Published on November 20th, 2014 | by Jenni


Christmas Knit-A-Long: Pattern part three

For all those who have been patiently waiting, the third part of the K-A-L is finally here! This week we’re working on the sleeves. Read on to download and get started today!

We’re half way through our festive knit-a-long and I hope you’re enjoying it so far! Thank you to all those who have uploaded their progress,  you’re all doing a brilliant job. If you’re ready to move on to the next part of the pattern, which will be knitting the sleeves.


Two at a time

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.

Monica will be available to answer questions and offer more advice on Monday 24th 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 every day to answer any burning questions!

Share your progress

I’ll be sharing my progress soon on the blog, so make sure to take a look and let me know what you think. It’s been great to see that all you knitters are from all over the world! Where are you knitting from?Let us know in the comment box below! And don’t forget, you can also show us your progress by uploading your pictures too.

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.




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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: December 4th, 2014.

81 Responses to Christmas Knit-A-Long: Pattern part three

  1. Kathi says:

    I did not get part 2

  2. Kathi says:

    never mind found it

  3. PIppa says:

    Love this……knitted 2 already…now ready for sleeves. I will have to knit four at once now.!LOL
    Thankyou for the pattern. It gave me the motivation to complete in time for christmas instead of leaving till last minit.xxxx

  4. Elaine says:

    Yeah…something to go home for 🙂 I can start my great nephew’s sleeves tonight 🙂

    I’m enjoying doing this KAL, and reading everyone’s comments. I did wonder how it would work when I first signed up for it. but at least I am not behind this week, I probably will be next week though!!!

  5. Cynthia says:

    I am a bit confused. Are we using circular needle and magic loop or are we just knitting two pieces on straight needle at the same time?

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Cynthia,

      The pattern is knit on straight needles knitting two at the same time, the video is there as a guide on how to knit two at the same time. Just do it the way you feel comfortable with.

      All the best,
      Jenni & the LoveKnitting Team

  6. Susan Gough says:

    Reading through part 3 before I start, it seems the arithmetic is wrong on two of the sizes. I am following size 6-9 months. If I cast on 36 sts. and increase by two stitches 8 times (16) that makes 52 stitches I finish with, not 50. The same thing happens with the smallest size 32 + 12 increased = 44sts, not 42 as quoted in the pattern.

    I don’t think I am misunderstanding the pattern instructions? I’m going to follow the pattern and end up with the 52sts, as I’m sure this won’t cause any problems with making up.

    I’m disappointed that a “softer” way of doing the neck was put up on the blog as I’d already done mine, following the pattern version but am delighted with my first ever attempt at cable stitch!

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Susan,

      You are completely right, thank you so much for spotting it. There was a typo on the amount of times needed to increase. Here is the updated version whilst we get the PDF edited:

      SLEEVES X 2

      Using 3.5mm needles cast on 32 (34:36:38)sts.
      Next row knit through the back of sts
      Work 6 rows in garter st.
      Change to 4mm needles and continue working in ST increasing as follows:

      0-3 months and 3-6 months: Increase 1 st at either end of the next row and then at each end of every following 6th row, 4 times (5 times). 42 (46) sts

      6-12 months and 12-18 months: Increase 1 st at either end of the next row and at each end of every following 6th row 6 times (7 times). 50 (54) sts

      At the same time when work measures 12(16:19:22cm) work the final 8 rows in garter stitch.
      Cast off your 42 (46:50:54)sts

      I’m sorry that I showed you my version too late for you to make yours the same way but thank you for sharing that with us – for any future Knit-A-Long’s we will try to get those things out earlier!

      Thanks again and all the best,
      Jenni & the LoveKnitting Team

  7. Patty Schwab says:

    I am in Tennessee, and I am enjoying knitting while thinking of everyone else knitting the same thing, from all over the world!!
    Patty S

  8. Sian says:

    Haven’t finished part 2 yet…better get a move on!! Have really enjoyed this KAL so far…definitely a good way to attempt new skills, and get a gift knitted for Xmas. Is there a New Year KAL in the pipeline???

  9. Laraine Quinton says:

    I am loving the KAL and have finished the front and back and had started on the sleeves when I found that the number of times for increase didn’t match up with the actual knitting. I see someone has already picked this up. I am pleased to see that what I had decided to do was right 🙂 which was just too increase 7 times, will upload photos when I have a chance. I am doing the largest size

  10. Laraine Quinton says:

    One last thing, is off knit to 22 cm then knit 8 rows? If am I reading that wrong, thanks in advance

  11. Kathy says:

    I just finished part two and am excited to start on the sleeves. I will upload a picture when the dog gets off my lap. In the meantime, I am knitting away! My youngest granddaughter will be wearing this when it is completed.

