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Fair Isle Mittens pattern in Simply Knitting 115

Here is the second of my patterns published in the new issue of Simply Knitting, available on the 6th December. These mittens are seriously cosy, knitted in Blacker Swan Falkland Islands wool DK, which sooo soft! The pattern came about by mistake when I was charting an old vintage chevron pattern and messed it up, so I flipped it over and ended up with this.

Simply Knitting 115, Fair Isle DK© Philip Sowels Future Publishing

The pattern is a simple two-colour Fair Isle design which is fun to create.  The mittens are knitted in the round, increasing for the thumb, which is then added on afterwards.  The pattern is charted  clearly and is available in 3 sizes – Women’s Small-Large and Men’s large.

Simply Knitting 115 Fair Isle© Philip Sowels and Future Publishing

Simply Knitting issue 115 (January 14) is available on the 6th Dec (in all good newsagents!) and also contains my slip-stitch “Cute Cabled Socks” pattern. You can also purchase the magazine online it at myfavouritemagazines, where it will be available for 6 months, or as a digital issue from iTunes or Zinio.

Oh I do Like to Knit Beside the Seaside!

This week will be mostly spent knitting on the beach, perfect! We’ve handed our house over to our trust friend Nic for the week while we get some rays in Cornwall. And I don’t want to jinx anything but so far the weather is like summer!

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This is the first post I’ve made by phone – we have no Internet in our little slate cottage, so while Chris is spending time in the surf I have been knitting, taking photos and exploring some lovely beaches!

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This is the third beach I’ve sat on this week, watching life go by, dogs chasing frisbees and the tide come in. I’ve been knitting a lot, however I can’t show you any pictures as it’s for a gift and I know the recipient will be reading (hi mum!)

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It’s been really lovely having a proper taste of summer! We managed to time our trip with the clocks going forward, so not only has the weather warmed us up but it’s now light til 8, finally 🙂

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We had our first BBQ of the year on Monday – some local mackerel caught in the morning, potatoes we cooked in foil on the coals and some veggies. The bottle of wine we bought from the pub was so awful we made some sangria out of it, which washed the lot down a treat!

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So I don’t really have so much to say today, I just thought I’d share these pictures. Knitting photos to follow soon!

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Have a great week!

random thursday thoughts…

Hello! It’s nearing the end of the week now and I’m looking forward to a weekend in London, going to watch the preview of the Paper Cinema’s Odyssey at Battersea Arts Centre, exciting!  If you haven’t seen these guys before and you like theatre, animation and live music, then I seriously recommend you book tickets asap as it’s selling out fast!

Hopefully I’ll get a bit of knitting done on the way there, my hat pattern is all written out now but in my sleepiness last night I managed to knit about 16 rounds with the wrong size needles, so I need to frog it back to the ribbing later and start again.  The pattern is going to be a sort of zigzag rib, but I haven’t done enough rows for it to show up yet so you’ll have to wait for a picture! 
So busy, busy it is, and still no time to teach myself how to use my knitting machines!

All this wool arrived on Tuesday though, which should be enough to keep me occupied for a while! It’s the same yarn from in the photo I posted last week, Erika Knights ‘Vintage’ in ‘Drizzle’ – here you can find a list of stockists.

On another note I wanted to share this picture, which I found in Exeter Quay Antiques Centre in the summer.  I’m not sure where it is or when it was taken, but it looks like it was taken at a girls finishing school, they all seem quite intent on their knitting!

Free Pattern: Venice

It snowed a bit here in Bristol today.. not a lot, but enough to make me feel chilly! It was a reminder that I’ve been meaning to type up the knitting pattern for this hat for a while, and I’m feeling generous, so I thought I’d give it away! 🙂

It’s a beanie I knitted for my boyfriend last year, just before we went to Venice. Although in the photo it looks warm, it was freezing! We were prepared and took plenty of wool to survive (this is not hard for me), and this hat stayed on Chris’ head permanently the whole time we were there.

This is a simple hat that can be knitted up in a couple of hours, and will suit men and women.

I made this hat with Rowan Drift, which is 100% Merino wool and it’s super cosy! Using 10mm knitting needles to keep the stitches snug, it fits us both a treat. I have been know to steal it sometimes 😉

Have a look on the patterns tab for other free goodies!

Venice – Free Chunky Hat Pattern