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Simply Knitting May 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.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min

We’re thrilled to be able to deliver a lot more spring inspiration to your knitting baskets this issue! The longer days, and our roadmap out of lockdown, has certainly boosted our knitting mojo and we’re so happy to be right here with you, bringing you a varied choice of patterns to keep your knitting needles buzzing. As I type, the children are going back to school and there’s optimism in the air (and perhaps a little more time on our hands), so we’ve capitalised on all that with our pull-out kids’ section. It includes a trio of brilliant patterns from three designers famed for their knits for children – Amanda Berry, Jane Burns and the design team at Bergère de France. We love them all! Once again we gift you…

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KNIT THE WORLD! To celebrate Earth Day on 22 April why not cast on this absolutely brilliant Knit The Earth pattern by Rik Schell? Worked entirely in worsted weight yarn it was originally created for a knitting shop display in Ashville, USA. Find the pattern (£8) at www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knit-the-earth along with some great making-up tips Editor’s choice This issue’s knitting must-buys chosen by SK Editor, Kirstie McLeod New DROPS Wish, £4.60 for 50g This chunky-but-light blown yarn is a mix of alpaca, cotton and wool, leaving it soft and trendy for all sorts of cosy projects. For more visit www.garnstudio.com Scheepjes Pretty Little Things Booklet 12 Cat lovers will adore this sweet pattern book filled with cool kitty knits! For stockists visit www.scheepjes.com/en/shops/ Tigger Baby Blanket from LoveCrafts Knit this Not Just Nana’s Knit blanket in unisex grey, or perhaps…

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Knitter’s Tote Bag, £12.50 Adorned with an illustration of a scene from Unravel Festival, this 100% cotton bag with long handles will fit a bounty of yarns along with your latest WIP. The Mindful Knitter Art Print, £21.50 After all the yarns have been bought consider gifting a piece of wonderful artwork, epitomising the true nature of a calm knitting moment (21x30cm). Sheep Breeds Card 4 Pack, £10 Celebrate the source of your woolly yarns with this delightful four pack of illustrated sheep greetings cards. The perfect buy for your knitting friends and family.…

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simply knitting’s guide to june

4-5 June CREATIVE CRAFT SHOW ExCel, London Browse and shop all your favourite yarns and knitting products plus meet the experts at London’s Creative Craft Show. Morning and afternoon tickets available, but you can buy both if you want to stay and indulge in your passion all day. (Covid crowd density regulations may possibly apply.) Tickets £5 each (£10 for the whole day). For more details, www.stitchandhobby.co.uk/london/spring/ 12-18 June SCOTTISH KNITTING RETREAT Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park How about treating yourself to a six-night knitting and crochet retreat at comfortable Gartmore House in the heart of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park? Ensuite accommodation on a full board basis, suitable for knitters of all levels. £949 per person. For full details visit www.craftcourses.com/courses/knitting-and-crocheting-6-night-retreat 25-26 June WOOLFEST Online event The original British Festival of Wool, run by the Woolclip Co-operative, this…

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IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS YOU WILL NEED □ King Cole Subtle Drifter DK (69% acrylic, 25% cotton, 6% wool, 100g/300m) For yarn quantities and measurements see size table □ A pair of 3mm needles □ A pair of 3.75mm needles □ Stitch holder □ Locking stitch markers TENSION 21 sts and 30 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 3.75mm needles ABBREVIATIONS For a full list see page 95 WHERE TO BUY □ For yarn stockists contact King Cole on 01756 703670 www.kingcole.com OR YOU COULD TRY… □ LoveCrafts 01409 404010 or www.lovecrafts.com □ Knit Nottingham 0115 947 4239 or www.knitnottingham.co.uk 15% off! LoveCrafts are offering 15% off King Cole Subtle Drifter DK! Quote offer code SPRINGKNIT when you order. To place your order call 01409 404010 or visit www.lovecrafts.com. Offer ends 5 May 2021. FIND YOUR SIZE SIZING COLOUR KEY So you can re-use this pattern, we’ve colour-coded the…

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join the dots

TAKE ON A CHALLENGE YOU WILL NEED □ West Yorkshire Spinners, ColourLab DK (100% wool, 100g/225m), 1 ball of each: Yarn A Natural Cream (010) Yarn B Thistle Purple (717) Yarn C Cerise Pink (539) Yarn D Zesty Orange (476) Yarn E Very Berry (647) Yarn F Aqua Green (705) □ A 4mm circular needle, 60cm long □ Stitch markers □ 18mm magnetic clasp TENSION 22 sts and 28 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over st st using 4mm needles MEASUREMENTS 33x22cm (13x8½in) ABBREVIATIONS For a full list see page 95 WHERE TO BUY □ For yarn stockists contact West Yorkshire Spinners on 01535 664500 www.wyspinners.com OR YOU COULD TRY… □ Black Sheep Wools 01925 764231 or www. blacksheepwools.com □ Fine Fettle Fibres 01670 600001 or www.finefettlefibres.uk LONG-TAIL CAST ON A long-tail cast-on is a faster way of getting the same result as you would with a thumb cast-on (p92). Make a loop with…