Christmas Knit-A-Long: An introduction to materials
Welcome to LoveKnitting’s festive Knit-A-Long! We’re kicking things off with an introduction to everything you’ll need. Let Jenni talk you through the required materials, the pattern sizes and tensions….
I’d like to begin with a big thank you to the hundreds of you who have signed up to our first ever Knit-A-Long and for being so patient whilst we were preparing the materials for you. To say I am excited is an understatement, I can’t wait to get knitting! Read on to find out which sizes are available, the gauge of the pattern and of course, the materials you need to get started.
What you’ll need:
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We’ve put together a collection of yarns you can use for the this pattern with the same weight and tension. Take a look at the table below to see how many balls of yarns you’ll need for for each shade with 50g balls (112m).
|0-3 Months||3-6 Months||6-12 Months||12-18 Months|
|Shade A – Red (50g/112m)||3||3||4||4|
|Shade B – White (50g/112m)||1||1||1||1|
1. King Cole, Merino Blend DK – Monica’s choice
Monica, the designer of this lovely set, used King Cole, Merino Blend DK to knit her jumper and hat. It’s a soft, 100% pure wool yarn that’s ideal for keeping your little ones warm and comfortable. It also happens to be a dream to knit with and to top it off, it’s a superwash wool, so no worries about popping it into the washing machine when those inevitable spillages happen over the Christmas dinner table! It is knit in two different shades, Scarlet (009) and White (001).
2. Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK – Jenni’s choice
I want something really special as a treat for a 2 month year old this Christmas and so I have decided to knit with an extra special yarn. I’m knitting with Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK a truly lovely 100% merino wool yarn that is just so soft to touch! It’s a very versatile yarn with excellent stitch definition, plus, it’s also machine washable. You’ll need 3 (3: 4: 4) balls of Red Hot (167) and 1 ball of Alabaster (003).
3. Sirdar Snuggly DK – Knit for less
4. Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester DK – Knit British
Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester DK is an 100% British wool yarn – a great option for those that want to knit British and make it a little bit more special. We love the idea of changing up the colourway and knitting it in this gorgeous Pale Blue (013) and Ecru (001). But if you still want to go for red, you’ll want it in Crimson (010).
5. Wendy Merino DK – Luxury on a budget
Wendy Merino DK is a great value yarn which uses only the Merino sheep breed known for its particularly soft wool, spun to make it as wearable as possible even for those sensitive to wool yarns. The perfects shades for this pattern are Persian Red (2352) and Cloud Dancer (2350).
6. King Cole Bamboo Cotton DK – Allergy option
King Cole Bamboo Cotton DK is a fabulous yarn choice for baby clothes. Bamboo yarns are famous for their non-allergic properties and Bamboo Cotton DK is deliciously smooth on the skin, thanks to its 50/50 mix of bamboo and cotton. We suggest knitting with shades Red (544) and Cream (538). NOTE: This yarn comes in 100g balls, so you’ll need half the amount stated in the table above.
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You’ll need 2 different pairs, 1 Pair of 3 1/2 mm knitting needles and 1 pair of 4 mm knitting needles. Take a look at some of our suggestions…
1. Knit Pro Symfonie – Jenni’s choice
I will be knitting with Knit Pro Symfonie Single Point Needles 30cm for both needle sizes. Not only are they lovely to look at, they are lovely to knit with! Knitters around the world swear by these needles for their ease of use, comfort and unique look.
2. Pony Aluminium – On a budget
If you prefer aluminium and are more interested in the price rather than the look of your needles, these Pony Single Point Aluminium 30cm needles are the ones you’ll want!
3. Addi Bamboo – For bamboo lovers
These Addi Bamboo Single Point Knitting Needles 35cm are best for ‘slippy’ yarns and for those who put comfort first! They are flexible and kind to arthritic hands too. They also come in length 25cm, which you can find here.
4. Knit Pro Karbonz – Revolutionary option!
The Knit Pro Karbonz Single Point Needles are one of the most revolutionary needles of our times that combine the premium quality of carbon fibre with perfectly shaped nickel plated brass tips. Carbon fibre is one of the most versatile material used in modern times for use in aircrafts and automobiles and is ideal for knitting needles on account of it’s high tensile strength, light weight and comes with a surface that offers excellent control over the stitches. So if you’re looking for something new and exciting to knit with – this is it!
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1. Cable Needle
If you haven’t already got one, you’ll need a trusted cable needle for the front cabling. Try these Addi Cable Stitch Pins.
2. Flat Metal Buttons – Jenni’s choice
I’m using these sweet and simple flat disc two-hole metal buttons for my cardigan to give it a bit of uniqueness. I’m hoping the finished result will be as great as I think it will!
3. Fish Eye Buttons – Festive option
To keep with the festive red theme, why not try these lovely Fish Eye Buttons?
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You’ll also want to get to grips with whether the pattern will fit your little ones, so we’re revealing all the sizes available on the pattern in this handy table.
|0-3 Months||3-6 Months||6-12 Months||12-18 Months|
|Armhole – Bottom||11.5cm/ 4.5in||13cm/ 5.1in||15cm/ 5.9in||17cm/ 6.7in|
|Width||22cm/ 8.6in||24cm/ 9.4in||26cm/ 10.2in||29cm/ 11.4in|
|Sleeve||14cm/ 5.5in||18cm/ 7in||21cm/ 8.2in||24cm/ 9.4in|
|Length||21cm/ 8.2in||24cm/ 9.4in||27cm/ 10.6in||30cm/ 11.8in|
|Head Circumference||34cm/ 13.3in||36cm / 14.2in||38cm/ 15in||40.5cm/ 15.9in|
|Length of Hat||15cm/ 5.9in||16.5cm/ 6.5in||18cm/ 7in||19.5cm / 7.7in|
Using a DK yarn, this patterns knits with the following tension:
22 sts and 28 rows to measure 10 x 10cm (4 x 4 in)
Tension has significant effects on a knitted garment, so preparing a tension square/swatch before you begin is a great habit to get into. Click here to find out more about tension and how to make a tension square.
About the Designer
Monica Russel is a knitwear designer and teacher with 30 years experience. Proud author of five pattern books, she enjoys exploring new yarns and creating new knitting patterns for two magazines and a publishing company. Monica created her company, The KnitKnacks, four years ago and runs knitting workshops for groups up and down the UK. Click here to find out more about the Knitknacks.
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Last updated: July 25th, 2017.