The key word for this issue is layering – with the weather so unpredictable, we need plenty of versatile knits. Our cover garment by Lana Jois is the perfect garment for taking you from the warmer to the cooler months – it’s easy to layer it over a vest when it’s warm or a long-sleeves top as the weather turns chilly. Of course, a woolly accessory is a girl’s best friend in the autumn and there are plenty to choose from this month – but as a Fair-Isle fanatic, I’ve got to tip my hat to Rebecca Tsai’s adorable Turtle Row beanie.
This is also the time of year I start to think in earnest about knitting for Christmas. If you’re the same as me, you’re in luck – you’ll find heaps of inspiration in this issue. Not only is our magazine packed with ideas you’ll love to make for all the family, this month one of your gifts is a fab Knitmas book that is full to bursting with festive ideas. For me, nothing says Christmas like curling up in front of the TV and watching Wallace & Gromit – so we’ve gone all-out with an exclusive knitting tin as well as a Christmas jumper featuring these lovable characters.
I know thinking about all that gift knitting can be a bit much, so before you start your shopping, why not grab a cuppa and sit down for a read first? Dee Hardwicke is letting us in on her colour secrets and we’ve got a round-up of the best new releases from your favourite brands. I loved reading all about Louis Boria’s community work and how Sheila Hewitt finds the inspiration for her amazing colour palette.