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Some Christmas Favourites!

There are only three weeks until Christmas, is it time to panic yet?!? Of course not. We all know you’ve got everything under control, right? If not, here are a few quick Christmas projects to get you back on track.

One Hour Scarf

The One Hour Scarf. Knit on honkingly big needles, you can make the one hour scarf with tassels, a full fringe, or darn the ends for different looks. A super quick and useful present, and a stash buster too! This is always one of the most popular patterns on once Christmas approaches.

Intarsia Christmas stocking with trees, Santa Claus and children.

Do you have a new member of the family who needs their own stocking? Check out the Personalized Christmas Stocking from 1945. Updated and charted in colour. Go. Now. You still have time!

Christmas cookies

Do you like to give Christmas cookies biscuits as gifts? Here’s how to wrap up your cookies, ahem biscuits, without risk of turning them into a tin of crumbs.

Handspun ribbed hat, spun and knit by Sarah Bradberry

If it’s Winter in your part of the planet, why not knit a hat, or some mittens or gloves to keep your loves ones warm?

Now get knitting people! There are only three weeks until Christmas. It’s time to panic!!!


A Checked Knitting Pattern with a Difference

Knit and purl ridged check swatch

The end is here! Stitch No 33, Striped Check is the final stitch in my knitting stitchathon!

Another knit and purl stitch, I think this one would look particularly nice in a yarn that has a little texture to it like a fine bouclé. In a plain, smooth yarn, an nice project for this stitch would be to make squares in Striped Check and stitch 28b and join them together with bands of garter stitch to make a large afghan with a thick border of garter stitch all the way around. Very cosy 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of 19th century and 1930’s knitting stitches. I have a lot of new additions planned for knitters, my fellow embroiderers and more, so if you’d like to keep notified whenever I post something new, subscribe over on the left (on desktop), or underneath this post of you’re using a tablet or on mobile.

Happy stitching!


The Penultimate Stitch

Knitted swatch in lattice stitch

We’ve reached the penultimate stitch in our little series of knitting stitches! In my opinion, it’s also one of the most understated and beautiful.

Lattice stitch has been around for a very, very long time. In Victorian times it was used as the centre of baby shawls, and in strips that were sewn together to make afghans and knitted quilts. It enjoyed renewed popularity in the 1930’s as a stitch used to knit short sleeved tops, whether in an all-over stitch or worked in panels.

When worked in a smooth, fingering weight yarn, lattice stitch is particularly lovely. I’d also really like to see it worked in mohair with larger than normal needles for a super cosy stole.

Whatever you choose to use it for, I hope you enjoy knitted lattice stitch.


Wave that Flag!

A triangular knit and purl stitch swatch.

Stitch no 30, aka pennant stitch is the next stitch in my Victorian and 1930’s knitting stitch extravaganza. Another reversible  knit/purl stitch, pennant stitch would make a fabulous scarf, or if you knit it in the round, I think it would make some wonderful socks.

There are only two more stitches to go! I hope you’ve been enjoying this little series, and the diversions along the way!


Crossing Over

Knitted swatch in crossover stitch

Crossover stitch is the latest of my new stitch patterns. Another stitch from the 1930’s, Crossover stitch has lovely columns of faux twisted stitches between columns of eyelets. You can see my swatch biases a little to the left, but if you use needles a couple of sizes larger than you normally would for your chosen yarn, the stitches become stable and won’t lean.

With only two rows, this stitch is super easy to memorise for on-the-go knitting and would be beautiful worked in a panel up the centre front on a top, as an all-over pattern on a stole, or in an afghan square, surrounded by seed stitch.


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