here

NOTE: First st on p rnds is worked into yfwd at beg of prev rnd Using 5mm circular needle, cast on 182 sts, join in the rnd taking care not to twist sts, pm for beg of rnd Rnd 1: wyif, p to end Rnd 2: * yfwd, sl 1 kwise, k1, psso, rep from * to end Rnd 3: wyif, p to end Rnd 4: * yfwd, k2tog, rep from * to end Rep Rnds 1-4 11 times more Next rnd: p Using 5.5mm needle loosely cast off kwise

TO MAKE UP

YARN SHOP

Stylecraft Cabaret DK costs £4.45 per 100g (230m) ball from www.awoollytail.com

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Top £25 Next

Weave in and neaten cast-on and cast-off ends. Soak cowl in warm water and a wool wash, gently squeeze out excess water. Leave damp, lay flat and doubled, ease flat cast-off and cast-on ends to measurements given. Leave to dry LK


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QUICK CHRISTMAS KNITS

Jolly Tots Knit your little helper their own Santa suit with Jane Burns’ adorable set

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t’s the prerogative of adults to dress babies in ridiculously cute outfits, especially around Christmas time, and this hat and shorts combo would be a great gift for a new arrival. The hat comes in sizes to fit ages six months to two years, while the shorts have just one set of instructions due to the stretch in the waistband. Don’t forget to take lots of photos of your baby in their new knits!

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Measurements & Sizes

Hat: To fit age (mths, approx): 6-12 (12-24) To fit head circumference (cm): 40.5 (45.5) Shorts (will stretch to fit) Actual waist: 45cm Seat: 51cm

Knit Kit Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK, shades (A) 1001 White, (B) 1246 Lipstick, (C) 1002 Black, (D) 1709 Gold, one 100g ball of each Needles: 3.75mm, 4mm, both straight and double-pointed, set of five Tapestry needle

Tension Square l l l l

22 sts x 28 rows 10cm x 10cm stocking stitch 4mm needles

For abbreviations see page 92

About the Yarn Stylecraft Special DK is a great value acrylic yarn with an impressive meterage. One ball of each shade is enough to knit either size. It can be machine washed and costs £1.89 per 100g (295m) ball from 01925 764231, www.blacksheepwools.com

Start knitting here... HAT

Using 3.25mm dpns and yarn A, cast on 80 (92) sts, join in the rnd taking care not to twists sts, pm for beg of rnd £ Rnd 1: * k2, p2, rep from * to end £ Rep Rnd 1 until piece meas 3.5 (4) cm from cast-on edge Change to 4mm dpns

First size only

£ Rnds 10-15: k £ Rnd 16: * k4 (5), k2tog, rep from * to end. 50 (60) sts £ Rnds 17-21: k £ Rnd 22: * k3 (4), k2tog, rep from * to end. 40 (50) sts £ Rnds 23-27: k £ Rnd 28: * k2 (3), k2tog, rep from * to end. 30 (40) sts £ Rnds 29-33: k £ Rnd 34: * k1 (2), k2tog, rep from * to end. 20 (30) sts £ Rnds 35-37: k

£ Next rnd: k

First size only

Second size only £ Next rnd: [k29, k2tog] twice, k30. - (90) sts

£ Rnd 38: [k2tog] to end. Ten sts

Second size only

All sizes £ Rnd 2: k Change to yarn B £ Cont to work in st st (k every rnd) as set until piece meas 10 (12) cm from cast-on edge

Shape top £ Rnd 1: * k6 (7), k2tog, rep from * to end. 70 (80) sts £ Rnds 2-8: k £ Rnd 9: * k5 (6), k2tog, rep from * to end. 60 (70) sts

£ Rnd 38: * k1, k2tog, rep from * to end. 20 sts £ Rnd 39: [k2tog] to end. Ten sts

All sizes £ Next rnd: [k2tog] to end. Five sts £ Cut yarn leaving a tail, thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off Using yarn A, make a pompom. Attach securely to top of Hat

Need an Alternative? Treat your tot to one of the softest wools around. Rico Essentials Merino DK is a pure wool yarn that can be machine washed, making it a good choice for baby knits. It costs £3.69 per 50g (120m) ball from 01376 743123, www.sconch.com

SHORTS FRONT & BACK (alike) Using 4mm straight needles, yarn B and long tail method, cast on 17 sts £ Row 1: k £ Row 2: cast on five sts, p to end. 22 sts £ Row 3: cast on five sts, k5, ssk, k13, k2tog, k5. 25 sts £ Row 4: cast on five sts, p to end. 30 sts £ Row 5: cast on five sts, k10, ssk, k11, k2tog, k10. 33 sts £ Row 6: cast on seven sts, p to end. 40 sts £ Row 7: cast on seven sts, k17, ssk, k9, k2tog, k17. 45 sts £ Row 8: cast on seven sts, p to end. 52 sts £ Row 9: cast on seven sts, k24, ssk, k7, k2tog, k24. 57 sts £ Row 10: cast on three sts, p to end. 60 sts £ Row 11: cast on three sts, k27, ssk, k5, k2tog, k27. 61 sts £ Row 12: p £ Row 13: k27, ssk, k3, k2tog, k27. 59 sts £ Row 14: p £ Row 15: k27, ssk, k1, k2tog, k27. 57 sts £ Row 16: p £ Row 17: k27, ssk, k2tog, k27. 55 sts £ Row 18: p26, p2tog, p27. 54 sts £ Row 19: k £ Row 20: p £ Rows 21-56 cont in st st Change to yarn C £ Row 57: k Change to 3.25mm straight needles £ Next row: * k2, p2, rep from * to last two sts, k2 £ Next row: * p2, k2, rep from * to last two sts, p2 £ Rep last two rows until rib meas 6cm £ Cast off

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If you want to knit the hat on two needles, cast on one extra stitch at each end of the row. These are your selvedge stitches and will be used for sewing a mattress stitch seam. Work all alternate rows as purl rows. If these are decrease rows, work p2tog. Remember that your stitch count will always be two stitches more than given in the pattern.

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LEG CUFFS Join side seams and gusset using mattress stitch £ Using 3.25mm dpns and yarn B, pick up and k 56 evenly around each leg Change to yarn A £ Rnd 1: k £ Rnds 2-10: * k2, p2, rep from * to end £ Cast off

Pull yarn firmly across back of work £ Rep from ** until piece meas 16cm from cast-on edge £ Cast off

TO MAKE UP Join cast-off and cast-on edges together to form a ring. Pin to front of shorts using photo as guide, sew in place. Embroider a couple of long stitches for buckle fastener LK

BUCKLE Using two 4mm dpns and yarn D, cast on six sts £ ** Row 1: k6, do not turn, slide sts to other end of needle

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STYLESpotlight TOP CRAFTY FINDS FROM OUR EAGLE-EYED SHOPPERS

This month Heidi Wilkins finds the best glam accessories

This gorgeous bolero is perfect for winter’s slightly chillier mornings as light layers teamed together are most effective at trapping heat. It’s perfect for parties too, as the soft slightly glitzy yarn gives the garment an elegant edge. Wendy Celeste Pattern 5924 costs £2.65 from www.purplelinda crafts.co.uk

GLITZY CUSHION

Bright, fun and sparkly - our favourite combination. This lively number features intricate sequin detail which will add a cheerful finishing touch to your knitting corner. Pair it with a neutral throw for an even balance of fun and If you’re having to put the knitting stylish. It costs £12 from needles aside for a party this season, make the change a little easier with 0844 8222 321, www.very.co.uk this gorgeous teal top. With a collar full of sparkly gems and sequins, this classy top will make sure you stand out for all the right reasons. It’s just £18 from 0781 231 2000, www.fiftyplus.co.uk

TWINKLY TOP

PICTURE PERFECT

Display your loved ones in style with this glitzy frame! The starburst design is guaranteed to add a classy, modern twist to your living room. It’s £25 from 0345 602 1073, www.houseoffraser. co.uk

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SPARKLY YARNS

SHIMMERY SCARF

Stay sparkly as you wrap up in this gorgeous shimmering purple scarf. It compliments almost any winter outfit, with the soft silver detailing adding a touch of glam. Try it with one of our fab garment patterns. It’s only £29 from 0208 877 6543, www.east.co.uk

As party season draws ever closer, we’re running out of room for all the glitzy yarns we’ve found! James C. Brett Twinkle DK is a sparkly spun thread that’s perfect for children’s gifts. It costs £2.99 per 100g (370m) ball from 01742 245623, www.rkmwoolsdirect.co.uk King Cole Glitz DK is perfect for knitting sparkly garments and accessories, with its single sparkly strand making it glamorous in a subtle way. It costs £3.99 per 100g (290m) ball from 01925 565740, www.woolnstuff.co.uk Wendy Supreme Sparkle DK is a beautiful cotton yarn with a dash of pizzazz that’s available in a wide range of gorgeous colours. It costs £3.99 per 100g (201m) ball from 0800 505 3300, www.woolwarehouse.co.uk

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GREAT GIFT IDEAS EXCLUSIVE TO

Knit the ultimate

COSY ACCESORIES SET

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Jumper £24.90 Uniqo, jeans £19.90 Uniqlo, boots from a selection by Ugg

pend a few December evenings knitting these incredibly simple and enviably cosy winter knits! This set will help to keep every inch of you warm, with the gorgeous burgundy hued accessories adding a pop of colour to your outfit. Helen Ardley’s designs incorporate several interesting cables and twists, which are easily mastered and contribute to the stylish look.

“This set uses seven different cables – see our special abbreviations for how to knit them all” LK Deputy Editor, Adrienne Chandler

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Measurements & Sizes Leg warmers: 30cm x 30cm Hot water bottle cover: 18cm x 27cm Cowl: 24cm x 70cm Head band: 7cm x 50cm

Perfect for keeping cosy

Knit Kit Yarn: Rico Fashion Alpaca Dream shades (A) 04 Red, four 50g balls, (B) 05 Purple, (C) 07 Blue,(D) 02 Beige, one 50g ball of each Needles: 7mm, 8mm Cable needle

Tension Square l 15 sts x 22 rows l 10cm x 10cm l Over pattern

l 8mm needles

Special Abbreviations C8F: slip next four sts onto a cable needle and hold at front, k4, then k4 from cn T3B: slip next st onto a cn and hold at back, k2, then p1 from cn T3F: slip next two sts onto cn and hold at front, p1 then k2 from cn C4F: slip next two sts onto a cn and hold at front, k2 then k2 from cn C4B: slip next two sts onto a cn and hold at back, k2 then k2 from cn T4F: slip next two sts onto a cn and hold at front, p2 then k2 from cn T4B: slip next two sts onto a cn and hold at back, k2 then p2 from cn

For abbreviations see page 92

About the Yarn Rico Fashion Alpaca Dream is a beautiful chainette yarn, which knits easily into touchably soft, quality garments. Due to its luxurious nature, it is hand-wash only, and is available in a variety of attractive colours ranging from soft neutrals to jewel tones. It costs £5.99 per 50g (120m) ball from 01925 764231, www.blacksheepwools.com To get 10% off all orders at Black Sheep Wools use the code LK113

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COWL

Using 8mm needles and yarn A, cast on 16 sts £ Row 1: (k1, p1) twice, k8, (p1, k1) twice £ Row 2: as Row 1 Change to yarn B £ Row 3: (k1, p1) twice, C8F, (p1, k1) twice £ Row 4: (k1, p1) twice, k8, (p1, k1) twice Change to yarn A £ Rows 5-6: rep Row 4 Change to yarn B These last four rows form patt £ Work in patt until work meas 50cm £ Cast off

Using 7mm needles and yarn A, cast on 110 sts £ Row 1: k2, *p2, k2 rep from * to end £ Row 2: p2, *k2, p2 rep from * to end These two rows form rib £ Work a further seven rows in rib £ Next row: rib 4, m1, * rib 6, m1, rep from * to last four sts, rib 4. 128 sts Change to 8mm needles and yarn B, work in cable patt as folls: £ Row 1: p4, k8, *p6, k8, rep from * to last four sts, p4 £ Row 2: k4, p8, * k6, p8, rep from

HEADBAND

* to last four sts, k4 £ Row 3: p4, C4B, C4F, * p6, C4B, C4F, rep from * to last four sts, p4 £ Row 4: as Row 2 £ Rows 5-6: rep Rows 1-2 £ Row 7: p4, T4B, T4F, * p6, T4B, T4F, rep from * to last four sts, p4 £ Row 8: k4, p2, k4, p2, * k6, p2, k4, p2, rep from * to last four sts, k4 Change to yarn A £ Row 9: p3, T3B, p4, T3F, * p4, T3B, p4, T3F, rep from * to last three sts, p3 £ Row 10: k3, p2, k6, p2, * k4, p2, k6, p2, rep from * to last three sts, k3 £ Row 11: p3, k2, p6, k2, * p4, k2, p6,

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k2, rep from * to last three sts, p3 £ Row 12: k3, p2, k6, p2, * k4, p2, k6, p2, rep from * to last three sts, k3 £ Row 13: p3, T3F, p4, T3B, * p4, T3F, p4, T3B, rep from * to last three sts, p3 £ Row 14: as Row 8 £ Row 15: p4, C4F, C4B, * p6, C4F, C4B, rep from * to last four sts, p4 £ Row 16: k4, p8, * k6, p8 rep from * to last four sts, k4 These 16 rows form cable patt Change to yarn C £ Work eight rows in patt Change to yarn A £ Work eight rows in patt Change to 7mm needles and yarn B £ Next row: k2, p2, (k1, k2tog, p2, k1, k2tog, p2, k2, p2) eight times, k1, k2tog, p2, k1, k2tog, p2, k2. 110 sts £ Work in rib as for start of cowl for seven rows £ Cast off

HOT WATER BOTTLE COVER FRONT Using 8mm needles and yarn D, cast on 32 sts £ Row 1: p6, C4B, (p4, C4B) twice, p6 £ Row 2: k6, p4, (k4, p4) twice, k6 £ Row 3: p5, T3B, (T4F, T4B) twice, T3F, p5 £ Row 4: k5, p2, k3, p4, k4, p4, k3, p2, k5 Change to yarn A £ Row 5: p4, T3B, p3, C4F, p4, C4F, p3, T3B, p4 £ Row 6: k4, p2, k4, (p4, k4) twice, p2, k4 £ Row 7: p4, k2, p3, T3B, T4F, T4B, T3F, p3, k2, p4 £ Row 8: k4, (p2, k3) twice, p4, (k3, p2) twice, k4 Change to yarn D £ Row 9: p4, (k2, p3) twice, C4B, (p3, k2) twice, p4 £ Row 10: as Row 8 £ Row 11: p4, k2, p3, T3F, T4B, T4F, T3B, p3, k2, p4 £ Row 12: as Row 6 Change to yarn A £ Row 13: p4, T3F, p3, C4F, p4, C4F, p3, T3B, p4 £ Row 14: as Row 4 £ Row 15: p5, T3F, (T4B, T4F) twice, T3B, p5 £ Row 16: as Row 2 These 16 rows form patt £ Cont in patt without changing colour until work meas 26cm, ending after a WS row £ Next row: p2tog, patt to last two sts, p2tog. 30 sts £ Next row: k2tog, patt to last two sts, k2tog. 28 sts £ Next row: cast off six sts, patt to end. 22 sts

£ Next row: cast off six sts, * k1, p1 rep from * to end. 16 sts £ Next row: * k1, p1, rep from * to end £ Rep last row until rib meas 10cm Change to yarn D £ Work four rows in rib Change to yarn A £ Work two rows in rib Change to yarn D £ Work two rows in rib £ Cast off

Lower back With 8mm needles and yarn A, cast on 30 sts £ Row 1: (RS): p £ Row 2: (WS): k £ Cont in reverse st st until work meas 14cm Change to 7mm needles £ Next row: * k1, p1 rep from * to end £ Rep last row five more times £ Cast off

Upper back Using 7mm needles and yarn A, cast on 30 sts £ Row 1: * k1, p1, rep from * to end £ Work last row three more times £ Next row (buttonhole): rib 5, yfwd, rib2tog, * rib 4, yfwd, rib2tog, rep from * to last five sts, rib 5 £ Work two more rows in rib Change to 8mm needles £ Next row (RS): beg with a p row, work in reverse st st until work meas 14cm, ending after a WS row £ Next row (RS): p2tog, p to last two sts, p2tog. 28 sts £ Next row: k2tog, k to last two sts, k2tog. 26 sts £ Next row: cast off five sts, p to end. 21 sts £ Next row: cast off five sts, k to end. 16 sts £ Change to 7mm needles and work rib as for front £ Cast off

LEGWARMERS (make two)

Using 7mm needles and yarn C, cast on 46 sts £ Row 1: k2, * p2, k2 rep from * to end £ Row 2: p2, * k2, p2, rep from * to end These two rows form rib Change to yarn A £ Work two rows in rib Change to yarn C £ Work one row in rib £ Next row: work in rib inc six sts evenly across row. 52sts Change to 8mm needles and yarn A, work in patt as folls: £ Row 1: p2, * k4, p2, k2, p2, rep from * to end £ Row 2: * k2, p2, k2, p4, rep from * to last two sts, k2

£ Row 3: p2, * C4F, p2, k2, p2, rep from * to end £ Row 4: as Row 2 These four rows form patt £ Work in patt until work meas 24cm, ending after Row 4 Change to 7mm needles and yarn C £ Next row: (p2, k1, k2tog, p2, k2) five times, p2, k1, k2tog, rib to end. 46 sts £ Next row: work in rib Change to yarn A £ Next row: work two rows in rib Change to yarn C £ Next row: work two rows in rib £ Cast off

TO MAKEUP

For Headband, sew cast-on edge to cast-off edge. For Cowl, sew back seam using mattress stitch. For Hot water bottle cover, place WS together sew around hot water bottle cover using mattress stitch, make sure buttonhole band goes over button band, sew four buttons to correspond with buttonholes. For Legwarmers, sew back seam using mattress stitch LK

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ESSENTIAL WINTER PATTERNS

It’s a family

AFFAIR W

ith great power comes great responsibility, and when you’re a knitter that means making sure no-one gets cold – especially your nearest and dearest. No-one catches a chill on our watch! If you’re going to spend time knitting for your family, you want to make sure the finished project will be used (and

hopefully appreciated). It’s about yarn choice and pattern selection, and knowing what the recipient wants and needs, whether that’s for a busy mum on the school run, a fashionista teen or a cool dude who’s only concerned about his street cred. Don’t forget to knit some super snuggly projects for yourself, too! Let’s get started!

