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STEP-BY-STEP STARTER PROJECT ISSUE 105 May 2016

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welcome to JOIN US FOR SUMMER OF SOCKS! The sun may be starting to show its face but that’s no reason to put down your needles, as there are countless ways to utilise your favourite hobby during the summer. Socks are brilliant portable projects with year-round appeal, and our 2016 ‘Summer of Socks’ collection begins with two distinctive designs on page 25. Little ones always need something cute and cosy to wear, and we’ve got two great patterns, including Susie Johns’ rainbow set on page 76. Keep your cool in our Essential Summer Top (p33) but ensure your coffee stays warm with a handy cafetiere cosy (p70). And discover a host of ways to put your button stash to good use on page 41. This issue’s free gift is a yarn kit to knit not one but five farmyard friends! Designed by Sachiyo Ishii, the patterns are simple and adorable. You’ll find them on your bonus leaflet. By the way, there’s still time for you to nominate your favourite yarns and other knitting-related items in the 2016 British Knitting Awards. Visit www.letsknit. co.uk/britishknittingawards to enter and be in with a chance of winning a £200 yarn stash. Happy knitting,

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13 CHIC SUMMER SHRUG Knit a perfect holiday cardi with a pretty lace edging

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17 BEACH DAYS Give your home a touch of kitsch with Nicola Valiji’s doorstop 20 PLAYFUL SUMMER T-SHIRT Pat Menchini’s cable and bobble design is a celebration of texture 25 FANCY FOOTWEAR Two beautiful sock designs for you to choose from

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l Exclusive patterns featured in Let’s Knit have been professionally checked and reproduced with the utmost care. Updates can be found at www.letsknit.co.uk l Should you encounter any problems we are more than happy to provide support and assistance. Contact us and we will endeavour to respond as soon as possible. By email: support@letsknit.co.uk By post: at the address on page 95­(please mark your envelope ‘Support’) (Please note we cannot offer assistance with patterns not published in Let’s Knit)

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41 53 TIGER LILY Part 1 of our delightful dress-up doll, designed by Val Pierce 55 LITTLE TREASURE Knit a pretty dress for a little girl up to two years old 60 CROCHET MANDALA Try out the new craze with our easy-to-follow pattern 63 FASHION FORWARD KNIT Treat yourself to Zandra Rhodes’ drapey Japanese-style cardigan

33 THE ESSENTIAL SUMMER TOP A classic sleeveless top that can be made in any standard DK yarn

66 KNIT A BRIGHT BIRD-PRINT CUSHION Learn how to do intarsia with our step-by-step guide

36 ELEGANT LACY VEST Kelly Menzies’ fitted design has a beautiful stitch pattern

70 CUP OF JOY Keep your coffee warm with our simple cafetiere cosy

41 BRIGHT AS A BUTTON Helen Ardley offers four great ideas for using up your button stash

76 COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW Create a striking set for a baby in a riot of shades

48 LITTLE BIRDS The fifth and penultimate part of our KAL blanket

90 GROUND FORCE Crochet a simple and colourful gardening apron

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98 LAST WORD We chat to contemporary knitwear designer Linda Whaley

10 LOOK WHAT’S NEW FOR YOU Catch up with the latest news and gossip from the knitting universe

40 MINTY GREEN Check out our favourite wares in this on-trend colour 45 STYLE SPOTLIGHT Stock up on gorgeous textured goodies 69 WHAT’S IN STORE Find out what’s new in your local yarn shop

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58 MAGICAL MANDALAS We lift the lid on a colourful new crochet craze 73 DAY TRIPPER It’s Yarn Shop Day on 30th April and here’s your guide to some of the best events

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...FOR BANK HOLIDAYS, COLOURFUL KNITS AND SUNSHINY DAYS!

Meet Tiger Lily! Knit Val Pierce’s fabulous doll! Turn to page 53 to find the pattern!

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New for you! Isobel Smith brings you all the latest knitty news

Nice needles Make knitting a breeze with Pony’s new Elan needles which are 100% stainless steel making them premium quality and a delight to knit with. The composition is nickel free for those with allergies and the circular version features the snag-free patented Glydon joint from the tip to the cable. The needles are available in straight, circular and doubled pointed styles and range in cost from £4.20-£22 from 01453 883581, groves@stockistenquiries.co.uk

BOHO CHIC Inject colour into your next knit with Cygnet’s new Boho Spirit yarn. It knits to a DK weight and is made from 100% premium acrylic in a single roving texture for stylish knits on a budget. Each ball comes in an array of complementary shades and costs £3.50 per 100g (240m) ball from 0115 961 3081, www.knitworking.co.uk

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Jump into the warmer weather with Yarn Stories new spring/ summer collection, Botanics, inspired by mother nature and in trendy neutral shades. Hyssop (pictured) is based on the spiky leaves of the plant of the same name and costs £4 from 01484 848431, www.yarnstories.com

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We’re huge fans of the Vanessa Bee WIP totes and mugs, and now the sheepy brand has launched needle and hook cases, yarn bags and the classic totes in new, vibrant summer shades. Get your hands on the products while they are brand new and set a knitty trend amongst your friends. 01768 771447, www.vanessabeedesigns.co.uk

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Tempt yourself with the gorgeous textures of the new Fell Garth collection in Cumbria and Cumbria Fingering by The Fibre Co. The collection is inspired by the Lake District’s stunning landscape and has been designed by Emma Wright and Melanie Berg. Each of the eight patterns is both practical and visually stunning. Find the entire collection in PDF format at www.ravelry.com

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FLATTERING AND STYLISH TOP

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retty lace panels make Anniken Allis’s cover-up a must-knit make for the warm weather. It brings to mind magical holidays and sparkling seas, and the loose fit means it drapes beautifully. Start now in time for your summer break, then pair it with a floaty dress or cool and casual vest.

meet our DESIGNER “This cardigan has curved hems on the front and back and a simple lace pattern along the front opening.” ANNIKEN ALLIS

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Measurements & Sizes Dress size (approx): 8 (10-12, 14-16, 18-20) To fit bust (cm): 91 (97, 108, 117) Actual bust (cm): 97 (103, 114, 123) Length along sides to shoulder (cm): 53 (54.5, 56.5, 58) Sleeve length from underarm (cm): 23 (24, 24.5, 25.5)

CHART A WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS £ Row 1 (RS): yfwd, k4, k2tog £ Row 2 and all alt (WS) rows: p £ Row 3: k1, yfwd, k3, k2tog £ Row 5: k2, yfwd, k2, k2tog £ Row 7: k3, yfwd, k1, k2tog £ Row 9: k4, yfwd, k2tog

Knit Kit

Tension Square l l l l l

21 sts x 24 rows 10cm x 10cm stocking stitch (after blocking) 3.5mm needles

For abbreviations see page 92

Special Abbreviations

BACK

Using 3.5mm circular needle, cast on 102 (108, 120, 130) sts Do not join in the rnd, but work in rows as folls: £ K four rows £ Beg with a k (RS) row, work two rows in st st

Short row shaping yfwd

Yarn: Katia Merino Baby, shade 57, 6 (7, 7, 8) 50g balls Needles: 3.5mm straight, 3.5mm (80cm) circular Stitch holder Buttons: 2.5cm, three Locking stitch markers Tapestry needle

Start knitting here...

CHART B WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS £ Row 1 (RS): ssk, k4, yfwd £ Row 2 and all alt (WS) rows: p £ Row 3: ssk, k3, yfwd, k1 £ Row 5: ssk, k2, yfwd, k2 £ Row 7: ssk, k1, yfwd, k3 £ Row 9: ssk, yfwd, k4

£ Row 1 (RS): k to last ten sts, w&t £ Row 2 (WS): p to last ten sts, w&t £ Row 3: k to five sts before last turn, w&t £ Row 4: k to five sts before last turn, w&t £ Rep last two rows once more £ Next row (RS): k to end, working wraps tog with st £ Next row (WS): p to end, working wraps tog with st £ Cont in st st until Back meas 34 (35, 36, 36.5) cm along side, ending after a WS row

Shape armhole yfwd

£ Cast off 4 (5, 6, 7) sts at beg of next two rows. 94 (98, 108, 116) sts £ Next row (RS): k2, ssk, k to last four sts, k2tog, k2. 92 (96, 106, 114) sts £ Next row (WS): p2, p2tog, p to last four sts, p2tog tbl, p2. 90 (94,

104, 112) sts £ Rep last two rows 2 (2, 3, 4) times. 82 (86, 92, 96) sts £ Cont to dec on RS row only 1 (0, 1, 1) times. 80 (86, 90, 94) sts £ Cont in st st without shaping until Back meas 51.5 (53, 55, 56.5) cm along side, ending after a WS row

Shape right neck £ Row 1 (RS): k22 (24, 25, 26), turn Leave rem sts on holder £ Row 2 (WS): p1, p2tog, p to end. 21 (23, 24, 25) sts £ Row 3: k to last three sts, k2tog, k1. 20 (22, 23, 24) sts

Shape right shoulder £ Row 1 (WS): p14 (16, 16, 18), w&t £ Row 2 (RS): k to end £ Row 3: p7 (8, 8, 9), w&t £ Row 4: k to end £ Row 5: p to end, working wraps tog with st Leave sts on holder

Shape left neck Leave centre 36 (38, 40, 42) sts on holder for Back neck, with RS facing, rejoin yarn to rem sts at neck edge £ Row 1 (RS): k22 (24, 25, 26) £ Row 2 (WS): p to last three sts, p2tog tbl, p1. 21 (23, 24, 25) sts £ Row 3: k1, ssk, k to end. 20 (22, 23, 24) sts £ Row 4: p to end

Shape left shoulder

Working wrap tog with st on a k row: insert RH needle up through the wrap then into the st, k st and wrap tog Working wrap tog with st on a p row: slip wrapped st from LH to RH needle, insert LH needle into wrap, return st to LH needle and p wrap tog with st

Knitwise

About the Yarn

To work a one-row buttonhole like the one used here, first take the yarn to the front between the needles, slip one stitch purlwise to the RH needle then take the yarn to the back between the needles. * Slip the next stitch purlwise and pass the first slipped stitch over and off the needle. Repeat from * until you have cast off the number of stitches instructed, then pass the stitch remaining on the RH needle back to the LH needle and turn. With the yarn at the back, cable cast on the number of stitches you cast off plus one more but before placing the last stitch on the LH needle, bring the yarn to the front between the needles. Place the last stitch on the LH needle and turn, then slip the first stitch on LH needle kwise and pass the last cast-on stitch over it.

Katia Merino Baby is a soft pure wool yarn. It is close to a 4ply in tension but you may need to experiment with needle sizes. It costs £4.49 per 50g (165m) ball from 0845 519 4573, www.deramores.com To get 15% off all order at Deramores use the code 5534

Need an Alternative? Why not experiment with a luxurious variegated yarn like Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend Fino. It mixes silk and wool fibres and comes in semi-solid and multitonal shades. It costs £8.49 per 50g (225m) skein from 01829 740903, www.laughinghens.com

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“The needles used here are 3.5mm and while this doesn’t have an equivalent in old UK sizes, it should be widely available. Look online or ask your local stockist.” LK Deputy Editor Adrienne Chandler

FLATTERING STYLE FOR ALL SIZES £ Row 1 (RS): k14 (16, 16, 18), w&t £ Row 2 (WS): p to end £ Row 3: k7 (8, 8, 9), w&t £ Row 4: p to end £ Row 5: k to end, working wraps tog with st Leave sts on holder

LEFT FRONT Using 3.5mm straight needles, cast on 30 (33, 39, 44) sts £ K four rows £ Row 1 (RS): k to last 20 sts, m1,

pm, work Row 1 of Chart B three times, k2. 31 (34, 40, 45) sts £ Row 2 (WS): p to marker, sm, m1, p to end. 32 (35, 41, 46) sts £ Row 3: k to marker, m1, sm, work Row 3 of Chart B three times, k2. 33 (36, 42, 47) sts £ Row 4 and all WS rows: p to marker, sm, m1, p to end. 34 (37, 43, 48) sts £ Cont as set working appropriate chart row and inc on every alt row only for 28 more rows. 48 (51, 57, 62) sts £ Cont without shaping until Left

front matches Back to armhole shaping, ending after a WS row

Shape armhole and neck £ Row 1 (RS): cast off 4 (5, 6, 7) sts, k to two sts before marker, k2tog, sm, work Chart to last two sts, k2 £ Row 2 (WS): p to marker, sm, p2tog, p to last four sts, p2tog tbl, p2 £ Row 3: k2, ssk, k to two sts before marker, k2tog, sm, work Chart to last two sts, k2 £ Row 4: p to marker, sm, p2tog, p to last four sts, p2tog tbl, p2 £ Cont to dec one st at armhole

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edge on every row as set 4 (3, 6, 8) times AT THE SAME TIME dec one st at neck edge on every row 2 (2, 4, 4) times, then dec one st at neck edge on RS rows only 11 (12, 11, 12) times. 20 (22, 23, 24) sts £ Cont in patt until Left front matches Back to shoulder shaping, ending after a RS row

Shape left shoulder £ Row 1 (WS): p14 (16, 16, 18), w&t £ Row 2 (RS): patt to end £ Row 3: p7 (8, 8, 9), w&t £ Row 4: patt to end Pattern continues on page 72


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here’s something wonderfully cheerful and nostalgic about beach huts painted in pretty pastel shades. And they bring back such vivid memories – you can almost taste the sand in your picnic! This knitted replica can be a cushion or a doorstop and is a fun addition to any home. It’s great for beginners as it uses simple stitches, with a little bit of shaping and some easy stripes to help you develop your skills.

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meet our DESIGNER “Pin all the pieces into place before sewing them on to get them level and make sure you’re happy with the finished look.” NICOLA VALIJI

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Measurements & Sizes 23cm long x 16.5cm wide x 20cm tall

Knit Kit Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK, shades (A) 1820 Duck Egg, (B) 1005 Cream, (C) 1432 Wisteria, one 100g ball of each Needles: 3.5mm Tapestry needle Button: pink, one Cardboard Toy stuffing Weight for doorstop (see Knitwise)

Tension Square l l l l

21 sts x 41 rows 10cm x 10cm Garter stitch 3.5mm needles

For abbreviations see page 92

About the Yarn Stylecraft Special DK is a great value stash staple. It’s made from acrylic so is machine washable and comes in an impressive rainbow of shades. It has an RRP of £2.20 per 100g (295m) ball. For stockists see page 61.

Need an Alternative? Use any DK yarn from your stash that matches your décor or suits the seaside theme.

Knitwise

There are a number of different options when it comes to weighting your doorstop. You could use a brick or an assortment of rocks and pebbles. Some people like to use cherry stones or dried rice or beans. If you’re using these, make sure you enclose them in a fabric pouch to prevent leakage.

Start knitting here... FRONT AND BACK (alike) Using 3.5mm needles and yarn A, cast on 30 sts £ K two rows Change to yarn B £ K two rows £ Keeping stripe patt correct as set, cont until 60 rows have been worked Cut yarn A and cont in yarn B only £ K four rows £ Next row: skpo, k to last two sts, k2tog. 28 sts £ Rep last row until four sts rem £ Next row: skpo, k2tog. Two sts £ Next row: skpo. One st £ Fasten off

SIDES (make two)

“When knitting two-row stripes, you don’t need to cut the yarn each time, just carry it up the side of the work until you need to use that colour.”

Using 3.5mm needles and yarn A, cast on 40 sts £ K two rows Change to yarn B £ K two rows £ Keeping stripe patt correct as set, cont until 60 rows have been worked £ Cast off

DOOR Using 3.5mm needles and yarn C, cast on 14 sts £ K 40 rows £ Cast off

WINDOWS (make four) Using 3.5mm needles and yarn C, cast on 12 sts £ K 15 rows £ Cast off

BASE Using 3.5mm needles and yarn A, cast on 30 sts £ K 67 rows £ Cast off

ROOF Using 3.5mm needles and yarn C, cast on 40 sts £ K 85 rows £ Cast off

BUNTING FLAG (make two in each colour)

LK Deputy Editor Adrienne Chandler

£ Rep from ** to ** until all flags are made, alternating colours as you make them, using photo as guide for sequence Change to yarn A £ With RS facing, k across all sts on needle. 36 sts £ K two rows £ Cast off

£ Row 1: k £ Row 2: p Change to yarn C £ Row 3: k £ Row 4: p £ Keeping stripe patt correct, rep Rows 1-4 until 28 rows have been worked £ Cast off

ROOF EDGING

TO MAKE UP

(make two) Using 3.5mm needles and yarn C, cast on 48 sts £ K three rows £ Cast off

DOOR EDGING Using 3.5mm needles and yarn C, cast on 19 sts £ K three rows £ Cast off

LIFE BUOY Using 3.5mm needles and yarn B, cast on ten sts

** Using 3.5mm needles, cast on two sts £ Row 1: p £ Row 2: (kfb) in each st to end. Four sts £ Row 3: p £ Row 4: kfb, k2, kfb. Six sts £ Beg with a p row, work three rows in st st Cut yarn, but leave sts on needle **

Gently press all pieces. Cut cardboard same size as Base, Sides, Front and Back. Sew Base, Sides, Front and Back together. Place cardboard against knitting and glue in place to add structure. Stuff with safety toy stuffing and any weighting materials (see Knitwise). Place Roof on top of beach hut, leaving a small gap to add more stuffing. Stuff Roof firmly, then sew up gap. Pin then sew Roof edging in place. Pin Windows, Life buoy, Bunting and Door in place as shown, then stitch to secure. Attach pink button for doorknob. Using yarn B, embroider crosses over the windows LK

coming next issue BEAUTIFUL KNITTED BOUQUET BY NICOLA VALIJI June issue of Let’s Knit on sale FRIDAY 13TH MAY

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King Cole Fashion Aran 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.

Pattern’s featured: 4561 & 4562


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Have fun with textures in our playful

Measurements & sizes Dress size (approx): 6-8 (10-12, 14-16, 18-20, 22-24, 26-28 To fit chest (cm): 76-81 (86-91, 97-102, 104-109, 114-119, 124-129) Actual chest (cm): 87 (96, 105, 114, 123, 132) Length from shoulder (cm): 41 (42, 43, 45, 46, 47) Sleeve length to underarm: 18cm

Knit Kit Yarn: Stylecraft Malabar Aran, shade 2522 Fuchsia, 4 (4, 5, 5, 5, 6) 100g balls Needles: 4.5mm, 5mm Cable needle Tapestry needle

Tension Square l l l l

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

Special Abbreviations C2F: sl next st on to cn, hold at front of work, k1, k1 from cn Cr2F: sl next st on to cn, hold at front of work, p1, k1 from cn Cr2B: sl next st on to cn, hold at back of work, k1, p1 from cn MB: k into front, back, front then back again of next st, turn, k4, turn, (p2tog) twice, pass second st on RH needle over first st, k st after bobble very tightly to ensure bobble protrudes on the RS TW2: sl 1, k1, pass slipped st over st just knitted and k into back of slipped st

For abbreviations see page 92

About the Yarn Stylecraft Malabar Aran is a lovely summery blend of 78% cotton and 22% silk. The fibres are spun in a way to give the yarn a subtle texture and we love the eye-popping shades. It costs £4.99 per 100g (165m) ball from 01621 815576, www.thecheapshoptiptree.co.uk

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nitting is such a tactile craft, it’s no surprise that we love to celebrate textured designs. Every project has its place in your knitting planner – this isn’t a zoning-outin-front-of-the-telly make as there’s quite a bit to think about, but is definitely one of those ‘let’s revel in the joys of the craft’ designs. It features lacy details mixed with cables, twists and bobbles, so there’s plenty to enjoy while you knit.

MEDALLION PANEL NOTE: worked over 13 sts £ Row 1: p4, p2tog, yon, k1, yrn, p2tog tbl, p4 £ Row 2: k5, p3, k5 £ Row 3: p3, p2tog, yon, k1, p1, k1, yrn, p2tog tbl, p3 £ Row 4: k4, p2, k1, p2, k4 £ Row 5: p2, p2tog, yon, k2, p1, k2, yrn, p2tog tbl, p2 £ Row 6: k3, p3, k1, p3, k3 £ Row 7: p1, p2tog, yon, k3, p1, k3, yrn, p2tog tbl, p1 £ Row 8: k2, [p4, k1] twice, k1 £ Row 9: p2tog, yon, k4, p1, k4, yrn, p2tog tbl £ Row 10: k1, [p5, k1] twice £ Row 11: p2, yon, skpo, k2, p1, k2, k2tog, yrn, p2 £ Row 12: as Row 8 £ Row 13: p3, yon, skpo, k1, p1, k1, k2tog, yrn, p3 £ Row 14: as Row 6 £ Row 15: p4, sl next two sts on to cn, hold at front of work, k2, p1, k2 from cn, p4 £ Row 16: k4, p2, k1, p2, k4 £ Row 17: p4, k2, p1, k2, p4 £ Row 18: k13 These 18 rows form Medallion panel

Need an Alternative? Why not go green with King Cole Big Value Recycled Cotton Aran? It contains 85% cotton, mixed with other fibres recycled from old T-shirts. Shade 1165 Fuchsia would be a good match for this top. It costs £2.99 per 100g (160m) ball from www.purplelindacrafts.co.uk

Start knitting here... FRONT AND BACK (alike)

Using 4.5mm needles, cast on 79 (87, 95, 103, 111, 119) sts £ P six rows £ Beg with a p row (RS), work four rows in rev st st Cont in rev st st working Medallion panels as folls: £ Row 1 (RS): p1 (5, 9, 5, 9, 13), [work Row 1 of Medallion panel, p3] 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5) times, work Row 1 of Medallion panel, p1 (5, 9, 5, 9, 13) £ Row 2: k1 (5, 9, 5, 9, 13), [work Row 2 of Medallion panel, k3] 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5) times, k1 (5, 9, 5, 9, 13) These two rows set position of Medallion panel £ Rows 3-18: rep Rows 1-2 eight times working Rows 3-18 of Medallion panel £ Beg with a p row, work four rows in rev st st Commence Bobble border as folls: £ Row 1 (RS): k £ Row 2: p £ Row 3: k3, [MB, k3] to end £ Row 4: p £ Rows 5-6: rep Rows 1-2 of Bobble border inc three sts evenly across last row. 82 (90, 98, 106, 114, 122) sts Change to 5mm needles and commence Main patt as folls: £ Row 1: p2 (3, 4, 5, 9, 10), * TW2, k1, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k1, TW2, p3, TW2, k1, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k1, TW2 *, p5, [C2F, p4] 5 (6, 7, 8, 8, 9) times, p1, rep from * to *, p2 (3, 4, 5, 9, 10) £ Row 2 and every foll alt row: k all k sts and p all p sts as they appear (see Knitwise on page 22)

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“This is a simple, easy fit cropped sweater with a medley of stitches including a simple cabled trellis and lacy medallions” PAT MENCHINI

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“The crosses and cables in this panel are worked in very similar ways, but in the crossed stitches, some of the stitches are purled.”

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Skirt from a selection at East; Necklace, £12, Accessorize

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It’s important to be able to read your work and identify stitches, especially when you are asked to work stitches “as they appear”. When you look at a knit stitch, it looks like a ‘v’ shape, while purl stitches look like little bumps. In this design you are told to “knit all knit stitches and purl all purl stitches as they appear” so check the next stitch and see if it looks like a ‘v’ or a bump, then work accordingly. panel, p3] 2 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4) times, work Row 1 of Medallion panel, p7 (3, 5, 9, 3, 7) £ Row 2: k7 (3, 5, 9, 3, 7), [work Row 2 of Medallion panel, k3] 2 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4) times, work Row 2 of Medallion panel, k7 (3, 5, 9, 3, 7) £ Rows 3-18: rep Rows 1-2 eight times working Rows 3-18 of Medallion panel £ Beg with a p row, work four rows in rev st st £ Work Rows 1-6 of Bobble border as for Front and Back omitting incs on Row 6 £ Beg with a p row, cont in rev st st until Sleeve meas 18cm from beg, ending after a p row £ Cast off very loosely kwise

TO MAKE UP £ Row 3: p2 (3, 4, 5, 9, 10), * TW2, k2, yfwd, skpo, k1, TW2, p3, TW2, k2, yfwd, skpo, k1, TW2 *, p4, [Cr2B, Cr2F, p2] 5 (6, 7, 8, 8, 9) times, p2, rep from * to *, p to end £ Row 5: p2 (3, 4, 5, 9, 10), rep from * to * as given on Row 1, p3, [Cr2B, p2, Cr2F] 5 (6, 7, 8, 8, 9) times, p3, rep from * to * as given on Row 1, p to end £ Row 7: p2 (3, 4, 5, 9, 10), rep from * to * as given on Row 3, p3, k1, [p4, C2F] 4 (5, 6, 7, 7, 8) times, p4, k1, p3, rep from * to * as given on Row 3, p to end £ Row 9: p2 (3, 4, 5, 9, 10), rep from * to * as given on Row 1, p3, [Cr2F, p2, Cr2B] 5 (6, 7, 8, 8, 9) times, p3, rep from * to * as given on Row 1, p to end £ Row 11: p2 (3, 4, 5, 9, 10), rep from * to * as given on Row 3, p4, [Cr2F, Cr2B, p2] 5 (6, 7, 8, 8, 9) times, p2, rep from * to * as given on Row 3, p to end

£ Row 12: as Row 2 Rows 1-12 set Main patt £ Cont in main patt until work meas 38 (39, 40, 42, 43, 44) cm from cast-on edge, meas through centre of work and ending after a WS row Change to 4.5mm needles £ K 11 rows Change to 5mm needle £ Cast off kwise

SLEEVES Using 4.5 mm needles cast on 59 (67, 71, 79, 83, 91) sts £ P six rows £ Work Rows 1-6 of Bobble border as for Front and Back omitting incs on Row 6 £ Beg with a p (RS) row, work four rows in rev st st Cont in rev st st working Medallion panels as folls: £ Row 1: p7 (3, 5, 9, 3, 7), [work Row 1 of Medallion

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Press work lightly on WS. Join cast-off edges of Back and Front leaving centre 25cm free for neck opening. Stitch cast-off edges of Sleeves to corresponding side edges of Back and Front. Join side and Sleeve seams. Press seams to finish LK

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TWO FAB SOCK PATTERNS

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e’re back with our brilliant Summer of Socks collection. Running over the next few issues, we’ll be bringing you new sock patterns to try! This issue we have two different constructions and stitch effects for you to have a go at. Anniken Allis has designed eyelet-patterned socks (below left) that are worked from the toe to the cuff with an afterthought heel – see our Knitwise panel on page 27 for how to do pick up stitches for this. Jan Henley works her socks (below right) from the top down and combines crosses and cables to great effect. Which ones will you make first?

