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Simply Knitting Issue 178

Simply Knitting is the UK’s best-selling knitting magazine. Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been knitting for years you’ll find lots of exciting patterns, knitting news and great buys in every issue. Subscription to this digital magazine does not include covermount items or the subscriber-only pages found within print copies, nor gives access to Craft Circle, the Craft subscriber online area.

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It’s been frantic in the office over the last few months.We’ve been so busy reviewing and refreshing every inch of Simply Knitting in order to bring you the best knitting magazine possible, all with a sparkly new look! And now we’re thrilled and excited to be able to share the wonderful changes with you all. I’ve found the whole process a great time to reflect, asking myself why I love knitting, what I love knitting and what really inspires me (and hopefully you too)! Many answers were expected, but some surprised me, and encouraged me to embark on new knitting journeys. I hope we’ve managed to successfully capture these new ideas within our pages, while making much more of the elements you’ve always loved. We understand that sometimes you want a simple,…

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squeak, squeak

YOU WILL NEED • Any DK yarn: Yarn A White Yarn B Pink Yarn C Red Yarn D Green • A pair of 3mm needles • 2 black glass eyes, 5mm in diameter • 1 black glass eye 7mm in diameter (for the nose) • 30g toy stuffing TENSION 25 sts and 33 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 3mm needles MEASUREMENTS 16cm (6¼ in) tall ABBREVIATIONS For a full list see page 95 HEAD Note Begins at the muzzle.Cast on 3 sts using 3mm needles and Yarn A.Row 1 (RS) (Kfb) to end. [6 sts] Beg with a purl row, work in st st for 2 rows.Row 4 P2, (pfb) twice, P2. [8 sts]Row 5 K2, (kfb) 4 times, P2. [12 sts]Row 6 Purl.Row 7 (Kfb) to end. [24 sts] Beg with a purl row, work in st st for 6 rows.Row 14…

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editor’s choice

Pizpaw Penguin Jumper Pattern What a wonderfully cute penguin jumper! It comes in sizes 6-24 months and is knitted in Sirdar Snuggly DK from www.pizpaw.com for £3.99. Jane Burns’ Pudding Hat Start Christmas off brilliantly with this great knit. Luckily, this top make is one of ours so flick forward to page 46 and cast on today! Winter Hat Pattern The colours in this great Scandi hat tick all our boxes for winter. Pattern 461 is from the Creations 17/18 catalogue at www.bergeredefrance.co.uk. From £10.55. The Penny Cardigan Kit Go gingham in the festive season with this cardi from the experts at www.woolandthegang.com. The kit comes with everything you’ll need and costs from £76. Christmas Elf Pattern Bright and fun, we love the detail in this great elf knit by Rainebo. Download the pattern from www.loveknitting.com for £3.13. Just…

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buy-me-now books

DOGS ON JUMPERS by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne (Pavilion, £14.99) Dogs on Jumpers combines simple shapes with flexible designs to create fun patterns for all. Follow easy instructions to select the jumper shape for you, then pick your favourite four-legged friend and get knitting. There’s also an alphabet chart to add a personal touch! Win one of five copies of this book! Head to page 32 and use code SKMDOGSJUMP178 to enter. AMY HERZOG’S ULTIMATE SWEATER BOOK by Amy Herzog (Abrams, £18.99) Customise your wardrobe with this in-depth guide to knitting jumpers. Start by choosing a basic structure: yoke, raglan, dropped-shoulder or set-in sleeves. Then, make sure you’ve picked the numbers that work for your size and yarn gauge. Tweak the pattern with extra elements like a hood, cowl-neck, pockets and zips or cardigan…

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a day in the life of... nic rudd

Meet Nic, the lady behind website, podcast, blog and online shop – Yarns From The Plain! Up early or slow to rise? Up early more often than not, unless it’s the day after a show! First job of the day? Feed the cat, then rinse out anything I dyed the day before. Mid-morning pick-me-up? Popmaster on the Ken Bruce show on Radio 2. Fave time to sit back and take five? Just after breakfast, when my husband’s gone upstairs to his office to work and turned the TV back off. I tend to have been up for a bit and done things first, before he wakes, so it’s a natural break. Leisurely lunchtime? Not terribly, but if we’re both working at home that day, my husband and I take a break around Bargain Hunt (his…

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have you tried… a nostepinne?

WHAT IS IT? A handy tool that helps you to wind centre-pull balls of yarn for handknitting and crocheting.This gorgeous example by Cotswold Craft Cottage has been handmade in wood and finished with beeswax. Nostepinne is a Scandinavian word that means ‘nest-stick’ and is the original ball winder. HOW DO I USE IT? You wrap the yarn around the wooden shaft, in a particular diagonal repeat pattern until you have used up all your yarn. Push the yarn off the end of the nostepinne and you’re done! WHY DO I NEED IT? It’s a wonderfully traditional and really handy, easy-to-use tool that you can take anywhere with you. Made with real wood and finished with beeswax, it’ll also look great decorating your knitting stash! WHY WE LOVE IT! There’s nothing like owning a little bit of handmade…