Stay wrapped up

Wraps and shawls are a top trend this winter and there are some brilliant patterns that will keep any woman snug and stylish all season long. First, decide on the look you’re after; there’s a wide variety of design options from capes and ponchos to simpler scarves and rectangular wraps. This is one of the new pattern leaflets from Debbie Bliss (DB108). It’s got a classic cable pattern and flattering double-breasted fastening, and can easily be dressed up or down which makes it a versatile option. www.designeryarns.uk.com You don’t need statement textures and advanced shaping to make an effective and attractive wrap. This pattern from Sublime is essentially an oversized snood so is really straightforward to knit. It’s a great choice for beginners too, as it’s worked in a basic moss stitch with no shaping. There’s also a lot of scope for customisation with a pattern like this – you could add stripes or bold colour combinations. How about an on-trend ombré scheme? Or just keep it as a classic, it’s really up to you! Find this and more great winter warmer knits in The Third Sublime Worsted Design Book 707. www.sublimeyarns.com

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Must-knit patterns and yarns to keep your clan cosy this winter

Fly the Flag

Great for new knitters

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ESSENTIAL WINTER PATTERNS

Knit for bouncing babies

It’s great fun knitting for small people. There are heaps of adorable designs, from fun hats to cute cardis and tiny hoodies – and because of their size, they’re quick to make. Always make the next size up to factor in growing room. We never cease to be amazed by how quickly babies grow! The Bergere de France Magazine 182 collection is full of delightful designs for babies, including this charming hat and jacket set. It’s knitted in a cashmere blend yarn so is really snuggly and a treat to knit with. www.bergeredefrance.co.uk

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THE NATURAL CRIMP IN WOOL HELPS TRAP POCKETS OF AIR TO MAKE IT A GREAT INSULATOR AND AN IDEAL CHOICE FOR WINTER WARMER KNITS.

3 Great Yarns For Tiny Tots STOCK UP ON THESE BRILLIANT BABY YARNS FOR YOUR NEXT MINIATURE MAKE! Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino falls between a 4ply and DK so your baby won’t overheat this winter. It combines wool, cashmere and microfibre and costs £4.95 per 50g (125m) ball from 01829 740903, www.laughinghens.com

Jenny Watson Babysoft DK is an acrylic and polyamide blend that is really soft and can be machine washed and tumble dried. It costs £2.05 per 50g (155m) ball from 0845 003 0775, www.wool4less.co.uk

Choose layering garments so your little one won’t overheat

Try Nordic Style

Rico Baby Cotton Soft DK Print mixes cotton and acrylic, and knits into adorable variegated colour effects. It costs £2.49 per 50g (125m) ball from www.purplelindacrafts.co.uk

For something a little bit different, check out the work of Camilla Ette Gotfredsen, the creative force behind Norwegian company Design Ette. Her patterns include knitted and crocheted garments and accessories, all made in luxurious natural fibres and blends. The sweater pictured is a stylish and flattering cover-up that’s perfect for cold wintry days – the yarn is also coloured using completely natural dyes, there’s not a chemical in sight! You can find the pattern in your bonus Winter Warmers booklet! www.designette.co.uk

Easy baby set! Need a last-minute gift for a new arrival? Download Lynne Rowe’s adorable baby hat and shoes for free at www.letsknit.co.uk

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ESSENTIAL WINTER PATTERNS

Keep Him Cosy Some men can be pretty stubborn about wrapping up warm during the coldest season and we don’t think they’re just being ‘macho’. Although they don’t like to admit it, most chaps are actually quite sensitive souls and need a soft and gentle yarn in the right colour and of course, the perfect pattern – luckily, there’s such a variety to choose from. The knits we wear are a reflection of our personalities and its the same with men’s patterns too. Some guys prefer more understated designs, often made in one colour with subtle textures. Sirdar is a great source of easy-to-knit men’s jumpers, jackets and tank tops. Cables are a simple and effective design feature that can add interest without making too much of a statement, so take a look at the brand’s aran-inspired patterns at www.sirdar.co.uk Rowan tends to favour more fashion forward designs for men, including this striking cardigan from Magazine 60 (above). It’s definitely a statement knit and actually, the double-layer of thickness created by the all-over stranded colourwork pattern means it’s a super toasty one, too. www.knitrowan.com

Choose bold colour patterns Cabled jumpers are perferct for winter

Beware of The Sweater Curse!

While we like to encourage you to knit for anyone and everyone, we wouldn’t be a responsible publication if we didn’t warn you of one of the knitting world’s most mysterious phenomena, The Sweater Curse. There is documented evidence from knitters who treated their significant other to a special handknitted jumper, only for the relationship to start to unravel soon after! Is it just a myth or a real relationship hazard? You decide!

Number 1 for Trendy Teens

Your new family favourite

When it comes to accessories, less is often more and you can’t beat a classic beanie. This sweet little number from Cascade Yarns is called Danny Boy and fits babies through to adults. It’s knitted in Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash® Merino with a mock cable stitch pattern and you can make a matching set for everyone you know! The pattern is available for free at www.cascadeyarns.com and you can get the yarn for £8.95 per 100g (200m) ball from 0845 544 2196, www.loveknitting.com

It can be hard to get your ‘cool’ teenagers to want to wear a coat in winter, let alone suitable knitwear, but that’s where Conway & Bliss comes in. The brand really appeals to the younger generation with its bold, fashion-led designs. This cowl (pattern CB034) is knitted in this season’s new Odin yarn, an exceedingly chunky wool-acrylic blend that’s soft and lofty, and knits up on 15mm needles. That means you’ll be able to whip uwp an essential winter warmer in just an evening or two. For stockists, call 01535 664222 or go to www.designeryarns.uk.com Another brand that’s perfect for fashionable folk is Wool And The Gang. The collections range from simple yet stylish, chunky accessories to on-trend oversized garments, which can be bought as kits, patterns or ready-to-wear. Turn to page 75 to be in with a chance of winning a beanie knitting kit! Find out more at www.woolandthegang.com

Super chunky style

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MITTS ON TWO NEEDLES

Mix & Match Cool kids will love Lucinda Ganderton’s colourful mittens!

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et creative with colour with our beginner-friendly rainbow mitts! They’re worked on two needles and feature a few techniques to help you increase your repertoire. You’ll be working in simple two-row stripes, turning midway through the row and learning some basic decreases. And at the end, you’ll have a pair of vibrant mitts your munchkin won’t want to take off!

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Measurements & Sizes Hand width: 8cm Length: 17cm

Knit Kit Yarn: Patons Wool DK, shades (A) 137 Pink, (B) 164 Ice Cream, (C) 174 Mustard, one 50g ball of each Needles: 4mm Tapestry needle

Tension Square l l l l

22 sts x 30 rows 10cm x 10cm stocking stitch 4mm needles

For abbreviations see page 92

About the Yarn Patons Wool DK is a soft pure wool yarn that’s machine washable, so is a good, versatile choice for children’s knits. It comes in 25 shades and costs £2.95 per 50g (125m) ball from 01829 740309, www.laughinghens.com

Need an Alternative? Why not bust your stash for your DK oddments?

knitwise

When working in two-row stripes, you don’t have to cut the yarn each time. Just carry the yarn not in use up the side of the work and give the two strands a twist when you change colour. This means you won’t have as many ends to sew in at the end.

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ALL-OVER STRIPY MITTS LEFT MITT

Using 4mm needles and yarn A, cast on 44 sts £ Rows 1-2: (k2, p2) to end Join in yarn B £ Rows 3-4: as rows 1-2 £ Rows 5-14: keeping colours correct, rep Rows 1-4 twice then Rows 1-2 once more Cut yarn A and cont with yarn B £ Row 15: k £ Row 16: p Join in yarn C £ Row 17: k £ Row 18: p

Hand £ Rows 19-26: keeping colours correct, rep Rows 15-18 twice £ Row 27: using yarn B, k27, turn

Thumb £ Row 28: cast on one st, p11, turn £ Row 29: cast on one st, k12 Cont on these 12 sts only £ Rows 30-40: work 11 rows in st st £ Row 41: (k2tog) six times £ Cut yarn leaving a 15cm tail, thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off Sew seam of thumb

Complete hand £ Row 42: with RS facing and yarn B, pick up and k two sts from base of thumb, k17 from LH needle. 36 sts £ Row 43: p Change to yarn C £ Row 44: k

£ Row 45: p Change to yarn B £ Row 46: k £ Row 47: p £ Rows 48-57: keeping colours correct, rep Rows 44-47 twice, then Rows 44-45 once more

Shape top Change to yarn B £ Row 58: (k4, k2tog) to end. 30 sts £ Row 59: p Change to yarn C £ Row 60: (k3, k2tog) to end. 24 sts £ Row 61: p Using yarn B £ Row 62: (k2, k2tog) to end. 18 sts £ Row 63: p Cut yarn B and cont in yarn C £ Row 64: (k1, k2tog) to end. 12 sts £ Row 65: p £ Row 66: (k2tog) to end. Six sts £ Cut yarn leaving a tail, thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off Sew side seam, matching stripes. Weave in ends

meet our DESIGNER “Knitting a matching pair can be boring, but these mis-matched mitts are fun. These are a good introduction to knitting gloves on two needles, as left and right are alike and the shaping is simple.” LUCINDA GANDERTON

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RIGHT MITT £ Work as for Left Mitt, swapping yarns A and C

PLAIN MITTS Left Mitt £ Work as for Stripy Left Mitt, using yarn A and yarn C for cuff and yarn C only for hand and thumb

Right Mitt £ Work as for Plain Left Mitt, swapping yarns A and C LK

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Here at Let’s Knit, we’re feeling incredibly inspired by these beautiful yet contemporary patterns. Hilary’s stunning designs are inspired by her home in Orkney, where Scottish and Nordic cultures intertwine. With exquisite designs for hats, scarves and jumpers alike, Hilary provides helpful tips and guidance for colourwork and finishing off throughout the book. Some of our favourite designs include the Loki jumper and Arrow Circle Scarf. 0207 692 7215, www.kylebooks.co.uk

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SUE STRATFORD

Sue’s latest book A Bird in the Hand, is available for £12.99 from www.suestratford. co.uk. Here she shares her inspiration, and her favourite yarns. “I began with designing the tiny blue tit, robin and blackbird, and tried to make the birds look as true to life as possible but with a friendly twist. This was achieved by making them a little chubbier, and therefore more cheerful looking, as I find if you copy something exactly it can lose its charm. I used Appleton’s Tapestry Wool to make the birds, as it’s available in 10m skeins which are useful for individual sections. I chose this yarn for the birds as there’s such a huge range of colours available, and matching colours such as the lime yellow on the blue tit is essential if people are to recognise the species. Appleton’s tapestry wool is also British and made of natural fibres, which is the type of yarn I prefer to use myself. Good quality yarn gives the birds a special look. For those looking to knit my designs, look at the pattern in stages and watch video tutorials to show you the techniques. Knitting is so visual, it all kicks into place once you see someone else doing it. Take your time over the sewing up and placing of eyes onto the animal, as it’ll ensure a better finish on your creature. Sometimes things can look a little crazed if you position the WIN THIS eyes incorrectly!”

KNITTING SHORT ROWS

Jennifer Dassau (£16.99, Interweave Press) Knowing how to knit short rows is essential when you want to add curves and soft angles to your projects, and Jennifer has made it all look so easy! With chapters detailing techniques including the wrap-over method and the twin-stitch method – you’ll learn to confidently incorporate short-rows into your work. Short rows transform garments beautifully, and enable you to fully explore your knitting capabilities. 0800 496 0181, www.amazon.co.uk

Pick up a skill!

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO KNITTING ON A LOOM Isela Phelps (£9.99, Search Press)

If you fancy a change from two-needle knitting, try your hand at knitting on a loom with Isela’s informative book. With clear instructions for basic cast-on techniques for various looms and a beautiful variety of knitting patterns, this book is perfect for any curious beginner. Here at LK, we can’t wait to give the ribbed socks and wave shrug a try. 01892 510850, www.searchpress.com

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PERFECT FOR PARTIES!

Glitter Girl

This sparkly top from Bergere is sure to become your little lady’s new favourite!

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here’s definitely something magpie-like about the LK team because when we saw this glitzy number, we just couldn’t resist! It’s perfect for this time of year, with Christmas and new year parties aplenty, but it’s also casual enough for everyday wear. The cotton blend yarn is a practical choice for junior adventurers and it fits ages four to 12.

EASY KNIT FOR UNDER £15! “Glitzy knits like this are perfect for the party season or for bringing festive cheer to dreary grey days.” LK Deputy Editor, Adrienne Chandler

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Measurements & Sizes To fit age (approx, yrs): 4 (6, 8, 10, 12) To fit chest (cm): 56 (60, 64, 70, 78) Actual chest (cm): 58 (62, 70, 76, 82) Length to shoulder (cm): 36 (40, 44, 48, 52) Sleeve length (cm): 11 (12, 13, 15, 16)

Knit Kit Yarn: Bergere de France Reflet, shown in shades 50011 Ecru and 50005 Sienne, 1 (2, 2, 2, 2) 100g balls Needles: 4mm, 5mm Tapestry needle

Tension Square l l l l

17 sts x 22 rows 10cm x 10cm stocking stitch 5mm needles

For abbreviations see page 92

About the Yarn Bergere de France Reflet blends soft, organic cotton with a metallic polyester thread to give a sparkly yarn with lovely drape. It is between a 4ply and DK in weight and a little goes a long way. It costs £7.30 per 100g (300m) ball from 07530 530754, www.fiddlesticksdevon.co.uk

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When choosing which size to make, first measure the chest size of the child, then look at the actual chest measurements. Remember to allow a few centimetres for ease as this design is meant to have a loose and casual fit. Don’t forget to factor in growing room too!

Start knitting here.. BACK

Using 4mm needles, cast on 58 (62, 66, 70, 74) sts £ Row 1: [k2, p2] to last two sts, k2 £ Row 2: [p2, k2] to last two sts, p2 These two rows set 2x2 rib £ Rep last two rows once more, then Row 1 once

Shape right neck

£ Next row (WS): work in 2x2 rib dec (dec, inc, -, -) one st in centre of last row. 57 (61, 67, -, -) sts

£ Next row (RS): k21 (22, 24, 27, 28), cast off centre 9 (11, 13, 12, 14) sts, k to end Cont on rem 21 (22, 24, 27, 28) sts only £ Next row: p £ Cast off 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) sts at beg of next 2 (2, 2, 1, 1) RS rows, then 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) sts at beg of next 3 (3, 3, 1, 1) RS rows, then 0 (0, 0, 1, 1) st at beg of next 0 (0, 0, 3, 3) RS rows. 14 (15, 17, 19, 20) sts

Fourth and fifth sizes only

Shape right shoulder

First, second and third sizes only

£ Next row (WS) work in 2x2 rib inc one st at each end of row. - (-, -, 72, 76) sts

All sizes Change to 5mm needles £ Beg with a k row, work in st st until work meas 21 (24, 27, 30, 33) cm, ending after a WS row

Shape armholes £ Cast off three sts at beg of next two rows. 51 (55, 61, 66, 70) sts £ Cont in st st without shaping until work meas 34 (38, 42, 46, 50) cm, ending after a WS row

Shape shoulders and neck £ Next row (RS): cast off 4 (5, 5, 6, 6) sts, k12 (12, 14, 15, 16) sts including st from cast-off, cast off centre 19 (21, 23, 24, 26) sts, k to end Cont on rem 16 (17, 19, 21, 22) sts only £ Next row (WS): cast off 4 (5, 5, 6, 6) sts at beg of next row, p to end. 12 (12, 14, 15, 16) sts £ Next row: cast off two sts, k to end. 10 (10, 12, 13, 14) sts £ Cast off 5 (5, 6, 6, 7) sts at beg of next row and foll 1 (1, 1, 0, 1) rows, then 0 (0, 0, 7, 0) sts once more £ With WS facing, rejoin yarn to rem 12 (12, 14, 15, 16) sts, cast off two sts, p to end. 10 (10, 12, 13, 14) sts £ Cast off 5 (5, 6, 6, 7) sts at beg of next row and foll 1 (1, 1, 0, 1) rows, then 0 (0, 0, 7, 0) sts once more

FRONT £ Work as for Back to armhole shaping

Shape armholes £ Cast off three sts at beg of next two rows. 51 (55, 61, 66, 70) sts £ Cont in st st without shaping until work meas 28 (32, 36, 39, 43) cm, ending after a WS row