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Cabled Socks

Knit Jan Henley’s colourful textured design

Measurements & sizes Cuff to heel: 22cm Heel to toe: 24cm

Knit Kit Yarn: Rowan Fine Art, shade 302 Tawny, one 100g skein Needles: 2.5mm double-pointed, set of four Cable needle Tapestry needle Stitch markers Yarn costs £15.90 per 100g (400m) skein from 0845 544 2196, www.loveknitting.com To get 15% off all orders at LoveKnitting, use the code LKApr16

Tension Square l l l l

30 sts x 40 rows 10cm x 10cm stocking stitch 2.5mm needles

£ Rnd 8: * k1, (p1, k1) twice, p2, k2, p4, C4B, p4, k2, p2, k1, (p1, k1) twice, rep from * once more £ Rnd 10: k all k sts and p all p sts £ Rnd 12: as Rnd 8 £ Rnd 14: * k1, (p1, k1) twice, p2, (Cr3F, p2, Cr3B) twice, p2, k1, (p1, k1) twice, rep from * once more £ Rnd 16: * k1, (p1, k1) twice, p3, Cr3F, Cr3B, p2, Cr3F, Cr3B, p3, k1, (p1, k1) twice, rep from * once more £ Rnd 18: * k1, (p1, k1) twice, p4, C4B, p4, C4F, p4, k1, (p1, k1) twice, rep from * once more £ Rnd 20: * k1, (p1, k1) twice, p3, Cr3B, Cr3F, p2, Cr3B, Cr3F, p3, k1, (p1, k1) twice, rep from * once more £ Rnd 22: * k1, (p1, k1) twice, p3, (k2, p2) twice, k2, slip last six sts worked on to cn, wrap yarn four times anticlockwise around these six sts, sl these six sts on to RH needle, p2, k2, p3, * k1, (p1, k1) twice, rep from * once more £ Rnd 24: * k1, (p1, k1) twice, p3, Cr3F, Cr3B, p2, Cr3F, Cr3B, p3, k1, (p1, k1) twice, rep from * once more

For abbreviations see page 92

Special abbreviations Cr3B: sl next st on to cn, hold at back of work, k2, p1 from cn Cr3F: sl next two sts on to cn, hold at front of work, p1, k2 from cn C4F and C4B: see p92

Start knitting here... CUFF Using 2.5mm dpns and leaving a 15cm tail, loosely cast on 60 sts, distribute sts over three needles as folls: N1: 30 sts, N2 and N3: 15 sts each, join into rnd being careful not to twist sts, pm for beg of rnd £ Rnd 1: * k1, (p1, k1) twice, p4, (k4, p4) twice, k1, (p1, k1) twice, rep from * once more £ Rep last rnd 14 times more

Leg Commence patt as folls: £ Rnd 1: * k1, (p1, k1) twice, p4, (k4, p4) twice, k1, (p1, k1) twice, rep from * once more £ Rnd 2: * k1, (p1, k1) twice, p4, C4B, p4, C4F, p4, k1, (p1, k1) twice, rep from * once more £ Rnds 3 and all odd-numbered rnds: k all k sts and p all p sts (see p22) £ Rnd 4: * k1, (p1, k1) twice, p3, Cr3B, Cr3F, p2, Cr3B, Cr3F, p3, k1, (p1, k1) twice, rep from * once more £ Rnd 6: * k1, (p1, k1) twice, p2, (Cr3B, p2, Cr3F) twice, p2, k1, (p1, k1) twice, rep from * once more

Essential info Sock style: top down Flap heel Grafted toe Level: intermediate NOTE: if you’re a beginner, simply work all leg sts in st st (k every rnd) for an easy version of this pattern

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These 24 rnds set patt £ Rep Rnds 1-24 once more

Heel Flap £ Keeping patt correct, work across 30 sts on N1, transfer N3 sts on to N2 and work as folls: k1, (p1, k1) seven times, m1p, k1, (p1, k1) seven times Distribute 30 sts from N1 on to two needles for instep, then work on rem 31 sts for heel flap as folls: £ Row 1: sl 1, p30, turn £ Row 2: sl 1, (p1, k1) 15 times, turn £ Rep last two rows 12 times, then Row 1 once more £ Next row: sl 1, k14, k2tog, k14. 30 sts

Turn heel £ Row 1: sl 1, p18, p2tog, turn £ Row 2: sl 1, k8, ssk, turn £ Row 3: sl 1, p8, p2tog, turn £ Rep Rows 2-3 until ten sts rem, ending after a Row 2, do not turn after last row


NOTE: these ten sts form centre (bottom) of heel, this is now N1

Gusset £ Using N1, pick up and k 14 sts down first side of heel flap, using a spare needle patt across all 30 sts left for instep, using another needle pick up and k 14 sts down other side of heel flap, using same needle, k5 from N1 NOTE: this is new beg of rnd. N1: 19 sts, N2: 30 sts, N3: 19 sts Commence gusset shaping as folls: £ Rnd 1: N1: k to last three sts, k2tog, k1, N2: patt to end, N3: k1, ssk, k to end £ Rnd 2: N1: k, N2: patt to end, N3: k £ Rep Rnds 1-2 until 15 sts rem on N1 and N3, ending after a Rnd 2

Foot £ Rep Rnd 2 as set until foot meas 24cm from heel to base of big toe or desired length

Toe £ Rnd 1: N1: k to last three sts, k2tog, k1, N2: k1, ssk, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1, N3: k1, ssk, k to end £ Rnd 2: k to end £ Rep last two rnds until six sts rem on N1 and N3, and 12 sts rem on N2 £ Using N3, k sts from N1. 12 sts on each needle £ Cut yarn leaving a 30cm tail, then graft toe using Kitchener stitch (see p94)

Essential info Sock style: toe up Sewn cast-off Afterthought heel Level: advanced

Blue Socks Use eyelets and rib in Anniken Allis’s bold, bright pair

Measurements & sizes Leg length to heel: 20cm (adjustable) Ankle circumference – slightly stretched: 20 (23) cm

Knit Kit Yarn: West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply, shade 333 Blue Raspberry, one 100g ball, waste yarn for afterthought heel Needles: 2.75mm double-pointed, set of five Tapestry needle For yarn stockists, call 01535 664500 or visit www.wyspinners.com

Tension Square l l l l

28 sts x 40 rows 10cm x 10cm stocking stitch 2.75mm needles

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Here’s how you do a Turkish cast on: Step 1: hold two dpns in your left hand, make slipknot and place it on the bottom needle Step 2: take the yarn underneath both needles from front to back and wrap it around the needles half as many times as the total number of stitches required Step 3: use a spare needle to knit the stitches from the top needle, turn your work 180˚ Step 4: use another spare needle to knit the stitches from the bottom needle When working the first round of the pattern, divide the stitches over four needles as instructed

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SOCKS Using 2.75mm dpns, cast on 22 (28) sts using Turkish Cast On (see Knitwise) £ Foundation rnd: k to end dividing sts over four needles

Shape toe £ Rnd 1: [k1, m1, k9 (12), m1, k1] twice. 26 (32) sts £ Rnd 2: k £ Rnd 3: [k1, m1, k11 (14), m1, k1] twice. 30 (36) sts £ Rnd 4: k £ Cont to inc as set on every alt rnd until there are 60 (68) sts


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If you don’t want to do the sewn cast-off used here, substitute another stretchy cast-off method instead

Foot £ Rnd 1: p 0 (2), [k2, p2] twice, work Row 1 of Chart once, [p2, k2] twice, p 0 (2), k to end £ Rnd 2: p 0 (2), [k2, p2] twice, work Row 2 of Chart once, [p2, k2] twice, p 0 (2), k to end £ Rnd 3: p 0 (2), [k2, p2] twice, work Row 3 of Chart once, [p2, k2] twice, p 0 (2), k to end £ Cont as set working next row of Chart each time until foot meas 6cm shorter than desired foot length, ending after an even-numbered Chart rnd £ Next rnd: p0 (2), [k2, p2] twice, work next row of Chart once, [p2, k2] twice, p0 (2), using waste yarn k to end of rnd, return waste yarn sts to LH needle and k again in main yarn

Commence leg £ Rnd 1: p0 (2), [k2, p2] twice, work Row 1 of Chart once, [p2, k2] to last 2 (0) sts, p2 (0) £ Rnd 2: p0 (2), [k2, p2] twice, work Row 2 of

Picking up afterthought heel stitches

£ Rnd 1: k2, k2tog, k2, yrn, p2, yon, k2, ssk, k2 £ Rnd 2, 4, 6, 8: k6, p2, k6 £ Rnd 3: k1, k2tog, k2, yfwd, k1, p2, k1, yfwd, k2, ssk, k1 £ Rnd 5: k2tog, k2, yfwd, k2tog, yrn, p2, yon, ssk, yfwd, k2, ssk £ Rnd 7: yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k2tog, yfwd, k1, p2, k1, yfwd, ssk, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd Chart once, [p2, k2] to last 2 (0) sts, p2 (0) £ Rnd 3: p0 (2), [k2, p2] twice, work Row 3 of Chart once, [p2, k2] to last 2 (0) sts, p2 (0) £ Cont as set by Chart until leg meas desired length, ending after Rnd 8 of Chart

Commence rib £ Next rnd: p 0(2), [k2, p2] to last 2 (0) sts, p2 (0) £ Rep last rnd nine more times Cast off using sewn cast off as folls: £ Cut yarn leaving a tail three times length of sock circumference. * Insert tapestry needle into first two sts pwise, pull yarn through leaving sts on knitting needle. Insert tapestry needle into first of these sts kwise, pull through then slip this st off knitting needle, rep from * to end

AFTERTHOUGHT HEEL NOTE: see left £ Pick up 30 (34) sts from top and bottom of waste yarn, plus one either side. 62 (70) sts £ Next rnd: k to end dec two sts evenly across rnd. 60 (68) sts £ K 7 (9) more rnds

Shape ‘hat top’ heel

This is much easier than it sounds, but do take your time and make sure you don’t drop any stitches. Carefully unravel the waste yarn and insert a dpn under the right-hand ‘leg’ of each stitch above and below the waste yarn. Now insert a needle under one stitch at each side. Distribute the stitches over your dpns ready to knit the heel.

Sock knitter and blogger Christine Perry, a.k.a Winwick Mum, shares her knitty wisdom 1. There’s nothing scary about sock knitting. If you can cast on, knit and purl, you can knit a sock! 2. If you don’t fancy using double pointed needles, why not try a circular? You can knit on short circulars from 20-30cm long or a long circular of 80cm for one sock or 100cm for two socks using the magic loop. 3. The worst that is ever going to happen is you might to have to unpick some stitches. Lifelines are fantastic for saving stitches if you need to unravel, and give you the confidence to move onto the next section without fear of losing your work. 4. Socks are such portable projects and knitting is a wonderful icebreaker. You’ll be surprised how many people want to know what you’re making and share their own stories – and perhaps be inspired to get the needles out themselves! 5. Don’t be stuck. Many people give up if they can’t follow the instructions but sometimes it just takes a fresh eye to look and help. If you can’t get to a local knitting group, there are online forums or Facebook groups. The Winwick Mum Sockalong group on Facebook has members in all time zones so there’s always someone around if you need advice.

£ Set up rnd: [k13 (15), k2tog] four times. 56 (64) sts £ Rnd 1: [k5 (6), k2tog] eight times. 48 (56) sts £ Rnd 2: k to end £ Rnd 3: [k4 (5), k2tog] eight times. 40 (48) sts £ Rnd 4: k to end £ Cont to dec as set on every alt rnd until eight sts rem £ Next rnd: [k2tog] to end. Four sts £ Cut yarn, thread tail through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off Thread tail through to inside of heel and weave in. Weave in other ends and gently block sock if needed LK

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Rocking socks Celebrate the Summer of Socks wearing socks you’ve made yourself. So we’ve rounded up eight of our favourite sock yarns from British, to self-striping, to luxurious, for you to treat your feet to.

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1. John Arbon Exmoor Sock

2. Debbie Bliss Rialto Luxury Sock

Pick some of the finest British sock yarn around from Devon-based spinner John Arbon. This yarn comprises 85% Exmoor Blueface for superior quality blended with 15% nylon for durability. It comes in six bright bursts of colour and a natural white shade. Plus, you can find a pretty bedsock pattern on the John Arbon website to put your new yarn to good use. One 100g (400m) skein costs £10 from www.jarbon.com

Step out in style in the first sock yarn from Debbie Bliss, made from 75% wool with 25% polyamide and available in 14 delightful colours. Soft, but hardwearing, each ball will give you enough wool to knit an adult pair of socks. The blends of colour flecked with contrasting threads are sure to create an eye-catching pair! One 100g (400m) ball costs £9.99 from 0845 519 4573, www.deramores.com

3. Regia Arne & Carlos Sock

4. Madelinetosh Tosh Sock

5. Sylvan Tiger Sock Yarn

6. Coop Knits Socks Yeah!

7. Rowan Fine Art

8. Opal Popcorn Sock Yarn

This collaboration between yarn company Regia and Norwegian knitwear designers Arne and Carlos is a real treat for your feet. Available in six stripy shades, the faux Fair Isle effect of this stunning yarn means it is super quick to work with so it won’t be long before you’re adding a pop of striped colour to your tootsies. One 100g (240m) ball costs £5.19 from 0800 505 3300, www.woolwarehouse.co.uk

Your feet will thank you for the luxurious fibres of pure superwash merino in an astounding range of shades – you’ll be spoilt for choice! It’s beautifully soft to touch and is hand-dyed for a character-filled multi-tonal effect. Best of all, one skein is enough to make a large pair of women’s socks. One 100g (361m) skein costs £20.50 from 0845 544 2196, www.loveknitting.com

Treat your toes to a little slice of luxury and support the British yarn industry in 100% British Bluefaced Leicester which is hand-dyed in Yorkshire. This multi-coloured yarn is gloriously eye-catching and available in a range of colours. It has a high twist, making it durable as well as soft against your skin, what’s not to love? One 100g (365m) skein costs £14 from www.sylvantigeryarn.etsy.com

This blend of 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon is superbly smooth and pliable to work with. Choose from a palette of ten muted shades and earthy tones for your foot creations. Best of all, there’s a superb book bursting with stylish patterns to use with your new yarn. This yarn also comes in a marled version. One 50g (212m) skein costs £5.45 from www.coopknits.bigcartel.com

This premium, hand-painted sock yarn is made with merino wool, kid mohair, mulberry silk and polyamide to make it suitable and durable for all projects. Available in 15 shades, this yarn is a stunning blend of fibre and colour that is hardwearing but gloriously soft and cosy, which is everything you’d want in a sock yarn. One 100g (400m) skein costs £14.99 from 01925 764231, www.blacksheepwools.com

This gorgeous blend of blue, green, off white and black yarn and will knit up a funky striped pair of socks that will keep your feet toasty warm. Like all Opal sock yarns, it is non-felting and machine washable and one ball will make up an adult pair of socks. You can choose from a plethora of colour combinations. One 100g (425m) ball costs £7.95 from 01242 300 280, www.woolstack.co.uk

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POTTER & BLOOM

Click onto this blog to find a wonderland of videos and patterns which are bright, modern and trend-setting.

Donna Druchunas (£5.99, Storey)

This is a great little book to help you along with the Let’s Knit Summer of Socks. The handbag-sized guide is bursting with in depth explanations of sock composition, fibres to use, specific techniques and a little history lesson to explain the heritage of different kinds of socks. This book is a great stepping stone on the way to creating your own sock patterns so you’ll be a pro in no time! www.amazon.co.uk

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STEEL AND STITCH

This witty blog by Emma Friedlander-Collins is well worth a read for the beautiful imagery and cute free patterns.

NEW DIRECTIONS IN SOCK KNITTING Ann Budd (£17.99, Interweave)

Here at Let’s Knit, we love sock knitting, and Ann’s designs have taken it to a whole new level. Explore all sorts of shapes, techniques, textures and colours in the 18 amazing designs, there are patterns for any competancy level. Plus, there’s a great set of step-bystep guides in the back of the book as helpful reminders for when you get stuck. www.amazon.co.uk

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CLARA PARKES We chat to the knitty author of Knitlandia

“Finding balance is a challenge when you work for yourself, because the work is never done. If you don’t let yourself stop for the day until you’ve finished everything, you’ll burn out in no time. You have to set daily, achievable goals and then give yourself permission to clock out once you’ve completed them. That’s when I fire up the oven and make a cake…or two. Knitlandia was born out of 15 years of travels within the knitting world, both as a civilian and industry insider. I wanted to document and celebrate our culture, our rites and rituals, landmarks and legends. I also wanted to translate our world in a way that would help non-knitters finally get it. The next time someone asks, “Why on earth would you want to spend a weekend at a fibre festival?” you could simply hand them this book and say, “Read it!” My yarns, which I curate under the Clara Yarn label, are inspired by the people I meet and the flocks I find on my travels. We work together on something rare and beautiful. I release it into the wild, and - kind of like life when it’s gone, it’s gone.”

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Jennifer Wood (£10.82, Interweave) Treat yourself to sumptuous cable and lace patterns and create something that will be cherished for generations to come. Each timeless pattern is a beautiful combination of a variety of skills paired with delicious yarns to make your knitting even more enjoyable. This is also a great chance to learn new stitches and perfect your chart reading. www.amazon.co.uk

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10 SIMPLE CROCHET PROJECTS FOR COSY HOMES Sarah Hatton (£7.95, Quail Books)

If you’re into beautifying your home, try these delightful beginner crochet patterns for simple homewares with a stylish touch. 01892 510850, www.searchpress.com

To shop Clara’s yarns, visit her website at www.clara-yarn.myshopify.com

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Part 5:

THE ESSENTIAL SUMMER TOP

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Knit Penny Hill’s classic vest top ready for the sunshine

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mbrace the warmer seasons with a pure cotton sleeveless top and add a stylish piece of knitwear to your wardrobe at the same time. The shape of this top is superbly flattering and effortlessly fashionable. You can knit this in any standard DK yarn; we’ve chosen to show it in two gorgeous printed cottons but see our panel overleaf for further suggestions.

Necklace from a selection at Marks & Spencer, shorts £18 Next

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l Sizes 8 – 22 l Standard tension l Suits all shapes l Cut out and keep!

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Measurements & sizes Dress size (approx): 8 (10, 12, 14, 16, To fit chest (cm): 82 (86, 92, 97, 102, Actual chest (cm): 86 (91, 97, 102, 108, Length to shoulder (cm) 63 (64, 65, 66, 67,

18, 20, 22) 107, 112, 117) 113, 119, 124) 68, 69, 70)

Knit Kit Yarn: (A) Debbie Bliss Cotton Denim DK, shade Peach, 4 (4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6) 100g balls, or (B) Louisa Harding Azalea DK, shade 213 Straw, 3 (3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5) 100g balls Needles: 3.75mm, 4mm

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 Debbie Bliss Cotton Denim DK is a new pure cotton yarn which a has a nice weight and drapes beautifully. It also gives superb stitch definition. It costs £6.95 per 100g (200m) ball from www.laughinghens.com

Start knitting here... BACK

Using 3.75mm needles, cast on 115 (121, 127, 133, 139, 145, 151, 157) sts £ K five rows Change to 4mm needles Beg with a k row, cont in st st as folls: £ Work ten rows £ Dec row: k9, skpo, k to last 11 sts, k2tog, k9 £ Work 11 rows £ Rep last 12 rows seven times more and dec row again. 97 (103, 109, 115, 121, 127, 133, 139) sts £ Cont without shaping until Back meas 42 (43, 43, 44, 44, 45, 45, 46) cm from cast-on edge, ending after a p row **

Shape armholes £ Cast off 9 (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16) sts at beg of next two rows. 79 (83, 87, 91, 95, 99, 103, 107) sts £ Next row: k2, skpo, k to last four sts, k2tog, k2 £ Next row: p £ Rep last two rows seven times more. 63 (67, 71, 75, 79, 83, 87, 91) sts £ Cont without shaping until Back meas 57 (58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64) cm from cast-on edge, ending after a p row

Shape back neck £ Next row: k21 (22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28), turn Work on these sts for first side of neck shaping £ Work one row £ Dec one st at neck edge on next and seven foll RS

Need an alternative? Louisa Harding Azalea is a pure cotton printed yarn which comes in a range of pastel hues. It costs £8.95 per 100g (240m) ball from 0800 505 3300, www.woolwarehouse.co.uk To get 10% off all orders at Wool Warehouse use the code LK105

knitwise

When it comes to sewing up your garment, we suggest using mattress stitch. You can find a how-to guide on page 95.

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rows. 13 (14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20) sts £ Work one row £ Cast off £ With RS facing, slip centre 21 (23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35) sts on a holder, rejoin yarn to rem sts, k to end £ Work one row £ Dec one st at neck edge on next and seven foll RS rows. 13 (14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20) sts £ Work one row £ Cast off

FRONT £ Work as given for Back until four rows fewer have been worked than Back to neck shaping ending after a p row

Shape front neck £ Next row: k27 (28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34), turn and work on these sts for first side of neck shaping £ Dec one st at neck edge on next seven rows, then on seven foll RS rows. 13 (14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20) sts £ Work one row £ Cast off £ With RS facing, slip centre 9 (11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23) sts on a holder, rejoin yarn to rem sts, k to end £ Dec one st at neck edge on next seven rows then seven foll RS rows £ Work one row. 13 (14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20) sts £ Cast off

NECK EDGING £ Join right shoulder seam


“Once the warm weather is over, you can layer this with a long sleeved top for chic style!” LK Editorial Assistant, Isobel Smith

£ Using 3.75mm needles and with RS facing, pick up and k 21 sts down left side of Front neck, k across 9 (11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23) sts from Front neck holder, pick up and k 21 sts up right side of Front neck, 15 sts down right side of Back neck, k 21 (23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35) sts from Back neck holder, pick up and k 15 sts up left side of Back neck 102 (106, 110, 114, 118, 122, 126, 130) sts £ K two rows £ Cast off

ARMBANDS Join left shoulder and Neckband seam £ Using 3.75mm needles and with RS facing, pick up and k 100 (100, 104, 104, 108, 108, 112, 112) sts evenly round armhole edge £ K two rows £ Cast off

TO MAKE UP Join side seams LK

make it your own For a solid finish in an easy-care cotton and acrylic blend try James C. Brett Cotton On DK. It costs £1.99 per 50g (145m) from www. purplelindacrafts.co.uk For cotton garments that spring back and stay in perfect shape all summer try Katia Cotton Stretch. It costs £3.15 per 50g (170m) ball from 0845 544 2196, www.loveknitting.com For stunning stripes in pure cotton try Sirdar Cotton Prints DK. It costs £5.99 per 100g (212m) ball from 0845 519 4573, www.deramores.com

Necklace £15, trousers £19.50, hat £18, all Marks & Spencer

Here are some suggestions for other yarns you could use to knit your Essential Summer Top.

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PRETTY SEASONAL TOP

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Measurements & sizes Dress size (approx): 8 (10, 12, 14, 16, To fit chest (cm): 81.5 (86.5, 91.5, 96.5, 101.5, Actual chest (cm): 87 (92.5, 98, 103.5, 109, Back length approx (cm): 58 (58, 58, 59, 59,

18,

20, 22)

106.5, 112, 117) 114.5, 120, 125.5) 61,

61,

62)

Knit Kit Yarn: Sublime Cotton Silk DK, shade 441 Tessie, 5 (5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) 50g balls Needles: 4mm (60cm) circular, 4mm double-pointed Tapestry needle Row counter Stitch markers

Tension Square l l l l

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

For abbreviations see page 92

Special abbreviations Sssk: one at a time, slip three sts knitwise, return sts to LH needle and k3tog tbl

About the Yarn Sublime Cotton Silk DK is a 75% cotton, 25% silk blend which combines the structure of cotton fibres with the supple, smooth softness of silk. It costs £4.79 per 50g (125m) ball from 01925 764231, www.blacksheepwools.com

Need an Alternative? Wendy Supreme Cotton Silk DK is another cotton and silk blend which knits to a similar tension and also comes in a pink shade. It costs £5.25 per 100g (201m) ball from 07974 954663, www.awoollytail.com

knitwise

This pattern uses markers which you will need to be able to see clearly so you can count the stitches before and after them. Try using markers that you can tell the difference between so you don’t get confused and your pattern becomes easy!

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ELEGANT LACY VEST in luxurious yarn

nit a perfect top for the new season and make a classic knit to last for years to come with Kelly Menzies’ pattern. The cotton and silk blend yarn perfectly highlights the lace pattern and creates a light and breatheable fabric, ready for warm summer days. The deep ribbed waistband is beautifully flattering and works well with waist and hip height garments.

