Knitting Preview: January 4, 2020 issue

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Welcome to the first knitting preview of 2020!

We start the year with this smart gilet.

It comes in six sizes ranging from 76/81 (30/32 ins) to 127/132 (50/52 ins). Actual size is approx. 18/13 cm (7/5 ins) bigger, so it will fit over layers.

We’ve worked the gilet in King Cole Gypsy Super Chunky in Silver Mist (3271), with a toning collar in King Cole Luxury Fun in Silver Fox (4207). You’ll find details on both yarns at

This is an easy design worked in stocking stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) and garter stitch (knit every row), with very little shaping. The knitting needles used are 5 mm (No. 6) and 9 mm (No. 00), so it will work up quickly.

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Photograph by Ally Stuart Colours Agency.

Finally, we have finished the gilet off with two chunky buttons to add a focal point. They came from Duttons For Buttons, who have a huge selection of fastenings. Find out more about them at

We think the combination of chunky yarn, fun fur and simple instructions is a winner.

We hope you do, too!

If you’re looking for a little more than just a knitting preview, you’ll find the full pattern in the January 4 issue of “The People’s Friend”.

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Liz O’Rourke

Liz is part of our Features Team and her hobbies include knitting and crafts, reading and foreign travel which are also her main responsibilities on the “Friend”. If you walk into the office you will soon spot her desk, it’s the one piled high with knitwear and balls of yarn!