£ Cast off 4 (5, 5, 6, 6) sts at beg of next and foll 0 (2, 0, 1, 0) WS rows, then 5 (0, 6, 7, 7) sts at beg of foll 2 (0, 2, 1, 2) WS rows

Shape left neck £ With WS facing, rejoin yarn to rem 21 (22, 24, 27, 28) sts, then cast off 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) sts at beg of next row and 1 (1, 1, 0, 0) foll WS rows, then 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) sts at beg of next 3 (3, 3, 1, 1) WS rows, then 0 (0, 0, 1, 1) st at beg of next 0 (0, 0, 3, 3) WS rows. 14 (15, 17, 19, 20) sts

Shape left shoulder £ Cast off 4 (5, 5, 6, 6) sts at beg of next and foll 0 (2, 0, 1, 0) RS rows, then 5 (0, 6, 7, 7) sts at beg of foll 2 (0, 2, 1, 2) RS rows

SLEEVES Using 4mm needles, cast on 42 (42, 46, 50, 54) sts £ Work five rows in 2x2 rib as for Back

First, third and fourth sizes only £ Next row (WS): work in 2x2 rib dec (-, inc, inc, -) one st in centre of row. 41 (-, 47, 51, -) sts

Second size only £ Next row (WS): work in 2x2 rib inc one st at each end of row. (44, -, -, -) sts

All sizes Change to 5mm needles £ Beg with a k row, work in st st until work meas 4.5cm, ending after a WS row £ Cont in st st working inc row as folls on next row, then every foll 4th (4th, 4th, 6th, 6th) row twice. 47 (50, 53, 57, 60) sts

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£ Inc row: k2, m1, k to last two sts, m1, k2 £ Cont without shaping until work meas 11 (12, 13, 15, 16) cm, ending after a WS row £ Cast off all sts loosely

COLLAR Using 4mm needles, cast on 98 (102, 106, 114, 118) sts £ Work four rows in 2x2 rib as for Back £ Cast off

TO MAKE UP Join shoulder seams. Sew Collar around neck edge, then join short ends of Collar. Sew Sleeves into armholes. Sew Sleeve and side seams. Weave in ends LK


QUICK & SIMPLE KNITS

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PLAYING IT STRAIGHT

Scarves make great TV knits as there’s no shaping at all, but that doesn’t mean you can’t mix up the stitch patterns a little. This lovely textured number is from Rowan Selects Softest Merino and will keep you cosy all winter long. www.knitrowan.com

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COLOURFUL COTTON

Ooh, we do love a rainbow of knitty goodness! This colourful baby blanket uses a really easy garter stitch pattern so it’s perfect for beginners and experienced crafters alike – even if you’re trying to follow Game of Thrones. The yarn is Cygnet Whopper, a super chunky cotton yarn that knits up on 10mm needles. For stockists and the free pattern, visit www.cygnetyarns.com

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BIG & BEAUTIFUL

Debbie Bliss Roma is gorgeously soft and super chunky, meaning it’s ideal for simple, striking accessories. Stocking stitch looks brilliant when knitted in a bold statement yarn like this one, which means you can merrily knit away and still follow the plot of that can’t-miss drama. For stockists, visit www.designeryarns.uk.com or call 01535 664222.

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KITTED OUT

Stitch & Story has mastered the art of stylish simplicity – as demonstrated in this adorable baby dungarees kit! It comes with the brand’s exclusive superfine merino wool, optional bamboo knitting needles, a sewing needle, how-to knit guide, reusable bag and an easy pattern to fit ages 0-12 months. www.stitchandstory.com

YOUR TOP

Tv Knits

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STITCH PERFECT

Chill out in front of your favourite programme with these great yarns, easy patterns and fab kits

SIZE MATTERS

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For quick and speedy projects that take next to no time, take a look at Melanie Porter’s book, Big Needle Knits, www.cicobooks.com

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If you want a project you can complete during just a couple of episodes of Poldark, then this drop-stitch scarf from Cascade Yarns is just the thing. It’s knitted in the brand’s super chunky Magnum yarn, which is made from soft Peruvian highland wool. The pattern can be downloaded for free from www.cascadeyarns.com and you can get the yarn for £18.50 per 250g (112m) hank from 0845 544 2196, www.loveknitting.com

GET AHEAD

Why not knit up our Beautiful Bobble Hats for the whole family? They’re worked in an easy rib pattern so you only really need to pay close attention on the shaping. Download the pattern for free at www.letsknit.co.uk

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FREE PATTERN

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EASY HOME STYLE

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his cushion is as straightforward as they come but looks so stylish, due to the sophisticated colour combo and letter decoration. The word ‘love’ is made from one long i-cord but you could also get the same effect using a knitting dolly.

Love is in the air with Jane Burns’

SIMPLE CUSHION

Measurements & sizes 55cm x 35cm

Tension square

Add a touch of elegance to your knitting corner

18 sts x 24 rows, 10cm x 10cm, stocking stitch, 5mm needles

You will need:

YARN: (A) Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran, shade 10, four 50g balls, (B) King Cole Glitz DK, shade 565, Silver, one 100g ball NEEDLES: 4mm double-pointed, two, 5mm straight ZIP: 30cm (optional) CUSHION PAD: 55cm x 35cm TAPESTRY NEEDLE STITCH HOLDER SEWING NEEDLE AND THREAD

EXCLUSIVE TO

For abbreviations see page 92

Start knitting here

FRONT & BACK (alike) Using 5mm needles and yarn A, cast on 90 sts £ Row 1: k £ Row 2: p £ Rep Rows 1-2 until piece meas 32cm long £ Cast off

I-CORD Using two 4mm dpns, cast on four sts £ * K to end, do not turn, slide sts to opposite end of needle, pull yarn across back of work £ Rep from * until cord meas 2.5m long Place sts on a holder

YARN SHOP

meet our DESIGNER “I used the Prym knitting mill to make the i-cord and it took no time at all. You can buy them from www.amazon.co.uk” JANE BURNS

TO MAKE UP Sew top and sides of cushion together using mattress stitch. Insert zip into bottom of cushion, or insert cushion pad and sew bottom

of cushion closed. Using image as a guide pin wording on to Front of cushion, with ends meeting at Back. Unravel or add more rows to i-cord

as needed. Once you are happy with length of cord, cast off stitches and sew to cast-on edge of cord. Sew lettering in place LK

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Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran costs £3.69 per 50g (100m) ball, King Cole Glitz DK costs £2.99 per 100g (290m) ball from 0800 505 3300, www. woolwarehouse.co.uk To get 10% off all orders at Wool Warehouse, use the code LK113


COMING UP IN THE JANUARY ISSUE OF 6 FREE BALLS OF YARN

FAB PATTERNS FOR A KNITTY NEW YEAR!

Bright colours chosen just for you!

KNIT OUR ADORABLE PARTY MICE WITH YOUR FREE YARN KIT!

Easy accessories

Timeless hom ewares

MAKE OUR EASY-KNIT MOUSE FAMILY

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:

Projects subject to change

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our 2017 blanket knitalong! l Stash-busting mittens l Brilliant knitted storage ideas l Cute crocheted baby set Classic baby cardi

the Puffin! Knit Craig

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Dear Let’s Knit,

My name is Barbora and my 14th birthday has just passed. I received many knitting books, needles and lovely things to do with knitting. I taught myself to knit when I was 12, inspired by my grandma (who I hardly ever see) and a woman on a train who was knitting a snood. I love knitting toys for my friends and family, and give them as gifts at Christmas. Every time someone receives one of my projects, they feel special and loved! After every project I improve just a little bit. For my family who live further away, I made smaller but just as effective presents – mini felted penguins! It brings a smile to my face when I imagine my grandparents and everyone else opening the packages and thinking of me on Christmas Day. Now, I can finally make something for myself, and the seal and bear from the free kit in your November issue are perfect. BARBORA FORMANKO

Star LETTER Wins a prize!

WE LOVE TO HEAR YOUR STORIES!

Thank you for your lovely letter Barbora. It’s great to hear how much you enjoy knitting and we’re really impressed by your projects. We’re sure your family will love them.

STOP& Share STORIES AND MAKES GALORE FROM YOU, OUR WONDERFUL READERS

Here’s what you’ve been busy making this month: Toy Trio

Pond Pals “Fergus the frog knitted from the pattern but with my own touch.”

“Christmas!” Linda Morris

Hat Trick

StarE MAK

“I’ve added a few more smoothie hats to the collection. I have used nine of the 25 patterns from the Innocent Big Knit website so far. Just 16 to go then!” Angela Nelmes

These are wonderful Angela and for a great cause too. Well done!

You’ve done a great job with our free yarn kit Linda, they look great!

Diane Moore

Bags of Style

“I could not wait to start knitting this beautiful bag (LK109). I had not tried two-handed Fair Isle before and was surprised how easy it was. It has been much admired by my Knit and Natter group.”

Lynne Hart Fantastic work, Lynne, we agree with your knitting group!

Fergus is a true frog prince, Diane. Fabulous!

Toy Story “My first go at chunky knitting” Ali Strickland

Aw, Fidget’s brilliant, Ali. Well done you!

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This month, our Star Letter winner, Barbora, has won three balls of Rooster yarn and Addi stitch markers, courtesy of www.laughinghens.com

PINS AND NEEDLES The end of the year is in sight, which means – IT’S PARTY TIME! We’ve been browsing some of the most glamorous knits around and have found the perfect accessories to match our favourite frocks. Take a look at our Party Knits Pinterest board to see for yourself.

WHY I LOVE MY LOCAL YARN SHOP © vbracegirdle/Ravelry.com

“I LOVE LEVEN CRAFTS IN GUISBOROUGH. THEY HAVE SUCH A VARIETY OF WOOL. THEY ALSO PUT ON WORKSHOPS AND SHOW SAMPLES OF FINISHED WORK.”

Our Star Make winner, Angela, has won a copy of the Mindfulness of Knitting by Rachael Matthews. Enjoy!

WE ASKED ON TWITTER...

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Let us know why you love your local yarn shop by emailing the address below!

Tip of the Month... PRINTED TIPS WIN A £10 VOUCHER TO SPEND AT BLACK SHEEP WOOLS

WIN!

“If you frequently take your knitting out with you (and who doesn’t?!) then keep a nail file in your knitting bag. If you catch a nail, you won’t get your yarn caught up in it.” ANNE COURSE

What knitting achievement are you most proud of? Teaching myself how to effectively join in another ball of yarn to my project. Very proud.

Always when I achieve cast on for toe-up sock at first attempt.

The jacket I knitted for my son, my biggest project to date since starting knitting last year. @Suzanne Yandle

When I finished my first jumper and it fit and actually looked like it was supposed to!

@Chrisi.Tett

Polar Express “When the latest Let’s Knit dropped through my door at lunchtime today I couldn’t wait to do the polar bear” Brenda Hurdley

@Chloe Turner

We asked you on Facebook...

Well done, Brenda. He’s fab!

Playful Pooch

@Gert IN

What’s the most common fibre in your yarn stash? Elf help

“Meet Doug the Pug, I made him for my daughter. I’ve knitted him in chunky so he’s now life size! ”

“Getting ready for Christmas!” Rachel Parsons

Nicola Duncan

What a brilliant pair of Bernards! You’ve made us feel all festive!

What a great idea to use chunky yarn! Brilliant, Nicola!

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WOOL

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Get in touch SEND US PHOTOS OF YOUR MAKES, TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES, SHARE TIPS OR ANSWER QUESTIONS AND POLLS. @ adrienne.chandler @aceville.co.uk

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TEABreak SETTLE DOWN WITH A CUPPA TO READ, RELAX AND TEST YOUR KNITTY KNOWLEDGE!

Wordplay

We’ve jumbled up three crochet terms. Can you work out what they are? Grimacing (5, 4) Old bee butler (6, 6) Instruction ache (8, 7)

Name that yarn

LET’S KNIT’S QUICK QUIZ How much do you know about our favourite hobby?

1 2 3 4 5

Yarn brand Katia comes from which country? The Duchess of Cambridge was recently spotted trying what kind of knitting? What does the ‘eye of the partridge’ refer to? Which Scottish island has its own wool week in September? What’s the date of Yarn Shop Day 2017?

Here are three clues to our mystery yarn. Is it one that’s in your stash? l It’s made from pure alpaca Check out l The yarn is beautifully British the answers below to see l It is particularly associated how many you with cute crocheted animals got right!

Caption competition

Email adrienne.chandler@aceville. co.uk with your caption and we’ll publish the winning entry in our next issue! Here’s our favourite caption from last issue “What do you mean you want to knit with my toy?” Congratulations to Samantha Boreham

PURLS OF WISDOM By Claire Thomas

Such A Ladylike Hobby?

I am surfing through a knitting group on Facebook. Nothing odd about this. I do it regularly. But this is a rude knitting group. The top item is a pair of flip top mittens bearing the legend ‘IT’S BLOOMING COLD’, except what they actually say is significantly ruder than ‘blooming.’ Beneath these excellent examples of intarsia, complete with illustrated snowflakes, is something that catches my mum’s eye. “Is that what I think it is?” she says, leaning over from the other end of the sofa. “Probably,” I reply, shifting my laptop slightly further away from her, so she can’t see the picture quite so clearly. “Well, what is it then?” It is absolutely obvious what it is. “It’s a banana guard,” I lie firmly. “It stops your banana getting all bruised and blackened when you’re carrying it

around in your handbag.” “Why is that man wearing it then? Honestly, you must think I was born yesterday.” Ah. She’s got me there. Put on the defensive, I demand, “Well, if you know what it is, why ask?” She rolls her eyes at me and decides to change the subject. “Do you know, when you took up knitting, I was pleased. It’s such a ladylike hobby. I thought you

might actually turn into a lady at last. And now look at you. Admiring knitted ‘banana guards’ modelled by naked men on Facebook. Even knitting becomes unladylike in your hands.” My first instinct is to roll my eyes right back at her. After all, this conversation is nothing but the latest exchange in a power struggle between me and my mother that has been going on ever since I was old enough to skin my knees and object to being put in frilly dresses. Ladylike is a word that I have been sick of hearing for a very long time. But there’s something more at stake here. I admit that swear words and willy warmers are not everyone’s idea of fun (and nor should they be; everyone is different), but since when was knitting just for

“THE KNITTING WORLD IS ONE LONG CRAZY PARTY, FULL OF CREATIVITY GOING OFF LIKE FIREWORKS IN EVERY DIRECTION” HOW DID YOU DO?

middle-class Victorian maidens showcasing feminine accomplishments in the hope of catching a husband? For me, the knitting world is one long crazy party, full of creativity going off like fireworks in every direction, some of them classy, stylish and ladylike, and some of them as broad and bawdy as you like. Then all the rest are as bright and clever and plain and austere and pretty and mathematical and fine and fantastic and magical and as many other things as you like. Why narrow it to ladylike, just because historically mainly women have done it? How could limiting how we express our creativity ever be a good thing? That said, I have spent 30 years having this argument with my mother, and I know from all my experience that it is an impossible argument to win it. So, although I outline the above arguments to her, she goes off to make a cup of tea in the middle – typical. I’ll have the last laugh though – just wait till she opens her extra-sweary knitted birthday present.

Claire Thomas is a freelance journalist and founder of Stitch ‘n’ Bitch group, Knit Pickers

QUICK QUIZ: 1. Spain, 2. Loom knitting, 3. A type of knitted heel flap, 4. Shetland, 5. Saturday 6th May WORD PLAY: 1. Magic ring, 2. double treble, 3. Tunisian crochet NAME THAT YARN: TOFT DK

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This on-trend snowflake inspired jumper design will make the perfect addition to your winter wardrobe this season.

Now available in a kit and available in 3 colour combinations and 4 sizes XS/S (M/L) XL/2XL (3XL)

Buy now on Amazon.co.uk or at DesignEtte.co.uk


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Great gifts this Christmas for those that love knitting and crochet!

Yarn Lovers Christmas box gift set now in stock

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ON TREND FAUX FUR

Cosy up in Jo Allport’s fabulous

SOFT FURRY SWEATER

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hen there’s frost on the windows and a chill in the air, all you want to do is snuggle up in a cosy handknitted jumper. Well, this design goes one step better, as it’s made in an amazingly soft faux fur yarn – and what’s more, it’s pretty straightforward to knit. It has a regular raglan sleeve construction so there’s a bit of shaping. See our Knitwise panel (overleaf) for advice on using faux fur yarns. Just be warned, everyone you know is bound to want one too!

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Measurements & Sizes Dress size (approx): 8 (10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22) To fit chest (cm): 81 (86, 91, 97, 102, 107, 112, 117) Actual chest (cm): 94 (100, 105, 111, 117, 123, 128, 134) Actual length to shoulder (cm): 46 (47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53) Actual sleeve length (cm): 43 (46, 46, 46, 46, 47, 47, 48)

Knit Kit Yarn: Wendy Eider, shades (A) 3353 Shale, 4 (4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) 100g balls, (B) 3351 Ecru, 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3) 100g balls Needles: 6.5mm Stitch holder Tapestry needle

Tension Square l 14 sts x 20 rows l 10cm x 10cm

l stocking stitch

l 6.5mm needles

For abbreviations see page 92

About the Yarn Wendy Eider is a supersoft mix of 80% nylon and 20% polyester that knits into a faux fur fabric. It knits to a standard chunky tension and comes in five shades. A 100g (150m) ball costs £4.50 from 0131 558 1747, www.mcadirect.com

Start knitting here...

