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Simply Knitting Issue 180

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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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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I’ve worked on craft magazines for over two decades, but I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to how early we celebrate the year’s big holidays and events – from Christmas toValentine’s Day to Easter. It still comes as a bit of a surprise when we’re writing about NewYear knits and resolutions in November, but if we didn’t, all those great opportunities to knit for friends and family at favourite gift-giving times of the year would be missed, and that simply wouldn’t do. So here I am, talking about January and, if the truth be told, planning for next summer and beyond…! Apart from our Christmas raccoon bag (and our polar bear’s scarf!), most of this issue’s projects are great all-year-round makes, like the brilliant fox toy and the gorgeous vintage…

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editor’s choice

Naturally Dyed and Handmade Kaliko Bag Treat your knitting to a little luxury with this one-of-a-kind handmade bag created from a natural printing process. From www.loopknittingshop.com for £68. Say My Name Beanie Statement fashion is everywhere and now you can put a secret message on your head too with this letter beanie hat kit (£44). Visit www.woolandthegang.com. Polar Bear Toy Pattern Warm winter cuddles are covered when you knit this sweet polar bear pattern from Monica Fuertes. Turn to page 76 and cast him on today! Triangular Stitch Markers Designed to stand out from your knitting, these limited-edition innovative triangular stitch markers come in a cute tin for just £10.From www.store.cocoknits.com. Oh Beehive Cowl by Wendy Jane Patterson Create a buzz when you wear this bee-autiful cowl by designer Wendy Jane Patterson. The kit comes complete with pattern and…

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buy-me-now books

INSPIRED KNITS by Georgia Farrell (Quail Publishing, £9.99) These are the designs your winter wardrobe has been waiting for. Georgia Farrell’s collection of 12 garments is inspired by architecture. All the jumpers, cardigans, wraps and hats are detailed with geometric shapes worked in stitch patterns that create bold, intriguing textures. Zigzags, triangles, diamonds, squares and stripes rise from their backgrounds in solid, wintry shades. FIRMAMENT: STELLAR STITCHES FOR YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE by Hunter Hammersen (Pantsville Press, £19.99) Born out of an obsession with hat knitting, this unique read is part pattern book, part technique book and part stitch directory. Spend time exploring all the different ways this delightful hat and cowl set can be knitted. Then strike out bravely to create your own stitch combinations. Every copy of the book includes a unique code that allows you…

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a day in the life of... erika knight

We take five minutes with Erika Knight and delve into her daily routine… Up early or slow to rise? Up early – I’m a night owl too and often find that inspiration strikes in those small hours, or early in the morning! First job of the day? Taking Winnie our three-legged chihuahua out for a walk. I live five minutes from Brighton sea front – a big breath of sea air is a great way to start the day. Mid-morning pick-me-up? Tea and a biscuit! Fave time to sit back and take five? Taking time off is a real treat, and always more fun mid-week when everyone else is working! I like having a mooch in flea markets and junk shops. Leisurely lunchtime? Just a quick sandwich at my desk and a review of my…

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rainbow knit blockers?

WHAT IS IT? This pack of twenty rainbow-coloured knit blockers are ideal for those of you who like to create the perfect finish. Eight of the knit blockers come with four pins for use with smaller items, and twelve come with eight pins for use with larger garments. All of them are tucked neatly into a compact box for handy storage. HOW DO I USE IT? Once you’ve checked how to wash and treat the yarn your item or garment is knitted in, you can use these versatile blockers to pin it in place. Gently manipulate the damp fabric to even up the stitches, then stretch it to the correct measurements for your knitted size. WHY DO I NEED IT? We guarantee after just one block you’ll see a huge difference in the quality of…

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knits for kids

Barry the Puffin Fledgling twitchers will love Barry’s bold, bright beak. Expertly designed by Nicky Fijalkowska you can buy the pattern for £3.54, and the kit for £15, from knitforvictory on www.etsy.com. Christmas Wreath Pattern 3041 from Robin is packed to the rafters with bright colours and fun motifs. Add it to kids’ rooms for a Christmassy vibe. For stockists visit www.tbramsden.co.uk, or call 01943 872264. Miffy Hat Knit Kit Fall in love with your favourite childhood characters again while knitting them for your babies. This sweet but simple Miffy hat is utterly adorable, and the kit costs just £28. Visit www.stitchandstory.com for details. Floppy Hoppy Knitted Bunnies If soft and squishy is a prerequisite for your toys then this great knitting kit (£10.50) creates the perfect option for birthdays and Christmas. Visit www.wool4less.co.uk or call 0845…