Sneak peek at our January 2014 issue – on sale Thursday!

Katy Evans

Katy Evans

17 December 2013



Usually January is a rather quiet time. Post Christmas/New Year celebrations, things can look a little pale, muted and wan. Not us, we thought. Let's 'chase away the winter blues' with some bright colours and fun textures!

Whether you want bold solid colours with interesting shapes...

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Or adventurous designs with intriguing textures...

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... there is something for you in this issue. We even have super cute accessories that fit all those categories!

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Also, don't miss in this issue:

  • 22 knits to beat the winter blues - women's, men's, children's, babies, home and accessories
  • EXCLUSIVE patterns - Dip hem sweater, Lattice lace jumper, Bow jumper, Bobble and stripe jumper, Striped yoke dress, Bright Nordic jumper, Suzannah coat and beret
  • EXCLUSIVE Accessories – Cable and stripe scarf, Cocoon bobble hat, Stripey scarf, Turban headband, slouchy socks, Mini hot water bottle cover
  • Cute knits for kids - Baby romper suit and hat, Petra sweater, Fairisle sweater, Girl's pea coat, Super sloth toy
  • INTRODUCING NEW COLUMN – out and about with 'The Crafter'.
  • Spotlight on - Checks
  • FEATURE All creatures great and small – meet Julie Arkell
  • CRAFT CALENDAR – Your guide to THE shows, festivals and events in 2014

And, of course, all the usual news, reviews, competitions, products and events you expect from your favourite Knitting magazine.



Sneak peek at our Dec issue – on sale TODAY!

Katy Evans

Katy Evans

21 November 2013


It is very hard to get all enthusiastic about Christmas when you are working on a December issue in September. Especially if you're still basking in the warm glow of the amazing summer we just had. Which is why our Dec issues tend to be 'winter' themed rather than Christmassy. Well, somehow we have created the most Christmastastic issue we've ever done here (though of course in our typical classy way!).

And now we're well over half way through November, even Scrooge can't get angry at celebrating Christmas 'too early'. In fact, now our Christmas issue is on sale it feels like Christmas REALLY has arrived! 

The gallery this month is full of beautiful, elegant garments and accessories to take you seamlessly though the festive season.

Whether you're dressing up for parties...

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... or staying snuggly and warm, we have it covered.

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Drift Main 833 Nordic Scarf Main 700 (1)

Of course there is a smattering of Christmas decorations; bunting, stockings and snowflakes for the tree PLUS 9 extra 'Christmas Gifts to Knit' for when you need a lovely but quick-to-make gift that you can whip up in an evening or weekend!

Also, don't miss in this issue:

  • 30 knits for an elegant Christmas - women's, men's, children's, babies, home and accessories
  • EXCLUSIVE patterns - Snow leopard jumper, Nordic jumper, Fairisle yoke sweater, Dawn cardigan, Puff sleeved top, Midnight stripe top, Whisper, Bramble lace cape, Nordic scraf, Shawl of hearts, Drift beret and collar
  • EXCLUSIVE – Sirdar vintage floor elngth coat reknitted, with pattern updated, exclusively for us!
  • Cute knits for kids - Patch pocket jacket, Star jumper, Girl's party dress, Polar bear toy
  • Christmas collection – Christmas stocking, bunting and snoflake decorations
  • 9 Extra Christmas Gifts to Knit – Cosy slipper socks, Mittens with a Pop, Mna's scarf. Melodie gloves, Soft cape, Crush hat, Mini stockings, Wavy dolly bag, Vintage roses tea cosy
  • Spotlight on - Cool as ice

And, of course, all the usual news, reviews, competitions, products and events you expect from your favourite Knitting magazine.


We're knitting even when we're not Knitting

Katy Evans

Katy Evans

4 November 2013


Working for a Knitting magazine isn't the kind of job you just pack up at the end of the day, go home and don't think about about until you're back in the office the next morning. At least we don't. Our office is full of creative people making up the teams for Knitting magazine, Making magazine and Making Jewellery. We are always pointing out to each other programs that were on TV last night that might be of interest to each others mags' readers, projects or artists that could provide inspiration, newspaper articles, shop windows, online videos that we'd come across, you get the picture.

