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Published on November 6th, 2014 | by Jenni

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Christmas Knit-A-Long: Pattern part one

Let’s get the LoveKnitting festive Knit-A-Long started with the first part of the pattern! Read on to find out more, download the pattern and get our top tips.

We’re kicking off our Christmas KAL with instructions to knit the back of the baby jumper, to download them, click on the link below.

UPDATE 07.11.14 3pm GMT: There was a slight error on the original snowflake chart that we have now updated. To download the NEW version, click on the link above.

To download the pattern: click on the download button above and the pattern will open in a separate window. Be patient, it can take some time! If that doesn’t work, right-click instead and select ‘Save link as…’ This will save the pattern as a PDF on your computer, which you can then find and print. If you’ve clicked on the pattern and nothing seems to be happening, your computer may have saved it as a PDF; try looking in your ‘Downloads’ folder.

Techniques

Stranded Knitting

This part of the pattern 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.

Joining Yarn

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.

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Monica’s top tips

Before starting, make sure you read Monica’s tips for working the chart;

  • The chart is read from right to left on the right side of the garment and from left to right on the back of the garment.
  • Use a piece of paper or smartphone to write down which line you are on, so that if you need to stop knitting, you’ll know where you need to pick up when you go back to it.
  • When stranding yarns, twist colours every 2-3 sts to avoid large loops on the back of your work.

Monica will be available to answer questions and offer more advice on Monday 10th November, 3-4 pm, so you if have any questions for her, simply comment at the bottom of this blog and she will reply then. I will also be here for the rest of the time to answer any burning questions!

Share your progress

I’ll be sharing my progress tomorrow, 7th November, so make sure to take a look and let me know what you think! But we also want to see yours. You may have noticed a new feature in our comment box… you can now upload pictures! All you need to do is:

1. Click on ‘choose file’, where you can select an image from your computer

2. Write your comments in the box

3. Click on ‘post comment‘ to submit it.

We’d love to see how your project is coming to life so go ahead and share your progress with us and the rest of the lovely KAL knitters.

You can also follow my progress and upload your projects on Twitter, mentioning @loveknittingcom and using hashtag #LKKAL. Click the button below to find us.

This pattern is made by knitwear designer and teacher Monica Russel of The KnitKnacks.

Ready, set, get knitting!


About the Author

is a craft fanatic with a love of sewing and an obsession with knitting bows. She loves baking cupcakes, discovering new countries and fashion.


Last updated: November 7th, 2014.

126 Responses to Christmas Knit-A-Long: Pattern part one

  1. Elaine says:

    ….Just printed the first part…can’t wait to get home to start now…:-)

  2. Greta says:

    Good News: Just got the first part of the pattern
    Bad News: My printer ran out of ink! UGGGGHHH
    Will have to wait until tomorrow to print it out! ;(

  3. Jenny Lort-Phillips says:

    Just printed off first part of pattern and am keen to start knitting. This jumper is for my 10th (yes tenth!!) grandchild for Christmas.

    Jenny

  4. Cindy Bailey says:

    Can’t wait to get started! I’ll be making one for a 12 months’ old baby, but not sure whose baby yet. There is a whole new generation of babies showing up in our family, as my nieces and nephews reach their late 20s and early 30s. Some lucky baby will get to wear it, I’m sure!

  5. Adhiti says:

    Omg I’ve not yet shopped for yarn!

    Will do so I can make a start this weekend

  6. Cathy Ware says:

    I’m waiting for my supplies still to come! Hopefully any day. I can’t wait to start! My daughter is having her first child, my first grandchild early december. I’m making the sweater for Christmas pictures! They live in Florida so I’m not sure if it will get worn beyond that. I’m knitting with the Bamboo blend. Come on postman!

    • Faith says:

      Hi Cathy,

      Congratulations on your first grandchild. What a lucky baby, they’ll be! Hope you get your supplies soon so you can get started.

      All the best,

      Faith

  7. Sharon says:

    I’ve started and so excited!!! But, how do I join in yarn B? Thanks, just a beginner knitter!!

  8. Sharon says:

    I’ve started and am so excited!!! How do I join in yarn B? I’m just a beginner. Thanks.

  9. Sian says:

    Just printed off the pattern and will be starting my tension square now!
    I’ve never followed a pattern chart before so am feeling a bit apprehensive.