FLAT LACE PATT

Back sizes - (10, -, 14, -, 18, -, 22)

Front and Back sizes 8 (-, 12, -, 16, -, 20, -)

 Row 1: k1, k2tog, k2, yfwd, k1, * p1, k6, k2tog, k2, yfwd, k1, rep from * to end  Row 2 and all alt rows: * p11, k1, rep from * to last six sts, p6  Row 3: k2tog, k2, yfwd, k2, * p1, k5, k2tog, k2, yfwd, k2, rep from * to end  Row 5: k6, * p1, k4, k2tog, k2, yfwd, k3, rep from * to end  Row 7: k6, * p1, yon, k2, k3tog, k2, yon, k4, rep from * to end  Row 9: k6, * p1, k1, yfwd, k2, ssk, k6, rep from * to end  Row 11: k6, * p1, k2, yfwd, k2, ssk, k5, rep from * to end  Row 13: k6, * p1, k3, yfwd, k2, ssk, k4, rep from * to end  Row 15: k6, * p1, k4, yfwd, k2, sssk, k2, yrn, rep from * to last 12 sts, p1, k4, yfwd, k2, ssk, k3  Row 16: as for Row 2

£ Row 1: * p1, k6, k2tog, k2, yfwd, k1, rep from * to end £ Row 2 and all alt rows: * p11, k1, rep from * to end £ Row 3: * p1, k5, k2tog, k2, yfwd, k2, rep from * to end £ Row 5: * p1, k4, k2tog, k2, yfwd, k3, rep from * to end £ Row 7: * p1, yfwd, k2, k3tog, k2, yfwd, k4, rep from * to end £ Row 9: * p1, k1, yfwd, k2, ssk, k6, rep from * to end £ Row 11: * p1, k2, yfwd, k2, ssk, k5, rep from * to end £ Row 13: * p1, k3, yfwd, k2, ssk, k4, rep from * to end. £ Row 15: * p1, k4, yfwd, k2, sssk, k2, yrn, rep from * to last 12 sts, p1, k4, yfwd, k2, ssk, k3 £ Row 16: as Row 2

Front sizes - (10, -, 14, -, 18, -, 22) £ Row 1: * p1, k6, k2tog, k2, yfwd, k1, rep from * to last six sts, p1, k5 £ Row 2 and all alt rows: p5, k1, * p11, k1, rep from * to end  Row 3: * p1, k5, k2tog, k2, yfwd, k2, rep from * to last six sts, p1, k5  Row 5: * p1, k4, k2tog, k2, yfwd, k3, rep from * to last six sts, p1, k5  Row 7: * p1, yon, k2, k3tog, k2, yfwd, k4, rep from * to last six sts, p1, yon, k2, k2tog, k1  Row 9: * p1, k1, yfwd, k2, ssk, k6, rep from * to last six sts, p1, k1, yfwd, k2, ssk  Row 11: * p1, k2, yfwd, k2, ssk, k5, rep from * to last six sts, p1, k5  Row 13: * p1, k3, yfwd, k2, ssk, k4, rep from * to last six sts, p1, k5  Row 15: * p1, k4, yfwd, k2, sssk, k2, yrn, rep from * to last six sts, p1, k5  Row 16: as for Row 2

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Using 4mm (60cm) circular needle, cast on 200 (208, 216, 232, 240, 248, 264, 272) sts, join in the rnd and pm for beg of rnd and another after 100 (104, 108, 116, 120, 124, 132, 136) sts to mark sides  Rnd 1: * k1, p2, [k2, p2] to one st before marker, k1, rep from * to end This rnd sets rib  Rep Rnd 1 until work meas 5cm

Shape waist  Next rnd: * k1, p2tog, [k2, p2] to five sts before marker, k2, p2tog, k1, rep from * to end. 196 (204, 212, 228, 236, 244, 260, 268) sts  Keeping rib patt correct, work four rnds without shaping  Next rnd: * k1, p1, k2, p2tog, [k2, p2] to eight sts before marker, k2, p2tog, k2, p1, k1, rep from * to end. 192 (200, 208, 224, 232, 240, 256, 264) sts


EXCLUSIVE TO  Keeping patt correct, work four rnds without shaping  Next rnd: * k1, p1, k2, p1, k2, p2tog, [k2, p2] to 11 sts before marker, k2, p2tog, [k2, p1] twice, k1, rep from * to end. 188 (196, 204, 220, 228, 236, 252, 260) sts  Cont to dec four sts on every fifth rnd as set until 160 (168, 176, 192, 200, 208, 224, 232) sts rem  Keeping patt correct, work six rnds without shaping

Shape bust First and fifth sizes only  Next rnd: * k5, m1, rep from * to end. 192 (-, -, -, 240, -, -, -) sts

Second size only  Next rnd: * [k5, m1] six times, [k4, m1] six times, [k5, m1] six times, rep from * to end. - (204, -, -, -, -, -, -) sts

Third size only  Next rnd: * [k5, m1] four times, [k4, m1] to 20 sts before marker, [k5, m1] four times, rep from * to end. - (-, 216, -, -, -, -, -) sts

Fourth and eighth sizes only  Next rnd: * [k6, m1] three times, [k5, m1] to 18 sts before marker, [k6, m1] three times, rep from * to end. - (-, -, 228, -, -, -, 276) sts

Sixth size only  Next rnd: * [k5, m1] eight times, [k4, m1] six times, [k5, m1] eight times, rep from * to end. - (-, -, -, -, 252, -, -) sts

Seventh size only  Next rnd: * [k6, m1] six times, [k5, m1] to 36 sts before marker, [k6, m1] six times, rep from * to end. - (-, -, -, -, -, 264, -) sts

Lace pattern  Rnd 1: * p1, k6, k2tog, k2, yfwd, k1, rep from * to end  Rnd 2 and all alt rnds: * p1, k11, rep from * to end  Rnd 3: * p1, k5, k2tog, k2, yfwd, k2, rep from * to end  Rnd 5: * p1, k4, k2tog, k2, yfwd, k3, rep from * to end  Rnd 7: * p1, yfwd, k2, k3tog, k2, yfwd, k4, rep from * to end

meet our DESIGNER

“This is such a beautiful stitch pattern and so easy to accomplish. Once you have worked a few repeats it is very easy to read where you are in the pattern and it’s very easy to remember what comes next too.” KELLY MENZIES

Vest top, £7.99, New Look; Trousers, £35, Miss Selfridge; Bracelet, model’s own

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BACK

“Watch your tension when changing from working in the round to working flat.”

With RS facing, rejoin yarn to 96 (102, 108, 114, 120, 126, 132, 138) sts for Back  Beg with Row 7 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1) of Flat Lace Patt work until Row 16 has been completed, then rep Rows 1-16 a further 3 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3) times, then work Flat Lace Patt another 0 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1) times, ending after a Row 0 (14, 14, 2, 2, 6, 6, 10), cut yarn NOTE: armhole should meas 19.5 (20.5, 20.5, 22, 22, 23.5, 23.5, 24.5) cm  Next row: place first 12 (12, 12, 12, 24, 24, 24, 24) sts on a holder, rejoin yarn, * p1, k1, rep from * to last 12 (12, 12, 12, 24, 24, 24, 24) sts, turn Place last 12 (12, 12, 12, 24, 24, 24, 24) sts on to a holder

LK Editorial Assistant Isobel Smith

Neck edging Cont on central 72 (78, 84, 90, 72, 78, 84, 90) sts as folls:  Next row: * p1, k1, rep from * to end  Rep last row four more times  Cast off

SHOULDERS  With RS tog and beg on left side, slip first 12 (12, 12, 12, 24, 24, 24, 24) sts from front holder on to one needle and first 12 (12, 12, 12, 24, 24, 24, 24) sts from back holder on another needle, and using a third needle, work a three-needle cast off (see p72)  Rep for other shoulder

NECK  Using mattress stitch, sew Back neck over Front by attaching it at each side

SLEEVES

 Rnd 9: * p1, k1, yfwd, k2, ssk, k6, rep from * to end  Rnd 11: * p1, k2, yfwd, k2, ssk, k5, rep from * to end  Rnd 13: * p1, k3, yfwd, k2, ssk, k4, rep from * to end  Rnd 15: * p1, k4, yfwd, k2, sssk, k2, yrn, rep from * to end  Rnd 16: as Rnd 2 Rnds 1-16 set Lace patt  Rep Rnds 1-16 twice more, then work Rnds 1-6 1 (0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0) times

Front  Beg with Rnd 7 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1) of Lace patt, patt across first 96 (102, 108, 114, 120, 126, 132, 138) sts to marker, slip next 96 (102, 108, 114, 120, 126, 132, 138) sts onto a holder Commence working back and forth in rows as folls:  Foll Flat Lace Patt instructions (p36) and beg with Row 8 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2), work until Row 16

of patt has been completed, then rep Rows 1-16 a further 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3) times, then work Flat Lace Patt 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 0, 1) times more, ending after a Row 10 (8, 8, 12, 12, 0, 0, 4)

Neck edging  Row 1: beg with Row 11 (9, 9, 13, 13, 1, 1, 5) of Flat Lace Patt, patt 12 (12, 12, 12, 24, 24, 24, 24) sts, * p1, k1, rep from * to last 12 (12, 12, 12, 24, 24, 24, 24) sts, patt to end  Row 2: patt 12 (12, 12, 12, 24, 24, 24, 24) sts, * p1, k1, rep from * to last 12 (12, 12, 12, 24, 24, 24, 24) sts, patt to end  Cont as set for four rows more keeping lace patt and centre rib correct, cut yarn NOTE: armhole should meas 19.5 (20.5, 20.5, 22, 22, 23.5, 23.5, 24.5) cm  Slip first 12 (12, 12, 12, 24, 24, 24, 24) sts on to holder, rejoin yarn and cast off 72 (78, 84, 90, 72, 78, 84, 90) sts, turn Slip last 12 (12, 12, 12, 24, 24, 24, 24) sts on to a holder

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 Using 4mm dpns, beg at underarm, pick up and k 43 (46, 46, 49, 49, 52, 52, 55) sts up left side and 43 (46, 46, 49, 49, 52, 52, 55) sts down right side. 86 (92, 92, 98, 98, 104, 104, 110) sts  Work in [k1, p1] rib for four rnds  Cast off

TO MAKE UP Weave in all loose ends. Block to bring out the lace work (see p93) LK

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FOUR FUN MAKES

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Bright as I a Button Helen Ardley raids her button tin for this colourful collection

f you’re anything like us, you have a weakness for trimmings – whether that’s ribbons, fasteners or ohso-beautiful buttons. You’ll have great fun rummaging through your button stash to decorate these fun makes. There are a few interesting techniques to try too, including intarsia colourwork, cables and a decorative picot cast off.

GREAT GIFT IDEAS!

meet our DESIGNER “Everybody has a stash of buttons. I have jars and tins full of them and collect them from everywhere I go. These projects are quick and simple to make, and are a way of making something look very decorative without a lot of expense.” HELEN ARDLEY

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Measurements & Sizes Cushion: 25cm x 25cm Heart: 14cm x 14cm Purse: 12cm x 16cm Corsage: 10cm diameter

Knit Kit Yarn: Rico Baby Soft Cotton DK, shades (A) 08 Lilac, (B) 21 Bright Pink, (C) 22 Purple, (D) 01 White, (E) 04 Beige, (F) 02 Pink, (G) 03 Blue, one 50g ball of each Needles: 3.75mm, 4mm Buttons: assorted Cable needle Stuffing Fabric (for cushion and purse) Zip (for purse) Brooch pin (for brooch) Tapestry needle

Tension Square l l l l

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

Special Abbreviations C6B: slip three sts on to cn, hold at back of work, k3, k3 from cn

For abbreviations see page 92

About the Yarn Rico Baby Soft Cotton DK is a 50/50 cotton-acrylic blend that is easy to knit with and practical too. It comes in solid or marled shades and costs just £2.29 per 50g (125m) ball from 0800 505 3300, www.woolwarehouse.co.uk To get 10% off all orders at Wool Warehouse, use the code LK105

Start knitting here... PURSE FRONT

Using 4mm needles and yarn A, cast on 40 sts £ Beg with a k row, work six rows in st st NOTE: letter foll each instruction indicates yarn shade £ Next row: k5 A, (k1 C, p1 C) 15 times, k5 A £ Next row: p5 A , (p1 C, k1 C) 15 times, k5 A £ Next row: k5 A, (k1 B, p1 B) 15 times, k5 A £ Next row: p5 A, (p1 B, k1 B) 15 times, k5 A These four rows set patt £ Work 24 rows more in patt Change to yarn A £ Beg with a k row, work six rows in st st £ Cast off

BACK Using 4mm needles and yarn A, cast on 40 sts £ Beg with a k row, work 40 rows in st st £ Cast off

TO MAKE UP Using knitted pieces as template, cut two pieces of lining fabric and with RS together sew side and bottom seams. With WS together and using mattress stitch, sew sides and bottom of knitted purse. Sew zip into place along top edge. Sew buttons to front. Place lining inside purse and slip stitch top to inside opening edge

HEART PANEL (make two) Using 3.75mm needles and yarn D, cast on three sts £ Row 1: p £ Row 2 (RS): k1, m1, k1, m1, k1. Five sts £ Row 3 and all WS rows: p £ Row 4: k1, m1, k3, m1, k1. Seven sts £ Row 6: k1, m1, k5, m1, k1. Nine sts £ Cont to inc as set on every RS row until there are 33 sts £ Beg with a p row, work seven rows in st st £ Next row: skpo, k to last two sts, k2tog. 31 sts £ Next row: p £ Next row: skpo, k13, skpo, k12, k2tog. 28 sts £ Next row: p14, turn £ ** Next row: skpo, k10, k2tog. 12 sts £ Next row: p £ Next row: skpo, k8, k2tog. Ten sts

£ Next row: p £ Next row: skpo, k6, k2tog. Eight sts £ Next row: p £ Next row: skpo, k4, k2tog. Six sts £ Cast off ** £ With WS facing, rejoin yarn to rem 14 sts and p to end £ Rep from ** to **

TO MAKE UP Placing WS together, sew around heart shape using mattress stitch leaving a small gap for stuffing . Stuff, then sew gap closed. Attach buttons to front

CUSHION Wind two small balls of yarns E and G, six small balls of yarn D and one ball of yarn F (see p66)

PANEL Using 4mm needles, cast on six sts in yarn D, six sts in yarn G, six sts in yarn D, six sts in yarn E, six sts in yarn D, six sts in yarn F, six sts in yarn D, six sts in yarn G, six sts in yarn D, six sts in yarn E and six sts in yarn D. 66 sts NOTE: letter foll each instruction indicates yarn shade £ Row 1 (RS): k6 D, k6 E, k6 D, k6 G, k6 D, k6 F, k6 D, k6 E, k6 D, k6 G, k6 D This row sets colour sequence Keeping colour sequence correct cont as folls: £ Row 2: k6, (p6, k6) five times £ Row 3: k £ Row 4: as Row 2 £ Rows 5-6: rep Rows 3-4 £ Row 7: (k6, C6B), five times, k6 £ Row 8: as Row 2 These eight rows form patt rep £ Cont in patt until work meas 25cm £ Cast off

Need an Alternative? While you’re looking in your button box, why not check out your yarn stash too and see what DK yarns you can find?

Knitwise

When casting on for the cushion, you need to use different colours across the row. This is a lot easier than it sounds as you will be using mini balls of each colour. The two-needle or cable cast-on methods will work better for this, as opposed to the thumb method, as you’ll get a neater join. After each colour has been cast on, let the yarn hang loose, so you can pick it up on the first row.

TO MAKE UP Weave in all loose ends. Sew buttons

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down two panels of cushion. Cut fabric 27cm x 27cm. Turn over 1cm on each side. Sew knitted panel to front leaving a gap for stuffing. Stuff cushion until plump, then close gap

CORSAGE LARGE FLOWER Using 4mm needles and yarn B, cast on 19 sts £ Row 1: k1, * p1, k1 rep from * to end £ Row 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10: k all k sts, p all p sts as they appear (see Knitwise on p22) £ Row 3: k1, * p1, m1p, k1, rep from * to end. 28 sts £ Row 5: k1, * p2, m1p, k1, rep from * to end. 37 sts £ Row 7: k1, * p3, m1p, k1, rep from * to end. 46 sts £ Row 9: k1, * p4, m1p, k1, rep from * to end. 55 sts

£ Row 11: k1, * p5, m1p, k1, rep from * to end. 64 sts £ Row 12: p1, * k6, p1, rep from * to end Change to yarn C and work picot cast off as folls: £ Cast off two sts, * sl rem st on to LH needle, cast on two sts, cast off four sts, rep from * to last two sts, cast off two sts

MEDIUM FLOWER £ Rows 1-8: using yarn A, work as for Large flower £ Work picot edge cast off as for Large flower

TO MAKE UP Weave in loose ends. Sew flower seams using mattress stitch. Sew Medium flower in centre of Large flower, then sew button into middle. Attach brooch pin to back LK

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KNITALONG PART FIVE Sponsored by

Measurements & Sizes Blanket: 70cm x 104cm Squares: Vary between 16cm and 18cm square (after blocking)

Knit Kit Yarn: Sirdar Snuggly DK, shades (A) 446 Rice Pud, four 50g balls, (B) 403 Wobble, (C) 304 Pearly Green, (D) 452 Tabby Cat, two 50g balls of each, (E) 188 Peaceful, (F) 451 Mousse, (G) 439 Little Bud, (H) 457 Rhubarb, one 50g ball of each Needles: 4mm straight, 3.75mm circular needles in 60cm, 80cm and 100cm lengths Stitch markers: three Cable needle

LittleBirds Here’s the penultimate part of our knitalong blanket!

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e’re delighted to bring you two more gorgeous squares from Sarah Hazell. This issue we’ve got two textured effects for you to try – one uses just knit and purl stitches, while the other requires you to make elongated stitches by wrapping the yarn several times around the needle. Share your progress using the contact details on page 51. All instalments will be available to buy from our website when the project is finished.

Start knitting here...

Tension Square

FEATHERS

l 23 sts x 33 rows

(make two)

l 10cm x 10cm

l stocking stitch l 4mm needles

For abbreviations see page 92

Special abbreviations Right Swap: sl 3 wyib, dropping extra wraps from last st, drop next elongated st off needle and hold at front of work, sl same three sts back to LH needle, pick up and k dropped st, k2, sl 1 wyib Left Swap: drop next elongated st off needle in front of work, sl 1 wyib dropping extra wrap, k2, pick up and k dropped stitch

About the Yarn Sirdar Snuggly DK is a super soft baby yarn that comes in a delightful palette of shades. It costs £2.99 per 50g (175m) ball from www.purplelindacrafts.co.uk

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Using 4mm needles and yarn E, cast on 42 sts £ Foundation row 1: k4, * p2 wrapping yarn twice round needle for each st, k6, rep from * to end, finishing last rep with k4 Join in yarn C NOTE: letter in square brackets indicates yarn shade for row £ Foundation row 2: [C] k4, * sl 2 wyib dropping the extra wraps, k6, rep from * to end, finishing last rep with k4 £ Row 1 (WS): [C] k4, * sl 2 wyif, k6, rep from * to end, finishing last rep with k4 £ Row 2: [C] k4, * sl 2 wyib, k6, rep from * to end, finishing last rep with k4 £ Row 3: [C] k3, * p1 wrapping yarn twice round needle, sl 2 wyif,

p1 wrapping yarn twice round needle, k4, rep from * to end, finishing last rep with k3 £ Row 4: [E] k1, * Right Swap, Left Swap (see Special abbreviations), rep from * to last st, k1 £ Rows 5-8: rep Rows 1-4, reversing colours £ Rep last eight rows five times more, then Row 1 once more £ Next row: [E] k to end £ Using yarn E, cast off

BIRDS IN FLIGHT (make two) Using 4mm needles and yarn C, cast on 33 sts £ Work Rows 1-44 from Chart £ Cast off

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All the squares will need a border before they are assembled into your blanket. You can do this all at the end, or as you go along. You’ll find the instructions for working the border on any of the previous instalments.

Birds in Flight

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Star LETTER

Dear Let’s Knit,

As soon I saw the pattern for the Queen I had to knit Her. I think it is such a good representation of the Queen, all credit to Susie Johns! I used DK yarn from my stash as I have a double wardrobe that’s FULL of DK yarn. She didn’t take me to long to make although I had a problem with the hair because I was in such a rush to make Her. But with help from Let’s Knit team I was able to finish it. I am really pleased with the finished doll. I will have to knit the Queen a corgi now! Love the pattern and love Let’s Knit each month. Many thanks JANET TAYLOR

Great job Janet! We know Her Majesty would be very impressed. Enjoy your prize.

STOP& Share STORIES AND MAKES GALORE FROM OUR WONDERFUL READERS

Here’s what you’ve made: This month you’ve been knitting fun and colourful makes for the new season

StarE MAK “Once I’d knitted one Miffy I couldn’t stop! They are so cute. Thank you for such a gorgeous pattern. I’ve just subscribed to Let’s Knit so I’m looking forward to seeing all the exciting patterns in forthcoming issues.” Claire Kennett

“Just finished a blanket and little jacket for our daughter’s first baby, due in May. The jacket is the ‘Wild Oats’ pattern from the Feb issue of Lets Knit and the blanket is my own design” Carol Monk

“My daughter was enrolled in the Brownies on Monday so made this as a gift for her. She loves it as it even has her hair style and Pixie badge!” Nicola Ross

“I made Zac from your latest Let’s Knit supplement and had enough left to make his girlfriend, Zeb” Hayley Borley

“Sid the Snake all done in Stylecraft Wonder Soft Merry Go Round DK.” Jen Higgins

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Our Star Letter winner has won a gorgeous skein of sock yarn, sock blockers and set of double-pointed needles.

PINS AND NEEDLES This issue we’re revelling in soon-to-be-summer knits, from cool vests to seaside-themed novelties. It’s a chance to fish out our cotton yarns in cheerful shades and sing ‘The Sun Has Got His Knit On’ at the top of our voices. Take a look at our Fun in the Sun Pinterest board for more ideas.

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“Here’s my Months of the Year blanket - I was inspired by Sarah Hazell ‘s creation in January’s Let’s Knit.” Beryl Morris

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TEABreak

Wordplay

We’ve jumbled up three Let’s Knit related words or phrases. Can you work out what they are? 1. Steel ye (7) 2. Ram rocking elk (7, 6) 3. Toxic rum cask (6, 4, 2)

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

Name that yarn

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

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Which two body parts can precede the word knitting to make variations on our craft? Which knitted television stars have a new exhibition at the V&A? What should you do to your lace project after you have finished knitting? What shape are the boxes on knitting graph paper? Who popularised the charkha spinning wheel in India?

Here are three clues to our mystery yarn. Is it one that’s in your stash? l A great value aran-weight yarn that blends silk and cotton l The fibres are plied to create a subtle texture l It’s well suited to knitting and crochet

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 “I’m not coming out until you put the shears down!” Congratulations to Catherine Bird

PURLS OF WISDOM By Claire Thomas

The Detail’s In The Retail Lately, I’ve started to drive to work a different way – it’s quieter, so there’s less chance of being accidentally overheard while I belt out Uptown Funk. Last night I noticed an off licence called SSK. What a brilliant name! I love it when the names of shops are accidentally knitting-themes. If SSK was my offy, I’d work knitting references into its advertising slogans. “SSK – for when your decreases have driven you to drink.” Or, “Make your left-slanting decreases even slantier with SSK.” This is such a good idea. When

Check out the answers below to see how many you got right!

my lottery numbers come up, I think I’ll buy SSK and market it purely as an off licence for knitters.“Lace pattern keeps going wrong, madam? We have a beautiful Merlot just for that. Two glasses and your confidence in your ability to put it right will be restored. Best ask your partner to lock the knitting away till you’re sober, though.” Or, “Finally finished crocheting that massive throw, sir? Why not try our offers on champagne?” And for when alcohol is not the answer (and there are such times), I would also ensure that

“SURELY EVERY TOWN DESERVES A KNITTING-THEMED OFF LICENCE.”

my staff were fully trained knitters, enabling them to offer advice or get you back on the right track, all while you sip a generous free sample and nibble free biscuits. Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, we knitters are geographically spread. Not everyone who knits will live near enough to my beautiful new off licence to find it easily reachable by public transport or on foot. Well, I’ll have a chain of SSKs! Surely every town deserves a knitting-themed off licence. In fact ideally we’d have one next to every good independent yarn shop. I understand that we have to start small. One shop will do as a beginning. We could have it next to my duvet shop, K2Tog (self-explanatory), and my patisserie, PSSO (short for Pastry, Sugar, Spices and Other Deliciousness, obviously). I mean, who can’t use a combination of patisserie products, alcohol and

HOW DID YOU DO? QUICK QUIZ: 1. Arm and finger, 2. Clangers, 3. You should block it to even out the stitches, 4. rectangular, 5. Ghandi WORD PLAY: 1. eyelets, 2. locking marker, 3. Arctic Musk Ox NAME THAT YARN: Stylecraft Malabar Aran

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duvets? It sounds like a perfect evening to me. The only question now is location. Where do we begin? Where can I site my first shops? Well, since we’re sticking with the knitting theme...it’s really got to be somewhere near...drum roll please... the M1. Geddit? Claire Thomas is a freelance journalist and founder of Stitch ‘n’ Bitch group, Knit Pickers


PART ONE: FUN DOLL

Tiger Lily Create a fun play set with Val Pierce’s dress-up doll

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eet Tiger Lily, a friendly little lady with a big roar. She is knitted in a great value James C. Brett yarn which is easy care and great for toys. You’ll practise simple stitches and shaping along with colour changes and embellishments so it’s great for beginner and intermediate toy knitters. Find her tiger suit in the next issue of Let’s Knit, on sale 13th May 2016!

EASY TOY FOR NEW KNITTERS

meet our DESIGNER “To make the hair, wind brown yarn around a book or a similar-sized object. It’s much easier than cutting individual lengths. Then cut through wraps to make long strands” VAL PIERCE

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“Why not play around with colours and patterns to create a whole wardrobe of outfits for Tiger Lily?”

Measurements & Sizes Height: 45cm

LK Editorial Assistant Isobel Smith

Knit Kit Yarn: James C. Brett Top Value DK, shades (A) 8430 Black, (B) 8443 Orange, (C) 8450 Flesh, (D) 0844 Cream, one 100g ball of each, oddments of brown and pink DK Needles: 3.75mm Buttons: four black covered, three small, one medium Safety toy eyes, two Safety toy stuffing NOTE: yarns B is used for tiger suit, get the pattern next issue

Tension Square 16 sts x 27 rows 10cm x 10cm l stocking stitch (slightly stretched) l 3.75mm needles l l

For abbreviations see page 92

About the Yarn James C. Brett Top Value DK is a pure acrylic yarn which comes in a brilliant range of shades and, as the name says, is really good value. It has an RRP of £1.79 per 100g (290m) ball. See www. jamescbrett.co.uk for stockists

Need an Alternative? Stylecraft Special DK is another acrylic yarn which is great quality, great value and comes in an astounding range of shades. It costs £1.85 per 100g (295m) ball from www.getknitted.com

Knitwise

This pattern is made up of two main stitch patterns, garter stitch and stocking stitch. Garter stitch means you knit every row and creates a ridged effect. Stocking stitch is made up of alternating rows of knitting and purling. It gives you a nice smooth fabric. The knit rows will be the right side of the work. Don’t forget to keep a row counter nearby so you can keep track of how many rows you have worked.

