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This design by Martin Storey is from Rowan Classic Colour of Summer.

Win this prize and not only do you get the beautiful Artesano Aran yam in the new colour needed to

Oversized shoulder bag, £18, BHS

Trompe l'oeil jumper, £59, Hobbs

The yarn colour is new this season.

Win this prize and not only do you get the beautiful Artesano Aran yam in the new colour needed to

Trompe l'oeil jumper, £59, Hobbs vSWpl^

Sea fairer

■ All the nice girls love a sailor-if only for his natty colour combinations! Navy and white is a classic colour scheme for beachwear. Coco Chanel herself set a trend for wearing nautical stripes on the beach in the 1920s, and nearly nine decades later the look is as chic as ever.

The key rules for this look are to keepyour shapes simple and your stripes horizontal. (You don't want to look like a convict!) Pair a striped top with wide-legged trousers for a 1920s look, or channel Brigitte Bardot and wear the same top q, with capri pants, flat shoes and a wide navy cloth headband.

It can be tricky to get skirts right ( with the nautical look; pencil skirts or flirty minis look best. Virtually any sort of trousers or shorts will do, however, as long as they're navy or white, making this a great look for anyone who wants to be stylish yet practical.

If you fancy knitting your own sailor-striped top, opt for a lightweight cotton yarn that'll be cool all summer. Patons 100% Cotton 4ply and Wendy Supreme Luxury Cotton 4ply both include white and dark blue in their ranges.

White linen trousers, £20, Matalan

This design by Martin Storey is from Rowan Classic Colour of Summer.

This British-made 'woolly mug' features a photo of knitted Herdwick yarn. £9.99, from

_ * TO ENTER: Text SKZEST, then a space, then your name and address to 87474 or visit www.simplyknitting.co.uk and scroll down to 'Competitions'. Fill in the entry form using the keyword SKZEST. For terms and conditions see page 17.

Oversized shoulder bag, £18, BHS

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Artesano 'Zest'

knit the 'Zest' pattern, you will get all the needles-straight and cable - needed to knit it up.

Artesano Aran is a 50/50 blend of alpaca and wool, so it's soft and warm, and totally natural. Aran weight yarns knit up quickly, so this lovely cabled design will fly off your new needles, ready for a lucky little boy to wear.

To find out more about Artesano products or to find a stockist, visit www.artesanoyams.co.uk or call 0118 950 3350.

The yarn colour is new this season.

Artesano Knitting

Baby glow

MillaMia puts colour into baby knits.

MillaMia is a new yarn and pattern range launched by two Swedish sisters based in Britain. Think of Swedish design and clean lines, bright colours and a very modern look will spring to mind - and that's what MillaMia brings to knitters. Two books of patterns for babies and children, plus 17 shades of Naturally Soft Merino DK yarn are currently available. Visit www.millamia.com or call 08450 177474 for details.

has launched aimed at increasing the use of Commonwealth and British wool... Daina Taimina's book is up for the 2010 Diagram Prize, an award given to the oddest book title of the year... Start to earlythis year-shake youryarn (and clothes!) out in the air regularly, and pop it out in the sun as the larvae hate the daylight... Alpaca shearing season is coming up, and that means the widest choice of colours of

If you like an unusual shade, buy it now!... If has your teens hankering for Alice-style fashions, grab a copy of Louisa Harding's

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