This week I was lucky enough to receive a complementary copy of the newly released magazine ‘The Art of Knitting‘.
The Art of Knitting is a weekly publication with everything you need to get started on your very own knitting adventure. Issue 1 is reduced to 99p (general subscription price £2.99) and comes with 2 x 25g balls of acrylic yarn (white and lipstick shades) and a pair of metal 4mm knitting needles to create the first two squares for a throw.
Here’s how mine turned out!
The magazine contains well presented stitch guides, an example is shown in the photo below. For those who want more detailed instructions you can either check out my earlier blog posts or watch a tutorial e.g ‘How to make a Slip Knot’ over on The Art of Knitting blog.
Inside Issue 1 there are a selection of patterns which are good for beginners and those who have already begun to develop their knitting skills.
For example, this snuggly Cowl is made from a rectangle of garter (knit) stitch.
The Egg Cosy garter stitch pattern encourages folk to master the art of decreasing…….
….and for those who are competent with double-pointed needles and ‘working-in-the-round’ (something I have yet to conquer!) there is a very cute Wolf iPad Case.
The publication is clear and well presented throughout with some really useful knitting tips. The patterns appear to be up-to-date and cover a range of things to wear and create for the home which is always good when you want to want a project that doesn’t take forever to finish.
If you have had the chance to check out this magazine I would love to know what you think. Would you recommend it and if so, who to?
For me – I think it’s a great idea how the ‘Art of Knitting’ encourages newbies to learn a new stitch each week as they create the squares for the throw / blanket. Just imagine how big it could get as their confidence grows!
if there are about 90 copies of the art of knitting how many folders do we get to put them in and when is the next one available
Hi Marion, if you pop over to the art of knitting website I’m sure they will be able to help
I’ve recently subscribed to this and I think it’s brilliant! I’ve been knitting for quite a while learning through youtube and other sources but mostly self taught. I’m only up to about issue 8 and I’m picking up alot of cool tricks from them. As a subscription I pay about $34 au probably once a month and generally get 3-4 issues with each delivery plus the little gifts for subscribing. It really is a fantasic and easy to comprehend series. Can’t wait to have my throw at the end of it!!
Thanks for sharing, glad you are loving your knitting adventure! X
How many issues is there of the art of knitting I have up to nr12.
I think there is going to be 90 issues in the collection. X
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Hi I have missed issue 8 somehow can you tell me how I can get hold of this please many thanks Clare lister
I think Issue 8 is out now – if you have any problems getting hold of it you could always contact Art of Knitting through their website and order a back copy. Here’s the link http://artofknitting.co.uk/magazine
I’ve just received issue 3. Am I missing something re the big stitch basket. I can’t seem to see how many times the 8 rows are repeated. Also what does graft mean please
I haven’t picked up the 3rd issue so unfortunately can’t see the pattern to help. If you pop over to the art of knitting website there maybe further info there. With regards to grafting its a way of joining two pieces of knitting (also called the Kitchener stitch). There’s some info about it here http://www.vogueknitting.com/pattern_help/how-to/beyond_the_basics/grafting.aspx and there is also some really useful you tube videos on it. X
Hi, im finding that the squares not are not working out to be 15cm sq as it says in the magazine, last issue was 27 stitches very difficult to make it the same size as the others as they need either 31, 32, 34 stitches, ive had to add in my own extra stitches and extra rows to make it approx the same size, am i making a mistake somewhere? Im new to knitting just bought magazine to try it and i find i like it only this is very frustrating as the blanket on the mag looks perfect. …plz help lol
That sounds like a good plan, otherwise you could try and use bigger size knitting needles.
Do anyone have contact details for back issues, I have missed No 5.
I think you can buy back copies off the publisher, here’s a link to the page you need http://artofknitting.co.uk/faqs
I have missed issue No5. Where do I obtain a copy please?
According to the FAQs on their website you can buy back copies from the publishers, there the link to the page you need http://artofknitting.co.uk/faqs
How do I order the mag
If you pop over to the art of knittings website you should find the info on how to subscribe. Here’s the link http://www.artofknitting.co.uk
where can these be found? who stocks these?
If you are in the UK most of the big supermarket stock the magazine – my friend found hers in Tesco. Otherwise WHSmiths might have some. Otherwise I think you can subscribe via their website. Hope this helps.
Does anyone know of any stockists, i’ve tried a few smaller newsagents and they don’t have it? Thank you
The supermarkets and places like whsmiths seem to stock it in the uk. I think you can also subscribe directly. X
love this mag, I am knitting the I pad cover for my daughter but find the very first instructions confusing. do I use double ended needles or knit in the round and is the needle size correct – seems a bit big , 6.5 ? maybe it is me but I am at work at the moment and do not have it before me, just know I felt it didn’t read properly .Thanks. Will certainly buy future copies.
Thanks for taking the time to get in touch with your comment. Hope the wolf iPad cover is going Ok. I bet your daughter will love it. x
How did the wold go, I think I found an error on the flap, following the patterens seems to have the back side of stocking stitch as the wolfs head 😦 have you found this, or have I made an error in reading the pattern?
I haven’t had the chance to make the wolf case yet – can you add an extra row of stocking stitch in? Did you want to email the magazine editor to see if they have any more feedback? Here’s the link to their contact page, there is a phone number there for questions and form on it which you can use to email.
Hi I thought I would tell there is a total of three error in the the wolf iPad case pattern
Thanks for the update, hopefully the magazine website is carrying the amendments.
When is issue no 2 of the art of knitting out? Thankyou
I think it hits the shop on wed 4th Feb so not long to wait! X
I brought the first edition in my local newsagent. I completely agree with your review. The guides are fantastic. I started my white square last night. They have great accompanying video tutorials on their website. I’ve been wanting to learn some more stitches for ages and this will be the thing to do it.
They also have a great list of free gifts if you subscribe!
Hi Kirsty, thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, great to hear you like the magazine too. Send me a photo of your blanket as it grows, I would love to see it. X
I’ve just found out that this is out again. I’m hoping to find it locally as I want to put the yarn and needles in my Christmas shoeboxes and I couldn’t get them for less than 99p elsewhere.
What a great idea to use the yarn and needles as part of the shoe box appeal. I think I’ll buy some extra copies too and do the same. X
I think magazines are great for ideas – I have written projects for them myself. This looks a great source of information and skill building.
I admire you for creating your squares, I admit I am too impatient and simply jump in.
Thank you. Its so exciting when someone approaches you for an article isn’t it. I still have to pinch myself sometimes as I find it hard to believe people like what I write! X
I did see this and thought oh it looks good, but then i saw you blanket would take £300 to complete. I agree it will be good for confidence building 🙂
I know, I always try and work out the total cost too. I was thinking of either making a cushion cover with my squares or using up some of my knitting left overs to make extra squares once I’ve had a few copies for ideas and some “must-make” patterns! x