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BODY AND HEAD (one piece)

Using 3.75mm needles and yarn D, cast on 44 sts £ Beg with a k row, work 20 rows in st st Cut yarn D and join in yarn C £ Work 32 rows st st Pm at each end of row £ Cont in st st for 20 rows, ending after a p row

Shape head £ Next row: (k2, k2tog) to end. 33 sts £ Beg with a p row, work three rows in st st £ Next row: (k1, k2tog) to end. 22 sts £ Next row: p £ Next row: (k2tog) to end. 11 sts £ Cut yarn leaving a long tail, thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off

ARMS (make two) NOTE: beg at shoulder edge of arm Using 3.75mm needles and yarn C, cast on ten sts £ Row 1: p £ Row 2: k1, (kfb) in each st to last st, k1. 18 sts £ Beg with a p row, work three rows in st st £ Next row: k1, (kfb, k2) to last two sts, kfb, k1. 24 sts £ Beg with a p row, work 21 rows in st st £ Next row: k1, (skpo, k2) to end, skpo, k1. 18 sts £ Beg with a p row, work three

rows in st st NAMED BY YOU £ Next row: k1, (kfb, k1) to last st, The name Tiger Lily was a k1. 26 sts popular choice among our £ Beg with a p row, work seven Facebook followers, but it was first suggested rows in st st by Debbie Boyes. Congratulations Debbie! £ Next row: k2tog, (skpo) to last Look out for more opportunities to name our two sts, k2. 14 sts toys on www.facebook.com/letsknitmag £ Next row: p £ Next row: (k2tog) to To make up end. Seven sts £ Cast off Sew centre back seam of Body and head. Leave base open for stuffing. Stuff head to LEGS AND FEET make a round shape, then stuff rest of body. (make two) Using yarn C, sew running stitch around marked row and pull to form neck. Using yarn NOTE: beg at base of foot C, catch head to body with small stitches to Using 3.75mm needles and make it nice and firm. Stitch centre of pants yarn A, cast on 24 sts to form leg holes, then sew both legs leaving £ Row 1: p tops open for stuffing. Stuff and shape as you £ Row 2: k1, (kfb) to last st, go. Fold top of legs flat and sew up. Insert k1. 46 sts legs into legholes on body, then sew in place. £ Beg with a p row, work 11 Sew arm seams and lightly stuff, then sew rows in st st top of arm closed. Cut 40cm lengths of Shape foot brown DK and lay groups of yarn flat on top £ Next row: k9, (k2tog) 14 times, of head. Stitch to head and arrange hair in k9. 32 sts two sections, flatten and tie to make £ Next row: p bunches. Using pink yarn, embroider eyes £ Next row: k9, (k2tog) seven and a mouth using image as a guide LK times, k9. 25 sts £ Beg with a p row, work three rows in st st KNIT TIGER LILY’S FAB OUTFIT £ Work four rows in garter st June issue of Let’s Knit on sale Change to yarn D FRIDAY 13TH MAY £ Beg with a k row, work eight rows in st st £ Work two rows in garter st Change to yarn C £ Beg with a k row, work 16 rows in st st £ Next row: k4, (k2tog) three times, k5, (k2tog) three times, k4. 19 sts £ Cast off

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LUXURIOUS DRESS

LittleTreasure Linda Whaley’s pretty knit is perfect for a mini princess

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his pattern uses a lovely new summer-ready yarn in a 4ply weight to create something special yet practical for a fun little lady. The superior quality of the Rowan yarn makes for great stitch definition in the lacy pattern and is breathable for warm-weather activities. The simple shape is timeless and will be worn time and time again. If you’re new to garment knitting, this pattern is a great opportunity to learn more skills.

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LUXURIOUS DRESS Start knitting here...

£ Next row: k2, k2tog, patt to last four sts, sl 1, k1, psso, k2 47 (51, 53, 57, 59, 61) sts £ Next row: p £ Rep last four rows once more, ending after a WS row ** £ Work 4 (6, 8, 10, 12, 14) rows, ending after a WS row

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Measurements & Sizes To fit age (mths): 0-3 (3-6, 6-9, 9-12, 12-18, 18-24)

Knit Kit Yarn: Rowan Summerlite 4ply, shade 420 Blushes, 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3) 50g balls Needles: 2.25mm straight, 3mm straight, 2.25mm circular Stitch holders Button

Using 2.25mm straight needles work picot cast-on as folls: cast on five sts, cast off two sts, slip st on RH needle back onto LH needle, * cast on four sts, cast off two sts, slip st on RH needle back onto LH needle, rep from * until there are 75 (81, 83, 89, 91, 95) sts on LH needle, cast on two sts. 77 (83, 85, 91, 93, 97) sts £ Row 1 (RS): k Change to 3mm needles £ Work in garter st for a further three rows, ending after a WS row Beg and ending rows as indicated and repeating 20-row patt throughout, cont in patt from Chart as folls: £ Dec one st at each end of 9th (5th, 11th, 5th, 11th, 7th) and every foll tenth row until 61 (65, 67, 71, 73, 75) sts rem £ Cont without shaping until Back meas 26 (27.5, 29, 30.5, 32, 33.5) cm, ending after a WS row

Divide for back opening £ Next row (RS): patt 19 (21, 22, 24, 25, 26) sts, k2tog, k2, turn, leaving rem sts on a holder. 22 (24, 25, 27, 28, 29) sts NOTE: work each side of neck separately £ Next row (WS): k2, p to end £ Next row: patt to last four sts, k2tog, k2 £ Next row: k2, p to end £ Rep last two rows once more. 20 (22, 23, 25, 26, 27) sts £ Next row: patt to last two sts, k2 £ Next row: k2, p to end £ Rep last two rows once more £ Next row: patt to last two sts, yfwd, k2 £ Next row: k2, p to end £ Rep last two rows twice more. 23 (25, 26, 28, 29, 30) sts

Shape armholes £ Keeping patt correct, cast off three sts at beg of next two rows. 55 (59, 61, 65, 67, 69) sts £ Next row (RS): k3, k2tog, patt to last five sts, sl 1, k1, psso, k3 £ Next row: p

Shape back neck £ Next row (RS): patt 16 (17, 18, 18, 19, 20) sts, turn, leaving rem 7 (8, 8, 10, 10, 10) sts on a holder (for Neckband) £ Keeping in patt, dec one st at neck edge on next five rows, ending after a WS row. 11 (12, 13, 13, 14, 15) sts

Tension Square l l l

28 sts x 36 rows 10cm x 10cm over pattern 3mm needles

37 (39, 41, 43, 45, 47)cm

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For abbreviations see page 92

About the Yarn Rowan Summerlite 4ply is a new pure cotton yarn with a matte finish which is made from high quality fibres and comes in a great range of seasonal shades. It costs £3.95 per 50g (175m) ball from 0131 558 1747, www.mcadirect.com

Shape shoulder £ Cast off 3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4) sts at beg of next and foll alt row AT THE SAME TIME dec one st at neck edge on next three rows. 2 (3, 4, 4, 3, 4) sts £ Work one row £ Cast off With RS facing, rejoin yarn to rem sts and cont as folls: £ Next row (RS): k2tog, k1, sl 1, k1, psso, patt to end. 22 (24, 25, 27,

(width at underarm) 22,(23, 24, 25.5, 26, 27)cm

28, 29) sts £ Next row: p to last two sts, k2 £ Next row: k2, sl 1, k1, psso, patt to end £ Next row: p to last two sts, k2 £ Rep last two rows once more. 20 (22, 23, 25, 26, 27) sts £ Next row: k2, patt to end £ Next row: p to last two sts, k2 £ Rep last two rows once more £ Next row: k2, yfwd, patt to end £ Next row: p to last two sts, k2 £ Rep last two rows twice more. 23 (25, 26, 28, 29, 30) sts

Shape back neck £ Next row (RS): k7 (8, 8, 10, 10, 10) and slip these sts onto holder (for Neckband), patt to end. 16 (17, 18, 18, 19, 20) sts £ Complete to match first side, reversing shapings

FRONT £ Work as given for Back to ** £ Work 12 (14, 16, 16, 18, 18) rows, ending after a WS row

Shape front neck £ Next row (RS): patt 17 (18, 19, 20, 21, 23) sts and turn, leaving rem sts on a holder £ Work each side of neck separately £ Keeping patt correct, dec one st at neck edge of next six rows, then on foll 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5) alt rows. 8 (9, 10, 10, 11, 12) sts £ Work one row, ending with RS facing for next row

Shape shoulder £ Cast off 3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4) sts at beg of next and foll alt row. 2 (3, 4, 4, 3, 4) sts £ Work one row £ Cast off £ With RS facing, slip centre 13 (15, 15, 17, 17, 15) sts onto a holder (for Neckband), rejoin yarn and patt to end £ Complete to match first side, reversing shapings

SLEEVES Using 2.25mm needles work picot cast-on as folls: cast on five sts, cast off

Knitwise

To make the pretty decorative flower, follow the instructions below: Using 2.25mm straight needles, cast on 48 (48, 48, 66, 66, 66) sts £ Row 1 (RS): * k1, cast off 6 (6, 6, 9, 9, 9) sts, rep from * five times more £ Cut yarn and thread through rem 12 sts. Pull up tight and fasten off securely

18-24m 18-24m

18-24m 18-24m

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“This little dress is bound to be treasured! It can be made in sizes from newborn up to two years old.”

two sts, slip st on RH needle back onto LH needle, * cast on four sts, cast off two sts, slip st on RH needle back onto LH needle, rep from * until there are 41 (43, 43, 45, 45, 47) sts on LH needle, cast on two sts. 43 (45, 45, 47, 47, 49) sts £ Row 1 (RS): k Change to 3mm needles £ Work in garter st for a further three rows, ending after a WS row Beg and ending rows as indicated and repeating 20-row patt throughout, cont in patt from Chart as folls: £ Work 2 (2, 2, 4, 4, 4) rows, ending with WS facing

LK Editorial Assistant Isobel Smith

Shape top £ Keeping patt correct, cast off three sts at beg of next two rows. 37 (39, 39, 41, 41, 43) sts £ Next row (RS): k3, k2tog, patt to last five sts, sl 1, k1, psso, k3 £ Next row: p2, p2tog tbl, p to last four sts, p2tog, p2. 33 (35, 35, 37, 37, 39) sts £ Next row (RS): k3, k2tog, patt to last five sts, sl 1, k1, psso, k3 £ Next row: p £ Next row: k2, k2tog, patt to last four sts, sl 1, k1, psso, k2 £ Next row: p £ Rep last four rows 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4) times more. 17 (19, 19, 17, 17, 19) sts £ Next row (RS): k3, k2tog, patt to last five sts, sl 1, k1, psso, k3 £ Next row: p2, p2tog tbl, p to last four sts, p2tog, p2 £ Rep last two rows 1 (2, 2, 1, 1, 2) times more. 9 (7, 7, 9, 9, 7) sts Cast off

NECKBAND

Press carefully. Join both shoulder seams using back stitch or mattress stitch. £ Using 2.25mm circular needle and with RS facing, slip 7 (8, 8, 10, 10, 10) sts on LH Back holder onto RH needle, rejoin yarn and pick up and k nine sts up left side of Back neck, and 16 (16, 16, 18, 18, 20) sts down left side of Front neck, k across 13 (15, 15, 17, 17, 15) sts on Front holder, pick up and k 16 (16, 16, 18, 18, 20) sts up right side of Front neck, and nine sts down right side of Back neck, then k across 7 (8, 8, 10, 10, 10) sts on right Back holder. 77 (81, 81, 91, 91, 93) sts £ Work in garter st for two rows £ Cast off kwise

TO MAKE UP Set in sleeves. Make buttonloop and attach button to fasten ends of Neckband. Make flower (see Knitwise) and using image on page 55 as a guide sew onto front, then attach button at centre of flower LK

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MAGICAL MANDALAS Adrienne Chandler finds out what this colourful crochet trend is all about

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s much as knitting is our favourite hobby here at LK Towers, we’re also big fans of crochet. It’s all about using the best skill for the job and when we’re faced with a project that is more suited to crochet, we are keen to pick up our hooks and give it a go. After all, crochet hooks aren’t just for picking up dropped stitches! One of the latest decorative trends in the world of crochet is for mandalas. We take a look at what they are, why they are so popular and have even got a pattern for you to try (p60). Hooks at the ready, knitters!

WHAT IS A MANDALA?

The literal translation of the Sanskrit word ‘mandala’ is circle, but it’s the spiritual connotations that make them truly special. The repeated patterns are often used to symbolise unity and togetherness, as the structures grow outwards from a central point. This can be taken further to represent the cosmic balance of the universe.

WHY CROCHET?

WHERE TO START?

These gorgeous designs and the ones featured above are from Haafner Linssen’s new book Mandalas To Crochet (£10.99, Search Press). There are 30 projects to choose from ranging from simple yet modern colour block patterns to more intricate lacy, openwork styles. The book takes you through all the basic stitches and includes written and charted instructions. There are also some brilliant ideas of how to use your mandalas, like this beautiful bedspread or summery shoulder bag. To get your copy, call 01892 510 850 or go online at www.searchpress.com

Flat circular motifs are much easier to work in crochet than knitting. Clusters of stitches can make different shapes within the mandala and you can build openwork structures with connecting chains and make decorative edgings. They can be as simple or as advanced as you like, from basic crochet circles to textured and kaleidoscopic designs. They’re also quick to make and can be crocheted in an evening.

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Blogger and crochet fan Lucy from Attic24 shares her love of mandalas “Mandalas are decorative items which reward the maker by providing a truly pleasurable creative experience. They add a welcome little dash of homespun colour and pattern to any small bit of wall or table space, and I love them for that. The simplest of designs can be formed with basic treble crochet stitches, while more complex designs invite you to experiment, building outwards from a central ring to create many rounds of beautiful pattern and texture. It’s a great way to learn different stitch techniques without committing to a huge project. The scale of your mandala making can also dictate where and how the finished crochet is put to use. My favourite yarns to use are DK weight pure cottons as they hold

TOP CROCHET YARNS FROM STYLECRAFT

Well known for its bold colours, versatile yarns and fabulous collection of patterns, Stylecraft has become a go-to brand for modern crochet fans. These three yarns would all make great additions to your stash as they can be used for knitting and crochet. Classique Cotton DK A soft matt cotton that is great for crochet beginners and comes in 24 cheery shades. It has an RRP of £2.40 per 50g (92m) ball. Malabar DK This yarn blends cotton and silk and has a subtle texture. A 100g (272m) ball has an RRP of £5.25 Sundae DK Why not see what effects you can create with a self-patterning yarn? This cotton-acrylic blend has an RRP of £4.79 per 100g (246m) ball. For your nearest stockist, call 01535 609798 or visit www.stylecraft-yarns.co.uk

We love this colourful mandala cushion from Stylecraft! Download it for FREE at www.letsknit.co.uk

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOURS?

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“I’ve gone a bit mandala mad since I made my first one after Christmas. They are all folded up in my spare room at the moment.”

“I’ve made 2 as coasters, one under my knitting needle jug and the other under my fave house plant!” @floralfeather

“I made mine into a picture”

“Did mine in cream and hung them in the window with crochet café curtains.”

Jeni Ahern

Teresa Evans

Nan Oliver

their shape and show off circular patterns well. Stylecraft Cotton Classique DK is great to work with as it doesn’t split and produces beautifully neat and defined stitches. The instant gratification you get with mandalas makes them fantastic little projects when you might just need to scratch a creative itch.” Read more about Lucy’s mandala making on our website at www.letsknit.co.uk or head over to her blog to discover her latest crochet projects, www.attic24.typepad.com

Tell us how you make use of crochet mandalas by contacting us using the details on page 51.

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JOIN THE CRAZE!

Make a colourful

Measurements & Sizes 18cm diameter

Crochet Kit Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK, shades (A) 1263 Citron, (B) 1711 Spice, (C) 1435 Bright Pink, (D) 1068 Turquoise, (E) 1821 Grass Green, one 100g ball of each Hook: 3mm Embroidery hoop: 18cm/7”

For abbreviations see page 92

About the Yarn The yarn photographed was from a Let’s Get Crafting kit, but Stylecraft Special DK is a great alternative. It has an RRP of £2.20 per 100g (295m) ball. For Stylecraft stockists, see page 61.

crochetclever

This project involves four different stitches. Here’s how you do them: Chain stitches: make a slipknot and place it on the hook, * wrap the yarn around the hook from back to front (yarn over hook), then pull the hook through the loop already on your hook, catching the yarn. You will have one loop on your hook. This is one chain stitch (ch). Repeat from * to make more chains. Slip stitch (sl st): insert hook into stitch or chain, yarn over hook, pull yarn through the stitch and through the loop that is already on your hook. Double crochet (dc): insert hook into stitch or chain, yarn over hook, pull yarn through stitch, so you have two loops on your hook, yarn over hook, pull it through both loops. Treble crochet (tr): yarn over hook first, then insert hook into stitch, yarn over hook again, pull yarn through stitch so there are three loops on your hook. Yarn over hook, pull it through first two loops only, then yarn over hook and pull in through the last two loops on your hook.

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CROCHET MANDALA!

riginally featured in our sister title Let’s Get Crafting, this vibrant design from Karen Wiederhold is a great example of how eye-catching mandalas can be. This one uses a combination of clusters of stitches and lattice chain stitches to make a lovely openwork design.

Start to crochet here... MANDALA

Using 3mm hook and yarn A, make 6ch, sl st in first ch to form a ring £ Rnd 1: 2ch (counts as 1tr), 11tr into ring, sl st to second of beg 2ch. 12 sts £ Rnd 2: (3ch, 1tr) in next st, (2ch, miss next st, 2tr in next st) five times, 2ch, sl st in base of beg 3ch £ Fasten off yarn A Join yarn B between any two tr from Rnd 2 £ Rnd 3: 2ch, (3dc in next 2-ch sp, 1dc between next two tr) five times, 3dc in next 2-ch sp, sl st in second of beg 2ch. 24 sts £ Rnd 4: (7ch, miss three sts, 1dc) to end, sl st in base of beg 7ch. Six sts £ Fasten off yarn B Join yarn C to any 7-ch sp £ Rnd 5: (1ch, 9dc) into same 7-ch sp, 10dc in each 7-ch sp to end, sl st in first st. 60 sts £ Fasten off yarn C Join yarn D between any two 10dc groups £ Rnd 6: (3ch, 2tr) in same sp, (4ch, 1dc in sp between fifth and sixth tr of next 10dc groups, 4ch, 3tr between next two 10dc groups) five times, 4ch, 1dc in sp between fifth and sixth tr of next 10dc group, 4ch, sl st in third of beg 3ch. 24 sts £ Fasten off yarn D Join yarn A to centre tr of any 3tr group £ Rnd 7: 5ch (counts as 1tr, 3ch), (1tr in centre of next 4-ch sp, 3ch, 1tr in next st, 3ch, 1tr in centre of

“When fitting the mandala into the embroidery hoop, do not stretch the outer hoop over the inner hoop while pushing it backwards as this will stretch the crochet” LK Deputy Editor Adrienne Chandler

next 4-ch sp, 3ch, 1tr in centre tr of next 3tr group) five times, 1tr in centre of next 4-ch sp, 3ch, 1tr in next st, 3ch, 1tr in centre of next 4-ch sp, 3ch, sl st in second of beg 5ch £ Rnd 8: sl st in each st to centre of next 3-ch sp, 6ch (counts as 1tr, 4ch), (1tr in centre of next 3-ch sp, 4ch) to end, sl st in second of beg 6ch £ Fasten off yarn E Join yarn B to any 4-ch sp £ Rnd 9: (3ch, 3tr) in same sp, (5ch, miss next 4-ch sp, 4tr in next 4-ch sp) 11 times, 5ch, sl st in third

of beg 3ch. 48 sts £ Fasten off yarn B Join yarn C to any 5-ch sp £ Rnd 10: (3ch, 5tr) in same sp, (4ch, 6tr in next 5-ch sp) 11 times, 4ch, sl st in third of beg 3ch. 72 sts £ Fasten off

TO MAKE UP Join yarn C to edge of mandala and oversew around rim of inner hoop, working into tops of stitches around mandala edge. Weave in ends and fit into embroidery hoop LK

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p61 - Stylecraft Stockist Guide v2_LETS KNIT 01/04/2016 16:45 Page 97

Five minutes with ... LOCATE YOUR LOCAL STOCKIST ! BEDFORDSHIRE We have everything you need to make that special item! Come into the shop and browse our Yarn and Accessories or Select what you need from thour website!

Open Every Day – 9 till 5

Oakley Park, Station Road, Oakley MK43 7RB Tel: 01234 824983 Email: info@tudorrosepatchwork.co.uk www.tudorrosepatchwork.co.uk

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As a family run business with over 20 years in experience in the industry, we provide a wide range of yarns and products at competitive prices. 6 Gwel Avon, Gilston Road, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 6TW

Tel: 01752 840285

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DEVON 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

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Your one stop shop for: Knitting, Crochet, Buttons, Books, Patterns Kit and Accessories Yarn: Stylecraft, Wendy, Robin, Sirdar, Rowan, Noro and Debbie Bliss

171 Pack Lane, Kempshott, Basingstoke RG22 5HN Tel: 01256 462590 www.packlanewool.co.uk

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

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THREADS Wool Shop

Stocking yarns from King Cole, Stylecraft, Sirdar, James C Brett, DMC, Woolcraft, DY Choice and Cygnet A large range of haberdashery also available plus a Knitting group and Crochet classes

143 Glasgow Road, Dumbarton G82 1RQ Tel: 01389 761385

This month... We caught up with the creative team at Stylecraft... What exciting new launches should knitters look out for from Stylecraft? We have lovely baby designs in our new yarn Lullaby Print DK, plus crochet patterns for shawls, bags, throws and cushions covers. We have some fabulous new yarns coming for autumn including one designed especially with crochet in mind. We are also adding six new shades to the Special Aran and Chunky ranges due to many requests from knitters and crocheters. Your CALs have been incredibly successful, are there more plans in the future to do any more? Yes, we have one planned for the autumn designed by Sue Pinner. What suggestions do you have for projects that are great for the summer months? Lovely lace effect summer tops and tunics. We have recently created a wonderful set of designs using our new summer yarn Malabar DK (including two beautiful crochet patterns). The cotton-silk blend of this yarn makes it light, flattering and easy to wear. Perfect for warm summer days and cool summer evenings. It has a gorgeous summer colour palette too! On your Facebook page you feature something called #Clevercrafters – can you tell us a bit about this? Clevercrafters is a weekly callout for knitters and crocheters to share their finished Stylecraft projects with us via Facebook. Every Wednesday, throughout the day, we will post our favourite creations talking a bit about the piece as well as the person who made it. We love the community feel this brings to our Facebook page. It's like we are all checking in with our friends to see what they have been up to. Crochet is such a strong trend at the moment, and Stylecraft are very much at the forefront of this! Have you got any tips for knitters who are yet to take the plunge? You’ll find beginners crochet workshops at your local stockists or online tutorials on You Tube. Start out with a basic granny square. This will allow you to experiment with different colour combinations and textures. Once you’ve mastered one square you can develop this to create various sized objects from iPad covers to cushion covers and throws.

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FASHION FORWARD KNIT

meet our DESIGNER Zandra Rhodes is a fashion designer who is famous for her flamboyant textiles. She has created this cardigan pattern for Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine number 59, out now. For more information visit www.makeitcoats.com

Measurements & Sizes To fit chest: 81-107cm Width of upper and lower sections laid flat: 106.5cm Length from back neck to hem edge: 85cm Sleeve seam to underarm: 38cm

Knit Kit Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze, shades (A) 632 Hurricane, 14 x 25g balls, (B) 596 Marmalade, (C) 666 Alhambra, (D) 606 Candy Girl, (E) 579 Splendour, (F) 582 Trance, one 25g ball of each Needles: 3.25mm Crochet hook: 3mm Stitch holders Stitch markers: two red, two blue, one green Tapestry needle

Tension Square l l l l

25 sts x 34 rows 10cm x 10cm stocking stitch 3.25mm needles

Special Abbreviations Crab st: with RS facing, insert hook from front to back into next stitch on the right, yoh, pull through stitch, yoh, pull through both stitches

For abbreviations see page 92

About the Yarn Rowan Kidsilk Haze is a luxurious yarn made from 70% super kid mohair and 30% silk. The mohair gives it a fluffy texture and it comes in over 40 colour options. A 25g (210m) ball costs £8.95 from 01829 740903, www.laughinghens.com

Treat yourself to Zandra Rhodes’

DRAPEY JAPANESE CARDIGAN K

nit a truly special garment that you’ll treasure for a lifetime. With bold contrasting flowers set against a calming blue background, this cardigan manages to be striking yet wonderfully understated at the same time. The fold and drape of the fabric creates an Easterninspired silhouette and the soft mohair yarn makes it light and easy to wear. There is a chart online to show the placement of the colourwork motifs, but you’ll need to refer to the written instructions too.