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Sian,

      You might find this a little bit challenging if it is your first time reading a chart, but don’t worry as we are here to help if you have any troubles! So do let us know if you need any help.

      All the best,
      Jenni

  10. RJ Smith says:

    HA HA! It sounds like everyone else is just as excited as I am!

    • Faith says:

      We’re so excited here at LoveKnitting! Can’t wait to see everyone’s projects come to life.

      All the best,

      Faith

  11. beverly bonner says:

    Question what other kind of cast on is there other than the long tail and the simple loop and the back loop It says to knit in the back of sts if using traditional cast on or backward loop I don’t know what traditional is unless it is just looping the yarn onto the needle. What type of cast on does the pattern want you to do so that you don’t have to knit in back of stitches.

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Beverly,

      You’ll want to do the long tail cast-on for this pattern, here is a video to help if you’re unsure what that is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wUPQDYtoy0

      There are lots of different cast-ons, for example: thumb method, knitted cast-on and cable cast-on.

      But try not to worry to much about the method, if you feel more comfortable casting on the way you normally do then that’s fine. It is just there as a guide.

      Hope this has helped,
      All the best,
      Jenni

  12. Wendy says:

    May I ask if a jumper is really a sweater? I want to make this for a new little boy.

  13. Elaine says:

    …just thought I’d show you how I got on last night…I’m finding the chart difficult because it is small, but will enlarge it to day, and print it out so that it covers a full A4 page. I should have done it yesterday but was too eager to get home and started. I hope I’m posting the right picture now…

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Elaine,

      Looking great! Lovely colour choice too. Yes it would definitely be better to print it landscape across an A4 so that you can see more clearly. Look forward to seeing your next bit of progress!

      All the best,
      Jenni

    • Faith says:

      Hi Elaine,

      Thanks for sharing your progress. It’s looking very neat so far!

      Good luck with the enlarged chart.

      All the best,

      Faith

  14. Maureen May says:

    Itching to start this but I have a few Christmas projects I must finish first. I shall download everything ready to get started!

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Maureen,

      Hope you get those Christmas projects done soon so you can join us 🙂 Good idea to get everything downloaded, but if you need to come back to the comments/advice, the blog posts will be here for you.

      All the best,
      Jenni

      • beverly says:

        I don’t get the video of knitting two socks on one circular needle that is suppose to show us how to knit two sleeves at the same time. Tried looking at other magic loop videos and still confused. Wish it was clearer.

  15. amanda says:

    i’m so excited, i’m knitting 2 versions! couldn’t decide which colour! don’t who they’re for yet, can’t wait to get started.

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Amanda,

      Why not! Which colours are you going for?

      All the best,
      Jenni

      • amanda says:

        i am using lime green with cream snowflake, & light blue with white snowflake, that’s so far, it’s a great pattern, i think i may even make a pink & white one! almost finished green one hope to post pics tomorrow ( if i can force myself to stop knit for long enough)

  16. SUSAN EMERY says:

    Could not wait, in the end I knitted in cream Alpaca wool (I already had it) and lime green. Found it really easy to follow pattern, knitting first size but look big for Clara never mind she will grow into it. Will send picture

  17. Shelagh says:

    Hi Jenni
    Very excited about starting the project! A quick question re the chart and number of stitches: the centre panel of the chart has 40 stitches with the 0-3 month size adding 2 stitches at each side making 44 in total. It says to cast on 45 stitches! Where do I work the extra stitch!

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Shelagh,

      Ah thank you for pointing this out to us! We had added an extra stitch to the pattern to make it even and forgot to change on the chart – We are updating now so I will let you as soon as its avialable but if you want to get going on the pattern now all you need to do is start one stitch earlier on your chosen size. Sorry for the trouble!

      All the best,
      Jenni

      • Jenni says:

        Hi Shelagh,

        We did a quick update of the pattern and the correct version is now available above by clicking on the download button.

        Jenni

  18. Beverly says:

    Thanks I did the long tail as that is what I am use to now but thought maybe England had something else. I too find chart to small and enlarged it and it is much easier to follow. I have done these charts before and now how to read them, Love the blue and white combo that she did. I think I will make one in a different color too for another baby in the family so they won’t be the same.

