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Quick Christmas Knits

When My Heart Finds Christmas

Materials

2 x 3mm double pointed needles
1 x Tapestry needle

1 x Red Pipe Cleaner
1 x 15 cm length of contrasting ribbon

3g of Biggan Design DK yarn in Mc Raspberry #985

Pattern

When My Heart Finds Christmas

Cast on 4 sts with Mc.
* Knit 4 sts. Do not turn work but instead push stitches to the right end of the needle. Pull yarn to tighten sts into a tight neat loop. Rep from * for 25 cm.

Cast off.

Making Up

Thread the pipe cleaner onto the tapestry needle with a 1 cm tail on the other side. Bend the tail down on itself to secure the pipecleaner to the needle.

Carefully thread the tapestry needle through one end of the i-chord through the centre and up through the other end.

Unbend the i–cord tail and remove the tapestry needle. Slowly pull the pipecleaner back down through the i-cord until the top of the tail end is just covered by the i-cord. Cut the excess pipe cleaner off at the other end, flush with the i-cord.

Now bend the heart into shape, by firstly folding i-cord in the centre then shaping the two curved arches of the heart  and bringing the two i-cord ends together into a point and neatly sewing them together with the tail ends of yarn.

Fasten both tail ends of the i-cord.

Now the When My Heart Finds Christmas decoration is finished. All you need to do is attach some contrasting ribbon to the top of the Heart and hang in your Christmas tree.

Calorie Free Candy Canes

Candy canes

Materials

2 x 3mm double pointed needles
1 x Tapestry needle

1 x white Pipe Cleaner
1 x Brooch Back (optional)

Left over pieces of Biggan Design DK yarn in two contrasting colours.
Mc Scarlet #230

Cc1 White # 080

Pattern

Candy Cane I-Cord

Cast on 4 sts with Mc.
* Knit 4 sts. Do not turn work but instead push stitches to the right end of the needle. Pull yarn to tighten sts into a tight neat loop. Rep from * for three rows.

Change to Cc1 * Knit 4 sts. Do not turn work but instead push stitches to the right end of the needle. Pull yarn to tighten sts into a tight neat loop. Rep from * for three rows.

NB: when working Cc1 ensure that Mc stays in the centre of the i-cord by hanging it over the needle to the left of the stitches being worked.

Change to Mc * Knit 4 sts. Do not turn work but instead push stitches to the right end of the needle. Pull yarn to tighten sts into a tight neat loop. Rep from * for three rows.

NB: when working Mc ensure that Cc1 stays in the centre of the i-cord by hanging it over the needle to the left of the stitches being worked.

Repeat the above until you have 5 lots of each colour.

Cast off.

Making Up

Thread the pipe cleaner onto the tapestry needle with a 1 cm tail on the other side. Bend the tail down on itself to secure the pipecleaner to the needle.

Carefully thread the tapestry needle through one end of the i-chord through the centre and up through the other end.

Unbend the i–cord tail and remove the tapestry needle. Slowly pull the pipecleaner back down through the i-cord until the top of the tail end is just covered by the i-cord. Cut the excess pipe cleaner off at the other end, flush with the i-cord.

Fasten both tail ends of the i-cord.

Now bend the candy cane into shape.

Now the Calorie Free Candy Cane is finished you can decide whether to make it into a brooch, a Christmas tree decoration, or make a pair and attach them to fish hook earrings for festive jewellery.

‘Tis the Season to be Holly

Holly

Materials

 2 x 3mm double pointed needles

1 x Tapestry needle

2 x Green Pipe Cleaner

1 x 15 cm length of contrasting ribbon, or a backing pin for brooch

3 x Small red wooden beads & 1 x Large red wooden bead

6g of Biggan Design DK yarn in Mc Ocean Green #620

Pattern

‘Tis the Season to be Holly

Cast on 4 sts with Mc.

* Knit 4 sts. Do not turn work but instead push stitches to the right end of the needle. Pull yarn to tighten sts into a tight neat loop. Rep from * for 25 cm.

Cast off.

Repeat for second leaf.