Start knitting here... LOWER BODY FIRST SECTION

** Using 3.25mm needles and yarn A, loosely cast on 133 sts £ Beg with a k row, work 62 rows in st st, ending after a WS row £ Cont in st st dec one st at end of next row then every foll eighth row 13 times. 119 sts £ Work seven rows in st st, ending after a WS row £ Cont in st st inc one st at end of next row, then every foll sixth row four times. 124 sts £ P one row ** £ Cont in st st, inc one st at shaped (inner) edge of fifth row, then on foll sixth row three times, then on foll fourth row twice, then at same edge of next two rows, ending after a RS row AT THE SAME TIME dec one st at beg of next row, then foll tenth row, then foll eighth row, then on every foll sixth row twice. 127 sts Cut yarn and leave sts on a holder

£ Cont in st st inc one st at shaped (inner) edge of fifth row, then on foll sixth row three times, then on foll fourth row twice, then at same edge of next two rows, ending after a RS row AT THE SAME TIME dec one st at end of next row, then foll tenth row, then foll eighth row, then on every foll sixth row twice. 127 sts

Join sections £ Next row (WS): p127 from Second section, turn, cable cast on one st, place green marker, cable cast on one st, turn, p across 127 sts from First section. 256 sts £ Dec one st at each end of next row, then every foll fourth row four times, then on every foll alt row 26 times, then on next 27 rows, ending after a WS row. 140 sts £ Cast off three sts at beg of next six rows, four sts at beg of foll ten rows, then five sts at beg of next two rows, six sts at beg of foll two rows, and ten sts at beg of next two rows. 40 sts £ Cast off

UPPER BODY FIRST SECTION

NOTE: download Chart from www.letsknit.co.uk/zandra rhodeschart or call our Support line using the details on page 93 Using 3.25mm needles and yarn A, loosely cast on 133 sts Work in st st from Chart as folls, beg and ending rows as indicated for First section and using intarsia method (see p66 for tips): NOTE: shaping is also shown on Chart, but refer to text for placement of markers £ Beg with a k row, work 62 rows in st st, ending after a WS row £ Keeping chart correct, dec one st at end of next row, then every foll eighth row ten times. 122 sts £ Work five rows in st st, ending after Chart Row 148

Shape left armhole £ Next row (RS): patt 52, turn Leaving rem sts on a holder, cont on

LOWER BODY SECOND SECTION £ Work as for First section from ** to ** dec at beg of shaping rows. 124 sts

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this set of sts for section below left armhole £ Keeping Chart correct, dec one st at armhole edge of next 12 rows, then on foll alt row three times. 37 sts £ Work two rows in st st, ending after Chart Row 169 Place red marker at armhole edge of last row to mark base of armhole and top of left side ‘seam’ £ Work three rows in st st, ending after Chart Row 172 £ Inc one st at armhole edge of next row then every foll alt row four times, then on foll ten rows, ending after Chart Row 191. 52 sts Cut yarn and leave sts on another holder for Left side ‘seam’

Shape left shoulder £ Rejoin yarn to sts left on first holder, cast off 20 sts, patt to end. 50 sts £ Keeping Chart correct, dec one st at armhole edge of next 12 rows, then on foll alt row three times AT THE SAME TIME dec one st at longer shaped row-end edge of second row, then every foll eighth row twice. 32 sts £ Work two rows in st st, ending after Chart Row 169 Place blue marker at armhole edge of last row to mark armhole edge of left shoulder ‘seam’ £ Work three rows in st st, ending after Chart Row 172 £ Inc one st at armhole edge of next row then every foll alt row four times, then on foll two rows AT THE SAME TIME inc one st at longer shaped row-end edge of third row, then two foll alt rows, then on next four rows, ending after Chart Row 183. 46 sts Cut yarn and leave sts on another holder for Left shoulder

UPPER BODY SECOND SECTION £ Work as for Upper body First section to armhole

Shape right shoulder

HANDMADE DESIGNER STYLE

£ Next row (RS): patt 50, turn Leave rem sts on a holder and cont on this set of sts only for right front shoulder section £ Keeping Chart correct, dec one st at armhole edge of next 12 rows, then on every foll alt row three times AT THE SAME TIME dec one st at longer shaped row-end edge of second and every foll eighth row twice. 32 sts £ Work two rows in st st, ending after Chart Row 169 Place blue marker at armhole edge of last row to mark armhole edge of right shoulder ‘seam’ £ Work three rows in st st, ending after Chart Row 172

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£ Inc one st at armhole edge of next row then every foll alt row four times, then on foll two alt rows AT THE SAME TIME inc one st at longer shaped row-end edge of third row, then two foll alt rows, then on next four rows, ending after Chart Row 183. 46 sts

Join shoulder sections £ Next row (WS): kfb in first st, patt 45, turn, cable cast on 14 sts, turn, patt across first 45 sts of left shoulder section, kfb in last st. 108 sts £ Inc one st at each end of next seven rows, ending after Chart Row 191. 122 sts Cut yarn and leave these sts on another holder for back shoulder

Shape right armhole £ With RS facing, rejoin yarn to section below right armhole, cast off 20 sts, patt to end. 52 sts £ Keeping Chart correct, dec one st at armhole edge of next 12 rows, then on every foll alt row three times. 37 sts £ Work two rows in st st, ending after Chart Row 169 Place red marker at armhole edge of last row to mark base of armhole and top of right side ‘seam’ £ Work three rows in st st, ending after Chart Row 172 £ Inc one st at armhole edge of next row, then every foll alt row four times, then on foll ten rows, ending after Chart Row 191. 52 sts

Join sections £ Next row (WS): patt 52 sts, turn, cable cast on 20 sts, turn, patt 122 sts of back shoulder section, turn, cast on 20 sts, turn, patt across 52 sts of left armhole section. 266 sts £ Work eight rows in st st, ending after Chart Row 200 £ Keeping Chart correct, dec one st

at each end of next row, then foll tenth row, then foll eighth row, then every foll sixth row twice, then every foll fourth row five times, then on foll 26 alt rows, then on next 27 rows, ending after Chart Row 330. 140 sts £ Cast off three sts at beg of next six rows, four sts at beg of foll ten rows, then five sts at beg of next two rows, six sts at beg of foll two rows, then ten sts at beg of next two rows, ending after Chart Row 352. 40 sts £ Cast off

SLEEVES (make two) Using 3.25mm needles and yarn A, loosely cast on 74 sts £ Beg with a k row, work in st st inc one st at each end of ninth, then every foll eighth row until there are 104 sts, ending after a RS row £ Work nine rows in st st, ending after a WS row

Shape top Place red markers at each end of last row to mark top of Sleeve seam £ Cont in st st dec one st at each end of next seven rows, then on every foll alt row seven times, then on every foll fourth row five times. 66 sts £ P one row £ Dec one st at each end of next row, then every foll alt row until 52 sts rem, then on next nine rows, ending after a WS row. 34 sts £ Cast off four sts at beg of next four rows. 18 sts £ Cast off placing blue marker between centre two sts

TO MAKE UP Lightly block work (see p93), then lay upper body flat, with RS facing. Lay lower body on top, with RS together. Join upper and lower body sections along cast-on edges, entire outer shaped row-end edges and cast-off

“Add a little label to each section when you place it on a holder so you can keep track of which part is which.”

Knitwise

Rowan also provides an alternative colour selection for this striking garment. If you’d prefer paler colours, you can substitute these shades instead. The quantities will be the same: Yarn A: 642 Ghost Yarn B: 665 Hibiscus Yarn C: 632 Hurricane Yarn D: 580 Grace Yarn E: 583 Blushes Yarn F: 606 Candy Girl

LK Deputy Editor Adrienne Chandler

edges. Join Sleeve seams. Matching red and blue markers, sew Sleeves into armhole openings of upper body

BODY EDGING Using 3mm hook and yarn C, join yarn to body at green marker with a sl st NOTE: this is centre back hem edge £ Row 1: 1ch (does not count as a st), 1dc in each st around entire outer

hem, front opening and neck edge, sl st in first dc, do not turn £ Row 2: 1ch, work in crab st to end, sl st in first dc £ Fasten off

CUFF EDGINGS (alike) £ Using 3mm hook and yarn C, join yarn at base of Sleeve seam and work as for Body edging Weave in ends LK

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

Hi there! This month we have tips on felting and clever ways to shape your knitting

WHAT IS... SHORT ROW SHAPING?

To avoid the stepped effect you get when decreasing at the beginning and end of a row it’s possible to use a method called short row shaping. Instead of working a complete row, turn your knitting before you get the end and work back the other way, working a series of ever-shorter rows in the centre of your work to create a curved edge. Before turning it’s common to ‘wrap’ the next stitch to avoid a hole – check out ‘w&t’ (wrap and turn) on page 92 to see how you do this.

DOWNLOAD FOR FREE!

This felted necklace idea by Claire Fairall is available as a free download at www.ravelry.com

What can I knit with... TWO 50G BALLS OF 4PLY YARN

Ask Martine

Q A

How do I felt my knitting (on purpose)?

If you’ve put a pure wool knitted item in the wash by mistake, you’ve already experienced ‘accidental’ felting (the bad kind!). The water, agitation and heat of the machine encourage the fibres of the wool to matt together. This shrinks the knitted item and the fabric becomes dense and, well, felted. Accidental felting is no fun, but knitting (or crocheting) an item with the intention of felting is a different thing entirely. The effects can be fantastic. For your first felting project I would recommend knitting an item where size isn’t too important, for example a bag or basket. The felting process can sometimes be a little unpredictable. Don’t forget to choose 100% wool or animal fibre. Superwash wool will not felt. Pick a pattern written for felting, with clear felting instructions. Alternatively You Tube is a handy resource for felting tutorials.  My first felted bag was a kit from Toft (toftalpacashop.co.uk) – one of their iconic bulb bags. It was easy to make and, although I made it years ago, it still looks fabulous. Once you are feeling confident perhaps make some felted slippers or boots. Felt fabric is particularly suitable for footwear due to its warmth and durability. I currently have Erika Knight’s Slipper Boots on my crochet hook. Whilst they are not designed for felting, I might make an extra large pair and see how they felt. You can also enjoy small scale felting by hand with children by making small felted balls out of colourful wool fleece. These balls can be made into jewellery, gifts and other fun items. Martine Ellis is a knitter, teacher and crafter based in Guernsey

HOW ABOUT YOU?

We asked for your advice on deliberately felting your knits: “If you end up over-felting an item it’s possible, in my experience, to relax it a bit using hair conditioner’ Louise Barnes “If you’re making a bag with a strap take care that it doesn’t get twisted during the process or it won’t felt evenly.” Bryony Lelland Alfrick socks by Rachel Coopey, £3.50 from www.loveknitting.com

Deco Mitts by Dagmar Mora, $5.50 from www.ravelry.com

Sheep Carousel teacosy, £3.50 from www.kate daviesdesigns.com

NEXT ISSUE: Do you know of any apps that are useful for knitters? Email suggestions to adrienne. chandler@aceville.co.uk Printed ones win a prize!

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KNIT WITH US!

Learn to knit a bright

BIRD PRINT CUSHION HAVE A GO AT INTARSIA COLOURWORK WITH JEM WESTON’S COLOURFUL PILLOW

 Here’s what you need...

Five colours in Rowan Pure Wool Superwash DK. We’ve used three balls of (A) shade 002 Shale, then one ball each of shades (B) 003 Anthracite, (C) 028 Raspberry, (D) 019 Avocado, (E) 051 Gold. This yarn costs £4.49 per 50g (125m) ball from 0800 505 3300, www.woolwarehouse.co.uk

Adrienne Chandler shows you how... For this kind of colourwork you will need to wind your main balls of yarn into smaller balls, these are known as ‘bobbins’ or ‘yarn butterflies’. You’ll need a new bobbin for each colour section, so look at the chart rows on page 68. If you are asked to use grey, then green, then grey again, you’ll need two bobbins of grey and one of green. You can use yarn straight from the ball, but may find a small bobbin easier to manage when it’s hanging from the back of your work.

Winding bobbins

Step 1: lay the yarn tail in the palm of your hand with the working yarn going between your thumb and index finger.

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Step 1: insert your needle through the middle of the slipknot and wrap the yarn around the needle tip from left to right.

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A pair of 4mm needles Two pieces of patterned fabric, one measuring 29cm x 50cm and one measuring 40cm x 50cm, both edged with pinking shears to help prevent fraying

Step 2: bring the yarn around your thumb, across your palm and between your ring finger and little finger.

2 Step 2: use the right needle to pull the yarn through the stitch then bring the left needle up from underneath and through the new stitch so it is sitting on the left needle.

A 46cm square cushion pad This cushion has a knitted front and fabric back. The knitted panel will measure 46cm x 46cm. You’ll know you are on track if you get 22 sts and 30 rows over a 10cm square, using the yarn and needles suggested here. THIS TUTORIAL IS SPONSORED BY HIYAHIYA NEEDLES. We’ve used the brand’s interchangeable straight needles with bamboo tips, from the Premium Interchangeable Set. For stockists, visit www.hiyahiyaeurope.com/stockists

Using 4mm needles and yarn A, cast on 103 stitches First of all, using yarn A make a slipknot as shown on page 94 and place it on a 4mm needle. This is your first cast-on stitch. Now carry on using the two-needle cast-on method.

2 Step 3: wrap the yarn in a figure-of-eight motion around your thumb and little finger until you have neat bobbin.

3 Repeat Steps 1 and 2 until you have cast on a total of 103 stitches, inserting the right needle through the middle of the last cast-on stitch each time and remembering that your initial slipknot counts as one stitch.

Step 4: cut the yarn and wind it around the centre of your bobbin and tuck in the end to secure. Use the tail you left at the beginning to knit with.

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Starting with a knit row and working in st st throughout, use the intarsia technique to complete the chart (p68). Read on to find out how to do this.

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SEE OUR ABBREVIATIONS ON PAGE 92

Stocking stitch

This pattern is worked entirely from the chart (overleaf), which is actually a much easier way of expressing these sorts of patterns. Before you begin, there are some important things you need to know about colourwork charts in knitting. l One box equals one knitted stitch l You start at the bottom and work up to the top. This reflects your knitting as your cushion will grow upwards from your cast-on row.

l Right side rows are read from right to left – that’s because when you are knitting the stitches from your left needle, you are working in that direction. l Wrong side rows are read from left to right, because you are working back in the other direction on purl rows l The chart is worked entirely in stocking stitch – see the panel on the right for an explanation of what this is.

that This creates a lovely, smooth fabric It is . ectly perf re pictu your off will show . It rows purl made up of alternate knit and use beca h whic is row h is easy to tell whic n knit stitches look like ‘v’ shapes whe look they are facing you and purl stitches like little bumps. Row 1: knit to end Row 2: purl to end The knit rows form the right side of your work.

Rows 1-14 are worked in stocking stitch (see above) using yarn A (grey) only. On Row 15, knit the first 83 stitches in yarn A, then use yarn D (green) for the next stitch.

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Introducing a new bobbin

Knit the next stitch in yarn D, leaving a 10cm tail to weave in later.

Use a small bobbin of yarn A to knit the next stitch, but twist the strand with your strand of yarn D to avoid making a hole.

On the next row, use the correct bobbin to knit your colour section, remembering to twist the strands for a neat join.

If a colour section is really tiny, like the three grey stitches between the wings on Rows 18 and 19, don’t bother joining in a new bobbin. Instead, you can loosely carry the yarn across the back of the work using a method called stranding. When the chart is complete, cast off all the stitches on your needle – see how to do this on page 95.

KEY

CHART

Yarn A

Oh sew simple!

To make the fabric back, turn under 2cm along one long edge of each piece of fabric. Turn under the same amount again and straight stitch in place. With the front of the knitting facing the front of the fabric, place the smaller fabric piece on the knitted front first, then place the larger piece on top, overlapping them in the middle. Pin and handstitch the sides of the two fabric pieces to the knitted front. Turn cushion the right way out and insert the cushion pad. Congratulations, your cushion is now complete!

Love this?

This pattern is from Jem Weston’s book The Knitted Nursery Collection (£9.99, Search Press). It includes 14 colourful projects including blankets, cushions and mobiles. 01892 510850, www.searchpress.com Yarn B

Yarn C

Yarn D

Yarn E 139 137 135 133 131 129 127 125 123 121 119 117 115 113 111 109 107 105 103 101 99 97 95 93 91 89 87 85 83 81 79 77 75 73 71 69 67 65 63 61 59 57 55 53 51 49 47 45 43 41 39 37 35 33 31 29 27 25 23 21 19 17 15 13 11 9 7 5 3 1

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Store?

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

Meet Tiny and Chris! Get the patterns for our two adorable Yarn Shop Day mascots in any participating store! To find out what’s happening at shops across the country, check out editorial assistant Isobel’s feature on page 73 or take a look at our interactive map at www.letsknit.co.uk/yarnshopday to find a store near you!

Tea & Togs Art and Craft Cafe

KEEP UP-TO-DATE

Visitors to Ifracombe may have noticed some ON THE DAY! exciting changes at The Periwinkle! Now Don’t forget to email, Facebook under new management and renamed Tea & or tweet us with your fabulous Togs Art And Craft Cafe @ The Periwinkle, photos from the day. We’d love you can still enjoy lots of tasty treats, while to see which shops you’ve been stocking up on all your essential supplies for visiting, and what you’ve been knitting, crochet, haberdashery, arts and buying, making, winning and tasting! Find our contact needlecraft. There are some lovely gifts too as details on page 51. well as a fab programme of knitting and crochet classes and craft clubs. Pop along on Yarn Shop Day to see what special surprises are in store! 01271 855945, www.theperiwinkle.co.uk

KNITIQUE

Hook happy

KnitUK has some fantastic new products in stock including these pretty crochet hook sets. Each set comes with seven hooks, in sizes from 2mm up to 5mm, and colourful handles for ease of selection. They are presented in a polka dot patterned satin roll, complete with mesh pockets for each hook and a secure fastening, and come in a choice of three fantastic colourways. Get all of this for the fantastic price of £5.60! Find more at www.knituk.com

Celebrate Yarn Shop Day in Knitique’s brand new store! The Lichfield-based retailer has recently moved premises to Tudor Row, Wade Street, and is still stocking all your favourite brands, from Sirdar and Hayfield to Peter Pan and King Cole. There’s also a great range of needles, notions, kits and patterns, whether you’re just starting out or are a fully fledged crafter. Stop by on the 30th April to see what’s happening on Yarn Shop Day. 01543 417700, www.knitiqueonline.com

FABRICATIONS Get up bright and early on Yarn Shop Day as this London shop has free goodie bags for the first 20 customers! There’ll be 25% off certain yarns, books and kits, a free knit-tea party, a guerilla knitting workshop from 1:30-5pm, and the chance to learn to knit or crochet on macro needles or hooks. Plus, put your crafty touch on the shop by dressing the bike racks outside. Fabrications will provide all materials and tasty snacks to fuel your creativity. 0207 275 8043, www.fabrications1.co.uk

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QUICK AND EASY KNIT

Measurements & Sizes 30cm x 15cm

Knit Kit Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, shade 075 Citrus, one 50g ball Needles: 5mm Button: small, one

Cup of Joy

Knit Sian Brown’s pattern with just one ball of yarn!

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e love simple, quick knits for instant gratification and this easy home pattern is just that. Using a merino blend yarn with superb insulating power, you can work this cafetiere cosy in an evening and use it for your coffee the next morning. It’ll make a colourful addition to any kitchen and keep your cuppa warmer for longer!

Tension Square l 23 sts x 34 rows l 10cm x 10cm l over pattern

l 5mm needles

For abbreviations see page 92

About the Yarn Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran is a hugely popular yarn made from a blend of merino, acrylic and cashmere so its insulating properties make it a great choice for this pattern. It costs £4.75 per 50g (90m) ball from 01612 170858, www.tangled-yarn.co.uk

“You can use any animal fibre yarn for this pattern to make the most of the insulating properties.” LK Editorial Assistant Isobel Smith

Need an Alternative? Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran is another soft yarn comprising 100% merino fibres and it comes in a great range of shades. It costs £3.69 per 50g (100m) ball from 01925 764231, www.black sheepwools.com

knitwise

Don’t be put off by the use of yarn overs before and after slipped stitches in this pattern as it’s much easier than you think. On Rows 1, 3 and 5, make sure the yarn over needle is worked over the top of the two slipped stitches. On Rows 7, 9 and 11, work the yarn round needle over the top of the slipped stitches and back between the needles to the front.

One ball knit!

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Using 5mm needles, cast on 70 sts £ K three rows £ Rows 1, 3 and 5 (WS): k3, * yfwd, sl 2 pwise, yon, k2, rep from * to last three sts, k3. 86 sts £ Rows 2, 4 and 6: k3, * p2, k2tog tbl (next st and yon of prev row), k1, rep from * to last three sts, k3. 70 sts £ Rows 7, 9 and 11: k3, * k2, yfwd, sl 1 pwise, yrn, p1, rep from * to last three sts, k3. 86 sts £ Rows 8, 10 and 12: k3, * k1, k2tog tbl, p2, rep from * to last three sts, k3. 70 sts These 12 rows form patt. Rep Rows 1-12 twice more until a total of 36 rows have been worked £ Next row: as Row 1 £ Next row: cast on five sts, k5, work as Row 2 to end £ Next row: work as Row 3 to last eight sts, k8 £ Next row: k2, k2tog, yfwd, k1, work as Row 4 to end £ Next row: work as Row 5 to last eight sts, k8 £ Next row: k5, work as Row 6 to end £ K three rows £ Cast off

TO MAKE UP Block to measurements. Position on cafetiere and sew side seam at the bottom below handle. Sew button to top to correspond with the buttonhole LK

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CHIC SUMMER SHRUG Continued from page 27

£ Row 5: p to end, working wraps tog with st Leave sts on holder

RIGHT FRONT Using 3.5mm straight needles, cast on 30 (33, 39, 44) sts £ K four rows £ Row 1 (RS): k2, work Row 1 of Chart A(see p26) three times, pm, m1, k to end. 31 (34, 40, 45) sts £ Row 2 (WS): p to marker, m1, sm, p to end. 32 (35, 41, 46) sts £ Row 3: k2, work Row 3 of Chart A three times, sm, m1, k to end. 33 (36, 42, 47) sts £ Row 4: p to marker, m1, sm, p to end. 34 (37, 43, 48) sts £ Cont as set inc on every alt row only for 28 more rows. 48 (51, 57, 62) sts £ Cont without shaping until Right front matches Back to armhole shaping, ending after a WS row

Shape armhole and neck £ Row 1 (RS): k2, work Chart to marker, sm, ssk, k to end £ Row 2 (WS): cast off 4 (5, 6, 7) sts, p to two sts before marker, p2tog tbl, sm, p to end £ Row 3: k2, work Chart to marker, sm, ssk, k to last four sts, k2tog, k2 £ Row 4: p2, p2tog, p to two sts before marker, p2tog tbl, sm, p to end £ Cont to dec one st at armhole edge on every row as set 5 (4, 7, 9) times AT THE SAME TIME dec one st at neck edge on every row 2 (2, 4, 4) times, then dec one st at neck edge on RS rows only 11 (12, 11, 12) times. 20 (22, 23, 24) sts £ Cont in patt without shaping until Right front matches Back to shoulder shaping, ending after a WS row

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SLEEVES Using 3.5mm straight needles, cast on 66 (74, 80, 90) sts £ K five rows £ Row 1 (RS): k2, m1, k to last two sts, m1, k2. 68 (76, 82, 92) sts £ Beg with a p row, work nine rows in st st £ Rep last ten rows 2 (1, 2, 1) times more. 72 (78, 86, 94) sts £ Cont in st st without shaping until Sleeve meas 23 (24, 24.5, 25.5) cm, ending after a WS row

FOR ALL LET’S * KNIT READERS!

Shape sleeve cap £ Cast off 4 (5, 6, 7) sts at beg of next two rows. 64 (68, 74, 80) sts £ Next row (RS): k2, ssk, k to last four sts, k2tog, k2. 62 (66, 72, 78) sts £ Next row (WS): p to end £ Rep last two rows 4 (4, 4, 5) times more. 54 (58, 64, 68) sts £ Next row (RS): k2, ssk, k to last four sts, k2tog, k2. 52 (56, 62, 66) sts £ Next row (WS): p2, p2tog, p to last four sts, p2tog tbl, p2. 50 (54, 60, 64) sts £ Rep last two rows 4 (5, 6, 6) times more. 34 (34, 36, 40) sts £ Cast off 4 (4, 4, 5) sts at beg of next four rows. 18 (18, 20, 20) sts £ Cast off

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TO MAKE UP Block pieces to measurements. Return shoulder sts to needles and join seams using three-needle cast off as folls: Holding both needles parallel in your left hand with RS together, insert another RH needle through first st on each needle and k them tog, * insert RH needle through next st on each needle, k them tog, then pass first st on RH needle over second st and off needle, rep from * until all sts are cast off Set in Sleeve caps and sew side and underarm seams

PATTERN BOOKS

BUTTONBAND

£ Using 3.5mm circular needle, with RS facing and starting at bottom Right front, pick up and k 94 (98, 103, 107) sts to right shoulder, five sts to Back neck, k36 (38, 40, 42) from Back neck holder, pick up and k five sts to left shoulder, 94 (98, 103, 107) along Left front. 234 (244, 256, 266) sts £ Rows 1-3: sl 1 wyif, k to end £ Row 4: sl 1 wyif, k23 (25, 30, 33), Shape right shoulder [work four-st buttonhole, k8] twice, work four-st buttonhole, k to end £ Row 1 (RS): patt 14 (16, 16, 18), w&t £ Rows 5-6: sl 1 wyif, k to end £ Row 2 (WS): p to end £ Cast off £ Row 3: patt 7 (8, 8, 9), w&t Attach buttons to correspond with £ Row 4: p to end buttonholes and weave in all loose £ Row 5: k to end, working wraps tog with st *Valid until ends. May 16thSteam press button band if necessary LK Leave sts on holder

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DAY TRIPPER

Find out what exciting events are taking place at your local shop on Yarn Shop Day 2016

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his year’s Yarn Shop Day celebrations are taking place on 30th April which is just around the corner. We’ve picked some of this year’s participating stores to find out what they are doing on the day so you won’t miss a thing. If you can’t find your local bricks and mortar store below, hop online to www.letsknit.co.uk to find our interactive map so you can track yours down and see what they’re up to. Happy Yarn Shop Day knitters!

