After a long anticipated wait, The Knitting Collection Volume 2 is finally here (in shops Friday 13 May!) and we think it is even better than the first! This latest edition is packed to bursting with great-looking, fun to make patterns and has a distinctly bright, summery feel, with many projects perfect for long hot, hazy days, such as Susie Johnâ€™s stylish and colourful striped vest top (right).
These joyfully vivid colours are also in evidence in our projects that are great for layering in cooler temperatures â€“ some of our favourites are Elly Doyleâ€™s stunning Ada wrap and Jacinta Bowieâ€™s zingy Maritime cardigan. We even have items that will take you through to autumn and beyond but will still provide that much needed cheery burst
of colour, like Rhian Drinkwaterâ€™s Colour Pop cardigan and beautiful striped socks plus Lou Buttâ€™s fun fingerless mitts, along with a whole array of scarves, wraps and shawls.
We havenâ€™t forgotten the little people in your life, either. We adore the quirky colourwork in Sarah Elwickâ€™s adorable bloomers and Ruth Maddockâ€™s charming Budgie sweater, both of which are practical, warm and incredibly cute. This colourwork theme continues in a modern nursery classic â€“ the customisable name bunting by Cheryl Anderson. This versatile project would make the perfect new baby gift and can easily be made in colours to suit any nursery theme, or could even be used to create more grownâ€‘up banners for birthdays, weddings or parties.
There are also lots of delectable contemporary homewares, menswear projects and more inside. The patterns range from simple to more challenging, but we have also included a very handy techniques section covering some of the more advanced skills used in these pages, ensuring that all the patterns are within your grasp.
Whichever projects you decide to knit, we have aimed to create a collection of patterns that are fun to make and will spread a little joy and colour whenever they are worn or used. We hope you love them as much as we do.
Claire Montgomerie, Commissioning Editor
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