“It’s easy to elongate this cropped design into a full length sweater, just work more rows before starting the raglan shaping – and remember, you’ll need more of yarn A”

BACK

** Using 6.5mm needles and yarn A, cast on 68 (72, 76, 80, 84, 88, 92, 96) sts £ Row 1 (RS): * k2, p2, rep from * to end This row sets rib £ Work in rib for 4cm, ending after a WS row £ Beg with a k row, work in st st until work meas 26cm from cast-on edge, ending after a WS row

Shape raglans £ Cast off 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) sts at beg of next two rows. 62 (64, 68, 70, 74, 76, 80, 82) sts ** £ Next row (RS): k1, ssk, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1 £ Work 3 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 1, 1) rows in st st £ Rep last 4 (4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 2, 2) rows 0 (1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 19, 20) times, ending after a WS row. 60 (60, 66, 66, 72, 74, 40, 40) sts £ Next row (RS): k1, ssk, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1 £ Next row: p £ Rep last two rows 13 (12, 15, 14, 17, 18, 0, 0) times. 32 (34, 34, 36, 36, 36, 38, 38) sts Leave sts on a holder

LK Deputy Editor, Adrienne Chandler

FRONT £ Work from ** to ** as for Back £ Next row (RS): k1, ssk, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1 £ Work 3 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 1, 1) rows in st st £ Rep last 4 (4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 2, 2) rows 0 (1, 0, 1, 0, 0, 1, 1) time, ending after a WS row. 60 (60, 66, 66, 72, 74, 76, 78) sts

knitwise

Skirt, £29.99, Marks and Spencer, bag, £19,99, TK Maxx

Knitting with a faux fur yarn does not require a special technique but we do have some useful pointers for you: l If you’re finding the yarn slips about a lot, try using wooden needles as these grip your yarn better than metal ones. l Count your stitches after every row, because heavily textured yarns are hard to unpick. l Tie a thread on the right side of your work so you know which side is which. l Use a matching smooth yarn for sewing the seams. It’s easier.

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£ Next row (RS): k1, ssk, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1 £ Next row: p £ Rep last two rows 10 (9, 12, 11, 14, 15, 15, 16) times, ending after a WS row. 38 (40, 40, 42, 42, 42, 44, 44) sts

Shape left neck £ Next row (RS): k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, turn. Six sts Leave rem sts on a holder £ Next row: p £ Next row: k1, ssk, k1, k2tog. Four sts £ Next row: p £ Next row: ssk, k2tog. Two sts £ Next row: p £ Cast off

£ Rep last 2 (2, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4) rows

£ Using 6.5mm needles and yarn B,

(24, 24, 26, 26, 26, 28, 28) sts on a holder, rejoin yarn at neck edge, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1. Six sts £ Next row: p £ Next row: ssk, k1, k2tog, k1. Four sts £ Next row: p £ Next row: ssk, k2tog. Two sts £ Next row: p £ Cast off

SLEEVES (make two)

TO MAKE UP

£ Next row (RS): leave centre 22

Using 6.5mm needles and yarn B, cast on 30 (30, 32, 32, 34, 34, 36, 36) sts £ Row 1 (RS): * k2, p2, rep from * to last 2 (2, 0, 0, 2, 2, 0, 0) sts, k2 (2, 0, 0, 2, 2, 0, 0) £ Row 2: p2 (2, 0, 0, 2, 2, 0, 0), * k2, p2, rep from * to end These two rows set rib £ Rep last two rows until work meas 4cm from cast-on edge, ending after a WS row £ Beg with a k row, work in st st inc as folls on Row 5, then every 8th (6th, 6th, 6th, 6th, 6th, 6th, 4th) row until there are 48 (52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64) sts AT THE SAME TIME, when work meas 17 (20, 20, 20, 20, 21, 21, 22) cm ending with a WS row, change to yarn A £ Inc row (RS): k1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1 £ When shaping is complete, cont without shaping in st st and yarn A until work meas 43 (46, 46, 46, 46, 47, 47, 48) cm from cast-on edge, ending after a WS row

Shape raglans £ Cast off 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) sts at beg of next two rows. 42 (44, 46, 46, 48, 48, 50, 50) sts £ Next row: k1, ssk, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1 £ Work 1 (1, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3) rows in st st without shaping

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NECKBAND with RS facing and beg at Back left raglan, k10 (10, 12, 12, 12, 12, 14, 14) sts from Sleeve, pick up and k four sts across left Front neck, k22 (24, 24, 26, 26, 26, 28, 28) sts from Front holder, pick up and k four sts across right Front neck, k10 (10, 12, 12, 12, 12, 14, 14) sts from Sleeve, k32 (34, 34, 36, 36, 36, 38, 38) sts from Back. 82 (86, 90, 94, 94, 94, 102, 102) sts £ Row 1 (WS): * p2, k2, rep from * to last two sts, p2 £ Row 2: * k2, p2, rep from * to last two sts, k2 These two rows set rib £ Rep last two rows until rib meas 4cm, ending after a RS row £ Cast off in rib

Shape right neck

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14 (15, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3) times more, ending after a WS row. 12 (12, 44, 42, 44, 42, 44, 42) sts £ Next row: k1, ssk, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1 £ Next row: p £ Rep last two rows 0 (0, 15, 14, 15, 14, 14, 13) times. 10 (10, 12, 12, 12, 12, 14, 14) sts Leave sts on a holder

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Sew raglans and Neckband. Sew Sleeve and side seams. Weave in ends. See ball band for further washing instructions LK

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KNIT IN A NIGHT

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un and fluffy yarns are all the rage this winter season and Lynne Rowe’s quick-knit collar is a simple way to update your outfit. The neat curved shape is achieved by leaving some stitches unworked on your needle; this is known as short row shaping as some of your rows will be shorter than others. The stitches can be tricky to see so make sure you count them regularly, especially when working your shaping.

Spruce up your winter wardrobe with our

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Jazz up a plain coat with Lynne Rowe’s furry accessory

Measurements & sizes 55.5cm around inner neck edge x 12cm deep

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YARN: James C. Brett Faux Fur, shade H2 Silver & White, one 100g ball NEEDLES: 5mm BUTTON CLASP: medium TAPESTRY NEEDLE

For abbreviations see page 92

Using 5mm needles, cast on 22 sts Rows 1-4: k to end Row 5 (RS): k11, turn Leave rem sts unworked Row 6 (WS): sl 1, k to end Rep Rows 1-6 until work meas 18.5cm, ending after a WS row Next row: k to end Next row: k to end Next row: k11, turn Leave rem sts unworked Next row: sl 1, k to end Rep last four rows until work meas 37cm, ending after a WS row Rep Rows 1-6 until work meas 55.5cm, ending after a WS row Cast off

TO MAKE UP Attach a button clasp to each side of short neck edge of collar. Weave in ends LK

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A few of the adorable creations of Julie Williams

nitting is often treated as only a simple past time, but for some, it can be life changing. Every knitter knows the struggle of a pattern gone wrong, or an overlooked slipped stitch, but the benefits of knitting far outweigh the negatives! It can be a form of independence, allow you to support others, and be incredibly therapeutic. Let’s Knit spoke to three inspiring knitters who knit not only for pleasure, but also to challenge themselves in a positive way. Ever wondered whether it was possible to knit simply by touch? Well, read on to find out!

The Caring Knitter

Julie Williams Julie Williams, 50, is the owner of Little Cotton Rabbits and lives in Hertfordshire with her husband, daughter and son. Little Cotton Rabbits is a blog where Julie details her latest knitting projects, and sells her lovingly made knitted rabbits and their accompanying patterns. It is also a platform where Julie provides an insight into raising a child with autism. She likes knitting as it’s a relaxing yet productive hobby.

“We discovered my son was autistic when he was two. When he started school, I decided to start my blog where I write a little about my knitting and Toby, as it’s nice to provide a family’s perspective on autism. Having a blog helped me cope with my son’s autism in that it stopped me being isolated, I have a whole host of online friends now! Knitting gives you time for yourself, and helps you sit down and relax without it being a waste of time. I’ve never been good at sitting and reading as it doesn’t always feel productive, whereas with knitting you can do a few rows here and there. Toby can be very demanding so you’re up and down all the time, but knitting allows me to spend time with him and do something I can enjoy. I knit a lot for charity, especially ‘Chips’ (Children’s Integrated Playschemes) as it helps my son. It’s inclusive, meaning that they have kids with special needs and their siblings, and Toby’s been going there since

he was about six. I donate a lot of knitting to them to sell for their fundraising auctions. I used to knit for my children when they were smaller, little toys and clothes, but now I’m kept busy knitting bunnies for my business! I love hand-dyed yarns that are speckled or variegated. Natural, undyed yarns are perfect if I’m knitting the bunnies – the quality is better if they’re both soft and natural. Of course, this can make them more expensive, but splashing out a little on yarn is a worthy expense. I’d recommend knitting as a great way of unwinding. The internet is a fantastic resource, as is your magazine. It’s a fantastic way to pick it up and just get on with it!”

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If you’re interested in helping to provide independence and mobility to disabled children, visit www.chipscharity.org.uk for more information. To read more about Julie’s projects and her experiences, visit her blog at www.littlecottonrabbits.typepad. co.uk, or to purchase some of her patterns and creations, go to www.lcrknitted.etsy.com


REAL-LIFE STORIES

The Visually Impaired Knitter

The Charity Knitter

“Knitting is very therapeutic, and for anybody losing their sight who thinks they can’t knit, I’m here to tell you that you can!” Molly Davies is a Let’s Knit reader in her late sixties, who lives in Cornwall with her husband. She is registered blind, but remains an avid knitter who does not let that prohibit her pursuing her hobby! She likes knitting as it gives her creative independence, and she has been knitting since she was very young. “Knitting is very therapeutic, and for anybody losing their sight who thinks they can’t knit, I’m here to tell you that you can! It’s so useful for someone losing their sight to use bright colours, as these are to knit in order to gain back easiest to keep track of. their confidence. After all, At the moment I’m knitting it’s showcasing what you’re Christmas presents such as an capable of creating, and aran scarf with a matching hat to there’s ways you can adapt go with it. To do this I use 4mm knitting to suit you. circular needles, cast on, and use I was taught to knit around all the wool I’ve got. When it the age of five and I’ve never ends I join in another yarn. The given it up. I’m very brighter the colour, the better! independent with my My advice to those knitting as I’ve losing sight who want to invested in a start knitting, is to find To help support those good quality a very simple, plain registered blind, visit scanner, which cushion or scarf the RNIB website at allows me to pattern, then go to www.rnib.org.uk for more enlarge a shop and see if information, or to pattern they will cast-on for make a donation. instructions as you, so you know large as I need. what it should feel like. I also request all In the beginning, don’t fuss patterns are sent to me in A3 over counting rows, and I’d when I order from companies. recommend that you knit in Usually I’ll knit with DK or Aran garter stitch because although on 4mm to 5.5mm bamboo it may be a little boring, you’re needles. I’m a fan of Stylecraft able to feel the ridges of the Special as it’s easy to count pattern and keep track of how stitches because it’s not too you’re progressing.” fine, nor too textured. I also like

Sara Sullivan Sara Sullivan, 45, lives in Hampshire with her husband. She and her team have contributed several thousand hats to Innocent’s Age UK campaign. She knits because coordinating everyone is a not only is it incredibly massive challenge. Another big relaxing, but it also allows challenge is the storage of all the her to be creative – she miniature hats prior to posting enjoys wearing handmade them. I have a cupboard that I’m garments and gifting them pretending is full of legal books, to those she loves. but if you open it, you’ll be “I’ve been involved in swamped by miniature hats! knitting hats for Innocent for I like to knit accessories, a the past seven years, and to really good hat, shawl or scarf. date, me and my team of There are a couple of projects knitters have made about I’m particularly proud of, there’s 42,000 hats. Personally, I an intarsia jumper I made my support Age UK as I feel the son when he was eight months elderly can be a bit neglected old. I like to use alpaca and I love getting others wool as it’s so warm involved in the cause. and soft, and I knit For those who say on KnitPro they can’t knit, I get If you’re interested in assisting needles as the them making the elderly, visit www.ageuk. yarn slides pompoms. For the org.uk for more information. easily. Currently hats we use To learn more about Innocent’s I’ve just cast-on acrylic yarn, Age UK campaign, visit a hat for my because everybody www.thebigknit.co.uk sister-in-law’s can knit with it. And Christmas present as for design, Innocent in alpaca. The pattern has a great range of is from Alison White’s Wool miniature hat patterns on its and Woods collection. The website, but I tend to instructions say it’s a very quick experiment. I prefer to focus knit so let’s hope that’s true! on fewer intricate hats such as For anyone looking to begin my Minion or Frozen hats, knitting – do it. It opens up a rather than knitting loads of wonderful world of inspiration. basic hats. There’s a whole wealth of stuff My biggest challenge out there on the internet and with this project is keeping subscribing to a magazine is organised! Our yarn and great for tips and ideas.” needles are funded, but

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THE CLASSIC BABY JUMPER

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Knit Penny Hill’s adorable sweater for tiny tots

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e knitters love it when we find projects that look like they require a lot more effort than they actually do. One great cheat is yarn which gradually changes colours for an effortless striped garment. Another is double moss stitch, which is a bolder version of the classic stitch. It is extremely straightforward – you’ll have the hang of it in no time!

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l Striped and textured versions l Sizes 6-24 months l Use any DK yarn l Cut out and keep!

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Measurements & sizes To fit age (mths): 6-12 (12-18, 18-24) Actual chest (cm): 58 (61, 65) Length to shoulder (cm): 28 (31, 34) Sleeve length (cm): 17 (19, 22)

Knit Kit Yarn: Debbie Bliss Rialto DK (A) shade Jade 71, 4 (4, 5) 50g balls or (B) shade Como 08, 3 (4, 4) 50g balls Needles: 3.25mm, 4mm Stitch holder

Tension Square l l l l l l l l

22 sts x 36 rows 10cm x 10cm double moss stitch 4mm needles 22 sts x 30 rows 10cm x 10cm stocking stitch 4mm needles

For abbreviations see page 92

About the Yarn Debbie Bliss Rialto DK has all the wonderful properties of wool, without the itchiness on the skin, making it perfect for babies’ and children’s projects. It is 100% merino wool and can go in the machine on a delicate 30°C cycle and be dried flat. It costs £5.35 per 50g (105m) ball from 0845 544 2196, www.loveknitting.com To get 15% off all orders at Love Knitting, use the code KNIT12

knitwise

The rib at the neckband gives the perfect elasticity for easily putting on the jumper over a little one’s head. A standard cast-off would take away some of the stretch, so instead you will ‘cast off in pattern’ by continuing to follow the pattern while on your cast-off row. For example, if the first stitches of the row would have been k2, p2, you cast off two sts knitwise, then two purlwise, and so on.

