It's that time of the month... The new issue of Simply Knitting has landed on my doormat, and contains two of my designs, which I'm really pleased to be able to share with you.
First up are some simple mittens (Sweet & simple). They're knitted in Twilley's Freedom Spirit Chunky, and won't take more than a couple of evenings to whip up the pair!
They feature a long cuff, so that you don't get that annoying gap between your coat sleeve and mittens. You could easily turn the cuff back if you didn't want them as long.
Next up are my men's gansey-style socks, called Hello Sailor! The name chosen by the SK team really made me giggle when I opened up my magazine. These use a pretty standard heel flap and gusset construction, with a textured leg and secret initial in the toe.
The cuff uses a garter 1x1 rib, where alternate rounds are knitted plain. I love this ribbing as it is so much less annoying to knit than standard 1x1 ribbing.
Then the leg uses some simple textured knit and purl patterns, before you work a standard heel flap, heel turn and gusset. The foot is plain until just before the toe, where you can choose to work a simple textured initial into the sock. The sample has a J for Jim.
Simply Knitting had a redesign last month, and I'm really enjoying some of the new features. The magazine feels absolutely packed with patterns and interesting stuff to read. I particularly liked the Purls of Wisdom, All about... Mittens section. I t has loads of ideas and information on how to make the most of mittens. If you'd like your own copy of the magazine, here is the cover that you're looking out for on the newsstand (mine's a subscriber copy, so the cover will be subtly different in the shops):