So I thought I'd give you an example of a typical Monday morning in our office. 

My mum visited friends in Bury St Edmunds at the weekend. They took her to a fab wool shop, which turned out to be Wibbling Wools!


She emailed me pics of the shop, telling me how much she liked the camper van-come-counter top in the cafe and that having said her daughter worked at Knitting magazine, I had in fact been spotted at the K&S Show by proprietor Lyndsey. They then proceeded to google me on this very blog!


I then told my colleagues in the office about this chance meeting. Which promted our mag designer Claire to get out her phone and show us pics she took on her day off last week at Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford, of the Fred Perry Store and their 'British Knitting Patterns' window display. 


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She also noticed Oasis sneaking in some knitting in their window displays too. 


Which then reminded me that Editor Emma had pointed out last week I should really go and have a look at the Accessorize shop window in Lewes high street, which I did and I showed everyone the pic I took of it.


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Which then promted myself and Claire to laugh about how one evening last week I was so excited to see this in a supermarket I bought it immediately for the office advent calendar, even if I was at the time nearly 2 months early, and text her the pic while I was still in the shop!

And that's just what we remembered in the first half hour. So, definitely no such thing as just 9 to 5 for us, and we love it!

We love to hear from you guys too so if you ever come across anything you think would be fun to share let us know! You can share with us on Facebook, send us a tweet on Twitter @KnittingMag or just email me at KatyE@the


Upcycled Mittens

Katie Holloway

Katie Holloway

29 October 2013

I love knitting. You've probably gathered that, from my previous blog posts and... well, from my job! But sometimes, just sometimes the pace of knitting frustrates me. As the air has become chillier I've been thinking how much I want some snuggly mittens. I know they won't be difficult to knit, I know I've got suitable yarn in my stash, and I know that I could create some beautiful ones. But I have several other projects on my needles that really definitely do need finishing first. And yet I can't bring myself to buy some when I could easily knit some... so of course the weeks go by and I still have cold hands. That is... until this weekend!

I saw an image somewhere of someone who had created mittens by upcycling an old jumper. So I decided to give it a go! And I thought I'd take some snaps along the way to show you how to do it so that you, too, can have toasty hands in no time at all!

Step 1

Take an old knitted jumper (I used 100% wool Aran one that sadly had a stain). Cut off both sleeves above the elbow and turn inside out.

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Step 2

Place your hand on the sleeve exactly where you want it, making sure to make good use of the cuffs, and mark with pins the outline to sew along. Place the pins about 1cm away from your hand the whole way round.

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Step 3

Set up your sewing machine and select a short stitch length. I used one number up from the shortest. The tension will need to be as high as it goes. Don't use a new needle as it will blunt it so that it's no good for further projects. Sew round the path marked by pins. This can be a little tricky if you're using a chunky knit. Just press the sleeve down and help to guide it through. Give your machine a good brush out afterwards as there will be lots of fluff floating around!

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Step 4

Trim the sleeve close to the stitches, being careful not to cut through the machined stitches. You may find it helpful to use a stitch unpicker to cut the knitted stitches close to the thumb gusset.

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Step 5

It should look something like this once it's trimmed. Then turn it the right way out.

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And here's the finished result!

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Behind the scenes of our January shoot

Katy Evans

Katy Evans

28 October 2013


Beat the winter blues!

That's the theme of our January issue. Instead of muted pastels to ease you into the post-party season new year, we've gone for fun brights. The middle of winter is when chunky knitwear comes into its own and we're celebraing it with eye-popping bursts of colour and interesting textures.

This gorgeous over sized slouchy jumper has an elegant and on-trend dip hem and is in a seriously snuggly angora mix yarn.


This jumper is the one.


Eye-popping, head-turning, oh yes. 


