The festive season is just around the corner, so make a start by knitting our front cover design – complete with pom-pon holly berries. We’ve around 10 patterns to knit for standard, mid gauge and chunky models including conversion notes to help everyone knit any design on any machine. Many of them have a Christmas feel and we’ve some great ‘Stash Buster’ ideas for elegant wrist-warmers to use up oddments and make great gifts. Our regular features include Clubline, Dear Anne and Style File. Bill King shares his pattern for knitting wonderfully theatrical slippers in Masterclass and Jo Newton has some seasonal ‘doggy’ designs. Alice Wilmshurst says goodbye to Passap stress and we’ve six Christmas egg cosy patterns to cheer up breakfast or cover chocolate eggs. Our regular features include masses of news, books and fashion in Newsline plus special reader offers in Book Review.