Sneak peek at our January issue on sale TODAY!
20 December 2012
Eek, with the run up to Christmas we haven't put up our usual sneak peek up so here it is, our lovely Jan issue, on sale TODAY!
We've had a bit of a freshen up and redesign from this issue forward. With more patterns in each issue - at least 20 proper patterns, no keyrings and apple warmers here thank you very much - as well as all the usual that you love we are cramming more than ever into each issue. You'll notice we have split the gallery into 3 sections; Fashion, Children's and Quick knits. Easier to flick straight to what you want!
Martin Storey's snuggly oversize jumper is perfect for hiding any post-Christmas sightings you might want to cover up!
Pat Menchini's gorgeous jacket has a detailed back to turn heads as you go by!
There is no such thing as too many socks and Emma Wright's little Fairisle fancies are perfect for January.
A lovely little quck knit, this cape adds an extra layer of warmth just where you need it.
We love this little jumper from Bergere, we're planning to size it up and wear it ourselves!
Also in this issue:
- We gave a fantastic offer of an exclusive pattern and the 600g of Aran weight 100% cotton to make it for just £10. Bargain of the year and it's only January!
- EXCLUSIVE Faux fur hooded gilet by Erika Knight
- EXCLUSIVE PATTERNS - Animal print jumper, Diamond jumper, Cable Aran jumper, Sloppy Jo, Touch of Glamour top and much more!
- MORE PATTERNS - 10 women, 2 men, 1 socks, 2 children's, 3 babies, 3 home!
- FREE Socks supplement
And all the usual news, reviews, trends and products you can expect from your favourite Knitting magazine.
12 Days of Christmas giveaways Day 11!
17 December 2012
A fabulous prize for you today - a Charles Dickens leather bound classic 5 novels in 1!
This beautiful book includes Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, Great Expectations and, of course, A Christmas Carol!
What you can't really see in the picture is just how gorgeous the cover detail is. Anything orange and yellow is actually metallic bronze and gold and the edge of every page is gold too!
As everybody knows, A Christmas Carol is the classic story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge who bah humbugs Christmas and good will to all men. Through one night, Christmas Eve in fact, Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future to humble him and show him how to mend the error of his ways.
That night sticks in Scrooges memory for all time, so we want to know from you, what's your best, or worst, knitting moment or memory of 2012? Share it with us over on our Facebook page and we'll pick a winner to win this fantastic prize!
12 Days of Christmas giveaways Day 10!
14 December 2012
Today's prize is THREE copies of the handy little reference guide Cast on, Bind off we have to give away to THREE winners!
Find the perfect start and finish for every knitting project with this brilliant little ring bound (for easy flipping though) guide to casting on and casting off. There's 54 methods!!
And as we have three copies, today we will have three winners! All you have to do is tell us about your best Christmas ever! When was it, what did you do and why was it the best? Let us know over on our Facebook page here.
12 Days of Christmas giveaways Day 9!
13 December 2012
We have a lovely treat for you today! A bundle of gorgeous luxury yarns for you to play with!
Included are: Erika Knight Maxi Wool, Alpaca Select Cusco, Tilli Tomas Beaded Plie and three skeins of a selection of Luxury Yarns Shreya Silks, amounting to over £70 of beautiful luxurious yarns! Not bad, eh?
All you have to do to win it is make up a knit-related line for the classic Christmas song the 12 Days of Christmas! Add yours over on our Facebook page here and we'll pick our favourite to win this fabulous prize!
12 Days of Christmas giveaways Day 8!
12 December 2012
Today we have one of our brilliant 'On your marks, get set, MAKE' cotton tote bags to giveaway!
There is no such thing as too many cotton totes; they're better for the environment than your plastic bags and they're less likely to break, they roll up into tiny little balls to slip in your handbag so your always prepared and they hold your shopping!
Anyone who watched the Great British Bake Off will recognise the inspiration behind our slogan, it'spretty funky if we do say so ourselves!
All you have to do to win one is let us know: What's on your Christmas list this year? (And have you been nice enough to deserve them?!) Let us know over on our Facebook page here.
12 Days of Christmas giveaways Day 7!
11 December 2012
Day 7 of our 12 Days of Christmas giveaways, Fa la la la la, la la la laaaaa!