Making Up

Make up one leaf at a time; thread the pipe cleaner onto the tapestry needle with a 1 cm tail on the other side. Bend the tail down on itself to secure the pipecleaner to the needle.

Carefully thread the tapestry needle through one end of the i-chord through the centre and up through the other end.

Unbend the i–cord tail and remove the tapestry needle. Slowly pull the pipecleaner back down through the i-cord until the top of the tail end is just covered by the i-cord. Cut the excess pipe cleaner off at the other end, flush with the i-cord.

Now bend the Holly leaves into shape, by firstly folding i-cord in the centre then shaping the two curved points of the leaves and bringing the two i-cord ends together into a point and neatly sewing them together with the tail ends of yarn.

Fasten both tail ends of the i-cord.

When both leaves are finished, use left-over yarn to sew the two leaves together, and attach beads.

Now the ‘Tis the Season to be Holly decoration is finished. All you need to do is attach some contrasting ribbon to the top of the Holly and hang in your Christmas tree; alternatively you can attach a backing pin behind the beads to make a brooch.

 

A Tree for a Tree

trees low res

Materials

2 x 3mm double pointed needles
1 x Tapestry needle
2g of Biggan Design DK yarn in Mc Spruce # 610

Pattern

A Tree for a Tree

Cast on 3 sts. K 2 rows.
Row 3: inc 1 in first and second sts, K1. K another row. Row 3 & 4 = 5 sts.
Row 5: K1, inc 1 in second and third sts, K2. K another row. Row 5 & 6 = 7 sts.
Row 7: K1, inc 1, K2, inc 1, K2.  K another row. Row 7 & 8 = 9 sts.
Row 9: K1, inc 1, K4, inc 1, K2. K another row. Row 9 & 10 = 11 sts
Row 11:*cast off first 4 sts, K until end of row. Rep from* on next row, leaving 3 sts on needle. K another row.
Row 14: inc 1 in first and second sts, K1. K another row. Row 14 & 15 = 5 sts.
Row 16: K1, inc 1 in second and third sts, K2. K another row. Row 16 & 17 = 7 sts.
Row 18: K1, inc 1, K2, inc 1, K2.  K another row. Row 18 & 19 = 9 sts
Row 20: K1, inc 1, K4, inc 1, K2. K another row. Row 20 & 21 = 11 sts
Row 22: K1, inc 1, K6, inc 1, K2. K another row. Row 22 & 23 = 13 sts.
Row 24: *cast off first 4 sts, K until end of row. Rep from* on next row, leaving 5 sts on needle. K another row.
Row 27: K1, inc 1 in second and third sts, K2. K another row. Row 27 & 28 = 7 sts.
Row 29: K1, inc 1, K2, inc 1, K2.  K another row. Row 29 & 30 = 9 sts
Row 31: K1, inc 1, K4, inc 1, K2. K another row. Row 31 & 32 = 11 sts
Row 33: K1, inc 1, K6, inc 1, K2. K another row. Row 33 & 34 = 13 sts.
Row 35: K1, inc 1, K8, inc 1, K2. K another row. Row 35 & 36 = 15 sts.
Row 37: K1, inc 1, K10, inc 1, K2. K another row. Row 37 & 38 = 17 sts.
Row 39: K1, inc 1, K12, inc 1, K2. K another row. Row 39 & 40 = 19 sts.
Cast off loosely.

Making Up

Fasten off loose ends. Measure up 18cm/7″ length of red yarn, fold in half and tie the two ends into a knot. With a 3mm crochet hock draw the top loop of string through the top of Christmas tree, as shown in picture, thread the knotted part through the loop on other side and pull tight. Christmas tree is ready to hang onto the real tree!

Gelati now available

If you’re looking for last-minute gift ideas, Biggan has just released three new patterns.

The luscious sorbet colours of Gelati will brighten even the darkest winter day. With three individual patterns available – a miniskirt, boobtube & wristwarmer set, and scarf & beanie set – there’s a little something for everyone’s Christmas stocking.

Meet Nisse

Our new recruit — Nisse is Elf in Charge of Christmas Cheer!

Just in time for the silly season, Nisse has arrived at the Biggan Design office!

