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Simply Knitting Issue 179

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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These days, as soon as the sun cream’s packed away and the kids have scooted off to school, everyone starts thinking about Christmas. I’m a big fan of warding off the summer blues by keeping happy events on the horizon, and getting super-organised for the festive season. It’s no surprise that many knitters have had Christmas on their radar since January, with project lists made and yarn bought much earlier in the year! Well…when you knit all your festive gifts it pays to be ahead of the curve, doesn’t it?And it seems knitters are not the only ones keen to smuggle a little homemade love into the holidays, and side-step the commercialism of modern Christmases. Only the other week I was watching Martin Lewis (of www.moneysavingexpert.com fame) on the…

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happy holidays!

YOU WILL NEED • Any green DK yarn from your stash• A pair of 3.5mm needles• Mini Christmas lights• Star buttons• Wooden button• Mini buttons• White pompom• Gold ribbon• Green and white sewing thread• Black marker pen• Glue TENSION 20 sts and 26 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 3.5mm needles MEASUREMENTS Fairy Light Tree 13cm tall Button Tree 13cm tall Elf 7cm tall ABBREVIATIONS For a full list see page 95 FAIRY LIGHT TREE Cast on 41 sts using 3.5mm needles and green yarn. Knit the next 3 rows.Row 1 K1, sl1, K1, psso, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, K1.Row 2 Purl. Rep these 2 rows until you have 3 sts on the needles, ending with a…

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top tip

This simple set is perfect for relative newbies. Filled with straightforward knitting techniques, you should finish each one in no time. Having trouble? Why not hunt out a knitting group? Not only will you find many people happy to help should you become unstuck, they are also a rich source of lasting friendships. Turn to our exciting new Knit Together section on page 74 to learn more about the UK’s fabulous knitting community and find yourself a group! ■…

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kaffe’s colours

Knit a rainbow with Kaffe Fassett’s latest book, Kaffe’s Colours (£12). This exciting collection of seven vibrant knitwear designs is filled with intarsia, Fair Isle and stranded colourwork. Inside you’ll find a sweater, cardigan, scarves, shawls and a blanket, using existing shades of Rowan Felted Tweed alongside eight new shades, designed especially by Kaffe Fassett. Visit www.knitrowan.com or call 01484 950630 for more information. ■…

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editor’s choice

Christmas Ribbon Jolly up those handknitted gifts with a festive ribbon from Berisfords! Prices start from 75p. For stockists information call 01260 274011 or visit www.berisfordsribbons.co.uk. Dera-Dog Patterns & Kits The Dera-Dogs 2 Kit comes with the yarn and pattern to knit four new pooches, from Buster the Jack Russell and Flash the Greyhound to Shep the Border Collie and Freddie the Schnauzer. Yarn and pattern kit costs £20.60 from www.deramores.com. Gold Scissors Bling up your knitting kit with these Pierced Embroidery Scissors – they’re just £6 from www.johnlewis.com! Visit the website or call 03456 049049 for information. Drops Sky Yarn Squish this supersoft newbie! DROPS Sky is filled with 74% baby alpaca and just £4.20 for a 50g ball. Visit www.garnstudio.com…

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buy-me-now books

ROWAN: 40 YEARS 40 ICONIC HAND-KNIT DESIGNS By Rowan (Sixth & Spring Books, £19.49) Fans of Rowan knitting patterns will not want to miss this great book! Packed with the very best from 40 years of Rowan designs, it has been launched to celebrate the brand’s 40th anniversary. Featuring work by Kaffe Fassett, Martin Storey, Louisa Harding and Sarah Hatton it is filled with irresistible jumpers, cardigans, wraps and more – a real feast for the eyes! THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF KNITTING TECHNIQUES by Lesley Stanfield and Melody Griffiths (Search Press, £12.99) This new and improved edition of the knitting guide is packed full of essential techniques, designs and styles. With more than 200 charts, tips, step-by-step instructions and examples, this comprehensive collection is…