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Simply Knitting January 2021

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

We’ve almost made it guys, we’re just about to turn the corner into 2021, and what we hope will be a much, much better year – a year we can hopefully fill with more hugs than the last one! I don’t know what you normally do when a new year is beginning, but this year I’ll be putting together a knitting plan for the rest of 2021 and calling it ‘The Dream List’. Despite seeing hundreds of gorgeous new knitting patterns every year, I rarely get the chance to sit down and work out which ones I’m going to cast on, and for who – it’s more of a free-for-all, if I’m honest. So this festive holiday I’m going to add all my dream knits to a planner and do…

1 min
buy-me-now books

JAPANESE WONDER KNITTING By Nihon Vogue (Tuttle Publishing, £12.99) Expand your knitting repertoire with a foray into the world of Japanese-style knitting. This book is your chance to learn about making classic stitches in the Japanese way, such as herringbone, cables and entrelac, all accompanied by swatch patterns. Japanese knitting expert Gayle Roehm talks you through the differences between the two styles, along with 23 patterns to test out your new skills on. EASY KNITS FOR BEAUTIFUL YARNS By Toby Roxane Barna (Stackpole Books, £15.95) Written by American designer and London College of Fashion graduate, Toby Roxane Barna, the patterns in this book have been created to allow the yarn to stand centre stage. This is an ideal read for intermediate knitters who love to hoard beautiful, unique yarns but are never quite sure what patterns will…

6 min
editor’s choice

Discover Your Next Brilliant Make Join the knitters and makers on Black Sheep Wools’ Make Along Facebook Group and share your progress with like-minded followers. See what the latest knit is, learn about suitable yarns or buy a pre-made kit. The latest pattern is Louise Zass Bangham’s mittens! www.facebook.com/groups/blacksheepmakealong Cygnet Boho Spirit New Shades If you’ve fallen for the fabulously soft, variegated roving yarn Cygnet Boho Spirt (£3.80 for 100g), you’ll be thrilled to hear they have launched a further four space-dyed shades for you to sample. Sapphire, Fantasy, Eden and Luna are a beautiful mix of enchanting colours perfectly designed to make knits zing! Cast on for blankets, shawls, wrist warmers, hats and more. Visit www.cygnetyarns.com for your nearest stockist New Look For Eucalan Celebrating their 30th birthday meant a chic new look for Eucalan…

2 min
simply knitting’s guide to february

Saturday 6 – Sunday 21 February NORFOLK MAKER’S FESTIVAL The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich NR2 1TF This festival is a crafty haven where you can have a go at knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving, sculpting, embroidery and lots more. All activities, exhibitions and demonstrations are free, so it’s a wonderful opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and connect with fellow crafters. For more information head to www.norfolkmakersfestival.co.uk Friday 12 – Sunday 14 February UNRAVEL…A FESTIVAL OF YARN Farnham Maltings, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7QR This popular three-day festival is back for 2021 with a marketplace full of yarny wonders. Browse stalls from yarn makers, dyers, knitwear designers and more, plus attend talks and workshops to improve your techniques. Head to https://craft.farnhammaltings.com for information and tickets Saturday 13 February HOW MANY FINGERS? GLOVE WORKSHOP Ammonite Yarns, 7 Llantrisant Rd, Pontyclun, Rhondda Cynon Taff…

13 min
blue skies ahead

GET the Look Page 19 IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS YOU WILL NEED □ UK Alpaca Superfine Alpaca DK (75% superfine alpaca, 25% wool, 50g/112m)For yarn quantities and measurements see size table□ A pair of 3.5mm needles□ A pair of 4mm needles□ Split ring stitch markers□ Stitch holders TENSION 18 sts and 33 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over Lace Patt using 4mm needles ABBREVIATIONS For a full list see page 87 WHERE TO BUY □ For yarn stockists contact UK Alpaca on 01884 243579 www.ukalpaca.com OR YOU COULD TRY… □ LoveCrafts 01409 404010 or www.lovecrafts.com□ SMD Knitting www.knittingwool.com 15% off LoveCrafts are offering 15% off UK Alpaca Superfine Alpaca DK! Quote code LCKNIT15 when you order by calling 01409 404010 or visiting www. lovecrafts.com. Offer ends 14 Jan 2021. FIND YOUR SIZE SIZING COLOUR KEY So you can re-use this pattern, we’ve colour-coded the sizing instructions.…

8 min
bow wow!

YOU WILL NEED □ Scheepjes Merino Soft DK (50% merino wool, 25% acrylic, 25% microfibre, 50g/105m) For yarn quantities and measurements see size table□ A set of 4mm circular needles, 60-80cm long□ Aset of 3.25mm double-pointed needles (DPNs) or a 60-80cm circular needle for Magic Loop method□ Stitch markers□ Scrap yarn or stitch holders□ 5 x assorted clear buttons, 2cm diameter□ Small amount of toy stuffing (optional) TENSION 22 sts and 30 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 Scheepjes at www.scheepjes.com OR YOU COULD TRY… □ Black Sheep Wools www.blacksheepwools.com□ Rito Hobby www.ritohobby.co.uk FIND YOUR SIZE 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. DACHSHUND CARDIGAN Note This…