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Beverly,

      Just to let you know, we noticed a minor error on the pattern as we need to add an extra column – in order to centralise the pattern we added a stitch making it an odd number to cast so that the point of the centre star would sit in the middle of the jumper. We will reissue the chart to take this into account, but in the mean time just start the star pattern one column earlier than is marked at the moment. We will have the new version up in the next hour. Sorry for this trouble!

      All the best,
      Jenni

  19. JEannie says:

    Well a finished my pattern last night and noticed the error when I was 1/2 through – ripped out and just added a column to the start.

    Hope it will look okay when I am done.

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Jeannie,

      Well done for noticing the error, we are very sorry about this and the chart is updated now, you can download the newest version above. I am sure it will look lovely!

      All the best,
      Jenni

  20. Janet Jackson says:

    The download link wouldn’t work for the Kal

  21. Jill says:

    Assume the ‘9-12m’ size on the chart should be 6-12 months – as per the size range given on the sizing page of the pattern?

  22. Beverly says:

    FYI I did not like the other yarn I was using so I changed to Plymouth Yarn Encore DK due to worrying about allergic reaction to wool. It is in Cranberry and white It is a little darker red.

    • Faith says:

      Plymouth Yarns Encore DK is a great choice to keep you’re little ones scratch free and toasty!

      Thanks for sharing.

      All the best,

      Faith
      & the LoveKnitting team

  23. Mai Chang says:

    Hello knitters, well I have finished the back and now I am waiting for the front. I am making a white and teal sweater.

  24. Joan says:

    This is my first attempt at following a chart and also a first for doing stranded work. I notice that I am pulling the white yarn too tight. I will try to loosen the tension on the front pattern. I am knitting the 6-12 month size and I am really enjoying this.

  25. Sian says:

    My first attempt at following a chart and stranding wool, and I feel really pleased with how it’s turned out. I’m not sure the back is as neat as I’d like it to be but hope I can improve on this as I progress through the pattern. Am really enjoying my venture into new skill areas!

    • Faith says:

      Hi Sian,

      Well done at your first attempt – it looks very professional to me! It can be tricky keeping the back nice and neat, but something which definitely improves with practice.

      Thanks for sharing your progress.

      All the best,

      Faith

    • SUSAN EMERY says:

      Looks like beautiful neat knitting, my Granma would give you a pat on the head. She taught us to knit, crochet and tat when we were young, but tension was her big thing and yours looks excellent

  26. Beverly says:

    Have done charts before but this one I had some trouble with for some reason but I did it I guess

    • Faith says:

      Hi Beverly,

      Well done, it looks great! And although the ends are a little curly now, it’ll look just fine when blocked.

      All the best,

      Faith

  27. Beverly says:

    this is the back

  28. SUSAN EMERY says:

    Really pleased with this, usually try and use 4ply wool so this grew really quickly, did have some trouble with the 44/45 stitches but just muddled thru and looks ok. Hope picture is attached

    • Carole says:

      Love your color choice!

    • Faith says:

      Hi Susan,

      Lovely colours! It’s looking just great so far. Who are you knitting it for?

      All the best,

      Faith
      & the LoveKnitting team

      • SUSAN EMERY says:

        I am knitting for my first Great Grand Child, the wool is Alpaca and acrylic, it feels lovely, I have had it for ages just waiting for something to use it for

    • Keryn McNicol says:

      Stunning colours Susan! Is it just pinned or have you dampened or steamed it yet?

      • SUSAN EMERY says:

        Just pinned to measure and make sure my tension is ok, not usually that fussy but want it to be nice.

    • elaine says:

      Love the colours, its good to see a range rather than everyone doing the same. I’ve loads of purple dk in my stash (all the same) so I might do a second one in purple and white.

      • SUSAN EMERY says:

        I love the style I think it would look really lovely in purple and white, cannot wait for the front

    • I love the colour choice as well-look forward to seeing the next part.

      • SUSAN EMERY says:

        I am looking forward to seeing the next part as well, I am off to the local market in Barnstaple tomorrow, there is a lovely button stall there. I might even try another sweater in a different colour, my grand daughter loves grey and cream

  29. Carole says:

    Never participated in a KAL before! Kinda enjoying the process!

    Question. Why is this called a jumper? I always thought a jumper was the little girls dress, ones with straps on the shoulders.

    Thanks and look forward to part 2!!