ENJOY DISCOUNTS & CAKE

WOOL, Bath, Somerset

CHRISTINE’S WOOL SHOP, Bournville, Birmingham

This beautiful and chic yarn shop will be offering 15% off to anyone who takes along an issue of Let’s Knit so make sure you remember yours! There will also be a raffle to win a knitting bag, some bamboo needles and ten balls of lovely yarn, plus handmade mini cupcakes for essential sustenance whilst shopping. 01225 469144, www.woolbath.co.uk

Pop down to this great shop to meet knitting royalty, Debbie and Nell Bliss, who will be hosting book signings and ‘an audience with Debbie’. They’ve also got fantastic discounts and goodie bags just like last year. If you fancy learning a new skill, Kate Hulme will be holding crochet workshops throughout the day. How exciting! 0121 628 3977, www.cityknits.co.uk

MEET DEBBIE

KILL S A N R A LE

THE GOOD WOOL SHOP, Formby, Liverpool If you’re in the Liverpool area, make a point of visiting this lovely shop to hear a special talk by guest speaker Lynne Hawksworth, the wonderful woman behind Knitted Knockers, a charity that knits and crochets prostheses for women who have had a mastectomy. Plus you’ll still be able to enjoy all of the usual Yarn Shop Day patterns and goodies. 01704 830465, www.thegoodwoolshop.co.uk

JENNY WREN’S YARNS, Ipswich, Suffolk

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This Ipswich yarn wonderland has a whole load of great events happening on the day. There’s a knit and natter session from 10am-12pm, and classes for crochet hearts bunting at 1pm, pompom animals at 2pm, simple crochet flowers at 3pm and an introduction to cable knitting at 4pm. You can also snap up 10% off full priced stock, enter a raffle, get goodie bags, join yarn and book swaps and try extreme knitting with giant needles. Best of all, all money raised goes to Autism Suffolk so you’ll be crafting for a good cause. Also, join the team for an after hours birthday party with food and games, booking is essential. You’re spoilt for choice! 01473 805208, www.jennywrensyarns.co.uk


Say hello to Dennis!

Val Pierce’s popular giraffe pattern can be picked up at your local participating store – another great reason to visit on Yarn Shop Day!

ROCKIN’ BEADS, Devon

BUY UNIQUE YARNS

SITTING KNITTING, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham The folks at this Birmingham store are offering 10% off all purchases on Yarn Shop Day and they are also doing something a little different this year. The owner’s son will be selling his own Indian-themed hand-dyed sock yarn to raise money for his World Challenge trip to India in 2017. What a great reason to add some gorgeous new yarn to your stash! They are also offering a free tote bag with purchases over £50, tea and cake, a mystery yarn launch and a sit and knit session from 3:30-5:30pm. 0121 308 4205, www.facebook.com/SittingKnitting

MEET A DESIGNER

VISIT A NEW HOME

KNIT NOTTINGHAM, Nottingham

ALL THINGS WOOL, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham

Knit Nottingham has set the bar high for casual Yarn Shop Day events and we love it! Cruise along to the store to enjoy beverages, cake, lots of knitting and crochet, freebies and one off yarns from the likes of Truly Hooked. They also have a very special guest, Zoë Halstead, in store to sign books. It’s worth checking out the bigger, better new shop just for fun. www.knitnottingham.co.uk

THE KNITTING HUT, Woburn Sands, Buckinghamshire

LEARN NEW TRICKS

After the recent premises move, this Devon-based multi-craft store is better than ever and all set for a smashing Yarn Shop Day this year. Keep an eye out as they’ll soon be back as The Woolly Beader, with all the same great yarns and products customers love. 01837 657614, www.rockinbeads.co.uk

Take part in a bit of yarn bombing at The Knitting Hut and beautify the outside with flowers, bees and butterflies! You can also see great demonstrations for two-handed colourwork, shadow knitting, crochet granny squares and sock knitting as well as a chance to have a go yourself ahead of the workshops they will run later in the year. If you’re on the hunt to add to your stash, there will be a flash sale with great discounts. You’ll also find a raffle to win a £25 voucher with all proceeds going to the Super Shoes charity. Tempt your sweet tooth with lots of cake and goodies. There’s something for everyone! 01908 586244, www.theknittinghut.co.uk

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Boost your stash when you visit this shop, with the chance to buy your choice from a pick and mix collection of whole and half balls of yarn from £5, £10 and £15, which are perfect for small projects. You can also enter a prize draw, taste yummy homemade muffins or take advantage of 10% off selected yarns to inspire your next project. 01642 740929, www.allthingswool.net

ADD TO YOUR STASH


YARN SHOP DAY 2016

BUY HANDDYED YARNS

THE YARN CAKE, Glasgow, Scotland

ENJOY GAMES

Meet our mascots!

WHITE GECKO CRAFT LOUNGE, Dinas Powys, Wales

We’re very pleased to introduce Tiny the knitted Elephant and Chris the Monkey in crochet. The patterns are available only from participating stores on the day so make sure you get yours!

These crafty newcomers are making a splash on the knitting scene with some fantastic events taking place. Join The Great Camms Corner Gecko hunt which is open to all ages and will feature a number of crocheted white geckos hidden in and around the Corner - you could win great prizes! You can also drop in to the Knitting Clinic and ask the experts if you’re stuck on a project or need help with a pattern. 0292 115 2628, www.whitegeckoevents.co.uk

The Glasgow store is hosting an Abstract Cat Crafts trunk show this year so you can stock up on glorious locally hand-dyed yarns and will also have goodie bags and prizes to be won. Don’t miss the cakes, of course, for essential shopping sustenance! 0141 946 5305, www.theyarncake.co.uk

S L L I K S W E N N R LEA

JOIN A SPECIAL GUEST

BLACK SHEEP WOOLS, Warrington, Cheshire

C&H FABRICS, Horsham, West Sussex Take care of all of your crafting and home needs when you pop into the Horsham branch of C&H Fabrics. They have a very special guest from 10:30am-2:30pm this year, Monica Russel! She will be available for book signings and demonstrations so be sure to make the most of this amazing opportunity. 01403 242127, www.candh.co.uk

As always, the Cheshire-based store has a full day planned, packed with events that you won’t want to miss. The celebrations start with a sock knitting workshop with blogger Winwick Mum from 9:30am-12:30pm, at the same time as crochet and natter with Sue Pinner from 10:30am2:30pm. You can also try weaving with Beryl Weir from 10am-2pm or 1-3pm, then enjoy crochet with Crafternoon Treats from 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30pm-3.30pm. 01925 764231, www.blacksheepwools.com

AMMONITE YARNS, Pontyclun, Wales

WHITKNITS, Whitstable, Kent The crafty haven in the south will have two ladies from Whitstable Yarnbombers creating live yarnbombing between 11am and 2pm, in which you can take part! If that tickles your fancy, you’ll also get the chance to join a big community project taking place later in the year so you’ll really be supporting local crafters and celebrating all things yarny. 01227 282271, www.facebook.com/Whitknits.UK

DO SOME YARN BOMBING

Double up on the celebrations with both Yarn Shop Day and the Wales-based store’s first birthday! You’ll find independent dyer Michelle from Woolly Wumpkins along with her campervan, talking about sock yarn and how to adapt patterns, along with other ideas for the yarn, and tips to make amazing projects. Soak in all of the knitty knowledge from 11am until 12:30pm. 01443 520200, www.ammoniteyarns.co.uk

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Measurements & Sizes To fit (mths): 3-6 (9-12) Jumper To fit chest (cm): 44-48 (50-54) Actual chest (cm): 52 (58) Actual length shoulder to hem (cm): 23 (27) Hat To fit head (cm): 40 (44) Bootees To fit: 3-9 months, one size only

Knit Kit Yarn: Patons Merino Extrafine 4ply, (A) 31 Cherry, (B) 23 Apricot, (C) 20 Sundance, (D) 74 Chartreuse, (E) 68 Iris, (F) 51 Royal, (G) 46 Plum and (H) 37 Pink, one 50g ball of each Needles: 2.75mm, 3.25mm Stitch holders Tapestry needle Buttons: four (five)

Tension Square l 25 sts x 36 rows l 10cm x 10cm l stocking stitch

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About the Yarn Patons Merino Extrafine 4ply is an exceptionally fine and soft, yet hardwearing pure wool yarn. It is machine washable at 40°C and can even be tumble dried. It costs £4.25 per 50g (170m) ball. To find your nearest local stockist call 01484 681881 or visit www.makeitcoats.com

Pick up everything you need for this project from your local yarn store.

meet our DESIGNER “Instead of dithering about whether to knit a baby set in pink for a girl or or blue for a boy, I prefer to use as many colours as possible!” SUSIE JOHNS

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Colours of the Rainbow Susie Johns’ set is perfect for any tot

ome people start knitting baby clothes months in advance, but if you wait until the birth of a new baby has already been announced, you can start knitting a colourful set that will fit the little darling at three months or, for slow knitters, nine months. Bright shades offer a colourful alternative to the more traditional pale blue and pink, and will suit both boys and girls and, with this in mind, this jumper, hat and bootees are made in colourful stripes using 4ply yarn. You will need just one ball of each colour for the whole set, as 4ply goes a long way.

JUMPER BACK

Shape shoulder

** Using 2.75mm needles and yarn A, cast on 66 (74) sts £ Rows 1-10: [k1, p1] to end Change to 3.25mm needles, cut yarn A and join in yarn B £ Beg with a k row, work four rows in st st Cut yarn B and join in yarn C £ Beg with a k row, work four rows in st st Cut yarn C and join in yarn D £ Beg with a k row, work four rows in st st Cut yarn D and join in yarn E £ Beg with a k row, work four rows in st st Cut yarn E and join in yarn F £ Beg with a k row, work four rows in st st Cut yarn F and join in yarn G £ Beg with a k row, work four rows in st st Cut yarn G and join in yarn H £ Cont working in four-row stripes, in set colour sequence, until work meas 14 (16) cm from cast-on edge, ending after a WS row

Shape armholes £ Cont in striped patt, cast off two sts at beg of next two rows. 62 (70) sts £ Row 3: k1, skpo, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1 £ Row 4: p £ Rep Rows 3-4 6 (8) times. 48 (52) sts **

RIGHT BACK £ Row 1: k21 (23), turn Leave rem sts on holder £ Beg with a p row, work in striped patt for 19 (27) rows

£ Row 1: cast off seven sts, k to end £ Row 2: p £ Row 3: cast off 7 (8) sts, k to end £ Row 4: p Transfer rem 7 (8) sts to a holder

Left back £ With RS facing, leave first six sts from holder unworked, rejoin yarn to rem sts and work left back to match right back, keeping stripe sequence same and reversing shapings

FRONT £ Work as Back from ** to ** £ Cont in stripe patt work a further 4 (8) rows

Shape neck £ Row 1: k18 (20), turn and leave rem sts on a holder £ Dec one st at neck edge on next and every alt row until 14 (15) sts rem £ Work 10 (12) rows in stripe patt without further dec

Shape shoulder £ Row 1: cast off seven sts, k to end £ Row 2: p £ Cast off £ With RS facing, slip first 12 sts on to holder, rejoin yarn to rem sts and work other side of neck to match, reversing shapings

SLEEVE (make two) Using 2.75mm needles and A, cast on 34 (36) sts £ Rows 1-9: [k1, p1] to end £ Row 10: [k1, p1] 3 (4) times, [m1, rib seven] four times. 38 (40) sts Change to 3.25mm needles, cut yarn A and join in yarn B £ Beg with yarn B, work in st st,

changing colour every four rows in same sequence as Back and Front, and inc one st at each end of fifth and every foll sixth row until there are 48 (52) sts, ending after a WS row £ Beg with a k row, work a further 10 (14) rows in stripe patt

Shape top £ Row 1: cast off four sts, k to end. 44 (48) sts £ Row 2: cast off four sts, p to end. 40 (44) sts £ Row 3: k1, skpo, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1 £ Row 4: p £ Rep Rows 3-4 8 (10) times. 22 sts £ Next row: k1, skpo, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1 £ Next row: p1, ssp, p to last three sts, p2tog, p1 £ Rep last two rows three times more £ Cast off six sts

Left back button border Using 2.75mm needles and yarn A, cast on seven sts £ Row 1 (RS): [k1, p1] three times, k1 £ Row 2: [p1, k1] three times, p1 £ Rep Rows 1-2 14 (19) times Do not cast off but transfer sts to stitch holder

MAKING UP AND BORDERS Join side and sleeve seams, pin and stitch sleeve tops to armhole openings

RIGHT BACK BUTTONHOLE BORDER Using 2.75mm needles, yarn A and with RS facing, k3 from holder, m1, k rem three sts from holder. Seven sts

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F E A T U R E | Y A R N S HS O I MPP LDE AS YA C H E T S £ Row 1: [k1, p1] three times, k1 £ Row 2: [p1, k1] three times, p1 £ Rows 3-6: rep Rows 1-2 twice £ Row 7 (make buttonhole): k1, p1, k1, yfwd, k2tog, p1, k1 £ Row 8: [p1, k1] three times, p1 £ Rows 9-10: as Rows 1-2 £ Rep Rows 1-10 2 (3) times Do not cast off but transfer sts to holder Stitch Left back button border in place behind Right back border and stitch together at base

NECKBAND £ Using 2.75mm needles, yarn A and with RS facing, beg at top of Left back button border, work seven sts in rib, k 7 (8) sts from holder at Left back neck, pick up and k 15 (17) sts down left front neck, k six sts from holder at centre front, m1, k rem six sts from centre front, pick up and k 15 (17) sts up right side, 7 (8) sts from holder, then work seven sts from Right back buttonhole border. 71 (77) sts £ Row 1: [p1, k1] to last st, p1 £ Row 6 (make buttonhole): rib to last four sts, yfwd, k2tog, p1, k1 £ Row 7: as Row 1 £ Cast off loosely in rib Weave in all yarn ends. Stitch 4 (5) buttons in place to correspond with buttonholes on back opening

HAT Using 2.75mm needles and yarn A, cast on 100 (110) sts £ Row 1: [k1, p1] to end £ Rep Row 1 7 (9) times more Change to 3.25mm needles, cut yarn A and join in yarn B £ Beg with a k row, work in st st and stripe patt as for jumper for 26 (30) rows

Shape crown £ Row 1: [k8, k2tog] ten (11) times. 90 (99) sts £ Row 2 and every WS row: p £ Row 3: [k7, k2tog] 10 (11) times.

80 (88) sts £ Row 5: [k6, k2tog] 10 (11) times. 70 (77) sts £ Row 7: [k5, k2tog] 10 (11) times. 60 (66) sts £ Row 9: [k4, k2tog] 10 (11) times. 50 (55) sts £ Row 11: [k3, k2tog] 10 (11) times. 40 (44) sts £ Row 13: [k2, k2tog] 10 (11) times. 30 (33) sts £ Row 15: [k1, k2tog] 10 (11) times. 20 (22) sts £ Row 17: [k2tog] 10 (11) times £ Cut yarn, thread through rem 10 (11) sts, pull tight and fasten off

TO MAKE UP Stitch seam on hat, weave in all yarn ends. Stitch the back seam on Hat

BOOTEES Using 2.75mm needles and yarn A, Why not experiment with different colour patterns

cast on 39 sts £ Row 1: k £ Row 2: k1, kfb, k16, kfb, k1, kfb, k16, kfb, k1. 43 sts £ Row 3: k £ Row 4: k2, kfb, k16, kfb, k3, kfb, k16, kfb, k2. 47 sts £ Row 5: k £ Row 6: k3, kfb, k16, kfb, k5, kfb, k16, kfb, k3. 51 sts £ Row 7: k £ Row 8: k4, kfb, k16, kfb, k7, kfb, k16, kfb, k4. 55 sts £ Row 9: k £ Row 10: k5, kfb, k16, kfb, k9, kfb, k16, kfb, k5. 59 sts £ Row 11: k £ Row 12: k6, kfb, k16, kfb, k11, kfb, k16, kfb, k6. 63 sts £ Row 13: k Cut yarn A and join in yarn B £ Beg with a k row, work four rows in st st Cut yarn B and join in yarn C £ Beg with a k row, work four rows in st st Cut yarn C and join in yarn D £ Cont in st st, changing colour every four rows in the same sequence as Jumper

Shape top £ Row 1: k27, skpo, k5, k2tog, k27. 61 sts £ Row 2: p £ Row 3: k26, skpo, k5, k2tog, k26. 59 sts £ Row 4: p25, ssp, p5, p2tog, p25. 57 sts

£ Row 5: k24, skpo, k5, k2tog, k24. 55 sts £ Row 6: p23, ssp, p5, p2tog, p23. 53 sts £ Row 7: k22, skpo, k5, k2tog, k22. 51 sts £ Row 8: p21, ssp, p5, p2tog, p21. 49 sts £ Row 9: k20, skpo, k5, k2tog, k20. 47 sts £ Row 10: p19, ssp, p5, p2tog, p19. 45 sts £ Row 11: k18, skpo, k5, k2tog, k18. 43 sts £ Row 12: p17, ssp, p5, p2tog, p17. 41 sts £ Row 13: k16, skpo, k5, k2tog, k16. 39 sts £ Row 14: p15, ssp, p5, p2tog, p15. 37 sts £ Row 15: * k3, m1, rep from * to last four sts, k4. 48 sts £ Row 16: p £ Row 17 (eyelets): k1, (yfwd, k2tog, k2) 11 times, yfwd, k2tog, k1 £ Row 18: p £ Row 19: k Change to 2.75mm needles and yarn A £ K 11 rows £ Cast off

TO MAKE UP Sew seam along base of sole and up centre back. Make two plaited or twisted cords approx 45cm long and thread through eyelets LK

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YARN SHOP DAY 2016 Sponsored by:

On the 30th April, we are joining up with bricks and mortar yarn shops across Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland for our annual Yarn Shop Day extravaganza! Here is a taster of what you can expect: ● ● ● ● ●

BERKSHIRE

BERKSHIRE

BRISTOL

Stockist of a wide range of yarns and accessories from:

Products to inspire ... Whether you are an experienced yarn and fabric crafter or its all brand new to you. Yarn and fabric crafting supplies, haberdashery and kits all under one roof.

www.lizhiannes.com

01189 712151 Email: val@lizhiannes.com

Lizhiannes-Fleece-and-Fibre, Unit 3, Spire Ridge, Bath Road, Midgham, Berks, RG7 5XB

BRISTOL

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

King Cole, Stylecraft, Adriafil, DMC, Manos de Uruguay and Bergere de France. Knitting & Crochet lessons & workshops. Moss End Garden Village, Maidenhead Road, Warfield, Bracknell RG42 6EJ

01344 861942 www.Thebarnyarn.co.uk info@thebarnyarn.co.uk

Thebarnyarn

CAMBRIDGESHIRE

CAMBRIDGESHIRE

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

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

65 High Street, Woburn Sands, Bucks MK17 8QY info@theknittinghut.co.uk 01908 586244

CHESHIRE

Open Monday-Friday 9.00-5.00 Saturday 10.00-5.00 39 Brislington Hill, Bristol BS4 5BE 0117 300 5211 www.getknitted.com

Premature baby knitwear

Come and join us for a great day of new yarns, special offers, knitty workshop demonstrations, yarnbombing, cake and more!

CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Award winning store with a huge selection of yarns and needles to suit all budgets. Fab range of workshops and regular Knit and Natter groups.

Tel. 01353 969426 www.curtisyarns.co.uk

CHESHIRE

CHESHIRE

Crafty Stitches Tel: 01606 431 87

Black Sheep Craft Barn Chester 65 Frodsham Street, CH1 3JJ

01244 323 640 OPEN 7 DAYS Abakhan.Fabrics @AbakhanFabrics

AbakhanFabrics

Warehouse Studios Glaziers Lane Culcheth Warrington WA3 4AQ

Stocking yarns from Sirdar, Patons, Debbie Bliss, Rico plus many more! 48 Witton Street, Northwich Cheshire, CW9 5AG

01925 764231

Email:sales@craftystitchesonline.co.uk

www.blacksheepwools.com

www.craftystitchesonline.co.uk

LOVE YOUR Yarn Shop

BEDFORDSHIRE

EXCLUSIVE knitted and crochet mascot patterns Workshops & demonstrations Meet wellknown authors and designers Special offers and discounts Yummy cakes, refreshments and more!


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CHESHIRE

CHESHIRE

CHESHIRE

Wool and Patterns and Accessories from Sirdar, Rico, King Cole, Patons Haberdashery and Fabric including exclusive licensed brands: Doctor Who, Marvel, Disney etc.

Get creative with CROOKILLEY on Yarn Shop Day Bramhall Village Square, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 1AW

LOVE YOUR Yarn Shop

0161 440 0094

crookilleycrafts@gmail.com

CrookilleyCraftsEmporium

CC_Emporium

CORNWALL

• YARN • HABERDASHERY • FABRIC

Stocking: King Cole, Sirdar, Stylecraft, Robin, Wendy, James C Brett Rico and Makower. 19 The Precinct, Romiley, Stockport, Cheshire, SK6 4EA.

0161 430 2566

CORNWALL

ipity Sewendof Stalybridge WOOLS, CRAFTS & HABERDASHERY

Stockists of: King Cole, Robin, Wendy & Teddy Come along to our YARN SHOP DAY SALE and help knit for our yarn bombing! Enter our raffle to win 1 hours free knitting lesson and 1 hours free crochet lesson! 43 Melbourne St, Stalybridge, Cheshire SK15 2JJ

Tel: 0161 465 6820 COUNTY DURHAM

CORNWALL

As a family run business with over 20 year s in experience in the industry, we provide a wide range of yarns and products at competitive prices. 6 Gwel Avon, Gilston Road, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 6TW

01752 840285 www.busyfingersshop.co.uk

CUMBRIA

Woolly Sue's For all your knitting and sewing needs. Find us at Truro Fabrics, Calenick Street, Truro, TR1 2SF 01872 222130 info@TruroFabrics.com

www.trurofabrics.com

DERBYSHIRE

5 Albert Street Penzance TR18 2LR

01736 361386 Open Monday Saturday 9.30am -5pm

for all your woolly needs! DERBYSHIRE

wool knitting, crochet & felt kits patterns & books gifts workshops 37 High Street, Stockton-on-Tees United Kingdom TS18 1SB 07792 485103 www.allthingswool.net

DEVON

Visit us on Yarn Shop Day for demonstrations, discounts and a huge sale! sandra@cumbriasewing.co.uk

DEVON

The Wool Shop Stockists of:

Sirdar, Debbie Bliss, Noro, DY Choice, King Cole, Ella Rae, Bergere de France plus needles and accessories from KnitPro. Now open 6 days at 19 George Street, Glossop, SK13 8AY. Or visit our website:

www.skeins.co.uk

DEVON

Stockists of: Sirdar, James C Brett, Wendy, Peter Pan & Knit Pro accessories 2a Gladstone Road Spondon, Derby DE21 7JJ

01332 661285 DEVON

The Periwinkle

45 Fore Street, Ilfracombe EX34 9DJ

www.theperiwinkle.co.uk

28 Fore Street, Cullompton, Devon EX15 1JH 01884 798180 fudgeswoolandhaberdashery@gmail.com

www.fudgeswool.co.uk

DORSET

Tea & Togs Art & Craft Café @

We sell Italian clothing, Textile art & craft, supplies and hold workshops.

Friendly family run wool shop Stockists of: Stylecraft, Wendy, King Cole and James C Brett We also stock a large selection of buttons and haberdashery supplies.

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

Join us for yarn shop day on Saturday 30th April for free demonstrations, special offers and competitions - follow our blog for more details nearer the time! 81 Cheap Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3BA

www.butterflybright.com 01935 817303

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

DORSET


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DORSET

ESSEX

Stockists of beautiful yarns from Erika Knight, Woolly Knits, Katia, Rico & more. Also Knit-pro needles and hooks. Creative workshops all in the historic town of Saffron Walden. 27 High Street, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1AT

ESSEX

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

Shop 3 Central House, High Street, Ongar, CM5 9AA

01277 366663 www.ongarwools.co.uk

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

For branch addresses see www.franklinsgroup.com and find us on Facebook at Franklins Group Colchester or Salisbury.

ESSEX

The Sewing B x

A family run business trading since 1996. Stockists of: Patons, Stylecraft & Sirdar and so much more!

Franklins Colchester, Chelmsford and Salisbury branches are all happy to be taking part in National Yarn Shop Day.

71 Connaught Avenue, Frinton, Essex CO13 9PP Tel: 01255 674456 YARN, HABERDASHERY, LINEN, FABRICS, CRAFTS & BABYWEAR sandra_woolcabin@hotmail.com

www.woolcabin.co.uk

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

GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Cotswold Tilly’s Wool Wagon Sewing and Knitting Machines

Bridge Barn, Bones Lane Antique Centre Battlesbridge, Essex SS11 7RF Open Wednesday to Sunday Free Parking Tilly's Wool Wagon Tel: 07519 884222

GREATER MANCHESTER

We stock King Cole, Rowan, Patons, Debbie Bliss, Noro, Bergere de France & Wooly Knit www.cotswoldsewingmachines.co.uk 01453 763660

GREATER MANCHESTER

Bolton

Manchester

Burnden Park, Manchester Road, BL3 2NE

111-115 Oldham Street, M4 1LN

01204 388 430

0161 839 3229

OPEN 7 DAYS Abakhan.Fabrics

Tel: 01684 438596

7a Lansdown, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1BB

@AbakhanFabrics

AbakhanFabrics

OPEN 7 DAYS Abakhan.Fabrics @AbakhanFabrics

www.thebuttondrawhaberdashery.co.uk

GREATER MANCHESTER

GREATER MANCHESTER

Kimberleys Krafts WOOL & HABERDASHERY

For all your wool & haberdashery supplies Pembroke Hall Market, Lower Ground Floor, Walkden Town Centre, Manchester, M28 3ZH (We are based opposite Subway)

Open Mon-Sat 9-5 07922 210626 kimberleyminniskrafts

HAMPSHIRE

Handmade Studios

HAMPSHIRE

AbakhanFabrics

LOVE YOUR Yarn Shop

www.craft-days.co.uk 01799218429

ESSEX

ESSEX

ESSEX


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YARN SHOP DAY 2016 Sponsored by:

HERTFORDSHIRE

HAMPSHIRE

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

LOVE YOUR Yarn Shop

023 9242 8230

We stock a fantastic range of knitting wool and crochet cottons. Whatever your level of skill there is always a knowledgeable member of staff who can help you. 01442 245 383

HERTFORDSHIRE

For all your wool and cross-stitch needs We also offer a range of workshops

142 Cotterells, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP1 1JQ

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

www.needlecraftstore.co.uk

www.wool-n-things.co.uk

JERSEY

ISLE OF WIGHT

HERTFORDSHIRE

KENT

KENT

AvicraftWool Now a Bergere de France Premier Stockist!

