Christmas Knit-A-Long: Full pattern and your amazing work
Download the complete Knit-A-Long pattern in full to knit again and again and take a look at the incredible finished results from K-A-L knitters around the world!
Our festive Knit-A-Long came to an end last week, finishing with the lovely hat pattern, I’m very sad to be ending this lovely K-A-L journey with you! *sobs* But let’s end on a happy note! Well done to everyone involved and a big thanks to Monica for providing us with this pattern! We have been overwhelmed with the involvement and feedback from all over the world and we were all so impressed by the creativity you knitters have! Take a look at some of the wonderful jumpers and hats made by you lovely knitters. If you haven’t already shared yours or are still going, upload them to the comment box below for all to see! Click on the button below to download the pattern in full!
Amanda made four beautiful jumpers in a range of colours!
We were so impressed by Andrea’s neat knitting
Carole opted for a luscious green shade.
Cindy Irvine mixed it up and changed the neckline, Monica was so impressed!
Elly Coppen’s lovely little hat
HazeyJ opted for tassels on the hat and we love the finished result!
We love the rich shade Joan Schmidt chose and just look at those lovely buttons!
Jo-Ann even made her own matching mittens! She’s given us her pattern to make them which you can find in the comment box at the bottom of the page here.
Kerry’s finished result is something to be proud of!
MaryB has such lovely knitting, don’t you agree?
We love the shade Rainy chose!
Sian showed us her progress so far, it was lovely to see how everyone was getting on!
Susan Emery ‘s colourway is so different and we love it!
Well done Khistina Leetham on your finished result!
There are lots of people who joined us later and are still knitting, so give people like Adhiti encouragement and tips and show them your final results in the comment box below!
We’ve put the full pattern, along with materials needed, sizings and charts in to one handy download so you can keep it for your records. Click the button below to download it.
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For the front and back of the jumper and the hat you will take on the stranded snowflakes, which are knitted using the stranding method. Inside your pattern download you will find a knitting chart to follow. If this is your first time following a chart or trying stranded knitting, read our handy guide on how to read a chart. Click here to read the guide.
When you work the snowflake chart, you’ll need to join in colour B (white), if you haven’t done this before, don’t worry! It truly is simple. Read this guide for joining on a new ball of yarn.
The front part of the pattern will see some honeycomb cabling, which is a great stitch pattern that is easy to follow. Click here to learn more about the honeycomb cable.
Two at a time Sleeves
There aren’t many special techniques needed for knitting the sleeves as you’ll see, but you might want to consider knitting the sleeves two-at-a-time, which is a simple technique to ensure sleeve lengths are the same either side. See my progress here.
You might want to block your work before you get started as this will make the making up process a whole lot easier. Some of you have asked for some tips on how to do this. Our top tip is to only wet block natural fibres. Wool blocks beautifully. This is because the fibre is malleable when wet, and retains the position it dries into. Other animal fibres, like alpaca, cashmere and angora, also block well. Man made yarns, like acrylic, nylon and polyester, don’t block well. The fibres don’t react to water, and they don’t set like wool fibres do. Other natural fibres, like cotton and linen, can be blocked but the effect may be less dramatic. An alternative to wet blocking is to steam block pieces. To do this, you pin the project out first. Build up a good head of steam on your iron, and bring it close to the project without touching it, until it’s damp. Be wary though – the heat can damage many fibres.
Monica’s top tip:
“Use a steam iron to press your garment on the wrong side, If you don’t have a steam iron use a damp tea towel underneath a regular iron.”
To sew the shoulder seams, Monica suggests using the mattress stitch, a seaming technique that can be almost undetectable when done correctly. It comes in handy when seaming stocking stitch pieces together, because you then have the stability of a seam without actually seeing it! If you’ve never done it before and want to find out how, then check out our blog post explaining how here.
Monica’s top tip:
“Weave all ends into the back of the finished piece. I prefer to use a mattress stitch to sew up all my knitting as you end up with a very small seam. For both items the mattress stitch is done with the right sides facing.”
Also check out this video by Berroco to see the Mattress Stitch in action:
Some of you have asked us how you can enlarge the neckline. The pattern requires you to sew up for 5cm along the shoulder seam. However, a simple suggestion is to sew up less than this, leaving a larger gap in the middle. You can also always add 2 buttons to close the shoulders if you need to.
Monica has provided another alternative with a simple pattern adaption as follows:
- Using 3.75mm needles and right side of work facing pick up and knit 27( 30: 33: 36) sts from the neckline.
- On wrong side of work cast off your stitches purlwise
- Sew shoulder seams 4cms from the outside edge using a mattress stitch with with right sides facing
- Sew one button 1/2 cm from neckline on each side of your jumper
- Sew on chains to correspond with where your buttons have been placed
For the hat, you’ll need to make two little pom poms. If you’ve never made one before, click here for a quick and simple picture tutorial teaching you how to make it using a fork!
You can find all the blog posts from the festive K-A-L here.
What did you love most about our Knit-A-Long and what would you like to see in future K-A-L’s?
Last updated: December 15th, 2014.