Start knitting here... DOUBLE MOSS VERSION BACK

Using 3.25mm needles and yarn A, cast on 66 (70, 74) sts £ Row 1 (RS): k2, * p2, k2, rep from * to end £ Row 2: p2, * k2, p2, rep from * to end These two rows form the rib £ Work a further 12 rows in rib Change to 4mm needles £ Row 1: k2, * p2, k2, rep from * to end £ Row 2: p2, * k2, p2, rep from * to end £ Row 3: p2, * k2, p2, rep from * to end £ Row 4: k2, * p2, k2, rep from * to end These four rows form patt £ Cont in patt until Back meas 16 (18, 20) cm, ending after a WS row

Shape armholes £ Cast off three sts in patt at beg of next two rows. 60 (64, 68) sts £ Cont in patt without shaping until back meas 28 (31, 34) cm, ending after a WS row

Shape shoulder £ Cast off seven sts at beg of next two rows £ Cast off 7 (8, 9) sts at beg of next two rows Leave rem 32 (34, 36) sts on a holder

FRONT £ Work as given for Back until Front meas 23 (26, 29) cm, ending after a WS row

Shape front of neck £ Next row: patt 19 (20, 21), turn Work on these sts for first side of front. Leave rem sts on a holder £ Dec one st at neck edge on next five RS rows. 14 (15, 16) sts £ Work without shaping until Front meas same as Back to shoulder, ending at side edge

Shape shoulder £ Cast off seven sts at beg of next row £ Patt one row £ Cast of rem 7 (8, 9) sts With RS facing, return to sts on holder. Leave 22

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(24, 26) sts on holder and rejoin yarn to rem 19 (20, 21) sts £ Patt to end £ Complete to match first side of work

SLEEVES Using 3.25mm needles, cast on 38 (42, 46) sts £ Row 1: k2, * p2, k2, rep from * to end £ Row 2: p2, * k2, p2, rep from * to end These two rows form the rib £ Work a further eight rows in rib Change to 4mm needles £ Row 1: k2, * p2, k2, rep from * to end £ Row 2: p2, * k2, p2, rep from * to end £ Row 3: p2, * k2, p2, rep from * to end £ Row 4: k2, * p2, k2, rep from * to end These four rows form patt £ Cont in patt and inc one st at each end of third row NOTE: incorporate inc sts into patt £ Cont in patt and inc one st at each end of every sixth row until there are 50 (54, 58) sts £ Cont without shaping until Sleeves meas 17 (19, 22) cm, ending after a WS row Mark each end of last row with a coloured thread £ Work further six rows in patt £ Cast off in patt

NECKBAND Join right shoulder £ Using 3.25mm needles and with RS facing, pick up and k 18 sts down left side of Front neck, k22 (24, 26) sts from Front neck holder, pick up and k 18 sts up right side of Front neck, k32 (34, 36) sts from Back neck holder. 90 (94, 98) sts £ Row 1: k2, * p2, k2, rep from * to end £ Row 2: p2, * k2, p2, rep from * to end These two rows set rib £ Work two more rows in rib £ Cast off in rib

TO MAKE UP Join left shoulder and neckband seam. Sew on sleeves, with rows above coloured threads to cast-off sts. Join side and sleeve seams

STRIPED VERSION £ Using yarn B, Work as given for Double moss version, changing to st st after rib LK


“Remember to move your yarn between the needles when switching between knit and purl stitches or you’ll end up accidentally increasing!” LK Deputy Editor Adrienne Chandler

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1. Sublime Lola Chunky Yarn

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Spun from the highest quality extra fine merino wool, this luxurious yarn is touchably soft and bouncy. It’s a new release for this season and is suited to timeless investment pieces such as jumpers and cardigans. Available in a range of exquisite shades, Lola costs £10.90 per 50g (63m) ball from www.englishyarns.co.uk

This economical yarn is best worked on 10mm needles! It’s perfect for beginners as it’s easy to count stitches. It has a wide range of supporting patterns and impressive colour palette. It costs £1.99 per 100g (81m) ball from 01788 890966, www.milloutlets.co.uk

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5. Lana Grossa Mil e II

6. Wool Couture Company Super Chunky Merino Yarn

One of the most luxurious of the bunch, this thick yarn is perfect for fashionistas in the cold! With a 100% Peruvian highland wool composition, it’s ideal for heavy winter outerwear, which will be essential if you plan on caroling. It’s £18.50 per 250g (112m) skein from www.wildandwoolly.co.uk

If touchable cosiness is at the top of your priority list, this beautifully soft chenille yarn is worth a thought. Its 100% polyester composition makes it the most easy-care of the super chunky bunch, so it’s perfect for baby blankets. The RRP is £4.99 per 100g (175m) ball. For stockists visit www.jamescbrett.co.uk

This gorgeous merino and acrylic blend knits up beautifully, and is completely machine washable. It’s ideal for block colour projects, so how about knitting a cushion this xmas? It costs £3.90 per 50g (55m) ball from 0845 544 2196, www.loveknitting.com

For more of a woolly finish, try investing in this divine 100% merino wool skein. Make sure you hand wash this fabulous yarn if you’re wanting to keep precious projects intact. It costs £11.99 per 200g (130m) skein from www.woolcouturecompany.com

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This 100% wool blend is a roving yarn, meaning its loosely spun and is therefore surprisingly light – perfect for keeping warm on cooler days. It’s wonderfully gentle and fuzzy, ideal for snug blankets and chunky accessories. It costs £2.99 per 50g (50m) ball from 01829 740903, www.laughinghens.co.uk

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MULTIWAY ACCESSORY

The wear it your way STYLISH PONSHAWL I

s it a shawl? Is it a poncho? It’s up to you! We love a versatile make and Jo Allport’s clever design can be worn in several ways. Simply change the fastening to suit your style. The yarn knits into a lovely self-striping colour effect and there are three stitch patterns for you to have a go at, including lace and cables.

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Measurements & Sizes 156cm long x 39cm wide Button position to fit: S-M (L-XL, XXL)

Knit Kit Yarn: Rico Design Creative Melange DK, shade 02, five 50g balls Needles: 4mm Crochet hook: 3.25mm Buttons: 1cm, three Cable needle Tapestry needle

Tension Square 24 sts x 30 rows l 10cm x 10cm l cable pattern l 4mm needles l

Special Abbreviations C6B: slip next three sts onto cn, hold at back of work, k3, k3 from cn C6F: slip next three sts onto cn, hold at front of work, k3, k3 from cn

For abbreviations see page 92

About the Yarn Rico Design Creative Melange DK comprises 53% wool and 47% acrylic, can be machine washed and comes in gorgeous self-striping colourways. It’s also available as a chunky so make sure you get the right one! It costs £3.99 per 50g (200m) ball from 01924 565740, www.woolnstuff.co.uk

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The button loops are made from short crochet chains. To do this, make a slip knot and place it on your crochet hook, making sure it can slide easily on the hook. Hold the hook in your right hand and wrap the yarn around the hook from back to front. Now hook the yarn through slip knot. You have just made your first chain! Keep doing this until your chain is long enough.

FOUNTAIN LACE Worked over 17 sts £ Row 1 (RS): ssk, yfwd, k2, k2tog, yfwd, k1, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k1, yfwd, ssk, k2, yfwd, k2tog £ Row 2 and all even-numbered rows: p £ Row 3: ssk, k3, yfwd, k2tog, yfwd, k3, yfwd, ssk, yfwd, k3, k2tog £ Row 5: ssk, [k2, yfwd] twice, k2tog, k1, ssk, [yfwd, k2] twice, k2tog £ Row 7: ssk, k1, yfwd, k3, yfwd, k2tog, k1, ssk, yfwd, k3, yfwd, k1, k2tog £ Row 8: p

LITTLE BLOCKS Worked over four sts plus two £ Row 1 (RS): k £ Rows 2-6: k £ Row 7: [k2, p2] to last two sts, k2 £ Row 8: [p2, k2] to last two sts, p2 £ Row 9: [p2, k2] to last two sts, p2 £ Row 10: [k2, p2] to last two sts, k2 £ Rows 11-18: rep Rows 7-10 twice more £ Rows 19-24: k

CABLE PATTERN Worked over 12 sts plus ten £ Row 1 (RS): k £ Row 2 and all even-numbered rows: p £ Row 3: k2, * C6F, k6, rep from * to last eight sts, C6F, k2 £ Rows 5, 7 and 11: k £ Row 9: k2, * k6, C6B, rep from * to last eight sts, k8 £ Row 12: p

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Using 4mm needles, cast on 86 sts £ K four rows £ Next row: k3, p17, k46, p17, k3 ** Commence Fountain Lace and Little Blocks patts as folls: £ Row 1 (RS): k3, work Row 1 of Fountain Lace, work Row 1 of Little Blocks over next 46 sts, work Row 1 of Fountain Lace, k3 £ Row 2: k3, work Row 2 of Fountain Lace, work Row 2 of Little Blocks over next 46 sts, work Row 2 of Fountain Lace, k3 These two rows set position of patts £ Cont as set until Fountain Lace has been worked three times in total and Little Blocks is complete Commence Fountain Lace and Cable patts as folls: £ Row 25 (RS): k3, work Row 1 of Fountain Lace, work Row 1 of Cable patt over next 46 sts, work Row 1 of Fountain Lace, k3

£ Row 26: k3, work Row 2 of Fountain Lace, work Row 2 of Cable patt over next 46 sts, work Row 2 of Fountain Lace, k3 These two rows set position of patts £ Cont as set until Fountain Lace has been worked six times in total and Cable patt has been worked four times £ Rep from ** five times more Commence Fountain Lace and Little Blocks patts as folls: £ Row 1 (RS): k3, work Row 1 of Fountain Lace, work Row 1 of Little Blocks over next 46 sts, work Row 1 of Fountain Lace, k3 £ Row 2: k3, work Row 2 of Fountain Lace, work Row 2 of Little Blocks over next 46 sts, work Row 2 of Fountain Lace, k3 These two rows set position of patts £ Cont as set until Fountain Lace has been worked three times in total and Little Blocks is complete

£ K four rows £ Cast off

BUTTON LOOPS (make three) £ Using 4mm hook, work a crochet ch meas 3cm £ Fasten off

TO MAKE UP Block ponshawl (see p93). Fold ponshawl in half lengthways so cast-on and cast-off edges meet. Measure 50 (52, 54) cm along one edge from fold. This is position of first Button loop. Sew one Button loop to far edge of ponshawl, and attach corresponding button to nearer edge. Sew next Button loop 2cm from first one, closer to cast-on and cast-off edges, and sew final Button loop 2cm from second one. Attach corresponding buttons. Weave in ends LK

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“If you loved this, you’ll love our multiway wrap! It’s free to download at www.letsknit.co.uk” LK Deputy Editor Adrienne Chandler

So versatile!

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LETS KNIT SEPT 2016 ISSUE 113 master_LET'S KNIT 11/11/2016 16:02 Page 74

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Pony's colourful needles

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Learning to knit in the round is a fun way of advancing your skills whilst taking on a new challenge, and it's great for knitting presents such as socks, scarves and mittens. Pony's range of 20cm double-pointed needles comes in a choice of 11 sizes, and the needles are made of highly polished aluminium, allowing the yarn to move smoothly. We've got five sets to give away, in sizes ranging from 2mm3mm. For more information, email groves@ stockist enquiries.co.uk Pony needles

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Wool And The Gang hats

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With so many reasons to be out and about this festive season, there's no reason you can't keep warm on the move with these gorgeous knit kits from Wool and The Gang. The kits include beautiful balls of either Crazy Sexy wool or Woolly Bully wool, and an exclusive beanie pattern that is certain to keep you cosy. We've got three knit kits for the Lucy, Zion Lion and Wilson beanies, which are perfect to make as gifts for loved ones! Find out more at www.woolandthegang.com Wool And The Gang

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Using yarn that's grown and spun in the UK, Big Scary Bear's Albert the Alpaca knit kits are sure to win you over! With 100% British alpaca wool inside, these gorgeously soft knit kits make the most adorable teddies, which are perfect gifts for little ones. Two winners will each receive an Albert the Alpaca knit kit, The Big Scary Bear bag, and four balls of beautiful bouncy alpaca yarn – maybe you could knit Albert some accessories? For more information, visit www.thebigscarybear.co.uk Albert Alpaca

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Chunky Row's stunning range of 100% Shetland Wool knit kits are simply luxurious! Sumptuously soft, the yarn is exclusively sourced from the Shetland islands. The two winners will each receive their own Lerwick beanie knit kit in the shade Natural White, with all the needles and tools you'll need for this gorgeous accessory. Visit www.chunkyrow.co.uk for more information. Chunky Row

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You might have spotted Sue Stratford's 'A Bird in the Hand' on our Bookshelf feature and if so, you're already well acquainted with how adorable these little birds are. Charming and chubby, these delightful knits make for gorgeous gifts and stocking fillers. We've got four copies of Sue Stratford's book, alongside four big bird knit kits to give away! Visit www.suestratford.co.uk for more information. to be won Bird Book

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We chat to Robert Adams, director of Vanessa Bee Designs Vanessa Bee started life as a greeting card company, owned by its namesake. We bought the company from Vanessa in 2004 but decided to keep the distinctive name as Vanessa had a great reputation for her quirky sheep cards. Several years ago we introduced a range of reusable shopping bags that proved very popular. We heard on the grapevine that knitters were buying them to store their projects in, so we decided to design a specific product for this purpose. We sent samples to industry professionals and knit and natter groups, then used the feedback to fine-tune the design. We launched the bags last autumn and were sold out by Christmas! We decided to expand the range and now stock a lovely shoulder knitting bag, as well as a smaller project version. You can also buy a range of storage ideas for needles and yarn. Lots of the products we make are for the giftware market. We have adapted some of the best-selling ones for crafters and now sell nine different knitting and crochet designs, available as mugs, coasters and fridge magnets. In 2017 we’re going to be developing more products for crafters. We love making things for creative people and welcome the feedback we receive from our customers.

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GORGEOUS GLITZY SHAWL

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STUNNING TWO-SKEIN KNIT!

Party into 2017 with Anniken Allis’s

Dress, £29.99, TK Maxx; Necklace, £16, Bracelet, £16, both Mood by Jon Richard

TWO-WAY SHAWL

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Measurements & Sizes Wingspan: 166cm Depth: 66cm

Knit Kit Yarn: Debonnaire Shimmer Sock, shade Vital Blue, two 100g skeins Needles: 4mm (80cm) circular Buttons: 2cm, two Locking stitch markers Tapestry needle

Tension Square l l l l

19 sts x 22 rows 10cm x 10cm Chart B patt 4mm needles

For abbreviations see page 92

Special Abbreviations Russian Cast-off: k2, slip both sts back to LH needle, k2tog tbl, * k1, slip both sts back to LH needle, k2tog tbl, rep from * to end

About the Yarn Debonnaire Shimmer Sock is a hand-dyed 4ply yarn that blends 75% superwash merino, 20% nylon and 5% silver stellina. This is a metallic fibre which brings sparkle to any knitted project. The yarn costs £18 per 100g (400m) skein from 07887 994351, www.debonnaireyarns.com

Need an Alternative? Cascade Heritage Sock knits to a standard 4ply tension so is a good substitute. There are 65 shades to choose from so you’re sure to find one that matches your outfit. It costs £6.99 per 100g (400m) ball from 0800 505 3300, www.woolwarehouse.co.uk To get 10% off all orders at Wool Warehouse, use the code LK113

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very party needs a bit of glitz and glam and this shawl has both in abundance! It’s wonderfully elegant and would bring knitted grace to any outfit. Choose from wearing it as a regular shawl or fasten the buttons to create a beautiful shrug. We’ve got both written and chart instructions and there’s an interesting cast-on method to try – see our Knitwise panel for how to do it.

WRITTEN CHART A INSTRUCTIONS £ Row 1 (RS): yfwd, k1, yfwd £ Row 2 and all foll WS rows: k2, p to last two sts, k2 £ Row 3: yfwd, k3, yfwd £ Row 5: yfwd, k5, yfwd £ Row 7: yfwd, k7, yfwd £ Row 9: yfwd, k9, yfwd £ Row 11: yfwd, k2, ssk, (k1, yfwd) twice, k1, k2tog, k2, yfwd £ Row 13: yfwd, k3, ssk, yfwd, k3, yfwd, k2tog, k3, yfwd £ Row 15: yfwd, ssk, (k1, yfwd) twice, k1, k2tog, k1, ssk, (k1, yfwd) twice, k1, k2tog, yfwd £ Row 17: yfwd, (k1, ssk, yfwd, k3, yfwd, k2tog) twice, k1, yfwd £ Row 18: as Row 2

WRITTEN CHART B INSTRUCTIONS

NOTE: patt rep is shown in square brackets

£ Row 1 (RS): yfwd, k2, yfwd, k1, k2tog, [k1, ssk, (k1, yfwd) twice, k1, k2tog], k1, ssk, k1, yfwd, k2, yfwd £ Row 2 and all foll WS rows: k2, p to last two sts, k2 £ Row 3: yfwd, k4, yfwd, k2tog, [k1, ssk, yfwd, k3, yfwd, k2tog], k1, ssk, yfwd, k4, yfwd £ Row 5: yfwd, k4, ssk, k1, yfwd, [k1, yfwd, k1, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, yfwd], k1, yfwd, k1, k2tog, k4, yfwd

£ Row 7: yfwd, k5, ssk, yfwd, k1, [k2, yfwd, k2tog, k1, ssk, yfwd, k1], k2, yfwd, k2tog, k5, yfwd £ Row 9: yfwd, k2, ssk, (k1, yfwd) twice, k1, k2tog, [k1, ssk, (k1, yfwd) twice, k1, k2tog], k1, ssk, (k1, yfwd) twice, k1, k2tog, k2, yfwd £ Row 11: yfwd, k3, ssk, yfwd, k3, yfwd, k2tog, [k1, ssk, yfwd, k3, yfwd, k2tog], k1, ssk, yfwd, k3, yfwd, k2tog, k3, yfwd £ Row 13: yfwd, ssk, (k1, yfwd) twice, k1, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, yfwd, [k1, yfwd, k1, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, yfwd], k1, yfwd, k1, k2tog, k1, ssk, (k1, yfwd) twice, k1, k2tog, yfwd £ Row 15: yfwd, k1, ssk, yfwd, k3, yfwd, k2tog, k1, ssk, yfwd, k1, [k2, yfwd, k2tog, k1, ssk, yfwd, k1], k2, yfwd, k2tog, k1, ssk, yfwd, k3, yfwd, k2tog, k1, yfwd £ Row 16: as Row 2

WRITTEN CHART C INSTRUCTIONS £ Row 1 (RS): yfwd, k2tog, yfwd, k3, yfwd, k1, ssk, k1, [k2, k2tog, k1, yfwd, k2, k2tog, yfwd, k3, yfwd, k1, ssk, k1], k2, k2tog, k1, yfwd, k2, k2tog, yfwd, k1, yfwd £ Row 2 and all foll WS rows: k2, p to last two sts, k2 £ Row 3: yfwd, k2tog, yfwd, k1, yfwd, ssk, k2, yfwd, k1, ssk, [k1, k2tog, k1, yfwd, k2, k2tog, yfwd, k1, yfwd, ssk, k2, yfwd, k1, ssk], k1, k2tog, k1, yfwd, k2, k2tog, yfwd, k1, yfwd, ssk, yfwd £ Row 5: yfwd, k2tog, yfwd, k3, yfwd, ssk, k2, yfwd, k1, [sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1, yfwd, k2, k2tog, yfwd, k3, yfwd, ssk, k2, yfwd, k1], sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1, yfwd, k2, k2tog, yfwd, k3, yfwd, ssk, yfwd £ Row 7: yfwd, k2tog, yfwd, k1, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k1, yfwd, ssk, k2, yfwd, [sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k2, k2tog, yfwd, k1, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k1, yfwd, ssk, k2, yfwd], sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k2, k2tog, yfwd, k1, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k1, yfwd, ssk, yfwd

