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Simply Knitting Issue 181

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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I’m a big fan of celebrating love, so we’re taking a slightly different tack this Valentine’s Day. Everyone shows affection differently, and on every day of the week, and not just midway through February for the day! Maybe you don’t have a Valentine of your own, but use this celebration to think about those who live far away, or you enjoy spending time with friends and family you love. To acknowledge this special day, I’ve put together a collection of patterns and features which I hope encourages the many ways of saying ‘I care’ which, after all, is the most important thing, right? Those in the mood to indulge themselves (and why not?) will fall head over heels for Pat Menchini’s gorgeous cover jumper. Knitted in romantic rainbow shades, it’s the…

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editor’s choice

Bergere Plastic Yarn Ball Holder Keep your working yarn nice and clean with this nifty gadget from Bergere (£6). The yarn unwinds easily as you knit. To order visit www.bergeredefrance.co.uk. Kelly Connor Skein-Shaped Project Bag The first of Kelly Connor’s shaped project bags is a fun pink and black skein! It’s big enough to hold several balls of yarn. £24.95 from www.kellyconnordesigns.com. Scheepjes Namaste Yarn This new 50% virgin wool/50% acrylic chunky yarn adds a subtle sheen to your knits at 100g for £6.25. www.deramores.com. Boy and Girl Cherubs by Monica Fuertes For cuteness overload cast on our gorgeous cherubs for your true loves. Knit them straight away on page 42. Pony Straight Knitting Needles (with unique groove for yarn) Unscrew one of the tips on these straight needles (£9.95 a pair) and reveal a groove that you can…

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buy-me-now books

LOOME PARTY: 20+ TINY YARN PROJECTS TO MAKE FROM YOUR STASH by Vilasinee Bunnag (Abrams, £20.99) Need help tidying up your yarn stash without giving away any yarn? This is the inspiration you need! Using the simple Loome tool (it comes with the book) you can make loads (more than 20, in fact) of cute little projects that use small amounts of yarn. Pompoms and tassels are the stars of the show and Vilasinee shows you how to turn them into useful items like accessories and decorations. ROWAN NEW VINTAGE DK by Rowan designers (Rowan Yarns, £12) The word ’sumptuous’ springs to mind to describe these 14 knits, designed by Lisa Richardson, Vibe Ulrik, Martin Storey, Sarah Hatton, Georgia Farrell and Quail Studio. In this book you’ll find slouchy jumpers, cardigans and wraps with cables and colourwork…

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jane shepherd

Meet Jane, the Digital and Communication Manager at www.britishwool.org.uk Up early or slow to rise? Early! There’s not much choice with two boisterous boys and a dog! First job of the day? Checking social media. British Wool has a lovely audience, so engaging with them is always a nice first job of the day. Mid-morning pick-me-up? I’m a slave to caffeine. My role at British Wool involves a lot of writing, which is better after a few coffees! Fave time to sit back and take five? After I’ve checked my social media – it’s a good time to consider priorities for the rest of the day. Leisurely lunchtime? I make a rule to always leave my computer at lunchtime and get some fresh air – as long as it’s not pouring down! Post-lunch priorities? I’m a…

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fun faux fur

Love snuggling up into a warm hat, scarf or shawl? Then this exciting new trend should be right up your street. Knittable faux fur is very popular for adding a luxurious touch to many projects, from accessories to garments. If you fancy a handmade pompom, Rowan has you covered for £24. Check out Bergére for their super-soft Grizzly yarn (£4.75 per 50g ball) and James C Brett for their cuddly Chinchilla yarn (£5.99 for 100g).…

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latest jumpers

Bobble Sweater Try this textured knit from The Quail Studio team for Rowan from their latest leaflet, Cocoon 2. It’s available for free along with a Rowan yarn purchase at participating stockists. www.knitrowan.com. Pattern 2498 This colourful design from the new Hayfield Bonus Breeze range is sure to brighten up a child's winter wardrobe – knitted in Embers, and sized for 2-11 years. www.sirdar.co.uk or call 01924 231682. Carrington Jumper We’re all about cosy layers and this quick-finish pattern from Quince & Co is packed with top detail! It’s knitted in the round from the bottom up in light aran yarn. Find it for £5 at www.quinceandco.com. Faceted Yoke Jumper For stylish textures look no further than this lovely Purl Soho option (£7). Finished beautifully at the neck with decorative twisted rib, it’ll be joy to knit…