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Simply Knitting February 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

1 min

After we’ve taken down the Christmas lights, packed away the baubles and popped the tinsel back into the loft, we can sometimes feel a bit flat, but luckily we’ve all the ideas you need to boost your knitting more than ever this January. First of all, why not organise your stash and check out our great stash-busting patterns? We’ve got Jo Allport’s striped kid’s jumper, bobble hat and tablet cushion for starters. If one of the things you love about Christmas decorating is how charming and cosy the place feels, then take a peak at our calming Rowan blanket on page 81 – with some simple stitches and clever construction, even the barest corner can be filled with the warmth of soft furnishings. If it’s comfort you’re after, how about…

7 min

FEELS LIKE HEAVEN Gloriously soft and perfect for baby, new Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake Chunky yarn (£3.50 for 50g) is made from 100% fleecy fibre. It comes in a range of 10 peaceful baby-orientated shades, making it ideal for nursery knits and more. Indulge your needles this winter! For stockists visit www.sirdar.com Editor’s choice This issue’s knitting must-buys and news chosen by SK Editor, Kirstie McLeod The Betwixtmas Shawl After something knit-related on those in between Christmas and New Year days? Then turn to Black Sheep Wools and their fabulous Betwixtmas Shawl which has been inspired by snow-filled Scandinavian skies. Now a regular tradition, this year’s free Betwixtmas pattern is on their website. Kits are also available and include yarn, a printed pattern, an exclusive Betwixtmas 2020 stitch marker designed by Fripperies and Bibelots, and a…

1 min
quirky buys for unique knitters

Cocoknits Kraft Caddy, £30 Designed to keep even the messiest knitter organised, this Kraft Caddy is made from washable Kraft paper and filled with pockets! Available from www.tribeyarns.com T-Shirts For Yarn Addicts, £21 Celebrating WHAM and wool is this simple -but-striking slogan T-shirt made in organic cotton, for all those 80s knitters out there. Find it at www.woolbath.co.uk Adventures in Yarn Notebook, £18 Designed for yarn enthusiasts, this A5 wire bound notebook has space for your knitting ideas, inspiration, reminders and progress. Buy at www.popcornandcrocodiles.co.uk…

2 min
simply knitting’s guide to march

all the BEST CRAFT events! Friday 12 – Sunday 14 March CRAFT FESTIVAL Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire Craft Festival has grown in popularity and size since its first event back in 2003. With an average of over 10,000 visitors attending, this is a prime show for all crafters. With workshops, vendors, demonstrators and a craft café, the whole family can marvel and enjoy participating in this colourful crafting event! For more details please visit www.craftfestival.co.uk/cheltenham/ Sunday 28 March LEEDS MACHINE KNITTING SHOW Pudsey Civic Hall, Leeds, Yorkshire LS28 5TA An alternative event for budding knitters, why not try your hand at machine knitting? The event in 2020 was cancelled, but it’s scheduled to go ahead in 2021 at the time of writing. This friendly show celebrates the craft of machine knitting, and you are sure to pick up…

8 min
out of the blue

TAKE ON A CHALLENGE YOU WILL NEED □ Bergère de France Cocooning (chunky, 47% polyester, 27% wool, 26% acrylic, 50g/125m) For yarn quantities and measurements see size table □ A pair of 6mm needles □ A pair of 6.5mm needles □ Cable needle □ Stitch holders □ Locking stitch markers or coloured thread TENSION 13 sts and 18 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 6.5mm needles Front Diamond and Cable panel (52 sts) meas 27cm ABBREVIATIONS C3F Slip 2 sts onto cn and hold in front of work, K1; K2 from cn C3B Slip 1 st onto cn and hold in back of work, K2; K1 from cn T3F Slip 2 sts onto cn and hold in front of work, P1; K2 from cn T3B Slip 1 st onto cn and hold in back of work, K2; P1 from cn C4B Slip 2 sts onto cn…

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IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS YOU WILL NEED □ DROPS Baby Merino (sport weight, 100% wool, 50g/175m) For yarn quantities and measurements see size table □ 1 set of 2.5mm double-pointed needles (DPNs) □ 1 set of 3mm double-pointed (DPNs) □ A 2.5mm circular needle, 40-60cm long □ A 3mm circular needle, 40-60cm long □ 5 (5: 6: 6: 7: 7: 8) mother of pearl buttons □ Stitch markers TENSION 24 sts and 32 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 3mm needles ABBREVIATIONS For a full list see page 87 WHERE TO BUY □ For yarn stockists visit DROPS at www.garnstudio.com OR YOU COULD TRY… □ Wool Warehouse 0800 505 3300 or www.woolwarehouse.co.uk □ Linde Hobby 01234 56789 or www.lindehobby.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. BABY JACKET Note The piece is worked bottom up. The Body…