This is the kind of jumper you live in all winter. At least we plan to!


Mix and match cute accessories jazz up any outfit. A pom pom hat is the hat to be seen in this winter. 


Plus for entertainment, gorgeous model Ianthe briefly starred in Made in Chelsea so we gots lots of on-set gossip about how 'structured' the reality show really is!

So there you have it, no winter blues here.. Ok maybe some blues... some pink... a splash of green, ochre... you get the picture!


Sneak peek at our November issue!

Katy Evans

Katy Evans

22 October 2013


Today is the perfect day for our November issue to go on sale. It is is crisp, clear and sunny. Definitely cold, definitely autumnal, but you want to be outside to enjoy it. Our November knits are inspired by a 'city chic' theme. A weekend break away maybe, or you just want to look glam as you're out and about in town (dare we say, starting to shop for a certain upcoming festive event...?)

Autumn dressing is about layering, so you are aways prepared for a bitterly breezy or surprisingly sunny day. 

Sian Brown's Cape is not only super stylish but has large armholes for wearing chunky jumpers underneath if needs be!

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The Colour pop blazer has on-trend flashes of colour but is still chic for a working day.

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Scarves, wraps, shawls, these are all-important accessories for autumn dressing! Kaffe Fassett's incredible Kilim wrap will keep all eyes on you!

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This Chunky cable jacket adds an extra layer of warmth, it would be a shame to cover it up under anything else!  

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We just LOVE this Poncho by Sarah Hazell, and will be living in this until spring. 

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How cute are these matching hat and scarf? Great autumn colours too. 

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If you are on a weekend break you'll need a bag big enough to fit everything you need, there is no reason not to have a really cool looking one too.  

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And, of course, our stunning cover, the Textured swing top by Fiona Morris. This ticks both boxes for snuggly warmth and head turningly gorgeous. 

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Also, don't miss in this issue:

  • 20 knits for City Chic - women's, men's, children's, babies, home and accessories
  • EXCLUSIVE patterns - Lace raglan top, Shawl collar wrap, Textured swing top, Colour Pop blazer, Basket st top, Cable jacket, Fairisle cape, City chic poncho, Cable tote bag, Hat and scarf
  • Cute knits for kids - Bell rib sweater, Patchwork poncho, Souffle, Cuddle cocoon, Humpty Dumpty
  • One to watch – Knit jewellery designer Amy Lawrence
  • FEATURE - A woolly business
  • Spotlight on - Faux fur
  • TECHNIQUES - Decreasing in lace, alternative elbow pads

And, of course, all the usual news, reviews, competitions, products and events you expect from your favourite Knitting magazine.



Knitting & Stitching Show 2013 – in pictures!

Katy Evans

Katy Evans

14 October 2013


So here it is, our time at the Knitting and Stitching Show 2013 in pics!

Arriving at the show we were greeted by the 'Cab Cosy' knitted by The Materialistics for an upcoming book launch. I love the poor cat on the grill!


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The Knitted Textile Awards this year were great. We had a really hard time judging them but with lots of guest judging and expert opinions from Professor Sandy Black (did you see her on the BBC's Fabric of Britain: Knitting's Golden Age?), Debbie Bliss, the UKHKA et al. we got there in the end and the winners will be announced soon.

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There was quite a lot of schmoozing, and even celeb spotting going on!

Clockwise from the top: Editor Emma catching up with Debbie Bliss, who is always good for a laugh; Me, getting some excellent gossip from designer Sarah Hatton on the Rowan stand. Nope, I'm not sharing; Catching up with Belinda of Ruth and Belinda, who leapt up to have her photo taken despite her broken foot; Stuart, a previous contestant from the Great British Sewing Bee, who had his own pre-signed headshots. Yup.

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Oh yeah, and here's me and Emma just hanging out with Patrick Grant and May Martin from the Great British Sewing Bee. You know, as you do. And yes, he's that handsome in real life.


We had a pretty good time. Did you go? What did you get up to? Let us know!


