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This month, we’re ushering in the (hopefully) warmer weather, with an issue packed with fresh and airy knits.
Your free gift is a set of circular needles which we know some folks have been reluctant to try, but there are so many reasons why we think that everyone should be giving them a go. This month we’re breaking down the stigma and are getting hands on with our fantastic free gifts to show you just how simple it can be.
I’ve collaborated with our in-house experts, Debbie Tomkies and Michelle Hazell, to produce a complete step-by-step guide to using your circular needles, and there are 7 stunning patterns in the supplement to knit with your free needles.
With any luck, the weather will finally be warming up a bit by the time you have this magazine in your hands, so in this issue we’re turning the corner into spring, with light, fresh and airy knits.
Emma Heywood has brought her sense of fun to the issue with her brilliant unicorn jumper, which I might just have to knit for myself – although I do already own two unicorn jumpers, is three too many? As you look at our garments this issue, you’ll notice that we’ve broadened the size range in all of our own commissions from this issue, up to a 5X which is around a UK 32-34. To celebrate that, I had a chat with my knitting friends and I’ve pulled together some tips for making sure that your knitted garments make you happy after you’ve cast off.
Of course, we can’t forget this issue’s special guest, the master mischief-maker himself, Peter Rabbit. Our Peter is inspired by the new movie, so he’s sporting a stylish denim jacket – and we’re sure your little ones will love him.
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This month, we’re bringing you a brilliantly British issue of Knit Now!
I know I’m not supposed to have favourites, but I don’t think it’s any secret amongst my friends that I look forward to our annual Best of British special issue every year. In this issue each year, we celebrate the best British yarns and designers. This is a great opportunity for me to explore new yarns as well as revisiting some old favourites. Throughout this issue, look out for the little “Meet your yarn” boxes, which will tell you a little bit about each yarn we’ve chosen.
Of course, you don’t have to be born here to be British – Britain’s favourite bear, Paddington, was an immigrant from Deepest Darkest Peru after all, and he’s one of our most-loved characters. I hope you’ll enjoy knitting the Paddington jumper pattern that comes in this issue’s free pattern supplement (UK print issues only – not available in digital edition). Similarly, I don’t think yarn has to be grown here to be considered British – the beautiful Yarn Stories Fine Merino DK which Katya Frankel used for her Cough Drops Cowl uses imported Merino wool, but the yarn is spun in Yorkshire, and I like to think that’s where it gets its character!
As ever, this issue is packed full of patterns for all skill levels. If you fancy knitting a garment, there’s plenty to choose from, including a beginner-friendly mohair top and a gorgeous cabled pullover. For those of you looking for a quick knit, there are some fab knits for your little ones, including a baby jumper from West Yorkshire Spinners. If you’re excited about the imminent royal wedding, you can even cast on a little royal guard on horseback!
This issue is extra-special for me, because I’ve been able to work with one of my favourite woolly people, Louise Scollay of Knit British. Louise’s work to promote British wool is absolutely unparalleled and I was over the moon when she agreed to help me with this issue. Louise helped me choose which patterns and yarn to include, and she’s written a fab article for us (page 24) all about why you should choose local wool. I really hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as I’ve enjoyed working on it.
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This month we’re taking our first tentative steps into spring, with brighter colours and a focus on knits that are perfect for layering – so whatever the weather, you’ll find something in these pages to suit. Donna Jones’s Moongazers Capelet (page 42) is perfect for throwing on over an outfit to add an extra layer of warmth. Of course, there’s nothing quite like a cute little bunny to welcome in spring – and you’ll find the pattern to knit this issue’s free kit on page 52. If you’re not really a toy person, we’ve got a couple of other great options to use your free yarn too. I love the look of Jenny’s little mitts (page 50).
The eagle-eyed among you might spot that we’ve gone a bit animal-mad this issue. There are lots of cute animal-themed things in the shops right now, so I thought it would be fun to reflect that in our knits! I’ve got a little cat at home, but I really love dogs too, and I’m really tempted by Kari-Helene Rane’s super-cute cowl (page 32).
If your needles are full right now, you don’t have to cast anything on straight away. We’ve got plenty for you to read in this issue as well. Our roving reporter Anna Elliott has been investigating machine knitting (page 40), I interviewed Skein Queen (page 22) and of course we’ve got all the latest news and reviews throughout this issue. So grab a cuppa and settle in for a good read!Learn More
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Now that we’re past the mad rush of Christmas gift knitting, we think this is the best time to cast on a beautiful garment to get you through the rest of the winter! This month we’re looking to nature for the inspiration for our exclusive pattern collection. The theme this month is Land Under Wave, and you can read all about designer Anna Waites’s inspiration, and knit her award-winning design, inside this issue. We also have plenty of quick makes and one-ball knits as well as some inspiring reads.Learn More
Your free bumper yarn kit by Sachiyo Ishii comes with a pattern knit your own Wizard of Oz scene! If novelties aren’t your thing, don’t worry – we’ve also got a lovely pattern for a hat and a pair of mitts which you can make from the kit instead.
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This must-have book includes 48 fabulous knits for babies and tots. Whether you're looking for a simple cardigan, an heirloom blanket or a cuddly toy, you're sure to find something to suit you.Learn More