    • RJ Smith says:

      Hi, Carole. As the American daughter of a British mother, I can answer your question. What we Americans call a sweater, the British call a jumper. Sorry, I do not know what the British term is for what we refer to as a jumper. Maybe someone else will know.

    • Ruth Potts says:

      That sounds more like a pinafore dress.

      • Faith says:

        Hi everyone!

        You’re right, a jumper in the UK is the same as a sweater in the US. And what the US might call a jumper is actually a pinafore dress in the UK.

        It’s funny how things can get lost in translation, isn’t it!?

        Hope that’s all cleared up for you now 🙂

        All the best,

        Faith
        & the LoveKnitting team

  30. Carole says:

    Oops, forgot to post my picture!

  31. Keryn McNicol says:

    Here’s my attempt. I havent done stranded work in over 25yrs and am a bit disappointed with the loose appearance of the white stitches.
    Any advice please?
    It’s knitted in Bamboo. The reverse is quite tidy though!

  32. elaine says:

    Thought I’d share an up-date. For some reason, the knit row pattern worked out, but the purl row was always early starting with the white, sometimes 1 st and sometimes 5 or 6 stitches too soon, also thought the size I was doing (6-12mth) was a bit small, so ripped it and started again in the bigger size and was really careful with the chart, having enlarged it to fill a whole page of A4 landscape, so hope to have caught up by Wednesday/Thursday evening. Put a pic of the progress so far now…think it looks ok 🙂

    • elaine says:

      just thought I’d show the back as well…I’m impressed with my neatness here!!!

      • Carole says:

        Very nice job!!

      • Sharon says:

        wow you did way better than I did!!! My wool b was pulled to tight and my back looks terrible. But it’s my first one so I’m okay with that!! This time only though!!

      • Melanie Perkins says:

        Your back is, indeed, tidy. How many stitches did you carry your yarn over? I stuck to two or three. It looks like you twisted after every stitch!

  33. Looks great, look forward to seeing more

  34. Molly says:

    Hello
    I am doing the second size and there is a mistake on the chart – I have 49 stitches but there are only 47 on the chart. That is maybe why Elaine was having a with the purl rows. To solve it you just have to add a stitch at either end. 🙂

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Molly,

      Yes you are completely right, there was an error with the original chart which we amended on Friday – the new chart is available above in the download button. Well done for spotting and correcting and thank you for sharing your guidance with everyone!

      All the best,
      Jenni

  35. Sian says:

    Am really loving the array of colour choices people are using…very inspiring!

  36. pamela says:

    I have only been knitting for a couple of years and I taught myself, still learning how to read and understand patterns so even though I have made one or two mistakes I’m quite happy with this. I am a slow knitter but I think I’ve learnt enough doing the back I hope the front will be far better and done a little quicker.

  37. Beverly says:

    Great now the people who have finished the back has to start all over again is that what this means!

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Beverly,

      We are very sorry about this and know what a pain it is, we tried to let everyone know as quickly as possible last week. We hope now that the chart is corrected, you will continue to enjoy knitting it.

      All the best,
      Jenni

  38. rajkumari says:

    Hi, Thanks for this KAL…this is my first attempt on intrasia and also , first KAL. I have completed the pattern part, now trying finish the back.When we will have pattern for first part or, we have to knit like the back part? Thanks for the information and help.

    • Jenni says:

      Hello there,

      The back part above is the first part of the pattern, we will be revealing the next part of the pattern on Thursday 13th November.

      All the best,
      Jenni

  39. pamela says:

    I don’t understand what happened people saying there was a mistake I am doing 3/6 months and on my download it said 49 stitches, so is that wrong do I have to make it 50 stitches. I know this is the first time doing one of these but mine seems to look fine. I have done this wrong do I have to rip out and start again.
    Pamela

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Pamela,

      If you have cast-on 49 stitches for 3/6 months this is correct. There was a mistake on the chart last week where we had to add an extra stitch in, if you have downloaded the newest chart (you can find the download in the button above) then everything is fine. If everything looks ok then it sounds like you have done it correctly and no need to rip it out.

      All the best,
      Jenni

  40. Elvine Donaldson says:

    I’ve adapted the pattern to fit a larger size 1-2 years. I photocopied and enlarged the pattern and played about with it to fit the number of stitches I need.

    • Jenni says:

      Looks lovely Elvine! Great work!