My first baby booties!

Katy Evans

Katy Evans

9 October 2013


There's nothing quite like one of your best friends having their first baby to bring out the 'what can I knit?' in someone. And this is exactly what happened to me. 

I am not an amazingly proficient knitter but I thought, even I can knit a baby bootie (not that I have ever done it before). I manged to find a very easy 2 straight needle pattern with a seam and, in front of an episode of Downton on a sunday evening, set to it.


I was quite amazed to discover by the end of the episode I had this!


It might just be the most perfect thing I have ever knitted and I am ridiculously proud. Knowing how touched my friend will be that I have taken the time to make something for her baby boy makes it even more special. I just wanted to share it with you lot, because if anyone will appreciate achieving something you've never tried before and knowing the pleasure it will give someone else, it's fellow knitters!


Sneak peek behind the scenes of our Dec shoot

Katy Evans

Katy Evans

8 October 2013




It is indeed beginning to look a lot like Christmas... There was a tree! Mistletoe! Christmas lights! Now I'm ready for a nice mug of mulled wine. Too early? No such thing (the mulled wine that is).

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Our December issue was shot in the most amazing house in the wilds of Kent. Seriously, it was like Downton crossed with Austen! Check out that library balcony!


Perfect for our gorgeous knits!

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We have our first exclusive design by Norwegian designer Eline Oftedal in this issue too, very exciting!


The knits are a lovely collection of glamorous...


... and seriously snuggly.

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Model Jess looked like she was getting into the whole spirit of things too! A gift? For moi?


So there you have it, Christmas in October. Not too shabby, eh? Sorry folks, you'll have to wait until 21 November to get it!


Sneak peek at our BUMPER October issue!

Katy Evans

Katy Evans

19 September 2013


We can't believe our bumper October issue has just arrived in the office! Some issues are gone in the blink of an eye and when they come in it's a pleasant surprise to flick through and refresh ourselves of what's inside it. Other issues you can work on for months, right up to the last possible deadline and before you know it, it's gone off to print and come back a tangible product.

But because bumper issues are so tangible, so glossy, so like a coffee table tome, it is always thrilling to finally get them in our hands and admire how pretty it looks.

With a lovely 41 patterns in this issue, we focused on two fashion stories based on trends straight from the catwalks of A/W13. The monochrome story showcases black and white and all the shades in between, while All about texture speak for itself. Featuring designs from Erika Knight, Louisa Harding, Debbie Bliss, Martin Storey, Jeanette Sloan, Judy Furlong and more, we're pretty sure you'll find something you'll love!

The monochrome story

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Plaid Jumper Main _4433 Lace Top Main _4197

All about texture

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 Tweed Main _3836 Buckland Main _3551

Also, don't miss in this issue:

  • 41 knits for Autumn - women's, men's, children's, babies, home and accessories
  • EXCLUSIVE patterns - Sanquahar coat, Checkerboard gansey, Garter st edge top, Tweed and lace cardigan, Chunky jacket, Stripe sweater, Wavy plaid jumper, Navajo jacket, Lace top, Leaf lace top, Colour pop bag, Bow ankle socks
  • EXCLUSIVE - British wool Unisex Sheep jacket by Martin Storey - Don't miss Wool Week!
  • Cute knits for kids - Girl's cape cardigan, Boy's wrap neck sweater, Fox Fairisle jumper, Eton Mess, Girl's bobble jacket and cowl, Baby bonnet and jacket, Ballet slippers, Textured baby blanket, Little chicks mobile and Fox and hen toy
  • Monochrome cushion collection by Sarah Hazell
  • FEATURE - Knitting up the Skeleton Coast
  • FEATURE - Craftdermy, the new craze
  • Spotlight on - Autumn gold
  • COMPETITION - Design a cushion and win yarn!
  • Knitting & Stitching Show - who, what, where and show discounts!

And, of course, all the usual news, reviews, competitions, products and events you expect from your favourite Knitting magazine.