I've a run of patterns being published with Simply Knitting, and the first one has just been published in issue 103, available on the shelves now!
Ruislip is knit with Fyberspates Cashmere Merino DK, a gorgeous hand dyed yarn - it really is so very lovely to knit with. 4 sizes are included, and the pattern is very easily adjusted for variations in size or gauge. The subtle stitch pattern lends itself to variegated yarns, and should you not be able to get your hands on the Cashmere Merino, any other Fyberspates DK will be just as good.
The lovely Charlie is the model here, and we took these on the CWT shoot early last year, and I'm pretty chuffed with these photos. In fact Ruislip very nearly made it into Classic Woolly Toppers... except for this one to go in, another would've had to have been dropped, and I couldn't decide which one to lose. Simply Knitting loved the Hat, and so it's become the first in a series of published designs with them. I've really enjoyed working with Simply Knitting - they've been friendly and accommodating, and after 6 months the rights revert back - a highly recommended mag from a designer's perspective.
Ruislip's construction is fairly straightforward - the band is worked first then stitches are picked up for the body. The whole knit is ideal for a confident beginner, as beyond the picking up of the stitches and knitting in the round, there are no other challenging techniques. Even the crown shaping is quick and satisfying.
Ruislip is another of those designs that suits a very wide range of people, adding to it's versatility. Should you not be a subscriber or not be able to buy a copy locally, and should you be keen to cast-on before the rights revert back to me (when it will be self-published) then you can get a digital copy of Simply Knitting issue 103 through iTunes.