  12. Fern Holloway says:

    I can’t see where to click to download part 3.

  13. Kathy says:

    The front and back of my knit a long.

  14. Susan Gough says:

    Thanks Jenni, I think it might be the way the pattern was written, but I am now quite clear with what to do. I am really enjoying knitting this for my first grandson and can’t wait to see him in it at Christmas time! I’ll send a picture when I have one, of him wearing it.

  15. Margaret Pengelly says:

    I posted a question on part 1 and haven’t rec’d an answer yet. Am I missing a link somewhere?????

  16. Kristi says:

    This may seem a random question. Are we supposed to block our pieces according to the pattern measurement listings? I should have asked clear back when gauge was first brought up. I feel like my sweater pieces are smaller than they are intended to be. To a certain extent, that’s fine because the little mister this is intended for is not born yet but I don’t want to end up with an unusable sweater either. Many of the other knitters seem to be showing very flat pieces in their gorgeous photos so I assumed they must be blocking. Really enjoying this KAL – first one I ever have stuck to, lol, probably because of anticipation rather than getting bored in the middle of a pattern!

    • Hi Kristi

      How great that you are sticking to this KAL. If the sweater is smaller than the measurements you will have to give it as a birth gift. Blocking can enable the sweater to gain some width or length but it’s better to check tension first and not rely on it.
      Post a picture when you are done



  17. hazeyj says:

    Thanks for part three, even though I haven’t finished the front of the jumper yet or blocked the back (I have never blocked any of my knitting and am a bit anxious about whether to wet the garment or whether to steam block it – any thoughts LKers?) I did get a bit confused about knitting the sleeves together but spent a pleasant hour with Very Pink learning to knit socks in the round, toe first and magic loop-ing. I think I’ll continue to buy socks for now! Loving the thought of lots of knitters across the world knitting along together – all the special little people we are knitting for will be connected by this project too.

    • Hi Hazeyi

      You can wet or dry block-if you use a steam iron do it on the wrong side of the garment. I usually block all my pieces at the same time so don’t worry at all if you do it at the end.



    • Cathy Ware says:

      Don’t give up on socks! I did two circulars or magic loop. I love knitting socks. Get a few under your belt and you will like it!

  18. Beverly says:

    I spent the whole day yesterday trying to figure out how to knit both sleeves with the magic loop.Found the video unhelpful. Socks don’t have holes on either end like sleeves. Then I am not sure I we are making the sleeves like a tube or flat and seaming them later. Waiting until Monday to find out is not convenient as I work on Monday and wanted to get this done over the weekend. I found other videos on magic loop but not with example of sleeves. I wanted to do this knit a long to learn new techniques so the magic loop was of interest to me. Anyone out there knows how to do this magic loop for sleeves I would appreciate any hints or help. FRUSTRATED

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Beverly,

      Very sorry that you found the video frustrating, it was simply a guide to show how knitting two at a time can be used. But we have taken it down so as not to cause any firtger confusion. The sleeves should be knit flat and then we will make them up later. Perhaps this video might help you to tackle magic loop:
      Hope this helps you!
      All the best,
      Jenni & the LoveKnitting Team

      • Beverly says:

        Wonderful! I finally figured out how to do the magic loop and thought because you showed us a sock example that we were to knit them like a tube. If we had the complete instructions I would have seen we were seaming the sleeves not to do them in a tube. I have taken it out at least 10 times So thanks for clearing up this matter.

        • Jenni says:

          Hi Beverly,

          So sorry for not making that clear, I can totally understand your confusion! We hope for our next KAL, we can perhaps offer more help in the form of videos and tutorial blog posts for things like that.

          All the best,
          Jenni & the LoveKnitting Team

  19. Julie says:

    I’m at the end of knitting the sleeves. I don’t know if I’m not really understanding the pattern properly, but do you knit to your required length and then knit 8 rows of garter stitch or should your sleeve measure your required length including the 8 rows of garter stitch? If the latter is the case, how will I know what 8 rows of garter stitch measures so I can incorporate these 8 rows into my sleeves? Thanks.

  20. Carole says:

    Been reading comments on making the sleeves. I just cast on the required amount for one sleeve, then, with another ball of yarn, cast on the required amount again. Then knit two on the needle, one after the other. Both are flat and will be sewn after attached to the sweater. I am assuming that as it is how I’ve done every other sweater I’ve ever made!

    Also think it’s kinda nice to be doing this project at the same time as so many others!

    Carole from California

  21. Carole says:

    Alright, sleeves are done! Not sure why the YouTube video link was given? Socks are nothing like sleeves!