In all the craziness of preparing for Christmas, it’s easy to get so stressed that we forget that this is supposed to be a time of joy. So Nisse’s job is to remind us of that here at Biggan Design.

And just look at him — who could fail to smile when confronted with this colourful little person?

Alan Dart’s patterns look so impressively complex when finished, but they are not terribly hard to knit … although they can be a bit fiddly. All in all, Nisse took less than 15 hours of knitting time! Working circularly certainly cut down the amount of finishing required too, although there were still quite a few pieces to sew together at the end.

To convert the pattern to circular knitting, I kept the stitch counts the same and simply joined the end of the first row to the beginning. I worked on four DPNs for the larger diameter sections (the head and body), and on two for the smaller diameter pieces (hat, legs, arms and neck). The more fiddly pieces, such as the shoes, hands and cuffs, I worked flat and seamed. Blocking all of the pieces lightly helped to ensure the cast-on edges didn’t roll, and made sewing Nisse together much easier.

Working on such small circular knitting pieces has given me a much greater appreciation for the elasticity of Biggan yarn; even when working on only two needles, I had no ladders to contend with at the point where I changed DPNs. And when my elf legs turned out vastly different sizes — goodness only knows what I was thinking of to change my tension that drastically! — I was easily able to block them to a more consistent length and width.

Stitches and song at the Swedish Church in London

On Tuesday afternoon, I popped in to the newly started Stick- och Syjunta (Knit and Knatter) at the Swedish Church here in London.  I had a wonderful time with the loveliest people, all talented knitters and very interested to be working with our yarn. One of the pastors, Björn, even came down to join us for a bit — he is a charismatic young guy and a keen knitter!!! I’ve been invited to show our yarns and knitwear at their next meeting in February.

During the evening I do not know how many people came up and complimented me on my red Saya wrap and my pumpkin Mary skirt and Georgia sweater. So many were interested in knitting the Saya wrap, which is great! It is a most useful garment for any occasion, be it travelling, out on the town, on the sofa with a book, or to a concert at night!

I stayed on for a fabulous Advent Concert that evening, held first at the church with traditional Christmas music, and later down in the refectory for a more frivolous performance. The quality of the performers was superb. Swedish mezzo soprano Catrin Johnsson and soprano Linda Johnsson, accompanied by Rachel Fuller at the piano, filled the church with beautiful Christmas carols, and later Johan Hugosson performed an almighty piano sonata by Frans Schubert. The world-renowned a capella quartet Cantabile sang a wonderful rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas, with such hilarity and cheek that they had us all in awe and stitches! I’m definitely a fan, and will be following very closely where they will be performing again. They are extraordinary in their musical range and acting skills within the musical context. 

Every office needs a Christmas elf…

Our inspiration

With only three weeks left before Christmas Eve — how did that sneak up on us so fast? — Henri and I decided that we needed an extra pair of hands around the office.

Henri had bought a gorgeous Christmas elf, knitted from Biggan yarn, at Threads and More, which set us to thinking about knitting something similar as our Christmas office mascot.

I suggested that we look at Alan Dart’s whimsical Christmas toys. We eventually decided on the adorable Initial Imps, and I got to work rummaging through our yarn remnants to find a colour combination (seriously, I have the best job on earth!).

The Biggan yarn palette lends itself beautifully to Alan’s patterns and, with 64 colours to choose from, our little Nisse was always going to be the trendsetter of the Christmas elf world. I finally settled on Lime (#405), Burnt Orange (#280) and Royal Purple (#805).

 

Our office Christmas elf is still in pieces, but not for long…

I made some minor modifications to the pattern, mostly to accommodate my colour scheme eg working the stockings in three colours instead of two, and with three rows of each colour. Given our hectic Christmas knitting schedules, I also decided to knit Nisse in the round — even though it is already a quick knit, I figure I will save a lot of time by not having to seam each piece.  Leaving the stitch counts the same, and working on 3mm DPNs, I simply joined the end of the first row to the beginning and just kept knitting.

I’m a little behind schedule thanks to the arrival of my best friend’s new baby, but Nisse should be finished this weekend, so stay posted for pics of him in all his multicoloured glory.