“This project uses slightly larger needles than expected for a 4ply yarn as this helps create the lacy effect” LK Deputy Editor, Adrienne Chandler

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£ Row 9: yfwd, k1, yfwd, ssk, k1, (k2tog, yfwd, k2) twice, yfwd, [sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k2, yfwd, ssk, k1, (k2tog, yfwd, k2) twice, yfwd], sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k2, yfwd, ssk, k1, k2tog, yfwd, k2, k2tog, yfwd, k1, yfwd £ Row 11: yfwd, k3, yfwd, ssk, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k2tog, yfwd, k3, yfwd, [sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k3, yfwd, ssk, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k2tog, yfwd, k3, yfwd], sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k3, yfwd, ssk, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k2tog, yfwd, k3, yfwd £ Row 13: (yfwd, k1) twice, ssk, k1, yfwd, ssk, k1, k2tog, yfwd, k1, k2tog, k1, yfwd, k1, [k2, yfwd, k1, ssk, k1, yfwd, ssk, k1, k2tog, yfwd, k1, k2tog, k1, yfwd, k1], k2, yfwd, k1, ssk, k1, yfwd, ssk, k1, k2tog, yfwd, k1, k2tog, (k1, yfwd) twice £ Row 15: yfwd, k3, yfwd, k1, ssk, k1, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k1, k2tog, k1, yfwd, k2, [k3, yfwd, k1, ssk, k1, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k1, k2tog, k1, yfwd, k2], k3, yfwd, k1, ssk, k1, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k1, k2tog, k1, yfwd, k3, yfwd £ Row 16: as Row 2

WRITTEN CHART D INSTRUCTIONS £ Row 1 (RS): yfwd, k2tog, yfwd, k3, yfwd, k1, ssk, k1, [k2, k2tog, k1, yfwd, k1, k2tog, k1, yfwd, k3, yfwd, k1, ssk, k1], k2, (k2tog, k1, yfwd, k1) twice, yfwd £ Row 2 and all foll WS rows: k2, p to last two sts, k2 £ Row 3: yfwd, k2tog, yfwd, (k1, yfwd, k1, ssk) twice, [(k1, k2tog, k1, yfwd)

knitwise

Designer Anniken recommends starting this shawl with an Eastern provisional cast-on and garter stitch tab. To work the cast on, hold the needle tips of the circular needle together in your left hand and tie a slipknot on the bottom needle. Wrap the yarn around both needle tips going from back to front until it has been wrapped three times. Pull the bottom needle tip forward and use it to knit the stitches on the top needle tip. Turn the work, then work Row 1 of the Garter stitch tab.


meet our DESIGNER “If you find the provisional cast-on too tricky, just cast on nine stitches as normal and knit one row, then start Chart A as given in the pattern.” ANNIKEN ALLIS

Looks great with a party dress!

twice, k1 tbl, yfwd, k1, ssk, k1, yfwd, k1, ssk], (k1, k2tog, k1, yfwd) twice, k1, yfwd, ssk, yfwd £ Row 5: yfwd, k2tog, yfwd, k3, yfwd, k1, ssk, k1, yfwd, k1, [sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1, yfwd, k1, k2tog, k1, yfwd, k3, yfwd, k1, ssk, k1, yfwd, k1], sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1, yfwd, k1, k2tog, k1, yfwd, k3, yfwd, ssk, yfwd £ Row 7: (yfwd, k2tog) twice, k1, yfwd, k2, yfwd, k1, ssk, k1, yfwd, [sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k1, (k2tog, k1, yfwd) twice, k2, yfwd, k1, ssk, k1, yfwd], sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k1, (k2tog, k1, yfwd) twice, k2, yfwd, ssk, yfwd £ Row 9: (yfwd, k2tog) twice, k1, yfwd, k1 tbl, (yfwd, k1, ssk) twice, k1, [k2, (k2tog, k1, yfwd) twice, k1 tbl, (yfwd, k1, ssk) twice, k1], k2, (k2tog, k1, yfwd) twice, k1 tbl, yfwd, k1, (ssk, yfwd) twice £ Row 11: (yfwd, k2tog) twice, k1, yfwd, k3, (yfwd, k1, ssk) twice, [k1, (k2tog, k1, yfwd) twice, k3, (yfwd, k1, ssk) twice], k1, (k2tog, k1, yfwd) twice, k3, yfwd, k1, (ssk, yfwd) twice £ Row 13: yfwd, k2tog, (yfwd, k2tog, k1) twice, yfwd, k2, yfwd, k1, ssk, yfwd, k1, [sl 1, k2tog, psso, (k1, yfwd, k2tog) twice, k1, yfwd, k2, yfwd, k1, ssk, yfwd, k1], sl 1, k2tog, psso, (k1, yfwd, k2tog) twice, k1, yfwd, k2, yfwd, k1, (ssk, yfwd) twice £ Row 15: yfwd, k2tog, (yfwd, k2tog, k1) twice, yfwd, k1 tbl, (yfwd, k1, ssk) twice, yfwd, [sl 1, k2tog, psso, (yfwd, k2tog, k1) twice, yfwd, k1 tbl, (yfwd, k1, ssk) twice, yfwd], sl 1, k2tog, psso, (yfwd, k2tog, k1) twice, yfwd, k1 tbl, (yfwd, k1, ssk) twice, yfwd, ssk, yfwd £ Row 16: as Row 2

Start knitting here...

GARTER TAB

Using Eastern provisional cast on (see Knitwise), cast on three sts £ Row 1: k3 £ Row 2: sl wyif, k2 £ Rep last row seven more times, do not turn, pick up and k three sts

Main shawl

from slipped st edge, k3 from provisional cast-on edge. Nine sts

Commence Chart A (overleaf) as folls: £ Row 1 (RS): k2, work Row 1 of Chart A, k1, pm in last st, work Row 1 of Chart A, k1, pm in last st, work Row 1 of Chart A, k2. 15 sts

NOTE: for a neater edge slip one pwise at the beginning of each row

£ Next row (WS): k2, p to last two sts, k2

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£ Row 2 and all foll WS rows: k2, p to last two sts, k2 £ Row 3: k2, work Row 3 of Chart A, k1, pm in last st, work Row 3 of Chart A, k1, pm in last st, work Row 3 of Chart A, k2. 21 sts


£ Cont as set, pm in k st between Chart reps until all 18 rows of Chart A have been worked. 63 sts Commence Chart B as folls, cont to pm in k st between Chart reps: £ Next row (RS): k2, work Row 1 of Chart B, working eight-st rep once, k1, work Row 1 of Chart B, k1, work Row 1 of Chart B, k2. 69 sts £ Next row and all foll WS rows: k2, p to last two sts, k2 £ Next row: k2, work Row 3 of Chart B, k1, work Row 3 of Chart B, k1, work Row 3 of Chart B, k2. 75 sts £ Cont as set until all 16 rows of Chart B have been worked £ Keeping Chart position correct, cont as set working Rows 1-16 of Chart B four times more but on each working of Chart work patt

rep twice more. 303 sts Commence Chart C as folls, cont to pm in k st between Chart reps £ Next row (RS): k2, work Row 1 of Chart C working 16-st patt rep five times, k1, work Row 1 of Chart C working 16-st patt rep five times, k1, work Row 1 of Chart C working 16-st patt rep five times, k2. 309 sts £ Next row and all foll WS rows: k2, p to last two sts, k2 £ Next row: k2, work Row 3 of Chart C working 16-st patt rep five times, k1, work Row 3 of Chart C working 16-st patt rep five times, k1, work Row 3 of Chart C working 16-st rep five times, k2. 315 sts £ Cont as set until all 16 rows of Chart C have been worked

£ Keeping Chart position correct, cont as set working Rows 1-16 of Chart C once more, but on each working of Chart work 16-st patt rep once more. 399 sts Commence Chart D as folls, cont to pm in k st between Chart reps: £ Next row (RS): k2, work Row 1 of Chart D, working 16-st patt rep seven times, k1, work Row 1 of Chart D working 16-st patt rep seven times, k1, work Row 1 of Chart D working 16-st patt rep seven times, k2. 405 sts £ Next row and all foll WS rows: k2, p to last two sts, k2 £ Next row: k2, work Row 3 of Chart D working 16-st patt rep seven times, k1, work Row 3 of Chart D working 16-st patt rep seven times, k1, work Row 3 of Chart D working 16-st patt rep seven times, k2. 411 sts £ Cont as set until all 16 rows of Chart D have been worked. 447 sts £ Cast off using Russian cast-off (see Special abbreviations, p78)

TO MAKE UP Weave in all loose ends. Soak shawl in lukewarm water and gently squeeze out excess water in a towel. Stretch to size and shape, CHART A

carefully pinning in place. Leave to dry thoroughly before removing pins. Attach buttons to bottom of each spine on WS. Fold front edges over and fasten buttons into a yarn forward to convert from a shawl to a shrug LK

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Key Knit yfwd k2tog ssk sl 1, k2tog, psso k tbl pattern repeat

CHART B

NOTE: only RS rows are shown, see pattern for WS rows

CHART C

CHART D

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CAN WE Help? YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP FOR ADVICE, TIPS & SHORT-CUTS!

Hi there! This month we look at colourwork, casting on and cosy one-ball projects

Ask Martine Q A I need some Fair Isle knitting inspiration. Can you help?

When I was learning to knit, I avoided Fair Isle for a long time because it just looked so complicated. When I finally plucked up the courage to give it a go I was pleasantly surprised. It was far easier than expected. All you need is a couple of helpful YouTube videos and ideally some Shetland wool, which has a 'sticky' quality that seems to make Fair Isle knitting much easier. Also, it 'blooms' when you wash it so any gaps or tension issues are hidden. If you are just getting started with Fair Isle choose something knitted in the round with minimal shaping, such as a cowl, simple fingerless mitts, or even a headband. That way you can focus on learning how to tension your yarn correctly and alternate between colours. Pick something in just two colours for your first project so you don’t have lots of ends to weave in. My favourite Fair Isle pattern designers include Kate Davies, Mary Jane Mucklestone and Gudrun Johnston. Ysolda Teague also has some beautiful designs in her collection, including a beanie hat called Saudade. It’s definitely on my 'to knit' list. My current Fair Isle works in progress include Kate Davies and Sandra Manson’s dog coat A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (which I've still not finished) and I am trying to decide whether to cast on Mary Jane Mucklestone’s Elfin Peak or Fair Isle Sampler Hat. I have lots of Shetland yarn left over from when I knitted Jill McGee’s My Favourite Things Infinity Scarf so I am planning to make another one of those soon. If you are keen to up your Fair Isle game then pick a basic pattern shape, grab some pattern reference books, coloured pencils and knitters' graph paper, and design your own. It’s easier than you think!

DOWNLOAD FOR FREE! Find this festive Fair Isle scarf by Tina Barrett at www.letsknit.co.uk

WHAT IS… A PROVISIONAL CAST-ON? Sometimes a pattern requires the cast-on edge to be 'live' so that it can be worked into at a later stage – for example, when the cast-on and cast-off edges of a cowl are grafted together to create a loop. This is achieved by using a provisional cast-on that can be unravelled to leave live stitches. The easiest example is a crochet cast-on. Use a scrap of waste yarn in a smooth fibre such as cotton to make a crochet chain, then pick up and knit the number of stitches you need in the loops of the chain. Don't worry if you don't crochet as there are plenty of alternative methods to try.

What can I knit with...

ONE 100G BALL OF WORSTED WEIGHT YARN

Martine Ellis is a knitter, teacher, crafter, blogger and podcaster based in Guernsey. www.martineellis.com

HOW ABOUT YOU?

We asked if you had any words of encouragement for Fair Isle newbies “Remember you're only working with two colours per row – it's a lot easier than intarsia!” Brenda Wolf “I always use wooden needles for colourwork as it helps keeps my tension even.” Alexandra Havers The Photographer Hat by Lavanya Patricia, free from www.ravelry.com

Maize Mitts from The Simple Collection, free from www.tincanknits.com

Owlie sleep sack by Teresa Cole, free from www.comfortwool. blogspot.co.uk

NEXT ISSUE: Do you have any tips on knitting with mohair? Email your thoughts to adrienne.chandler@aceville.co.uk. Printed ones win a prize!

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KNIT WITH US!

Learn to knit an easy

CABLED SCARF

Sponsored by

MAKE JULIE FERGUSON’S STATEMENT ACCESSORY FOR WINTER!

 Here’s what you need…

One 100g ball of West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley Aran, shade Fuchsia and two 100g balls of West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley Fusions Aran, shade Grey Mix. It’s a wonderfully soft, British wool and nylon blend that’s made in Yorkshire. It has an RRP of £4.99. For stockists, call 01535 664500 or go to www.wyspinners.com A pair of 5mm needles A cable needle – these don’t come in exact sizes like knitting needles do, so choose one that looks closest to your needle size. We used knitting and cable needles from HiyaHiya. For stockists, visit www.hiyahiya-europe.com/ stockists

Adrienne Chandler shows you how... This scarf uses some great techniques, including a simple cable. You’ll need to know how to knit and purl but we’ll show you the rest. To make a cable, we swap the position of a group of stitches on the needle and create a twist in the work. They’re much easier than they look, so we’ve added in a bit of colourwork to help boost your knitting repertoire even more. Go on, give it a go!

Start knitting here...

Make a slipknot using yarn A and place it on a 5mm needle. This is your first cast on stitch. Now cast on a further 53 stitches, giving you 54 stitches in total. See how to make a slipknot and cast-on on page 94 £ Knit ten rows The letter following each instruction shows which yarn to use £ Row 1: k6 A, * k6 B, k6 A, repeat from * twice more, k6 B, k6 A This gives you four vertical columns of yarn B, set against a yarn A background. To begin, knit the first six stitches using yarn A, then insert your right needle into the next stitch and use yarn B to knit the stitch.

Try to carry the strand of yarn A above the strand of yarn B throughout as this will make your work much neater.

When working in stocking stitch with 5mm needles, you should be getting 18 stitches and 24 rows over a 10cm square. The finished scarf will measure 20cm wide and is 180cm long. Don’t forget to look on page 92 for our list of abbreviations.

THIS TUTORIAL IS SPONSORED BY HIYAHIYA.

You will be alternating between yarn A and yarn B across the row. To change back to yarn B, bring the strand up from underneath your strand of yarn A.

Knit the next five stitches in yarn B, stranding yarn A across the back of the work. Try not to pull yarn A too tightly or it will cause the work to pucker. When it comes to changing back to yarn A, bring your strand of yarn A over the top of yarn B, ready to knit the next six stitches.

We’ve used the brand’s interchangeable straight needles from the Sharp Pinnacle Plus Set, and cable needles. For stockists and to explore the full range, visit www.hiyahiya-europe. com/stockists

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£ Row 2: k6 A, * p6 B, p6 A, repeat from * twice more, p6 B, k6 A £ Row 3: k6 A, * using yarn B work C6B, k6 A, repeat from * twice more, using yarn B work C6B, k6 This is your first cable row. Knit the first six stitches, then work as follows: 1. Slip the next three stitches on to a cable needle. Slip the stitches as if you were going to purl them. Move the cable needle so it sits at the back of your work between your needles. 1.


2. Using yarn B, knit the next three stitches from the left needle.

MADE IN BEAUTIFUL BRITISH WOOL

2.

3. Now, using yarn B, knit the three stitches from the cable needle. 3.

You’ll see how these stitches have now swapped places on the needle – this creates your twist. Try to keep your tension even when working your cables to give you the best finish. £ Row 4: k6 A, * p6 B, p6 A, repeat from * twice more, p6 B, k6 A £ Row 5: k6 A, * k6 B, k6 A, repeat from * twice more, k6 B, k6 A £ Row 6: k6 A, * p6 B, p6 A, repeat from * twice more, p6 B, k6 A Rows 1 to 6 set the pattern You’ll have six stitches in garter stitch on each end, then your stocking stitch and cable pattern in the centre. This is how it looks from the back.

£ Repeat Rows 1 to 6 a further 50 times Cut yarn B and continue using yarn A only £ Knit ten rows £ Cast off To cast-off, knit two stitches as normal, then insert the left needle tip into the second stitch on your right needle. Lift this stitch over the nearest stitch and let it drop off the right needle. You have now cast-off one stitch. Knit the next stitch on the left needle, then again pass the second stitch on the right needle over the nearest stitch and off the right needle. Keep doing this until all your stitches have been cast off. When you have one loop remaining on your right needle, cut the yarn, thread it through this last stitch and pull it tightly to fasten off.

Block carefully You can read more about blocking on page 93. The important thing is not to press your cables or you’ll flatten all your nice hard work! We’d suggest gently spray blocking this scarf LK

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CONGRATULATIONS!

You’ve now mastered cables and colourwork – great job!


Store?

