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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!

Robyn Cardigan Now Available

Robyn Cardigan

As the weather gets cooler and autumn is most definitely in the air, it is time to start casting on warmer garments in Biggan Design’s DK yarn. To inspire you all to create cardigans for the cooler weather, Biggan has just launched her new Robyn pattern as part of her 2011 Collection. Here it is pictured in Burgundy – one of the key ‘Berry Tones’ colours of the season.  If you are feeling creative and daring – why not give the cardigan your unique/ personal twist and work it in stripes in a colour combination of your own choosing.

Happy Knitting

The Biggan Design Team x

Part of the art

So what do knitters get up to on a lazy afternoon in the River City?

Well, yesterday a group of us became part of the art at the 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT6) at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art.

One of the exhibits is Untitled 9, a gigantic plinth which dominates the gallery’s River Room. The plinth is topped with a circle of chairs, where various groups have been invited to meet during the exhibition. Yesterday, Biggan and I joined other members of the Brisbane SnB group for a spot of public knitting as art.

From the top of the plinth, we knitters had a fabulous view of the river and the new Kurilpa Bridge, a pedestrian and cyclist bridge which links the city heart to the art gallery precinct. It’s an interesting structure, and a very apt view for our group, as people often liken it to knitting needles!

If you would like to read more about the concept behind Untitled 9, have a peek at the blog of its creators, the art collective DAMP.

Rainbow ruffles take home the prize

Congratulations to Christine Jones, who is the first winner of our monthly competition with her self-designed Arwen rainbow ruffle skirt.

© Christine Jones. Used with permission.

A resident of Australia’s Northern Rivers region and a knitter for almost 30 years, Christine has recently turned her hand to designing patterns. Her first published pattern, Flamenco, is featured on the cover of the current issue of Australian knitting magazine, Yarn.

“I’ve always loved colour and that’s what I really like about Biggan yarn,” Christine says. “I bought a few different colours from Biggan at a craft fair in Brisbane earlier this year, and did a couple of samples for the course I’m doing.

“I’m not sure where the actual inspiration for the skirt came from. I guess it was having all those single balls in different colours. The materials influenced the design…and I also love frills,” Christine said.

Christine is currently working on grading Arwen, so keep an eye out for this exciting new pattern.

Christine has won two 50g balls of Biggan DK/8 ply yarn in Emerald, and we hope this provides her with inspiration to design more fabulous things!

And remember, if you’re on Ravelry, why not enter our monthly competition? All you have to do is knit or crochet a project using Biggan yarn, and then share it with the Biggan Designs group so that it shows up in the “Recently Completed Projects” from group members.

We will be announcing our second winner on 1 January, so don’t forget to post your projects to the group by 31 December!

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.