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Simply Knitting Christmas 2020

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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United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
13 Issues

in this issue

2 min
in our world, it’s already christmas and it’s wonderful!

We’ve been so very busy over the last few months making sure every inch of Simply Knitting was 100% ready to make you smile in the run up to Christmas, and I’m thrilled to be able to share our cracking festive patterns with you! For me, there’s never been a more important time to focus on knitting for loved ones, flowing kind thoughts and love into every design and stitch, so that’s exactly what I’ve done this issue with the patterns we’ve included. Most of them have a lovely, cheery twist and come in heartening bright colours – the perfect thing to hang or hold against an uncertain backdrop. It gives me so much pleasure to know that something homemade, practical and often fun will soon be keeping loved ones…

1 min
buy-me-now books

KNITTING. LEARN IT. LOVE IT. By Debbie Tomkies (Search Press, £12.99) Debbie has ensured that the layout of this book is clear and concise and easy to navigate. Each section, such as holding the yarn, colourwork and finishing techniques, has clear walkthroughs and close-up images of each knitting step. With guest designers input and also a Q&A section to answer related knitting woes, this book is perfect for the beginner and intermediate knitter looking for a confidence boost. 35 KNITTED BABY BLANKETS By Laura Strutt (Ryland and Peters, £12.99) If you or a loved one is expecting a new arrival, then Laura Strutt’s latest release is sure to fill your knitting mind with inspiration with this plethora of delightful baby knits! Filled with pretty, pastel blankets and cosy snuggly slings, Laura has included designs that…

4 min
editor’s choice

Stylecraft Cabaret New Yarn Colours & Patterns Get your glam on with these two new colours from Stylecraft’s Cabaret range (£4.50 for 100g) – Shadows (grey) and Midnight Hour (purple) make the perfect sparkly additions to an already spangly collection. For more visit www.stylecraft-yarns.co.uk. Rainbow Mandala Entrelac Blanket Want to knit an explosion of colour? This free blanket KAL pattern is released over five weeks and has an accompanying yarn pack for £40 to get you started. Available at www.deramores.com. John Arbon Supreme Sport/Heavy 4ply Beautifully worsted spun Supreme is opulence in a skein. Made from superfine alpaca, Falklands Merino wool and mulberry silk, it’s perfect for timeless heirloom knits! Visit www.jarbon.com. New Seasonal Trimits Pompom Kits Try out Trimmits new pom-pom kits featuring a gonk, polar bear, Brussels sprout, fairy and penguin. Each kit is £1.70 and includes instructions, template,…

1 min
fab school knits from debbie bliss

Otis Backpack & Beret Set Marvellous moss stitch adds a textured touch to this delightful duo. Practically perfect, it’s the ideal knit for those walks to school. Download the set pattern for £3.50 (Clockwise from top) George, Myanna, Zac and Esme School Clothes Stylish creations fill the latest schoolwear collection by Debbie Bliss for your little ones. Garment pattern downloads £3.50 each The Bobby Satchel, Pencil Case & Hat Cast on a classic school set with this traditional-looking satchel, sweet bobble hat and handy, striped pencil case. Download the set pattern for £3.50…

2 min
simply knitting’s guide to december

all the BEST CRAFT events! Tuesdays and Thursday by appointment on Zoom VIRTUAL KNITTING HELP SESSIONS London Loop Stuck on a project? Searching for some festive knitting inspiration? Then London Loop have the perfect online class to help you! Resident teacher, Jane Lithgow, is on hand in these fab one-to-one online classes which are tailored around your knitting needs and woes. A perfect gift to yourself this festive season, these sessions will help you learn something new, or build upon an existing skill that you’re struggling with. Each class lasts 30 minutes and can be booked in advance online. Book your place at www.loopknittingshop.com/p/9071/Knitting-Help-Online or call 0207 288 1160 for more. Tuesday 1 December CHUNKY KNIT WREATH MAKING The Lookout Studio, The Base, Communications Road, Greenham RG19 6HN Add some knitted fun to your Christmas decorations this year when…

7 min
all the trimmings

TAKE ON A CHALLENGE YOU WILL NEED □ Cygnet Pure Wool Superwash DK (100% wool, 50g/104m) For yarn quantities and measurements see size table □ 1 pair of 3.5mm needles □ 1 pair of 4mm needles □ 13 mixed buttons, 1cm diameter □ 7 mixed buttons, 2.5cm diameter □ 1 button, 3cm diameter □ 14 beads, 8mm diameter, to go around the 3cm button □ 10 pompoms, 2.5cm diameter TENSION 22 sts and 28 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 4mm needles ABBREVIATIONS For a full list see page 87 WHERE TO BUY □ For yarn stockists contact Cygnet on 01274 743374, www.cygnetyarns.com OR YOU COULD TRY… □ Wool Warehouse 0800 505 3300 or www.woolwarehouse.co.uk SIZING COLOUR KEY So you can re-use this pattern, we’ve colour-coded the sizing instructions. Simply follow our colour-coded measurements and you’re off. 10% off! Wool Warehouse are offering 10% off Cygnet Pure Wool DK! Quote code…