WHAT’S IN GET THE HOT GOSSIP FROM YOUR FAVOURITE SHOPS AND BRANDS

Spotlight on yarn shops! The Association of Independent Yarn Shop Owners (AIYSO) was formed to help promote independent yarn stores and give owners a voice in the industry. Every issue we’ll be catching up with a member store. For more details on AIYSO, visit www.aiyso.org.uk or email aiysocommittee@gmail.com

Crochet with Stylecraft

We’re in love with these adorable crochet piggies from Stylecraft! They’re made in the brand’s Alpaca Tweed DK, Life DK and Wondersoft DK yarns and are simply adorable. Pattern 9353 is £2.75, 0845 003 0775, www.wool4less.co.uk

Sharon from AvicraftWool tells us why she loves owning a yarn shop! My wool shop, AvicraftWool came about due to the lack of wool shops in my area. I used to sit in my husband’s model and hobby shop knitting and was asked by so many people as to where I got my wool from I persuaded my husband to give me a small bit of his shop. It’s now 11 years later and I have half the shop for my business. As a person who suffers from chronic health problems the wool shop is my lifeline. I’m not always able to get to the shop but when I do I find lists of best wishes from customers and I realise how much a part of the local community my shop has become. I love being able to support and help new knitters through their trials and tribulations to their completed project. It’s great when a customer shows me what they’ve made. This year we started a series of two-session workshops to teach knitting, crochet and needle felting from beginners to the more experienced. Teaching crafts is the direction I want to take the shop in the future. Having a wool shop gives me a place in the community where others love to come. Whether it’s to sit and knit for a while, catch up on gossip or ask for help – sometimes for very odd projects like how to turn an old fox fur into a sporran for a Police Hogmanay Ball!

NEW SIRDAR YARN

Inspirations

We love the unusual here at LK and these flannels and sponges from Wendy have definitely caught our eye! There’s still plenty of time to knit them up before Christmas. The polyester yarn has a distinctive texture which makes it is ideal for the scrubbing people or pans. It’s Wendy pattern 6023 and costs £2.75 from 01772 272572, www.inspirationscraft.co.uk

Check out this new impressively supersized yarn from Sirdar. It’s called Gorgeous and knits up on 20mm needles. There are easy home and accessory patterns too. It costs £7.99 per 150g (50m) ball from 0800 505 3300, www.woolwarehouse.co.uk

SMD Knitting Showroom

Browse and buy to your heart’s content at the SMD Knitting Showroom, now open in Wrexham. It’s open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 3pm and stocks treats from Sirdar, Stylecraft, West Yorkshire Spinners, Jamieson & Smith and more. See for yourself at SMD Court, Llay Industrial Estate, Wrexham, LL12 0PJ.

AvicraftWool, 15 Chatterton Road, Bromley, Kent, BR2 9QW, 0208 290 1238, www.avicraftwool.com

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F E AYTAUR RN ES H| OYP ADRANY ST IHC O K EPR D A Y

Cosy Crochet Snuggle up with Lynne Rowe’s Scandi chic hottie cover

T

here’s something timeless about red, white and grey and this easy-to-make hot water bottle cover is perfect for beating the winter chills in style. It’s worked in the round using a simple half treble pattern, with a little bit of basic shaping for the neck. Head along to your local yarn shop to find the hook, yarn and buttons to make this project.

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EXCLUSIVE TO


FEATURE | YARN SHOP DAY

Measurements & Sizes To fit standard size 2l hot water bottle 18.5cm wide x 28cm from base to start of neck

Crochet Kit Yarn: King Cole Merino Blend DK, shades (A) 703 Cranberry, (B) 36 Silver, (C) 46 Aran, one 50g ball of each Hook: 4mm Buttons: star, three

Tension Square l l l l

19.5 sts x 11.5 rows 10cm x 10cm htr in back loop 4mm hook

For abbreviations see page 92

About the Yarn King Cole Merino Blend DK is a machine washable pure wool yarn that comes in 48 solid shades and some self-patterning options too. It is a standard DK tension and being pure wool, is a great choice for this cosy project. A 50g (104m) ball has an RRP of £3.79. To find your nearest stockist, call 01756 703670 or visit www.kingcole.com

Pick up everything you need from your local yarn store. Check out our directory on pages 89 - 91

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To make this cover bigger or smaller, first take a look at the tension square. You have 19.5 stitches over 10cm, which means you have 1.9 stitches over 1cm. Measure the circumference of your hot water bottle, then multiply this by 1.9. This will tell you how many chain stitches to make for your foundation chain.

Start to crochet here...

EDGING

BODY

Using 4mm hook and yarn A, make 72ch, sl st in first ch to join the rnd taking care not to twist ch £ Rnd 1: 2ch (counts as 1htr throughout), 1htr in every st to end, sl st in second of beg 2ch £ Rnds 2-11: as Rnd 1, changing to yarn B in last sl st of Rnd 11 £ Rnd 12-23: using yarn B, as Rnd 1, changing to yarn C in last sl st of Rnd 23 £ Rnds 24-33: using yarn C, as Rnd 1 £ Rnd 34: 2ch, * htr2tog, 1htr in each of next 30 sts, htr2tog *, 1htr in each of next two sts, rep from * to * once, 1htr in next st. 68 sts £ Rnd 35: 2ch, * htr2tog, 1htr in each of next 28 sts, htr2tog *, 1htr in each of next two sts, rep from * to * once more, 1htr in next st. 64 sts £ Fasten off

NECK NOTE: There are 64 sts around neck edge – 32 sts for front and 32 sts for back £ ** With RS facing, join yarn C with a sl st to back loop of the ninth st from right-hand edge £ Row 1: 1ch (does not count as st throughout), 1dc in back loop of same st, 1dc in back loop of each of next 15 sts, turn. 16 sts £ Row 2: 1ch, 1dc in every st to end, turn £ Row 3: 1ch, 1dc in first st, 2dc in next st, 1dc in each st to last two sts, 2dc in next st, 1dc in last st, turn. 18 sts £ Rows 4-6: rep Row 2 three times

£ Row 7: as Row 3. 20 sts £ Rows 8-12: rep Row 2 five times £ Fasten off £ Rep from ** for back of Neck

LARGE CIRCLES (make two) Using 4mm hook and yarn of your choice, make a magic ring £ Rnd 1: 3ch (counts as 1tr), 15tr in ring, sl st in third of beg 3ch Fasten off yarn, join contrast colour with a sl st in any st £ Rnd 2: 1ch, 1dc in same st, (1ch, 1dc in next st) to end, 1ch, sl st in first dc £ Fasten off Weave ends

SMALL CIRCLE Using 4mm hook and yarn of your choice, make a magic ring £ Rnd 1: 1ch (does not count as a st throughout), 16dc in ring, sl st in first dc Fasten off yarn, join contrast colour with a sl st in any st £ Rnd 2: 1ch, 1dc in same st, (1ch, 1dc in next st) to end, 1ch, sl st in first dc £ Fasten off Weave in ends

TO MAKE UP Using yarn C, sew Neck seams. Attach circles to front, using photo as a guide

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With front facing and holding bottom edge uppermost, join yarn A to top right corner st with a sl st £ Row 1: 1dc in same st, 1dc in each of next five sts, [2ch, miss next two sts, 1dc in each of next nine sts] twice, 2ch, miss next two sts, 1dc in each st to end. 72 sts Note: each 2-ch sp is a buttonhole, each ch counts as one st £ Row 2: * (dc2tog) twice, 1htr in each of next 28 sts, (dc2tog) twice, rep from * once more. 64 sts £ Fasten off Sew buttons to inside back at lower edge to correspond with buttonholes. Cut three 1m lengths of yarn A and plait together to make a cord. Make two small pompoms from yarn A and attach to end of cord. Tie around neck of cosy and sew in place LK

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Explore the UK’s finest Yarn shops Which shop will you be visiting? CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Premature baby knitwear

Maries Handknits

Stocking a wide range of yarns including: King Cole, Rico, James C Brett, Adriafil & Stylecraft

Stockies of Peter Pan, Wendy, Robin, Stylecraft, King Cole, Red hart and V&A products All Knitting accesories

plus patterns & accessories!

DMC Cross Stitch Kits, Buttons, Beads and Card Making supplies 24a High Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4JU

LOVE YOUR Yarn Shop

CUMBRIA

Tel. 01353 969426 www.curtisyarns.co.uk

ESSEX

Colchester • Ipswich • Chelmsford • Salisbury • Dovercourt

Celebrate our fantastic range of yarns this Christmas. Great choice. Great gifts. Great service!

Customer orders can be taken through my email mariereidy2000@yahoo.co.uk Wool orders can be posted

Barrow Market Hall Stall 20 to 22

ESSEX

Specialising in exciting, unusual and natural yarns from around the world

26 Fore St, Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9AD

Tel: 01626 836203 www.spinayarndevon.co.uk

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

EXTENSIVE YARN RANGE 28 High Street, Clacton-On-Sea, Essex CO15 1UQ Tel: 01255 428352 Also at branch:

71 Connaught Avenue, Frinton, Essex CO13 9PP Tel: 01255 674456

/franklinsgroup info@franklinsgroup.com

YARN, HABERDASHERY, LINEN, FABRICS, CRAFTS & BABYWEAR sandra_woolcabin@hotmail.com

www.franklinsgroup.com

www.woolcabin.co.uk

HAMPSHIRE

DEVON

DEVON

HAMPSHIRE

Knitting & Crochet Yarns, Katia, Sirdar, Stylecraft Jarol, Wyspinners etc., Ribbons, Lace and Accessories.

Coming soon .... Woolyknit yarns

Visit our shop for all your fabric, haberdashery and craft supplies, tips and advice with a friendly service whatever you are making! 5 Mill Street, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2JT

01237 470575

GLOUCESTERSHIRE Here at The Button Draw we strive to provide a personal and welcoming service, and offer as much help and information as we possibly can.

• Yarns • Haberdashery 16 Barton Street, Tewkesbury Gloucestershire GL20 5PP Tel: 01684 438596 www.thebuttondrawhaberdashery.co.uk

HERTFORDSHIRE

IRELAND

Yarn Barn Vintage Buttons, wool, haberdashery and ideas to inspire you! 125 Winter Road Southsea PO4 8DP

023 9242 8230

ISLE OF WIGHT

KENT

AvicraftWool

For all your wool and cross-stitch needs

19 North Street, Lurgan, Co. Armagh Northern Ireland BT67 9AG Wishing a Happy Christmas to all our customers!

3-5 Hitchin Street, Baldock SG7 6AL Tel: 01462 612889

We stock: Children’s Wear 0-12 years and Ladies Knitwear. We also Hand Knit to Order WENDY, JAROL, TIVOLI, KINGCOLE, DEBBIE BLISS, ROWAN & SIRDAR AND MORE

www.wool-n-things.co.uk

Tel: 02838 327923

We also offer a range of workshops

LANCASHIRE

LEICESTERSHIRE

WoolyHippo Ltd Yarns & Haberdashery

Stockists of James C. Brett, Stylecraft, Sirdar and our very own Woolyhippo brand of yarn, perfect for both knitting and crochet projects. We also stock of range of haberdashery for all your crafting needs.

Stocking yarns including Drops, Stylecraft, DMC and much more! Holliers Farm, Sandown, Isle of Wight PO36 0LT

Tel: 01983 868123 Email: tajcrafts@outlook.com

15 Chatterton Road, Bromley, Kent. BR2 9QW 020 8290 1238 www.avicraftwool.com email: sharonthesheep@gmail.com Open 6pm-9pm every Wednesday

31A Regent St, Hinckley LE10 0BA Tel: 01455 634127

www.woolyhippo.com


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MERSEYSIDE

NORFOLK

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

Diss Wool & Craft Shop Open on Sunday 11th Dec for the St Nicholas Christmas Fayre in Diss

KNITTING WOOL HABERDASHERY CARD MAKING SUPPLIES HAND KNITTED GARMENTS CRAFT KITS

2 Cobbs Yard, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4LB

Open Tues to Sat 9am to 4pm

Tel: 01379 650640 www.disswoolandcrafts.com sales@disswoolandcrafts.com

NORTHUMBERLAND

01670 821758 www.crafthive.co.uk

SCOTLAND

01604 716768 www.facebook.com/getknitting

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE ❁ Arts & Crafts Supply Shop ❁ Artistic services ❁ Crochet Lessons ❁ Knit & Natter

The Crafty gift shop

16c Front Street West, Bedlington, Northumberland, NE22 5UB

www.yarnshopnorthampton.co.uk 70 Kingsley Park Terrace, Northampton NN2 7HH

CRAFTS UNITED We offer a personal shopping experience when you visit our shop, with a warm welcome at all times. Stockists of: DY Yarns, King Cole, Rico and Patons. We also run lots of workshops and weekly craft groups.

The shop offers a variety of wonderful yarns to suit all budgets including: SIRDAR, DEBBIE BLISS, NORO, WENDY, ROBIN, DESIGNER YARNS, ELLA RAE & JAMES C BRETT

Explore our beautiful range of handmade gifts & yarns from brands such as: King Cole, Stylecraft, Sirdar, James C. Brett, Debbie Bliss, WYS & DY Choice yarns. Visit us at: 62 Station Road, Sandiacre, Nottinghamshire NG10 5AP Tel: 07958 878131

www.crafts-united.co.uk

SCOTLAND

15 Kingsway, Kirby-in-Ashfield, Notts, NG17 7BB 01623 758684

SHROPSHIRE

SCOTLAND

Skeins & Bobbins 120 High Street, Kinross, KY13 8DA

01577 208107 Knitting classes for all ages Regular knitting workshops Crochet and other craft classes also available

Skeins & Bobbins

Email: skeinsandbobbins@outlook.com

SUFFOLK

Sheepish Specialising in British and ethically sourced yarns, local crafts and UK produced giftware.

Workshops held thoughout the year Pure Wool • Local spun wool Yarns • Haberdashery • Accessories • Felting and Beading supplies • Fabrics

SUFFOLK

For Beautiful Hand Knitting 14 St Peters Street, Ipswich, IP1 1XB

Tel 01473 805208 www.jennywrensyarns.co.uk hello@jennywrensyarns.co.uk

Opening Hours 10am – 5 pm Mon – Sat

Dedicated space for courses and tuition High Street, Bishop's Castle, Shropshire http://www.shopsheepish.co.uk/ Tel: 01588 630421

SUFFOLK

We stock leading yarns from

James C Brett, Stylecraft, King Cole, Sirdar, Peter Pan and Wendy Knitting needles and Crochet hooks from Groves, buttons, patterns knitting bags and lots more.

SURREY

Stocking a wide variety of yarns including Rico, King Cole, Wendy, Peter Pan and Patons. Beautiful range of baby yarns available! • Knitting and Crochet workshops • Knit and Natter group • Haberdashery

7 Station Way, Cheam Village, Surrey SM3 8SD angela@whichcraftwools.co.uk

0208 643 3211

SUSSEX

We stock wools, yarns and cottons plus all associated needs for knitting and crochet. Also a growing selection of fabric, needlecraft and other creative pursuits. High Street, Cuckfield,West Sussex RH17 5JU 01444 455611 shop@sussex-crafts.co.uk www.sussex-crafts.co.uk

LOVE YOUR Yarn Shop

63 Roman Bank, Skegness, PE25 2SW 07961 972 930

Your one stop shop for all your knitting needs!


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WALES

WALES

WALES

K&J CRAFTS Clwyd House, High Street, Rhuddlan, N. Wales, LL18 2TU 01745 590383

Shop online, or phone your orders on 01633 872619 or visit our shop at Unit 16 Inshops, The Mall, Cwmbran, Gwent NP44 1PX, Open 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday. Second store now open! At 36 Lion Street Abergavenny, NP7 5NT.

We stock all your crafting needs

LOVE YOUR Yarn Shop

Visit our Website

www.caricrafts.co.uk WALES

Stocking yarn by: James C Brett, King Cole, Sirdar & Stylecraft Embroidery threads by DMC Haberdashery, Buttons, Ribbons, Needles, Hooks, Patterns, Craft Kits and Gifts. Crochet Classes and Workshops. Coming in 2017 - Knitting Classes and Workshops Find us on Facebook - RosiesRhuddlan

WARWICKSHIRE

19-21 Hall Street, West End, Llanelli SA15 3BB 01554 751667 Email: trangeloons@outlook.com Follow us on facebook

YORKSHIRE

Stocking a large range of yarns and patterns from Sirdar, Sublime, Rico, Debbie Bliss, Adriafil, Stylecraft & Wendy. Also stocking a range of cross-stitch and haberdashery. New winter yarns now in stock!

Tel: 01924 494 157 119-121 Nab Lane, Mirfield, WF14 9QJ

88 St Helens Avenue, Swansea, SA1 4NN ~ 01792 469171 info@swanseabayyarns.co.uk

WEST MIDLANDS

Warwick Wools Visit our new premises to see our range of beautiful yarns, patterns and handmade gifts. Sign up for our lessons. Join our customer reward scheme for discounts. Join our Knit & Natter Group.

SBY is a destination yarn shop, an aladin’s cave, filled with a wide selection of yarns to suit all pockets! Adriafil, Bergere de France, Debbie Bliss, Ella Rae, Juniper Moon Farm, Lang, Katia, Mrs Moon, Patons, Regia, Rico, Rowan, Sirdar, Sublime and more

A specialist wool shop with a large selection of knitting yarns and accessories. 17 Market Place, Warwick CV34 4SA Tel: 01926 492853 Email: mail@warwickwools.co.uk OPENING TIMES: MON – SAT: 9.30 – 4.30 THURS: 9.30 – 2.00

YORKSHIRE

Positioned in the beautiful North Yorkshire fishing village of Staithes

Yarn, gifts and craft supplies. Workshops throughout the year Craft at Cleveland Corner High Street, Staithes North Yorkshire TS13 5BH

01947 841117

craft@clevelandcorner.co.uk www.craftat.co.uk

Open: Tues to Sat: 9am-6pm 9 Cross Street, Abergavenny NP7 5EH T: 01873 851551 Email: info@thewoolcroft.co.uk

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WEST MIDLANDS

Remember When Specialising in an array of vintage & modern yarns, patterns & accessories. Stockists of Debbie Bliss, Colinette, Rowan, Bergere De France, Wendy, Sirdar, Adriafil, King Cole, Rico, Stylecraft & James C Brett. 80 High Street, Coleshill, West Midlands, B46 3AH

Tel: 01675 466418 www.rememberwhenshop.co.uk

YORKSHIRE

Stockists of WYS, King Cole, Rico, Sirdar, Debbie Bliss, Stylecraft & much more Specialist 1ply local wool Hand crafted knitting bags, wool bowls & stitch markers

Stable Gallery, rear of 7 Belwell Lane, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield B74 4AA

0121 308 4205 rachel@sittingknitting.com www.facebook.com/SittingKnitting

WEST YORKSHIRE

Stockists of King Cole, Rico and Stylecraft. Huge range of patterns, books & accessories.

