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A Knitting Tale of Fifteen Mice
The coronavirus pandemic has seen an upsurge in crafting with many people completing long forgotten projects and others embarking on new ones. It is a comforting pastime during the long cold days. In a recent zoom chat with my knitting friends, I spa
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SalinaJaneArt On Www.etsy.com
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. After all the yarns have been bought consider gifting a piece of wonderful artwork, epitomisi
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WELCOME TO OUR Kidsʼ special!
…we’re thrilled to be inviting you into our special kids’ section this issue, where we celebrate all things sweet, cute and fabulously fun! We all love knitting fabulous projects for our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews – there’s simply no
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What Do YOU Think?
Definitely wood! So much smoother to work with, warm and cosy. Metal? Cold, heavy, uninviting and very noisy and slippery. No contest for me! Joan Taylor Metal always, the wools slide nicely. The sound is so nostalgic too – evenings in with my grandp
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The SK Team x
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Twisted Lace
Pair the joy of having your windows flung open, welcoming in sunshine, with this gorgeous stitch pattern that’s perfect for a spring cardigan. The lace pattern winds and twists vertically up the fabric, all without the need of a cable needle. Our cho
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Dotted Lines
TAKE ON A CHALLENGE □ Rowan Felted Tweed DK (50% wool, 25% viscose, 25% alpaca, 50g/175m) For yarn quantities and measurements see size table □ A pair of 3.25mm needles □ A pair of 3.75mm needles □ Stitch holders 24 sts and 32 rows to measure 10x10cm
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Tiny Gansey
TAKE ON A CHALLENGE □ DROPS Baby Merino (sport, 100% wool, 50g/175m) For yarn quantities and measurements see size table □ 2.5mm circular needles, 40cm long □ A set of 2.5mm double-pointed needles (DPNs) □ 3mm circular needles, 60cm long □ A set of 3
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Charity Of The MONTH
Rachel Astill, Fundraising Officer Charity Francis House Children’s Hospice Established 1991 What do you do? Francis House is a Manchester-based children’s hospice providing appropriate care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions
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Urban Life Style
A coat to die for! Check out the fantastic, innovative colour combination that makes this coat a real stunner! It is knitted in stocking stitch, worked in two strands of a luxurious alpaca/merino blend with shawl collar and cuffs in seed stitch. 36-5
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Hello
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 y
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Join The Dots
TAKE ON A CHALLENGE □ 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 (7
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We Love Hand-dyed Yarn Stores
Online and at knitting events With yarns from sock to slub, not forgetting the deliciously tactile Donegal Tweeds – Hannah Mackie’s individually dyed skeins are a kaleidoscope that woolly dreams are made of! Visit www.heyjayyarn.com or heyjayyarns@gm
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Crossroads
IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS □ 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 21 sts and
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Take A Break
We love a good puzzle here at Simply Knitting HQ! We have five mystery bundles to be won as crossword prizes, packed with £10 worth of knitting goodies! For sudoku prize winners, we have five copies of ‘Nordic Knits’ by Monica Russel courtesy of Sear
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Simply Snug
EASY TO KNIT □ Sirdar Adventure Super Chunky (80% acrylic, 20% wool, 200g/106m), 2 balls of Sunset Glow (107) □ A pair of 10mm needles 8 sts and 7 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over patt using 10mm needles For a full list see page 95 23x188cm (9x74
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How To Knit
Use it for a firm edge, and when adding stitches to your work Make a slip knot. Insert right-hand needle into the stitch as if to knit. Wrap the yarn around the point and pull through, slipping the stitch on to the left-hand needle. Push the point of
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Meet The Team
WHAT’S THE CUTEST ITEM YOU’VE KNITTED? “Baby bootees are always so sweet to design and knit. They are also quick too, so a great gift idea!” “I’m still working on a Dennis the Menace-type scarf I cast on for my son a while ago now.” “I cast on a Fair
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Simply Knitting
Editor Kirstie McLeod Deputy Editor Sophie Jordan Art Editors Nicola Lynn and Seth Singh Production Assistant Jennifer May Technical Editor Faye Perriam-Reed Deputy Technical EditorJen Bartlett Digital Assistant Sarah Winsper Contributors Katie Beale
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Lavender Lane
IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS □ Rico Creative Cotton Colour Coated (aran, 50% cotton, 50% acrylic, 50g/125m) For yarn quantities and measurements see size table □ A pair of 5mm needles □ A pair of 5.5mm needles □ Stitch holders 20.5 sts and 28 rows to measure
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Wishlist
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
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Simply Knitting’s GUIDE TO JUNE
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.
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Fashion, Design & Inspiration
Spring is here, and this issue of Burda Knitting is packed with super cover up knits to keep you on trend for the season. From over-sized cardigans in light weight mohair to aran cable knits for those chilly walks. Stripes are always a big hit in the
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Knit Together!
In association with the Keep Yarn on our Streets campaign Spring has very firmly sprung and we are loving spending warmer afternoons in the garden with our latest knitting projects! Does this leave you looking for a calorie-free Easter knit treat? Ma
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Just For You!
Martina Behm is a (knitting) household name thanks to her Hitchhiker shawl! The innovative shape and bias construction make it a striking but easy knit. The Hitchhiker shawl has inspired other must-knit shawl designs, and 20 of them have been combine
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This Month
Beautiful cat stitch markers I found these great stitch markers from ThePurplePeaPod on www.etsy. com. The perfect gift for any cat lover. Cats Protection League details www.cats.org.uk are happy to receive donations of knitted mice and blankets for
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Brick RED
Brick red is this season’s biggest colour trend. Go ahead! Make yourself something in this “in” shade! How about this unique poncho with its pretty textured pattern and roll collar? The poncho has an extraordinary wrap-around detail at the neck, and
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“You Knit Some Love, Thought And Emotion Into It, Over Time That Tells A Tale”
When you knit an item as a gift, every stitch holds a part of you. This is how Salina Jane, artist, printmaker and knitter from South Norwood, London, described her experience when she knitted a beautiful piece for a shawl swap group on Ravelry. “You
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Say Hello!
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Stay In Touch!
Sadly, our local highland agricultural show at Lochaber was cancelled last year, and as a regular entrant in the craft and knitting contest, I still needed to keep my fingers busy. I found these cheerful characters by Alan Dart in issue 144 of Simply
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