Today we have one of the gorgeous linen covered A5 lined notebooks by funky stationary gurus GNU to give away!
Perfect for making notes, sketching ideas, scribbling inspiration, you name it, and small enough to pop in your handbag so it's always there when you need it!
There's a handy little pocket at the back too for popping in swatches, yarn strands to match colour and other useful bits and bobs when you're out and about.
To win one just let us know: What is your favourite Christmas song? From the sweetest carol to the cheesiest 70's rockfest, what gets you rocking around the Christmas tree? Let us know over on our Facebook page here.
12 Days of Christmas giveaways Day 6!
10 December 2012
It's Day 6 of our 12 Days of Christmas festive giveaways and today we have a copy of the fabulous dahhhhling Kaffe Fassett's autobiography, Dreaming in Colour to give away!
Kaffe Fassett has led the most extraordinary life, from growing up in Big Sur, California, where his parents bought a log cabin from Orsen Welles to becoming the first living textile designer to host their own exhibition at the V&A, this is a tale of bohemian living, creativity, originality, a rise to fame through a revolutionary use of colour in hand knitting and, of course, some fantastic name dropping (designing knitwear for private clients including Lauren Bacall and Barbara Streisand? Check). Now in his 70's, Kaffe is still a household name, with a travelling exhibition and 15 books to his name. This fantastic book showcases Kaffe's fascinating career through photographs, his own sketches and oil paintings, his brilliant textile designs and his own enthralling words.
All you need to do is tell us what is your favourite Christmas story? From The Grinch Who Stole Christmas to the Nativity, which festive story warms the cockles of your heart or makes you laugh a proper Ho Ho Ho?! Let us know over on Facebook here.
12 Days of Christmas giveaways Day 5!
7 December 2012
It's Friday and it's Day 5 of our festive giveaways!
Today it's something silly and fun - the brilliant We Knit You A Merry Christmas!
From the people that bring you the hilarious 'Ha Pea' birthday and Valentine cards comes a Christmas offering with some truly terrible (we love them!) Christmas puns, including the obligatory Ha Pea Christmas...
...and our personal favourite, Mistle Toad and Wine!
This book is great fun and will give you a festive chuckle every time you look at it! There are 20 projects, so knit them up and give them as gifts, you'll friends will think they're hilarious too!
So to be in with a chance to win it, today tell us your best (and by best we mean worst, of course) Christmas jokes! Share them with us over on our Facebook page here!
12 Days of Christmas giveaways Day 4!
6 December 2012
Today we're giving away a copy of Nicky Epstein's epic The Edgings Collection: 500 of Her Favourite Original Borders, a collection of edgings, borders and corners taken from her successful edging series Knitting on the Edge, Knitting over the Edge and Knitting Beyond the Edge.
From fringes, ruffles, trims, cords, twists, appliques, cables, tassels, pompoms and picots, you will never be lost for inspiration or technical know-how on how to finish your projects again.
There's even a special chapter on corners.
Nicky's designs range from fun to elegant and knitters of all technical abilities will enjoy trawling through this book looking for a variety new ways to edge their knitting projects.
All you need to do today is tell us what is your favourite Christmas food or drink? The thing that it just wouldn't be Christmas without and you look forward to every year. It could be your mother's roast potatos or the first mulled wine of the year.
Share yours with us know over on our Facebook page here.
12 Days of Christmas giveaways Day 3!
5 December 2012
It's Day 3 of our 12 Days of Christmas giveaways and we're loving hearing about what makes your Christmases Christmassy! Today we have a copy of the lovely Knit Notes: Explore, Design, Create by the glamorous Nadine Curtis of Be Sweet and published by Sixth & Spring to give away.
This is a book for knitters who love to design, adapt and create. A place to keep notes, sketches, measurements, refine ideas, pattern details and generally keep your ideas from inception to instructions all in one place.
There are templates for your pattern ideas, graph paper, space for swatches and photos of finished garments, all clearly laid out to keep your ideas straight
There is also a brilliant section on taking measurements, standard measurements and sizes, yarn substitution, a guide to estimating yarn amounts for projects, the different types of sweaters and even a sweater design.
To be in with a chance to win let us know: What is the best knitted gift you've ever RECEIVED? We want to know what, from whom, and do you still have it?
To enter just post your answer over on our Facebook page here!