      All the best,
      Jenni

    • Melanie Perkins says:

      I also am making a larger one. Instead of adding stitches, I used larger needles: 5 and 7. I added two rows to the bottom band, a couple of rows below and above the Fair Isle section, and a third rib in the garter band, which you elected to forego. After the pattern section, I measured the bottom band and then did a little proportional algebra to calculate the length the section should be.

  41. Kerry says:

    Hello to fellow knitters from Australia. I am a little behind the rest of you as my wool arrived on Monday. I am looking forward to everyone’s progress and it looks as though you are all doing really well. I don’t have any babies to pass this on to but my youngest son is getting married to a lovely girl in January. I will save my jumper for my first grandchild. I have knitted the 6 to 12 month size in ‘Sublime’. What beautiful yarn and will be lovely against sensitive skin. Whilst you are knitting for Christmas it is too hot here for a jumper, so it will be worn in our winter.

    • Jenni says:

      This looks amazing Kerry! And what a good idea to save it for future. Look forward to seeing your next bit of progress.

      All the best,
      Jenni

  42. Mary says:

    I am enjoying reading the comments and impressed by everyone’s knitting. After several false starts I have now completed the back but am waiting for grandaughter to come at the weekend to try for size as I have had difficulty obtaining the width in the pattern. I did a tension square and changed the needles to 7 and 9, but still had to knit the biggest size to obtain the required width for 6-12 months. The length of the largest size might be too much so will have to adapt the pattern. Not sure what is going wrong. Looking at part 2 do the rows of garter stitch on the back come at the underarm? Help please.

  43. Carole says:

    Well, done with the front! Really like working on this this! May have to start another one while I wait for next week’s installation!

  44. Carole says:

    Thought I would share a picture of the back. I like carrying the yarn ever two stitches. Makes for a better tension for me.

  45. rebekah says:

    This is my first attempt at stranded knitting. I’m quite pleased although I can’t work out why the red stitches on the middle row are so long. I’ve clearly done something different on that row but I’m not sure what! Can you help so I get it right on the front? Its for my baby boy’s first Christmas 🙂

  46. Angela says:

    Hi there, I’m hoping to start this weekend, but want to double- check something before I do.
    At the end of this section the pattern says cast off stitches. Is that all of them or do we leave some on a stitch holder for the neck band? Apologies if I’m just reading past it – wouldn’t be the first time!

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Angela,

      You can cast off all, or as you suggested you can also leave some (9 sts) on a stitch holder. Either way is fine, it’s probably easier to leave in a stitch holder so that you won’t have to pick up later, and that’s actually what I did!

      Hope that helps!

      All the best,
      Jenni & LoveKnitting

  47. Beverly says:

    I found the way that the pattern says to do the neck edge casting off is not as clear as I am use to it took me several times reading it to understand it usually it says knit/purl to certain spot and decrease/cast off so many. Just an observation. I guess I am being picky but not being an experienced knitter found it confusing.

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Beverly,

      Thank you for your comments, it’s good to get your feedback so that we can make improvements for the future. We want all our knitters to understand so perhaps this was written too much with advanced knitters in mind. Your front part looks great! We know we have taken down the pattern to check over, but the issues are only for the larger sizes so are no problems with the smaller size. If this is your first time stranding, then it’s perfectly natural that your tension is a bit tight and this will be something you will get used to over time.

      Please do let me know if you need any other advice or help, the pattern should be updated today and the next part will be posted on Thursday.

      All the best,
      Jenni & the LoveKnitting Team

  48. Beverly says:

    finished front after taking it out 5 times due to tension too tight in back. It did not come out as I had hoped but it is finished. Have to learn to block next.

  49. khistina says:

    Have finished the back didn’t take long, I started it yesterday afternoon so later than a lot of you. It is lovely working in the bright red, it makes a change as I have been working with dark colours recently. Will do the front tomorrow

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Khistina,

      Well done! The bright red really is a lovely colour, good luck with the front and let us know how you get on.

      All the best,
      Jenni

  50. Caroline says:

    Where can I find part 2? has it been published yet?

    Thanks

  51. khistina says:

    Hi all. I’m sitting here happily knitting away and was wondering if any of you are knitting this in green. If anyone is what shade are you using.

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Khistina,

      Some people are knitting it in a lime green I have seen, I haven’t seen any Christmas green yet! What shade are you knitting in?

      All the best,
      Jenni & the LoveKnitting Team

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