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

● Yarn Patterns & Books ● Gifts Knitting & Crochet Clubs ●

Everything you could need under one roof!

Tel: 01983 868123 Email: tajcrafts@outlook.com

www.figtreeyarns.co.uk Le Picachon, St Saviour Jersey JE2 7SB, Channel Islands +44 1534 732374 • info@figtreeyarns.je

LANCASHIRE

LANCASHIRE

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

LANCASHIRE

5 Oxford Street, Whitstable CT5 1DB

Tel: 01227 282271 www.whitknits.co.uk

LANCASHIRE

Wool & Haberdashery

Preston Corporation Street, Preston, PR1 2UQ

01772 202 677 OPEN 7 DAYS

Abakhan.Fabrics @AbakhanFabrics

AbakhanFabrics

LANCASHIRE

Disabled Access. Toilet. Free Car park.

Market Street Works, Market Street, Church, Accrington, BB5 0DP

mrsjohnson@mrsjohnsonsemporium.co.uk 29 - 31 Bond Street, Blackpool FY4 1BQ T: 01253 404 550 www.mrsjohnsonsemporium.co.uk

07543 469999 LANCASHIRE

LEICESTERSHIRE

LEICESTERSHIRE

Needles and Pins for your knitting and sewing needs Come and join us at The Yarn Loft in Colne for a truly fabulous Yarn Shop Day 10-4pm.

Open Tuesday, Friday & Saturday 10-4pm Thursday 10-6pm

We will have a very special workshop featuring the wonderful knitwear designer Emma Wright. We will also have lots of yarn related fun. Light refreshments will be provided. Visit: www.emilyfoulds.com for more details. The Yarn Loft, Guy Syke Warehouse, Primet Hill, Colne BB8 9NF. T: 0800 228 9400

Number One in Leicestershire for service, yarn choice, needles and patterns 60c Queens Road, Leicester, LE2 1TU

Unit 3, 74-76 Main Street, Broughton Astley, Leicestershire LE9 6RD

0116 270 0337 knitone.uk.com

01455 285800 www.needles-pins.co.uk


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YARN SHOP DAY 2016 Sponsored by:

LINCOLNSHIRE

LINCOLNSHIRE

LINCOLNSHIRE

LONDON

Horncastle Hobby House Stockists of King Cole,Katia, Wendy & Jarol Yarn. Large selection of patterns, needles & knitting accessories The One Stop Hobby Shop Needlework,Craft Kits & Sugarcraft supplies 25 North Street, Horncastle, Lincs LN9 5DX 01507 522659

MANCHESTER

MERSEYSIDE

01427 614251 www.thewoolloft.co.uk 58 Bridge Street, Gainsborough DN21 1LS

MERSEYSIDE

Gorgeous British & Recycled Yarns Notions, Craft Supplies & Gifts Knitting, Crochet & Sewing Classes for all levels Craft Club & Party bookings Celebrating 16 years on Broadway! Yarn Shop Day Goody Bags & Free Workshop! 7 Broadway Market, Hackney, London E8 4PH Tel: 020 7275 9043 www.fabrications1.co.uk

MERSEYSIDE

Crafts by The Card Fairy Ltd We stock Stylecraft Yarns & Knitting patterns, Whitecroft knitting needles and crochet hooks. Gütermann thread, Zips, buttons and much, much more. 57B High Street, Cheadle, Cheshire SK8 1BJ

Tel: 07771 758 786

Birkenhead

Liverpool

8-12 Greenway Road, Tranmere, CH41 0NG

34-44 Stafford Street, L3 8LX

0151 652 5195

0151 207 4029

OPEN 7 DAYS Abakhan.Fabrics @AbakhanFabrics

AbakhanFabrics

OPEN 7 DAYS Abakhan.Fabrics @AbakhanFabrics

AbakhanFabrics

Opening hours: 9 to 5 Mon to Sat.

MERSEYSIDE

MERSEYSIDE

MIDLANDS

NORFOLK

Diss Wool & Craft Shop

A haven for British wool lovers on Merseyside!

2 Cobbs Yard, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4LB

Natural yarns, British wools and budget blends. Knitting and crochet supplies and courses. Friendly groups and advice.

Open Tues to Sat 9am to 4pm

Tel: 01379 650640 www.disswoolandcrafts.com

The Good Wool Shop at Derbyshire’s, 22 – 24 Chapel Lane, Formby L37 4DU

sales@disswoolandcrafts.com

01704 830465

www.thegoodwoolshop.co.uk

NORFOLK

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

NORTHERN IRELAND

Your one stop shop for all your knitting needs! 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

www.yarnshopnorthampton.co.uk 01604 716768 70 Kingsley Park Terrace, Northampton NN2 7HH

www.facebook.com/getknitting

CRAFTY WISHES Wools and quirky gifts too! 14 Main Street, Bessbrook, Newry 028 30 839 702 crafty.wishes@yahoo.com

NORTHERN IRELAND

The Glen Gallery Main stockists of Rowan, Erika Knight, Sublime, Noro, Louisa Harding, Knit Pro etc. Workshops with international designers. Workshop on Yarn Shop Day with Let's Knit designer Helen Ardley.

48 Fenagh Road, Cullybackey, Co. Antrim BT43 5PH

Tel: 028 2588 0354

LOVE YOUR Yarn Shop

www.horncastlehobbyhouse.co.uk

Now stocking: Stylecraft, King Cole, Rico, Adriafil, Wooly Knit, WYS, Juniper Moon and Ella Rae


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YARN SHOP DAY 2016 Sponsored by:

NORTHUMBERLAND

LOVE YOUR Yarn Shop

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 Debbie Bliss. We also run lots of workshops and weekly craft groups. 16c Front Street, West Bedlington, Northumberland, NE22 5UB

01670 821758 www.crafthive.co.uk

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

Wool Tree

Andrea's Treasures

110, Front Street, Bedlington NE22 5AE Tel 01670 824493 Open Monday to Saturday 9 ‘til 5

Button Moon Haberdashery & Wool

A family run business. We stock a wide range of yarns, knitting needles, patterns and other accessories. We hold 3 knit and chat classes a week. Commissions taken. For more information call Andrea on 07557953884 or find us on Facebook.

A quirky little independent haberdashery and wool shop in Arnold, Nottingham. We’re very excited to be participating in National Yarn Shop Day!

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

NORTHUMBERLAND

Stocking a wide range of yarns including Sirdar, Stylecraft, James Brett & Jenny Watson. We have something for every budget from Hayfields Super Value Bonus to luxurious merinos. We also stock an extensive range of patterns, pattern books, needles, crochet hooks, knitting bags, buttons, ribbon and haberdashery. Eucalan delicate wash, now in stock. www.wooltree.co.uk Wool Tree

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

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

Stylecraft Knitpro Woolcraft King Cole West Yorkshire Spinners A wide range of yarns, patterns and needles for all your knitting and crochet projects! Workshops and Social Knitworking groups.

Winner of best independent shop in the Midlands 3 years running

www.knitworking.co.uk

Newly located at: No 9 Trinity Walk, Nottingam, NG1 2AN www.knitnottingham.co.uk (0115) 947 4239

5 Main Road, Gedling, Nottingham NG4 3HQ Tel: 0115 961 3081 enquiries@knitworking.co.uk

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

SCOTLAND

We stock a wide range of haberdashery products and a large selection of wool and patterns 2C Main Street, Keyworth, Nottinghamshire, NG12 5AD Tel: 0115 937 6010 www.threadsofkeyworth.co.uk

SCOTLAND We are a friendly local shop catering to all of your Knitting, Sewing and Quilting needs

27 Marine Parade, Kirn, Dunoon, Argyll, Scotland, PA23 8HF Tel : 01369 707756 Email: jintyandbaa@hotmail.com

We have our own sheep where you can learn how to prepare your own fleece and then knit your own hat or scarf from the wool you spin. We can show you natural dying techniques using wind blown materials found locally. The Ariundle Centre runs regular craft workshops to suit all interests Ariundle Centre, Strontian, PH36 4JA Tel: 01967 402 279 Email: ariundle@aol.com

STOCKISTS OF:

Rico Stylecraft Wendy WYS Patons Malabrigo Juniper Moon Navia Opal Knit Pro Prym Hiya Hiya AND MANY MORE

KELTRA CRAFTS We are stockists of Sirdar and Rico. We now stock the full range of Harrap DK Tweed and the brand new Evie Sublime Wool by Sirdar. We also specialise in crochet workshops. 54 North Bridge Street, Bathgate, West Lothian, EH48 4PP

Tel: 01506 650852

www.bmhw.co.uk Button Moon, 12 Marketplace, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 6ND buttonmoon.arnold

Stockists: James Brett, Katia, King Cole, Knit Pro, Sirdar, Stylecraft and Rico & more Come and join the celebrations on Saturday 30th April There will be cake, a free prize draw and giveaways. 3A Station Street, Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire NG19 8AE 01623 622175

www.thetwoknits.com

SCOTLAND

SCOTLAND

SCOTLAND

Jinty and Baa Needlecrafts

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

Lots planned for April 30th!

Craftworks is a unique, independent arts and crafts boutique situated in the heart of the picturesque Scottish Borders town of Kelso. The shop is a social hub for creativity and offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere to crafters and artists from all walks of life. Craftworks 18The Square, Kelso Scottish Borders TD5 7HH

01573 228623 www.craftworks.scot Email: info@craftworks.scot

20 High Street Kinghorn Fife KY3 9UE Telephone: 01592 891151 www.dragonsdenwools.co.uk

SCOTLAND

SCOTLAND

Skeins & Bobbins

The Knitting Bee

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

52 Main Street, Barrhead, Glasgow G78 1RE

Main suppliers Sirdar, King Cole, Rico, Wendy and James C Brett. Classes and workshops available call Doreen for more information on 0141 881 1969 Opening Hours - Monday closed Tuesday 10am-5pm Wednesday 10am-5pm Thursday 1pm-7pm - Friday 10am-4pm Saturday 10am -2pm June July and August (summer months) 10am-4pm rest of the year.


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YARN SHOP DAY 2016 Sponsored by:

SCOTLAND

SCOTLAND Scotland’s Award Winning Knitting Café

Varis Crafts Open Monday - Saturday 10.00am-12.45pm & 1.15pm - 4.00pm

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

2 Bogton Place, Nairn Road, Forres IV36 1EP 01309 696959 | variscrafts@hotmail.co.uk

148 Queen Margaret Drive, Glasgow G20 8NY

SOMERSET

Varis Crafts stocks a wide range of wool, fabrics & ribbon, including JC Brett, Stylecraft, Debbie Bliss, Sirdar & DY Yarns. Regular classes & workshops, weekly Craft & Chatter sessions.

STAFFORDSHIRE

STAFFORDSHIRE

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

Hanley

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

55 Old Hall Street, Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire ST1 3AU

01782 274 200 OPEN 7 DAYS Abakhan.Fabrics @AbakhanFabrics

Offering a range of high quality yarns including: Sirdar, Hayfield, Peter Pan, Wendy, King Cole, Robin & Baby Sublime yarns as well as knitting and crochet books, kits and accessories to suit every budget.

7 Tudor Row, Wade Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6HH. 01543 417700

AbakhanFabrics

www.knitiqueonline.com

STAFFORDSHIRE

SURREY

SUFFOLK

TYNE AND WEAR

Kemps Wool Come and visit us on Yarn Shop Day. We are hosting a knitting/crochet group in the afternoon from 1pm. Raffles with fab prizes and refreshments available. Unit 214, Trentham Retail Village, Stone Road, Staffs, ST4 8AX

01782 646405

www.littleshopofcrafts.co.uk TYNE AND WEAR

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 Monday – Saturday

Stocking a wide variety of yarns including Rico, King Cole, Wendy, Peter Pan and Patons. Beautiful range of baby yarns available! Come join us on Yarn Shop Day to explore the joys of weaving and loom work! 7 Station Way, Cheam Village, Surrey SM3 8SD angela@whichcraftwools.co.uk

0208 643 3211

WALES

WALES

No thrills, no gimmicks, just the cheapest prices all year round! Free postage on orders over £25.00 (UK mainland only)

203 Chester Road Sunderland SR4 7TU 0191 567-3455 www.kempswoolshop.com

WALES

K&J CRAFTS

11/13 West Percy St., North Shields, Tyne & Wear NE29 0AH e: angelawoolworks@gmail.com Open Mon to Sat 9.00 - 5.00 0191 257 5081

www.thewoolworks.co.uk

Mostyn, North Wales Coast Road, Llanerch-Y-Mor, Flintshire, CH8 9DX

01745 562 100 OPEN 7 DAYS Abakhan.Fabrics @AbakhanFabrics

AbakhanFabrics

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

Visit our Website

www.caricrafts.co.uk

We are yarn stockists of Sirdar, James C Brett & Woolcraft, haberdashery and needlecrafts, we stock knitting & crochet patterns, Welsh gifts, lovespoons & books. Unit 7, Maesteg Outdoor Market, Talbot Street, Maesteg, Bridgend CF34 9BL

enquiries@maestegknittingcrafts.co.uk

LOVE YOUR Yarn Shop

0141 946 5305 www.theyarncake.co.uk

SHROPSHIRE

SCOTLAND

SCOTLAND


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YARN SHOP DAY 2016 Sponsored by:

WALES

WALES

Wool Shop Birmingham House, Alban Square, Aberaeron Tel: 01545 905051 www.rosemaryswoolshop.co.uk Knitting Yarn Specialists Sewing, Embroidery & Cross Stitch Supplies, Haberdashery

LOVE YOUR Yarn Shop

Knitting & Crochet workshops

WALES Clwyd House, High Street, Rhuddlan, North Wales LL18 2TU

Selling wool by DMC, James C Brett, Sirdar & Stylecraft, patterns, needles & hooks. Also stocks a selection of craft kits, buttons and haberdashery

Tel: 01745 590383

WARWICKSHIRE

WALES

WALES

We stock Drops, Bernat, Patons, Sheep Shop, Sugar ‘n Cream, West Yorkshire Spinners, Woolyknit, Fyberspates, Wendy and Peter Pan plus some independent dyers too. Ammonite Yarns, 7 Llantrisant Road, Pontyclun CF72 9DP 01443 520200 Find us on facebook www.facebook.com/Ammonite Yarns www.ammoniteyarns.co.uk

WARWICKSHIRE

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.

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

WARWICKSHIRE

THE WOOL SHOP Warwick Wools A specialist Stocking: King Cole, Robin, Wendy, Patons, Sirdar and Stylecraft.

This new craft shop in Dinas Powys stocks: Sirdar & James C Brett Yarns plus a range of haberdashery, fabrics & other crafty goodies Pop along for classes, workshops or coffee & cake

wool shop with a large selection of knitting yarns and accessories.

13 Camms Corner, Dinas Powys, CF64 4QY

4 Coventry Road, Bedworth Warwickshire, CV12 8NN

029 2115 2628 shop@whitegeckoevents.co.uk

17 Market Place, Warwick CV34 4SA Tel: 01926 492853 Email: mail@warwickwools.co.uk

Tel: 07864 032147

OPENING TIMES: MON – SAT: 9.30 – 4.30 THURS: 9.30 – 2.00

WEST MIDLANDS

At Christine’s wool shop we are stockists of all major yarn & craft accessories suppliers . . . Debbie Bliss, Louisa Harding, Noro, Stylecraft, Sirdar and much more Knitting & crochet classes run on a regular basis

37 Sycamore Road, Bournville, Birmingham B30 2AA E: cityknits@gmx.co.uk T: 0121 628 3977

WEST MIDLANDS

WEST MIDLANDS

WEST MIDLANDS

WEST MIDLANDS

Remember When

Fyberspates Malabrigo Sweet Georgia Hiya Hiya Knit Pro And much more…

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

WEST SUSSEX

Modern Stitch Craft Supply Shop and Workshop Venue Stable Gallery, rear of 7 Belwell Lane, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield B74 4AA

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

WILTSHIRE

Stitch Solihull, Notcutts Garden Centre Stratford Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 4EN

0121 314 6888 sales@stitchsolihull.com www.stitchsolihull.com

WILTSHIRE

Withit Witch

Yarns & Patterns from Sirdar, Stylecraft, James C Brett and WYS Crochet and Knitting Lessons Available enquiries@withitwitch.co.uk Visit us online at www.withitwitch.co.uk Halesowen Knitting Centre 75 High Street Halesowen B63 3BQ

Tel: 0121 5500201

10 Chinns Court, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 9AN Stockists of:

Stylecraft, Sirdar, Patons, Wendy, Debbis Bliss, Noro, Mirasol, Araucania and James C Brett

Tel: 01985 211 725


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YARN SHOP DAY 2016 Sponsored by:

WORCESTERSHIRE

WORCESTERSHIRE

YORKSHIRE

YORKSHIRE

rafts BOBBINS & LACE

Anne's Flowers and C

Stocking a large range of yarns

YORKSHIRE

Positioned in the beautiful North Yorkshire fishing village of Staithes

Come visit us on Yarn Shop Day to share our love and passion for all things woolly! Craft at Cleveland Corner High Street, Staithes North Yorkshire TS13 5BH

01947 841117

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

YORKSHIRE

Rico, Debbie Bliss, Adriafil, Stylecraft and Wendy. Also stocking a range of cross-stitch and haberdashery.

6-8 High Street, Droitwich, Worcestershire WR9 8EW

Tel: 01924 494 157

Tel: 01905 778381 www.iloveemms.co.uk

119-121 Nab Lane, Mirfield, WF14 9QJ

YORKSHIRE Est. 1956 12,000 button designs Haberdashery, Ribbons, Trimmings, Needlecrafts, Yarns and so much more! 32 Coppergate, York, YO1 1NR 01904 632042 e.michelle@duttonsforbuttons.co.uk www.duttonsforbuttons.co.uk DuttonsforButtons

YORKSHIRE

NORTH YORKSHIRE

Unit 29, The Craft Clearance Centre, Hornsea Freeport Shopping Centre, Rolston Road, Hornsea, HU18 1UT 01964 535599 Craft Clearance Centre We stock a wide variety of yarns Well worth a visit. Open 7 days a week

NORTH YORKSHIRE

knitting and sewing supplies

22 Kirkgate, Tadcaster LS24 9AD

01937 830 422 www.needlecase.co.uk WEST YORKSHIRE

VARIOUS COUNTIES

RIPPING YARNS Come and join us for a glass of Bucks Fizz to celebrate Yarn Shop Day

Spend £15.00 on King Cole Yarn and receive a free pattern book (whilst stocks last) 10% off all Sirdar Yarns & Patterns Enter our free prize draw

10% discount voucher to use on your next visit 9a Milton Street, Saltburn By The Sea, Cleveland, TS12 1DH

01287 623154

Stockists of King Cole, Rico, Stylecraft & Sirdar. Huge range of patterns, books & accessories. Why not join us on Saturday 30th April for our tea party to celebrate YSD & the shop's 5th birthday. 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. Web: www.woolnstuff.co.uk

At Let’s Knit you can keep up to date with what your local yarn shops are up to throughout the year and on Yarn Shop Day!

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED? If you own or work in a shop that would like to take part in Yarn Shop Day 2016 then we would love to hear from you! Please contact us at ysd@letsknit.co.uk or Tel: Leigh: 01206 505913 and Sam: 01206 505114

LOVE YOUR Yarn Shop

5 Unicorn Hill, Redditch B97 4QR Call us on: 01527 64647

Join us on the 30th of April for a lively and fun day with guests Bergere de France! ‘Take advantage of the yarn taster sessions, discounts and tea and cake on offer’ Celebrate Yarn Shop Day! Stockists of: Rowan, Debbie Bliss, Sirdar, King Cole, Bergere de France, James C Brett & Sew Much More!

and patterns from Sirdar, Sublime,


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EASY CROCHET APRON

Ground Force

Measurements & Sizes 53cm x 27cm excluding ties when made up

Crochet Kit

Forget green fingers, we’re going rainbow coloured with Lucinda Ganderton’s gardening apron!

Yarn: Rico Creative Cotton Aran, shades (A) 60 Natural, two 50g balls, (B) 13 Fuchsia, (C) 41 Pistachio, (D) 74 Orange, (E) 64 Candy Pink, one 50g ball of each Hooks: 4mm, 4.5mm Tapestry needle

Make in a weekend!

Tension Square l 16.5 sts x 12 rows l 10cm x 10cm l half treble

l 4.5mm hook

For abbreviations see page 92

About the Yarn Rico Creative Cotton Aran is an affordable, pure cotton yarn that has a soft finish and comes in some lovely, bright shades. It costs £1.79 per 50g (85m) ball from 01925 764231, www.blacksheepwools.com

Need an Alternative? Stylecraft Special Aran is an acrylic yarn that comes in similar shades to those featured here. It’s machine washable too, which is perfect for a project like this that’s sure to get grubby. It costs £1.79 per 100g (196m) ball from 01376 743123, www.sconch.com

crochetclever

To get a neat finish when working your stripes, join the new colour during the last movement of the final stitch of the row before the colour change. In this case, that’s a half treble stitch. So, using your old colour, wrap the yarn around the hook and insert into the next stitch. Wrap the yarn around the hook again and pull the loop through the stitch. Now use the new colour to wrap the yarn around the hook and pull through all loops on the hook to complete the stitch. You are now ready to work the next row.

I

f you’re a budding Carol Klein or Monty Don, then this project is just for you; whip up this quick-to-crochet pinny in just a few evenings. It’s worked in the half treble crochet stitch so grows really quickly. There’s no shaping at all and if you read our crochet clever panel, you’ll find an easy colourchange technique.

Start to crochet here... POCKETS Using 4.5mm hook and yarn B, make 60ch £ Row 1: 1htr in third ch from hook, 1htr in each ch to end, turn £ Row 2: 2ch (counts as 1htr), 1htr in each htr to end, working last htr in top of 2ch at beg of prev rnd, turn This row sets htr patt £ Rep last row 12 more times, joining yarn A in last st (see Crochet Clever) Fasten off yarn B £ Using yarn A, work two rows in htr patt, joining yarn C in last st

Fasten off yarn A £ Using yarn C, work ten rows in htr patt, joining yarn A in last st Fasten off yarn C £ Using yarn A, work two rows in htr patt, joining yarn D in last st Fasten off yarn A £ Using yarn D, work six rows in htr patt, joining yarn A in last st Fasten off yarn D £ Using yarn A, work two rows in htr patt, joining yarn E in last st Fasten off yarn A £ Using yarn E, work 14 rows in htr patt, joining yarn A in last st Fasten off yarn E £ Using yarn A, work two rows in htr patt, joining yarn C in last st Fasten off yarn A £ Using yarn C, work eight rows in htr patt Fasten off and weave in ends

WAISTBAND Using 4mm hook and with RS facing, join yarn A to bottom right corner of foundation row, turn work 90° and work into row-ends as folls: £ Row 1: 1ch, work 3dc for every two rows to end, working last dc in fasten off row, turn

£ Row 2: 2ch, 1htr in each dc to end £ Row 3: 2ch, 1htr in each htr to end £ Rep last row six more times £ Fasten off

TO MAKE UP Fold work with WS together until edge of Pockets overlaps first three rows of Waistband. Pin side edges together

EDGING AND TIES Using 4.5mm hook and with RS of apron facing, join yarn A to top left corner of Waistband above yarn B Pocket £ ** Row 1: 2ch, work 6htr into row-ends of Waistband, working through both layers of Pockets, 1htr in each st to end, turn £ Row 2: 2ch, 1htr in each htr to end, working last htr in top of 2ch at beg of prev row, turn £ Make 100ch for tie ** £ Fasten off Using 4.5mm hook and with WS of apron facing rejoin yarn to top left corner of Waistband above yarn C Pocket

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“This apron is made of coloured rectangles so can easily be adapted for knitting. We’ve also got some free flower patterns to download at www.letsknit.co.uk” LK Deputy Editor Adrienne Chandler

Top £8, cropped trousers, £18, both Marks & Spencer

£ Rep from ** to ** Change to 4mm hook £ Next row: 2ch, 1htr in third ch from hook, 1htr in each of next 99ch, 3htr in row-ends of Edging, 1htr in each htr along top of Waistband, 3htr in row-ends of Edging, 1htr in each ch to end, turn £ Next row: 2ch, 1htr in htr to end working last htr in top of 2ch at beg of prev row £ Fasten off Weave in ends. Sew backstitch down yarn A stripes to divide pockets

FLOWERS (make seven) NOTE: use contrasting colours for centre and petals Using 4.5mm hook and first colour, make 6ch, sl st in first ch to join ring £ Rnd 1: 1ch, 12dc in ring, sl st in first dc £ Fasten off first colour Join second colour to any dc £ Rnd 2: * 1ch, 3tr in next dc, sl st in next dc, rep from * five more times £ Fasten off Sew flowers to Pockets LK

meet our DESIGNER “These easy crochet flowers can also be used to decorate bags, cushions and other projects” LUCINDA GANDERTON

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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

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 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”

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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. Here you will find our latest pattern updates; 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. For further updates visit www.letsknit.co.uk

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.

LK101, January Slip Stitch Sweater, p18 You should have 14 stitches on the holder at the front of the neck, not ten as stated. This means when you knit the neckband, you will pick up 14 stitches at the front, giving a total of 76 (78, 80, 82, 84, 88, 90, 90) stitches.

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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Step-BY-Step

GRAFT THE TOE

Learn to knit today with these clear 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.

Go to www.letsknit.co.uk for video tutorials and knitting how-to guides!

