12 Weeks of Christmas Knitting: Festive Jumpers
Welcome to WEEK TWO of our 12 Weeks of Christmas Knitting series to get you knitting and crocheting ready for the Christmas season! This week we are going to tackle the Christmas Jumper!
Made famous by the rather lovely enduring image of Colin Firth as Mark Darcy, – but also of course, Sarah Lund from The Killing and Ugly Betty’s America Ferrera, we love a Christmas jumper! Whether it’s a comedy reindeer, snowman or Santa – or a serious looking fair isle/faroe pattern, if you’re going to get knitting jumpers for Christmas, you’ll need to start NOW!
Save the Children created ‘Christmas Jumper Day’ (this year on Friday 12th December) on which, we are thrilled to say, it has become a tradition to wear your festive knits to school, to the office, or just to show them off! This year, the fabulous Sue Stratford has designed some mini Christmas jumper bunting to knit and sell to raise profits for Save the Children! Have a look here for patterns and all their gorgeous jumper related craft projects, and don’t forget to wear your Christmas jumper and donate to Save the Children!
Last week we talked fair isle, so this week it is the turn of the Christmas jumper! Most Christmas jumpers have one central motif which is knitted in using a method called intarsia, which involves using small extra balls of yarn hanging from the back of the work that you pick up and knit with as you need them. This is not a difficult method – but you will need to stay vigilant not to get tangled! Slow and steady wins the race! The more complicated the pattern, the more complicated the intarsia – so choose wisely!
These fab Reindeer Sweaters, knit up in Wendy Mode DK , which is a great 50% wool, 50% acrylic yarn that will wash well, or Stylecraft Life DK is another easy care yarn that will work well for this project.
Rather than knitting adult or child size Christmas jumpers, why not invest in this superb pattern collection from Little Cotton Rabbits, and knit teeny weeny mini ones for your tree (or indeed for little toys). This beautiful little collection has tiny jumpers with robins, Christmas trees and snowflake motifs – and you can knit these in a 4ply yarn, such as Drops Alpaca, or Debbie Bliss Rialto 4 Ply, which has fabulous stitch definition for colourwork. Although these are knit in 4ply, if you can’t face anything smaller than DK, you can knit them in DK weight yarn with perfectly fine results (obviously the jumpers will measure slightly bigger), in which case, try Stylecraft Life DK, or Red Heart Fina DK.
Last updated: October 27th, 2014.