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Carole,

      The link was there simply to show the benefits of knitting two at a time and how it can be applied to sleeves. We’re sorry if that was confusing and we have now removed it to avoid any further confusion. Sleeves look great! Well done!

      All the best,


  22. Julie says:

    Hi, can anyone help, I posted this yesterday and it’s not been answered. I’m at the end of knitting the sleeves. I don’t know if I’m not really understanding the pattern properly, but do you knit to your required length and then knit 8 rows of garter stitch or should your sleeve measure your required length including the 8 rows of garter stitch? If the latter is the case, how will I know what 8 rows of garter stitch measures so I can incorporate these 8 rows into my sleeves? Thanks.

  23. Pippa says:

    I also knit my sleeves at the same time like Carol. That way the sleeves are finished at the same time. When I knitted them separately I often got bored and did,nt finish the second one for ages ( sometimes never). Projects were just left unfinished,because I would be eager to start a new project.
    I did see your point in showing the sock video. If nothing else you are finished when you are finished and the pieces are exactly the same. I find the tension of both pieces are more equal too as you knit both at once, and then you are ready to make up your garment. This may not be good for everyone but it certainly helped me finish my projects.

    • Jenni says:

      Hi Pippa,

      Thanks for sharing your experience with us. You’re right! It’s a great way to get it done quickly and keep inspired. I hope you will stay motivated to finish this jumper… we’re nearly done!

      All the best,
      Jenni& the LoveKnitting Team

  24. Sharon Olsen says:

    On the sleeves do you add the extra stitch at each end of the sixth row, which would be two stitches or just one at either front or end, which would be only one every sixth row?

    • Hi Sharon

      You add sts at each end of the row so that the increase is even. The stitch count goes up 2 every 6th row.

      Hope you’ve managed to sort things out



  25. Cindy Irvine says:

    Hi there – this is an adorable sweater, isn’t it? I am ding mine in a royal blue and white – it is gorgeous!

    One thing I am doing differently – (more because I am used to knitting gainseys) – is to knit it in the round starting from the bottom. That way I have no wrong side pattern knitting. Makes it really easy to follow the graph.

    I will divide for front and back after I do the garter stitch above the snowflake pattern – but I also intend not to cast off the back and front as directed… I will put the stitched on a stitch holder and graft the shoulders together. Then — lol.. because I do like gainseys and no-seam sweaters, I will pick up stitches around the armholes and changing the increases to decreases, knit the sleeves down 🙂

    Here is a pic:

    • MaryB says:

      Hi Cindy, I have knitted one gainsay from a traditional pattern years ago and loved the final result. I admire your skills in adapting the pattern. (I’m not able to view your image, not sure why).

    • Jo-Ann Thornton says:

      That is exactly what I have done. Waiting for part 4 BEFORE I do the sleeves. Need to understand how many I am bidind off, and what the instructions are for the buttons. I had grafted the shoulders together but took it out because I forgot about the buttons.

      • Part 4 coming this week so some of your questions will be answered then. I designed the pattern with buttons so it is easier to get on and off as babies/toddlers hate tight things going over their head.



    • This looks gorgeous. Great that you’ve worked in the round and have managed to work out the pattern.I look forward to seeing the end result.


  26. Cindy Irvine says:

    One thing I find a little frustrating with the pattern is the long floats involved between the snowflakes – anyone else feel this way?

    • MaryB says:

      Found your photo – there was an initial prob with my server). It looks lovely!

    • Hazeyj says:

      With regard to the floats I used the tip to twist the yarns every three stitches and it meant shorter floats and less tension in my floats. It slowed me down a bit but I was pleased with the result. Have just finished knitting my sleeves on the same needle which I hadn’t tackled before. This project has been really good for getting me thinking about different ways to do things.

    • Hi Cindy

      When you next do fairisle you can twist the yarn every 2 sts and this will make the floats smaller. I usually recommend twisting every 3 sts but float size will vary according to how often you twist.


  27. Cindy says:

    I am finished with everything so far and wish I could go on as I plan to give this to a friend who is expecting her first child at Christmas. When can I expect the next installment? How many more are there? I want to finish it before the Christmas rush! (Could you release the next part sooner?)

    • Molly says:

      I agree with you Cindy. I am knitting it for my granddaughter and I would like her to have it for December not just for Christmas.

      • Jenni says:

        Hi Molly, Cindy

        We’re so glad you’re enjoying the pattern, unfortunately we won’t be able to upload the pattern before it’s next due date. The final part of the jumper pattern will be published on Thursday and the hat will be the following week, this will give you plenty of time to finish in time for December.

        All the best,

  28. amanda says:

    i’m really enjoying this kal, i hope there will be more to follow. like the idea of knitting it in the round, gansey style, i may give this a go.