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

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

You can find the following step-by-step instructions on page 72 Afterthought heel, p25 Winding bobbins, p66 Two-needle cast on, p66 Following colourwork charts, p66 Intarsia colourwork, p66

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p66

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.

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.

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1

Knit two stitches as normal. Insert the tip of your left needle into the second stitch on the right needle (the stitch closest to you), and carefully lift it up and over the top stitch, dropping it off the tip of the right needle and pulling the yarn to tighten. You will be left with one stitch on the right needle.

2

Knit another stitch and repeat the process in step one. Continue until you have one stitch remaining. Gently enlarge the loop. Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail. Slip the loop off the needle and pull the tail through, gently tugging it until it is tight. Your knitting should now be completely fastened off.

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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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Lay the two pieces to be joined right side up and with the cast off edges touching. Thread a tapestry needle with the loose yarn and push this through the centre of the first stitch, and then in and out through the centres of two stitches on the opposite side.

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Take the needle over to the first side and insert where it previously exited, bringing it out through the centre of the next stitch. Repeat this process alternating sides and stitching single stitches until the pieces are joined.

MATTRESS STITCH

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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.

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Linda’s

LAST WORD... We speak to Linda Whaley, designer of the new Little Rowan Cherish book

“Each of my knitting pattern collections has it’s own individual identity…”

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inda Whaley is the knitter, designer and mind behind Little Pickle Knits, Jessica Rose Hand Knits, Rocket Clothing London, various designs for other companies and now a new collection of baby patterns with Rowan. We sat down with her to find out more about her amazing work... I think I began to knit when I was about eight years old when my mother first showed me. I was always drawing, painting, creating and making, and couldn’t wait to leave school and head off to Art College. It was during this time that I realised just how much I loved colour, texture, and playing around with knitted stitches. I graduated with a BA Hons Degree in Fashion and Knitted Textiles and have been knitting ever since. I’ve been in the knitting industry for quite some time. I freelanced in London design studios for the first 15 years of my career. During this time I was fortunate to have the opportunity to design with many yarn types, colour palettes and

Cute-as-pie patterns

fashion looks for men, women and children. This time in my early career is a definite highlight for me, as it was inspiring working with other young designers. We created some beautiful collections together, and had so much fun doing it! I also set up my first knitwear label, Rocket Clothing London in 1995. I employed a team of outworkers to knit up my designs, and the collection was stocked in children’s boutiques and gift stores across the UK, Europe, and the US. I do remember it was a very exciting day when Harrods Knightsbridge agreed to sell the collection. I started selling knitting patterns of my designs in 2009. I sell my PDF instant download knitting patterns via my own website and a few other large online knitting supply stores including www.loveknitting.com and www.deramores.com. I will continue to add new designs to my baby and children’s collections. I am also very excited as I am in the process of putting together my initial ideas for a new collection of

Little Rowan Cherish is a delightful collection of patterns for 0-2 years, designed by Linda Whaley. Find more of her patterns and workshops at www.lindawhaley.co.uk

knits for the home, which I hope to launch this autumn. Each of my knitting pattern collections has its own individual identity. Rocket Clothing London is a collection of simple stripe and cable knits that have proved to be timeless classics. Little Pickle Knits concentrates on contemporary picture knits inspired by my children’s love of wearing clothes with pictures on them! Jessica Rose Hand Knits is a collection of pretty tweedy and textured knits for girls. My aim for Little Rowan Cherish was to design contemporary baby knits that are not only perfect for 2016, but will also become timeless classics, that are knitted and enjoyed for many years to come. I designed knits with beautifully simple stitchwork and considered detailing that enhance Rowan’s quality yarns. My collection has a soft cool colour palette that runs throughout the book. White, dove grey, duck egg blue and contemporary pinks feature strongly in this collection. My vision for this book was a very tight cool colour palette that continued through into the styling of the photography and the setting of the shoot. It is really exciting to see the simple contemporary look that I put forward to Rowan in my initial mood boards come to life in this book.

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love working with these yarns because they are perfect for lightweight layering in spring and summer and they comes in a soft, cool colour palette which runs throughout the book. I particularly love white, dove grey, duck egg blue and contemporary pink shades.

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HORNS (make two) Using 3.5mm needles and yarn A, cast on six sts £ Row 1: k £ Rows 2-4: p £ Rows 5-7: k £ Row 8-9: p £ Row 10: p2, p2tog, p2. Five sts £ Row 11: k £ Row 12: k2tog, k1, k2tog. Three sts £ Row 13: k £ Row 14: p1, p2tog. Two sts £ Row 15: k2tog. One st £ Fasten off

£ Using yarn B, work as for Sheep

COW BODY Using 3.5mm needles and yarn B, cast on 30 sts £ Rows 1-19: work as for Dog. 34 sts £ Row 20: k4, (k2tog, k4) to end. 29 sts £ Rows 21-33: cont in st st £ Row 34: k2tog, k to last two sts, k2tog. 27 sts £ Row 35: p £ Row 36: k2tog, k to last two sts, k2tog. 25 sts £ Cast off

HEAD Using 3.5mm needles and yarn B, cast on seven sts £ Rows 1-15: work as for Dog. 21 sts Change to yarn A £ Complete as for Dog

HORNS (make two) £ Using yarn D, work as for Sheep’s Ears

TO MAKE UP Assemble Body, Head and Ears as for Dog. Sew seam of Horns and attach to Head. Using oddment of dark brown DK, embroider French knots for eyes and nostrils using straight stitches. Cut 30cm of yarn A and create a twisted cord for tail. Knot ends to secure and attach to back of Body

MOUSE BODY Using 3.5mm needles and yarn A, cast on eight sts £ Row 1: p £ Row 2: (kfb) to end. 16 sts £ Row 3: p £ Row 4: (k1, kfb) to end. 24 sts £ Rows 5-15: cont in st st £ Row 16: (k2, k2tog) to end. 18 sts £ Rows 17-25: cont in st st £ Row 26: k2tog, k to last two sts, k2tog. 16 sts

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Assemble Head and front legs as for Dog. Using cast-on yarn tail, sew running stitch around cast-on edge and pull to gather. Sew underneath seam of Body, leaving an opening for stuffing. Stuff legs and body and close gap. Stitch tips of front legs together. Sew centre seam of Ears. Positioning seam at inner front, fold ear in half widthways and sew ends of base together to shape. Attach Ears to Head. Attach tail. Using dark brown DK, embroider French knots for eyes and sew straight stitches for mouth and nose. Split a short length of yarn D into three strands, then sew three whiskers on each side of nose LK

Assemble Body, Head and Ears as for Dog. Stuff legs and bottom firmly. For Horns, use yarn tail to sew seam and pull thread so Horn curves inwards. Attach Horns to Head. Using oddment of dark brown DK, embroider French knots for eyes and use straight stitches for nose and mouth

TO MAKE UP

Using 3.5mm needles and yarn D, cast on eight sts £ Rows 1-3: beg with a k row, work in st st £ Row 4: (p2tog) to end. Four sts £ Cut yarn leaving a tail, thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off

EARS (make two)

Using 3.5mm needles and yarn C, cast on 12 sts £ Rows 1-2: beg with a p row, work in st st

Using 3.5mm needles and yarn D, cast on seven sts £ Row 1 (WS): k £ Row 2: (kfb) in each st to end. 14 sts £ Row 3: k £ Row 4: (k1, kfb) to end. 21 sts £ Row 5: k £ Row 6: (k2, kfb) to end. 28 sts £ Rows 7-11: k Change to yarn C £ Rows 12-13: beg with a k row, cont in st st £ Row 14: k7, (k2tog) seven times, k7. 21 sts

EARS (make two)

TO MAKE UP

EARS (make two)

HEAD

£ Rows 15-16: cont in st st £ Row 17: (p2, p2tog) to last st, p1. 16 sts £ Row 18: k £ Row 19: (p2, p2tog) to end. 12 sts £ Cut yarn leaving a tail, thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off

Using 3.5mm needles and yarn C, cast on ten sts £ Cast off

NOTE: this piece appears smaller due to garter st, but it is very stretchy Using 3.5mm needles and yarn D, cast on 30 sts £ Row 1: k £ Row 2: kfb, k to last st, kfb. 32 sts £ Row 3: k £ Row 4: kfb, k to last st, kfb. 34 sts £ Rows 5-21: k £ Row 22: k2, (k2tog, k2) to end. 26 sts £ Rows 23-32: k £ Row 33: k2tog, k to last two sts, k2tog. 24 sts £ Row 34: k £ Row 35: k2tog, k to last two sts, k2tog. 22 sts £ Cast off

Using 3.5mm needles and yarn A, cast on seven sts £ Row 1: p £ Row 2: (kfb) to end. 14 sts £ Row 3: p £ Row 4: (k1, kfb) to end. 21 sts £ Rows 5-7: cont in st st £ Row 8: k5, (k2tog, k1) three times, k2tog, k5. 17 sts £ Rows 9-11: cont in st st £ Row 12: (k2, k2tog) to last st, k1. 13 sts £ Rows 13-14: cont in st st £ Row 15: p1, (p2tog, p1) to end. Nine sts £ Cut yarn leaving a tail, thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off

SHEEP BODY

TAIL

Assemble Body, Head and Ears as for Dog. Using oddment of dark brown DK yarn, embroider French knots for eyes and two straight stitches for nostrils

HEAD

TO MAKE UP

£ Row 3: (p2, p2tog) to end. Nine sts £ Cut yarn leaving a tail, thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off

Using 3.5mm needles and yarn C, cast on eight sts £ Rows 1-2: beg with a p row, work in st st £ Row 3: p2tog, p1, p2tog, p1, p2tog. Five sts £ Row 4: k £ Row 5: p £ Cut yarn leaving a tail, thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off

£ Row 27: p £ Row 28: k2tog, k to last two sts, k2tog. 14 sts £ Cast off

EARS (make two)

CUTE AND EASY FARMYARD PLAY SET!

to knit with your kit!

5 QUICK TOYS

times, k2tog, k5. 17 sts £ Row 17: p £ Row 18: (k1, k2tog) to last two sts, k2. 12 sts £ Row 19 (snout ridge): k £ Row 20: k £ Cut yarn leaving a tail, thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off

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A3 pattern leaflet 105.indd 2

HORNS (make two) Using 3.5mm needles and yarn A, cast on six sts £ Row 1: k £ Rows 2-4: p £ Rows 5-7: k £ Row 8-9: p £ Row 10: p2, p2tog, p2. Five sts £ Row 11: k £ Row 12: k2tog, k1, k2tog. Three sts £ Row 13: k £ Row 14: p1, p2tog. Two sts £ Row 15: k2tog. One st £ Fasten off

£ Using yarn B, work as for Sheep

COW BODY Using 3.5mm needles and yarn B, cast on 30 sts £ Rows 1-19: work as for Dog. 34 sts £ Row 20: k4, (k2tog, k4) to end. 29 sts £ Rows 21-33: cont in st st £ Row 34: k2tog, k to last two sts, k2tog. 27 sts £ Row 35: p £ Row 36: k2tog, k to last two sts, k2tog. 25 sts £ Cast off

HEAD Using 3.5mm needles and yarn B, cast on seven sts £ Rows 1-15: work as for Dog. 21 sts Change to yarn A £ Complete as for Dog

HORNS (make two) £ Using yarn D, work as for Sheep’s Ears

TO MAKE UP Assemble Body, Head and Ears as for Dog. Sew seam of Horns and attach to Head. Using oddment of dark brown DK, embroider French knots for eyes and nostrils using straight stitches. Cut 30cm of yarn A and create a twisted cord for tail. Knot ends to secure and attach to back of Body

MOUSE BODY Using 3.5mm needles and yarn A, cast on eight sts £ Row 1: p £ Row 2: (kfb) to end. 16 sts £ Row 3: p £ Row 4: (k1, kfb) to end. 24 sts £ Rows 5-15: cont in st st £ Row 16: (k2, k2tog) to end. 18 sts £ Rows 17-25: cont in st st £ Row 26: k2tog, k to last two sts, k2tog. 16 sts

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Assemble Head and front legs as for Dog. Using cast-on yarn tail, sew running stitch around cast-on edge and pull to gather. Sew underneath seam of Body, leaving an opening for stuffing. Stuff legs and body and close gap. Stitch tips of front legs together. Sew centre seam of Ears. Positioning seam at inner front, fold ear in half widthways and sew ends of base together to shape. Attach Ears to Head. Attach tail. Using dark brown DK, embroider French knots for eyes and sew straight stitches for mouth and nose. Split a short length of yarn D into three strands, then sew three whiskers on each side of nose LK

Assemble Body, Head and Ears as for Dog. Stuff legs and bottom firmly. For Horns, use yarn tail to sew seam and pull thread so Horn curves inwards. Attach Horns to Head. Using oddment of dark brown DK, embroider French knots for eyes and use straight stitches for nose and mouth

TO MAKE UP

Using 3.5mm needles and yarn D, cast on eight sts £ Rows 1-3: beg with a k row, work in st st £ Row 4: (p2tog) to end. Four sts £ Cut yarn leaving a tail, thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off

EARS (make two)

Using 3.5mm needles and yarn C, cast on 12 sts £ Rows 1-2: beg with a p row, work in st st

Using 3.5mm needles and yarn D, cast on seven sts £ Row 1 (WS): k £ Row 2: (kfb) in each st to end. 14 sts £ Row 3: k £ Row 4: (k1, kfb) to end. 21 sts £ Row 5: k £ Row 6: (k2, kfb) to end. 28 sts £ Rows 7-11: k Change to yarn C £ Rows 12-13: beg with a k row, cont in st st £ Row 14: k7, (k2tog) seven times, k7. 21 sts

EARS (make two)

TO MAKE UP

EARS (make two)

HEAD

£ Rows 15-16: cont in st st £ Row 17: (p2, p2tog) to last st, p1. 16 sts £ Row 18: k £ Row 19: (p2, p2tog) to end. 12 sts £ Cut yarn leaving a tail, thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off

Using 3.5mm needles and yarn C, cast on ten sts £ Cast off

NOTE: this piece appears smaller due to garter st, but it is very stretchy Using 3.5mm needles and yarn D, cast on 30 sts £ Row 1: k £ Row 2: kfb, k to last st, kfb. 32 sts £ Row 3: k £ Row 4: kfb, k to last st, kfb. 34 sts £ Rows 5-21: k £ Row 22: k2, (k2tog, k2) to end. 26 sts £ Rows 23-32: k £ Row 33: k2tog, k to last two sts, k2tog. 24 sts £ Row 34: k £ Row 35: k2tog, k to last two sts, k2tog. 22 sts £ Cast off

Using 3.5mm needles and yarn A, cast on seven sts £ Row 1: p £ Row 2: (kfb) to end. 14 sts £ Row 3: p £ Row 4: (k1, kfb) to end. 21 sts £ Rows 5-7: cont in st st £ Row 8: k5, (k2tog, k1) three times, k2tog, k5. 17 sts £ Rows 9-11: cont in st st £ Row 12: (k2, k2tog) to last st, k1. 13 sts £ Rows 13-14: cont in st st £ Row 15: p1, (p2tog, p1) to end. Nine sts £ Cut yarn leaving a tail, thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off

SHEEP BODY

TAIL

Assemble Body, Head and Ears as for Dog. Using oddment of dark brown DK yarn, embroider French knots for eyes and two straight stitches for nostrils

HEAD

TO MAKE UP

£ Row 3: (p2, p2tog) to end. Nine sts £ Cut yarn leaving a tail, thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off

Using 3.5mm needles and yarn C, cast on eight sts £ Rows 1-2: beg with a p row, work in st st £ Row 3: p2tog, p1, p2tog, p1, p2tog. Five sts £ Row 4: k £ Row 5: p £ Cut yarn leaving a tail, thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off

£ Row 27: p £ Row 28: k2tog, k to last two sts, k2tog. 14 sts £ Cast off

EARS (make two)

CUTE AND EASY FARMYARD PLAY SET!

to knit with your kit!

5 QUICK TOYS

times, k2tog, k5. 17 sts £ Row 17: p £ Row 18: (k1, k2tog) to last two sts, k2. 12 sts £ Row 19 (snout ridge): k £ Row 20: k £ Cut yarn leaving a tail, thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off

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Farmyard Friends

Measurements & sizes Cow: 10cm long x 9cm tall Pig: 9cm long x 8cm tall Sheep: 9cm long x 9cm tall Dog: 9cm long x 8cm tall Mouse: 7.5cm long x 6cm tall

Knit Kit Yarn: DK, (A) Hay Bale, 24g, (B) Rusty Brown, 18g, (C) Piglet Pink, 18g, (D) Woolly White, 15g, oddment of dark brown DK Needles: 3.5mm Safety toy stuffing Tapestry needle

Knit all five of Sachiyo Ishii’s gorgeous animals with your free yarn kit!

H

“Don’t forget to share your makes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – find us @letsknitmag – or email me at adrienne.chandler@aceville.co.uk” LK Deputy Editor Adrienne Chandler

ere at LK we are always striving to bring you the cutest toy patterns we can find and with this month’s brilliant kit, you can make not one, but five adorable farmyard friends. These exclusive makes from popular author Sachiyo Ishii are based around similar shapes so are quick and easy to knit. Read our Knitwise panel if you need help sewing up the body pieces. Why not knit a green rectangle to make a field and brown knitted rectangle for fences or a barn? Go on, get creative!

Tension Square l l l l

21 sts x 24 rows 10cm x 10cm stocking stitch 3.5mm needles

For abbreviations see page 92 of main magazine

About the Yarn This yarn is exclusively produced for Let’s Knit magazine and is not available in the shops. It is made from acrylic and knits to a standard DK tension. Note that these are worked on smaller needles to create a tight fabric.

Need an alternative? Knit a whole herd of cows or flock of sheep using a standard DK yarn. Stylecraft Special DK comes in an impressive selection of shades, including 1029 Copper, 1064 Mocha, 1026 Apricot and 1005 Cream, which would all work for this kit. It costs £1.75 per 100g (295m) ball from 01925 764231, www.blacksheepwools.com

meet our DESIGNER “If you are making the whole set, knit the large pieces first. Work the pieces of the same colour before you assemble each animal.” SACHIYO ISHII

A3 pattern leaflet 105.indd 1

Start knitting here... DOG BODY

Using 3.5mm needles and yarn A, cast on 30 sts £ Row 1 (WS): p £ Row 2: kfb, k to last st, kfb. 32 sts £ Row 3: p £ Row 4: kfb, k to last st, kfb. 34 sts £ Rows 5-19: cont in st st £ Row 20: k2, (k2tog, k2) to end. 26 sts £ Rows 21-29: cont in st st £ Row 30: k2tog, k to last two sts, k2tog. 24 sts £ Row 31: p £ Row 32: k2tog, k to last two sts, k2tog. 22 sts £ Cast off

HEAD Using 3.5mm needles and yarn A, cast on seven sts £ Row 1 (WS): p £ Row 2: (kfb) in each st to end. 14 sts £ Row 3: p £ Row 4: (k1, kfb) to end. 21 sts £ Row 5: p £ Row 6: (k2, kfb) to end. 28 sts £ Rows 7-13: cont in st st £ Row 14: k7, (k2tog) seven times, k7. 21 sts £ Rows 15-16: cont in st st £ Row 17: (p2, p2tog) to last st, p1. 16 sts £ Row 18: k £ Row 19: (p2, p2tog) to end. 12 sts £ Cut yarn leaving a tail, thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off

£ Row 4: k1, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k1. Six sts £ Cut yarn, thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off

TAIL Using 3.5mm needles and yarn B, cast on six sts £ Rows 1-3: beg with a p row, work in st st £ Row 4: (k2tog) to end. Three sts £ Cut yarn, thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off

TO MAKE UP To create hind legs, fold corners of cast-on edge diagonally with WS together, and sew them together for 4cm. Bring row-ends together underneath Body, folding remaining cast-on edge outwards to make bottom. Sew this edge closed. For front legs, fold corners diagonally and sew until they meet in the centre. Stuff legs and Body and sew underneath seam closed. Using yarn tail, sew head and stuff. Sew running stitch around cast-on edge and pull to gather and close Head. Sew Head to Body with seam facing down. Fold Ears in half and sew back seam. Attach them to Head. Fold Tail in half and sew back seam, attach Tail to Body. Using oddment of dark brown DK yarn, embroider French knots for eyes and straight stitches for nose and mouth

PAULA PIG BODY

Knitwise

Here’s some easy-to-follow photos to help you make up the body for the Dog, Pig, Sheep and Cow. For the back legs, fold the corners of the cast-on edge diagonally with the WS together to make points, and sew them together for 4cm.

Bring the row-ends together underneath Body and fold the remaining part of the cast-on edge outwards to make the bottom.

Make the front legs as shown in Step 1 but sew them until they meet in the centre. Stuff the body and sew the underneath seam closed.

£ Using yarn C, work as for Dog

EARS (make two)

HEAD

Using 3.5mm needles and yarn B, cast on eight sts £ Rows 1-3: beg with a p row, work in st st

£ Rows 1-14: using yarn C, work as for Dog. 21 sts £ Row 15: p £ Row 16: k5, (k2tog, k1) three

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Farmyard Friends

Measurements & sizes Cow: 10cm long x 9cm tall Pig: 9cm long x 8cm tall Sheep: 9cm long x 9cm tall Dog: 9cm long x 8cm tall Mouse: 7.5cm long x 6cm tall

Knit Kit Yarn: DK, (A) Hay Bale, 24g, (B) Rusty Brown, 18g, (C) Piglet Pink, 18g, (D) Woolly White, 15g, oddment of dark brown DK Needles: 3.5mm Safety toy stuffing Tapestry needle

Knit all five of Sachiyo Ishii’s gorgeous animals with your free yarn kit!

H

“Don’t forget to share your makes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – find us @letsknitmag – or email me at adrienne.chandler@aceville.co.uk” LK Deputy Editor Adrienne Chandler

ere at LK we are always striving to bring you the cutest toy patterns we can find and with this month’s brilliant kit, you can make not one, but five adorable farmyard friends. These exclusive makes from popular author Sachiyo Ishii are based around similar shapes so are quick and easy to knit. Read our Knitwise panel if you need help sewing up the body pieces. Why not knit a green rectangle to make a field and brown knitted rectangle for fences or a barn? Go on, get creative!

Tension Square l l l l

21 sts x 24 rows 10cm x 10cm stocking stitch 3.5mm needles

For abbreviations see page 92 of main magazine

About the Yarn This yarn is exclusively produced for Let’s Knit magazine and is not available in the shops. It is made from acrylic and knits to a standard DK tension. Note that these are worked on smaller needles to create a tight fabric.

Need an alternative? Knit a whole herd of cows or flock of sheep using a standard DK yarn. Stylecraft Special DK comes in an impressive selection of shades, including 1029 Copper, 1064 Mocha, 1026 Apricot and 1005 Cream, which would all work for this kit. It costs £1.75 per 100g (295m) ball from 01925 764231, www.blacksheepwools.com

meet our DESIGNER “If you are making the whole set, knit the large pieces first. Work the pieces of the same colour before you assemble each animal.” SACHIYO ISHII

A3 pattern leaflet 105.indd 1

Start knitting here... DOG BODY

Using 3.5mm needles and yarn A, cast on 30 sts £ Row 1 (WS): p £ Row 2: kfb, k to last st, kfb. 32 sts £ Row 3: p £ Row 4: kfb, k to last st, kfb. 34 sts £ Rows 5-19: cont in st st £ Row 20: k2, (k2tog, k2) to end. 26 sts £ Rows 21-29: cont in st st £ Row 30: k2tog, k to last two sts, k2tog. 24 sts £ Row 31: p £ Row 32: k2tog, k to last two sts, k2tog. 22 sts £ Cast off

HEAD Using 3.5mm needles and yarn A, cast on seven sts £ Row 1 (WS): p £ Row 2: (kfb) in each st to end. 14 sts £ Row 3: p £ Row 4: (k1, kfb) to end. 21 sts £ Row 5: p £ Row 6: (k2, kfb) to end. 28 sts £ Rows 7-13: cont in st st £ Row 14: k7, (k2tog) seven times, k7. 21 sts £ Rows 15-16: cont in st st £ Row 17: (p2, p2tog) to last st, p1. 16 sts £ Row 18: k £ Row 19: (p2, p2tog) to end. 12 sts £ Cut yarn leaving a tail, thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off

£ Row 4: k1, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k1. Six sts £ Cut yarn, thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off

TAIL Using 3.5mm needles and yarn B, cast on six sts £ Rows 1-3: beg with a p row, work in st st £ Row 4: (k2tog) to end. Three sts £ Cut yarn, thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off

TO MAKE UP To create hind legs, fold corners of cast-on edge diagonally with WS together, and sew them together for 4cm. Bring row-ends together underneath Body, folding remaining cast-on edge outwards to make bottom. Sew this edge closed. For front legs, fold corners diagonally and sew until they meet in the centre. Stuff legs and Body and sew underneath seam closed. Using yarn tail, sew head and stuff. Sew running stitch around cast-on edge and pull to gather and close Head. Sew Head to Body with seam facing down. Fold Ears in half and sew back seam. Attach them to Head. Fold Tail in half and sew back seam, attach Tail to Body. Using oddment of dark brown DK yarn, embroider French knots for eyes and straight stitches for nose and mouth

PAULA PIG BODY

Knitwise

Here’s some easy-to-follow photos to help you make up the body for the Dog, Pig, Sheep and Cow. For the back legs, fold the corners of the cast-on edge diagonally with the WS together to make points, and sew them together for 4cm.

Bring the row-ends together underneath Body and fold the remaining part of the cast-on edge outwards to make the bottom.

Make the front legs as shown in Step 1 but sew them until they meet in the centre. Stuff the body and sew the underneath seam closed.

£ Using yarn C, work as for Dog

EARS (make two)

HEAD

Using 3.5mm needles and yarn B, cast on eight sts £ Rows 1-3: beg with a p row, work in st st

£ Rows 1-14: using yarn C, work as for Dog. 21 sts £ Row 15: p £ Row 16: k5, (k2tog, k1) three

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