Knit n Natter every Saturday 10-12pm Beginners welcome

9a Milton Street, Saltburn By The Sea, Cleveland TS12 1DH

Can't make it to the shop then you can order online or over the phone. 12 Cross Square Wakefield WF1 1PH Tel: 01924 565740

01287 623154

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At Let’s Knit you can keep up to date with your local yarn shops throughout the year! If you own or work in a shop that would like to be part of the

‘Love Your Yarn Shop’ campaign then we would love to hear from you!

Please contact: samantha.dean@aceville.co.uk or call Sam on: 01206 505114 or contact: claire.rogers@aceville.co.uk or call Claire on: 01206 505913


PRACTICAL GUIDES

Turn the

Keep these pages handy to guide you on your way

TABLES

YARN WEIGHTS

sl 1 slip one stitch sl st slip stitch sm slip marker sp (s) space(s) ssk one by one slip the next two stitches knitwise. Put your left needle through the front loops of both slipped stitches and knit them together st (s) stitch (es) st st stocking stitch (k on RS row, p on WS row) tbl through the back loop (s) tr treble crochet w&t (on knit rows) take the yarn between the needles to the front of the work, slip the next stitch from the Left Hand needle to the Right Hand needle purlwise, take the yarn between the needles back to its original position, slip the stitch back to the Left Hand needle and turn (on purl rows) take the yarn between the needles to the back of the work, slip the next stitch from the Left Hand needle to the Right Hand needle purlwise, take the yarn between the needles back to its original position, slip the stitch back to the Left Hand needle and turn WS wrong side wyib with yarn in back wyif with yarn in front yb yarn back yfwd yarn forward (between knit stitches) yo work yfwd/yon/yrn as appropriate yoh yarn over hook yon yarn over needle (between a purl and a knit stitch) yrn yarn round needle (between purl stitches and between a knit and a purl stitch) y2rn wrap yarn twice around needle * repeat instructions following the asterisk as many times as instructed ()[] work instructions inside ­ the brackets as many times as instructed

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Lace

30-33 sts-36-50 rows

2mm-3mm

4ply

28 sts-36 rows

3.25mm

DK

22 sts-28 rows

4mm

Aran

18 sts-24 rows

5mm

Chunky

14 sts-19 rows

6.5mm

Super Chunky

9 sts-12 rows

10mm

NEEDLE SIZING Old UK/ Canada

skpo slip one, knit one, pass slipped stitch over sk2po slip next stitch purlwise, knit two together, pass slipped stitch over and off needle sl 2, k1, slip next two stitches knitwise at the same time, knit one, pass both p2sso slipped stitches over

STANDARD NEEDLE SIZE

U.S.A

0 no stitches, times or rows - no stitches, times or rows for that size alt alternate approx approximately beg beginning C4F (cable 4 front) slip two stitches on to cable needle, hold at front of work, k2, k2 from cable needle C4B (cable 4 back) slip two stitches onto cable needle, hold at back of work, k2, k2 from cable needle ch chain stitch ch sp chain space cm centimetres cn cable needle cont continue (ing) dc double crochet dc2tog (insert hook into next stitch, yarn over hook, pull through loop) twice, yarn over hook, pull through all three loops on hook dec decrease (ing) dpn(s) double pointed needle(s) dtr double treble crochet foll following htr half treble crochet inc increase (ing) k knit kfb knit into the front and the back of the next stitch k2tog knit two stitches together kwise knitwise m1 make one stitch, by picking up the horizontal loop before next stitch and knitting into the back of it m1p make one stitch, by picking up the horizontal loop before next stitch and purling into the back of it meas measure (s) mm millimeters N1 (2, 3) needle 1 (2, 3) p purl pb place bead pfb purl into the front and back of next st pm place marker p2tog purl two stitches together prev previous psso pass slipped stitch over and off needle p2sso pass two slipped stitches over and off needle pwise purlwise rem remain (ing) rep repeat (ing) rev st st reverse stocking stitch (p on RS row, k on WS row) rm remove marker rnd(s) round(s) RS right side

STANDARD TENSION

UK (mm)

ABBREVIATIONS

YARN TYPE

2 2.25

0 1

14 13

2.75

2

12

3

-

11

3.25

3

10

3.5

4

-

3.75

5

9

4

6

8

4.5

7

7

5

8

6

5.5

9

5

6

10

4

10 1/2

3 2

6.5 7

-

7.5

-

1

8

11

0

9 10

13 15

00 000

12 15

17 -

-

16

19

-

19

35

-

20

36

-

25

50

-

TENSION HEADACHE It’s really important to knit a tension square before you begin a project. Not everybody knits the same way – some knit more tightly than others – and this will affect how the stitch pattern looks and the finished size of the item. Tension squares are usually presented like this: 22 sts x 30 rows 10cm x 10cm stocking stitch 4mm needles To knit your tension square, cast on the instructed number of stitches, in this case 22, plus five more. Then, using the needle size and same stitch pattern given, work the instructed number of rows, plus five more. Using a ruler and taking your measurements from the centre of the square, count the number of stitches and number of rows over a 10cm square. If you have more than you should do, it means your knitting is a little tight and you may need to use larger needles. Similarly, if you have fewer stitches and rows, use smaller needles to get the correct tension.

“Using the correct size of needles for the yarn weight helps to produce a taut, neat fabric”


PRACTICAL GUIDES

Pattern UPDATES Here at LK we try our hardest to make sure our patterns are free from errors, but sometimes they do slip through the net. You can find out pattern updates on our website at www.letsknit.co.uk. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have any queries about one of our patterns, please call 01206 508622 (office hours only) or email support@letsknit.co.uk and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

LK 111 Christmas Infinity Cowl, p79 You only need three 100g balls for this scarf

AT A LOOSE END? Follow these steps for weaving in any tails of yarn: 1. Thread the yarn on to a tapestry needle and work with the WS of the project facing upwards. 2. Insert the needle under the loop of each stitch, and draw it through. Work it up

and down the loops of the stitches for 8cm. An alternative method is to weave through the back of the stitch, splitting the strand of yarn as you sew. 3. Cut the yarn close to the fabric. NOTE: In colourwork, weave the yarn tails into the matching colour section.

SUBSTITUTION There are many reasons to want to substitute the yarn given in a project, from price to colour selection, but there are some important points to remember. n Choose a yarn with a similar tension to the suggested yarn. Match the tension given on the ball band of the yarns, as the pattern may use a different stitch. Remember to do a tension square in the new yarn before you begin. n Consider the fibre content of the yarn and how this might affect the finished project. For example, cotton yarn will knit up very differently to a wool yarn.

n Don’t forget to check the care instructions of your new yarn. Not all yarns are machine washable. n Look at the meterage of the new yarn, rather than the weight of the ball. Not all 50g balls have the same meterage and you don’t want to run short when nearing the end of your project.

LK 112 November Rainbow Mittens, p18 You need to cast on 42 sts for these mittens. This will give you 22 sts after Row 21. On Row 22, work as follows: k1, (kfb) to last st, k1. 42 sts

ON THE BLOCKS Blocking is the process of stretching and shaping your finished items to create the correct dimensions from the pattern and even out your stitches. It is also really useful for ensuring that pieces to be joined fit well together. There are a few different ways to achieve this, so check the information on the yarn ball band and pick the most suitable option. Wet blocking: dampen the pieces so that they are wet through and gently squeeze out the excess water. Lay out the pieces and pin them to the correct

measurements, then leave them to dry. For delicate fibres and lace projects, you can just spritz the pieces with a water spray, rather than submerging them fully. Steaming: lay a damp cloth over your work and gently iron over the top – do not iron directly on to your knitting. Continue to iron until the cloth is dry. Another option is to gently hover over your work with the iron and apply steam until the knitting relaxes, this is good for delicate projects and textured stitches. Pin to the desired measurements and allow to set.

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PRACTICAL GUIDES

Step-BY-Step

GRAFT THE TOE

Learn to knit today with these clear guides Go to www.letsknit.co.uk for video tutorials and knitting how-to guides! Kitchener Stitch is the method used to acheive this. It is worked as follows: SET UP: Before starting you need to prepare the stitches on the needle. Hold the two needles with the remaining stitches parallel. The loose end of yarn should be coming from the back needle and lying to the right of the work.

1

Thread yarn end onto a tapestry needle and insert it purlwise into the first stitch on the needle closest to you. Pull the yarn through but leave the stitch on the needle.

KNIT STITCH

1

Once cast on, insert the tip of the right needle upwards and from front to back into the top stitch on the left needle. The right hand needle should sit behind the left hand one. Wrap the ball end of yarn anticlockwise around the tip of the right hand needle.

HELPING HAND

If you need a refresher on basic knitting techniques, visit our website www.letsknit.co.uk. You’ll also find the following step-by-step instructions in the magazine: Cabling, p84 Stranded colourwork, p84 Crochet chain, p71 p84

2

Using the right hand needle, pull a loop of the wrapped yarn through the original stitch to create a new one on the right hand needle. Slide the original stitch off the left hand needle. Repeat from step one. You are now knitting! The knit stitch can be combined with other stitches to create hundreds of different stitch patterns.

2

Insert the tapestry needle knitwise into the first stitch on the back needle and pull the yarn through, leaving the stitch on the needle.

MAKING A SLIP KNOT

3 1

Holding the yarn under your left thumb, wrap it twice around your left index and middle fingers, with the second loop closer to the base of the fingers. With the backs of the fingers uppermost, insert the tip of the needle beneath the first loop and over the second, and pull the second loop under the first.

Having set up as shown in steps 1 and 2, repeat steps 3 and 4 until all stitches have been grafted. Insert the tapestry needle knitwise into the first stitch on the front needle and slide the stitch off. Before you pull the yarn through this stitch insert the tapestry needle into the next stitch on the front needle purlwise and pull the yarn through, this time leaving the stitch on the needle.

4 2

Remove the two fingers and gently tug on both ends of yarn to tighten the slip knot around the needle.

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Insert the tapestry needle purlwise into the first stitch on the back needle and slide it off. Before pulling the yarn through this stitch, insert the tapestry needle into the next stitch on the back needle knitwise and pull the yarn through, leaving the stitch on the needle.


PRACTICAL GUIDES

CAST ON

1

Create a slipknot on your left hand needle, pulling it taut (but not too tight). Carefully insert the right needle into the knot from front to back, passing under the left hand needle. Wrap the ball end of yarn anticlockwise around the point of the right needle.

2

Pull the loop that forms back through the original stitch (knot) and insert the tip of the left hand needle into the new stitch from underneath to transfer it from the right hand to the left hand needle. There should now be two stitches on the left hand needle.

3

Repeat the above steps, knitting into the top stitch on the left needle and returning the new stitches from the right to the left needle until you have the required number of stitches.

BACK STITCH LET’S KNIT 1 Phoenix Court, Hawkins Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8JY EDITOR Sarah Neal, sarah.neal@aceville.co.uk DEPUTY EDITOR Adrienne Chandler, adrienne.chandler@aceville.co.uk EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Heidi Wilkins, heidi.wilkins@aceville.co.uk GROUP EDITOR Lynn Martin

1

Pin the pieces to be joined, with the right sides together. Thread the loose end of yarn onto a tapestry needle. Start by stitching the two outer edges together, then bring the needle through the two pieces 1cm from back to front ahead of the previous stitch.

2

Push the needle back through at the position where the yarn emerged from the previous stitch. Return it to the front of the work, approx 1cm ahead of the stitch just made. Repeat this until the whole join is complete, working in a straight line.

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1

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2

Lay the two pieces to be joined right side up and with Take the needle over to the first side the cast off edges touching. Thread a tapestry needle and insert where it previously exited, bringing with the loose yarn and push this through the centre of it out through the centre of the next stitch. Repeat the first stitch, and then in and out through the centres this process alternating sides and stitching single of two stitches on the opposite side. stitches until the pieces are joined.

BEGINNING A SEAM

MATTRESS STITCH

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GIVEAWAYS TERMS & CONDITIONS

1

With the pieces placed next to each other with right side upwards, thread the yarn tail through the fabric after the first stitch, moving the needle from front to back. Then, take the needle behind the first stitch on the second piece from the back of the work to the front. The yarn will form a figure 8. Tug gently to secure.

1

With the two pieces to be joined lying next to each other, hook the horizontal bar of the first stitch with the tapestry needle. Move to the other piece and hook the first horizontal bar of the stitch on that side. Repeat this moving from one piece to the next and pulling the yarn to tighten the join.

2

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LAST WORD... We speak to Louise Crowther, author of My Knitted Doll

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ouise Crowther is a British knitting designer whose passion for knitting all things small has led to the release of her debut design book. Following a successful career in textiles, she has successfully transformed her knitting hobby into a profitable business. We spoke to Louise about her experiences, her book and her current projects:

“My knitting adventure started approximately ten years ago when my eldest son came home from primary school one day saying he wanted to learn how to knit, though he'd likely deny this now. So with the help of beginner knitting books and YouTube, I quickly taught myself. I thought it'd be wonderful for my son and I to have a hobby we can enjoy together, but no, less than a week later he'd lost interest and was on to the next thing – playing the drums! Thankfully I was well and truly hooked and knitting became my new creative outlet. I've always been quite creative and enjoy the challenge of working out how to make something. Sometimes I enjoy that more than actually

making it. I designed my first knitting pattern when my other son asked me to make him a rocket that was also a teddy. Indeed a strange mix, but he was a three year old who loved rockets and teddies in equal amounts, how could I refuse? Needless to say I couldn't find a rocket teddy knitting pattern anywhere so I decided to try and create my own. Despite it being a bit weird I was proud of my first attempt, and luckily he loved it so much that it went everywhere with him. Nowadays, my favourite items to make are dolls, toys, decorations and socks – basically anything that is small and neat. I love intricate things and I always find myself getting carried away with the little details, especially when designing my knitted dolls. A fact that will probably surprise many of you, is that I also love sewing up. I know that this is most knitters' least favourite part of a project, but to me it is the most exciting part. For me, that's the part where you start to see your creation finally taking shape and come to life. Knitting has developed into a career for me. I have been involved with textile design all my working life, starting my career as a Jacquard

My Knitted Doll

Louise's new book is perfect for those who love creating small, yet beautifully intricate projects that are not only incredibly cute, but relatively easy and quick to knit also. With 12 different style of doll, and clear instructions, this read provides perfect inspiration for your next project. To buy a copy of My Knitted Doll for only £10.99 including Free UK p&p, call 01206 255777, quoting ref AP616. Offer closes 21/01/17.

designer based in Yorkshire, creating elaborate, woven cloth designs for the corporate market and high street fashion retailers. Although I came to knitting quite late I have been lucky enough to turn my hobby into a small business and now sell my knitting patterns all over the world through my online shop Boo-Biloo. My career highlight so far has got to be my new book 'My Knitted Doll', a collection of 12 knitted doll patterns, each with very different personalities and contemporary outfits. All the dolls can be adapted so you can personalise them by changing their hairstyles and colour, making them an extra special present. All the dolls' clothes are interchangeable too, so you can make one doll and keep adding to her wardrobe or choose your favourite garments to knit your own unique outfit. As I knit so often nowadays I find I'm often overlapping projects, I usually end up multitasking the latest design I happen be to working on with at least two pairs of socks. I definitely suffer from the curse of second sock syndrome, so I always have to start a second pair before I finish the first. This is often because a new ball of sock wool is tempting me! Currently my project bag is full of bits of dolls or monkeys that I need to get finished and decorations that I'm making for Christmas gifts. I often have a couple of half knitted jumpers or cardigans somewhere that I have excitedly started but then put to one side, mainly because another knitting idea has popped into my head that I just have to try out. I tend to go back

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LOUISE'S TOP YARNS If I could describe my yarn stash in one word it would be: 'colourful'. I can't resist buying every shade of each colour to decide which one to use!

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PATONS 100% COTTON 4 PLY The Limestone shade is the perfect flesh-coloured yarn for people with a paler complexion like myself.

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SCHEEPJES CATONA The little 25g balls are so cute and the perfect size for small projects.

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FIVEMOONS LUNA PLUS 4PLY SOLID A beautiful sock yarn that is a pleasure to knit with. Denim is my favourite colour as I live in jeans!

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DROPS BABY ALPACA SILK A great economical yarn which is so soft and silky.

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RICO CREATIVE COTTON ARAN I use this a lot for my larger toy designs, it has a nice soft matte finish and comes in lots of fun and bright colours.

and forth between all of my works in progress, but I always make sure I have a simple project on the go that I can knit easily whilst having a good old natter with my friends.”


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LETS KNIT SEPT 2016 ISSUE 113 master_LET'S KNIT 11/11/2016 14:39 Page 100

 
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