    • MaryB says:

      I’d enjoy another KAL – maybe a child’s geurnsey/gansey knitted in the round would be interesting and add to our skills ?

      • Jenni says:

        Hi Amanda & Mary,

        Thanks for your comments, so glad you are enjoying it! – We will definitely take your suggestions into consideration for future knit-a-longs, we’d love to do another one, so keep an eye out in the new year!

        All the best,

  29. kate rawson says:

    Hi there, i’ve been on holiday and so am on catchup… Can you help me with the neckline? I noticed ‘Donna’ posted a similar query (on your part 2 blog) but it wasn’t answered. I don’t really understand the cast off instructions:-
    2sts x1
    1st x2(2:3:3).
    I have cast off the centre 9 but am stuck as to where to go and what to do next.
    My little girl also has a head circumference of 47cm and noticed your measurement was for 40cm head circumference. Any tips on how i make the neck wider?
    Many thanks
    Loving it all so far. Just want to keep the momentum up 🙂

    • Donna says:

      Hi Kate, I figured out the cast offs eventually but can’t help you with the neck widening.
      I’m not sure if it’s the “right” way but this is what I did.
      After you’ve cast off the 9 sts, P5, K20 and work on just this side (25sts)
      Next row, P25
      Cast off 2sts, K to end
      Cast of 1st, K to end
      Cast of 1st, K to end
      Cast off 1st, K to end
      BTW I’m working the largest size, so if you have to c/o 1st 2 times, just skip a set of c/o’s.

      I found it easier to write out the pattern like this, especially when knitting the 2nd side.

      I hope that helps, maybe pop into a local yarn store and ask for help with the neck there if nobody comes back to you here. Good luck

      • Thanks very much for writing this out so clearly. I am sure you will have helped a number of knitters


      • Donna S. says:


        Thanks for this. I asked Jenni about neckline shaping several times and never got an answer. I can understand what you did and will try. Again, thanks so much!

        • Jenni says:

          Hi Donna,

          So sorry for not getting back to you – I must have missed your comment, or replied in the wrong place, apologies for that – I promise I’m not ignoring you! You can make the neckline bigger when it comes to making up (this Thursday) as you can leave a bigger gap between the button hole and making up. I will show you what I mean on Thursday when we post the pattern 🙂

          Hope this helps and apologies again for not getting back to you sooner!

          All the best,

          Jenni & the LoveKnitting Team

      • kate rawson says:

        Hi Donna,
        Amazingly, I think I worked it out in the end, but your instructions are really clear, so many thanks for getting back to me.

    • Molly says:

      It is has a slit neck so maybe you could leave a bigger opening

    • When you cast off you do each side of the neck separately on the neck edge.The buttons can be placed to suit you so the slit can be made wider.

      Hope this helps


    • Jenni says:

      Hi Kate,

      Hope you had a lovely holiday! So glad you’re enjoying the KAL! I see Donna has been a huge help and offered her advice for the cast off instructions, I hope you managed to get going on that. As for the neckline, the button fastening should help to give it some extra width, but to given it even more you can position the button to suit your size. I will mention this on Thursday when we reveal the pattern.

      All the best,

  30. MaryB says:

    When I had a similar query, (i.e. small neck opening) Jenni suggested I could leave a larger gap when making up… and we could discuss this when we come to that part.

    • The should is secured by buttons with loops so the opening to get the jumper on and off is definately wide enough. You can adjust where the buttons are placed so the jumper fits well.

      Hope this helps


    • Jenni says:

      Hi Mary,

      Exactly 🙂 As Monica mentioned, the buttons will give some extra space for the neckline, but you can also place the button so that the slit can be even wider.

      I will mention this on Thursday when we post the next part of the pattern.

      All the best,

  31. I would really love to knit this pattern but am unable to print the instructions out so there is no point in downloading them. Is it possible to purchase a copy of this pattern please

  32. Andrea says:

    I’m finally catching up and hope to have my sleeves done before the new part comes out on Thursday! Learning so many new things and love seeing everyone’s progress. Will there be more information about blocking. I actually have never done any true blocking. Here is my progress. Andrea from Pennsylvania.

  33. joan schmidt says:

    Did you send part 4 yet?

  34. Marianne Colligon says:

    I have just finished the sleeves. Will be blocking and sewing it together. Will there be instructions for this and will the instructions for the hat be included?

  35. Sian says:

    Finished the sleeves last night so am up to date and eager for the next installment! Have never blocked anything before either so will welcome the hints and tips too. Enjoying seeing everyone’s progress.

  36. Sharon says:

    Do you block the pieces before sewing them together with the mattress stitch?
    I’m very pleased with my progress so far for a beginner, not doing too bad!!

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