Deck the Halls with Bells and Holly, erm Robins, Bows, Candy Canes

snowflake bauble simply knitting christmas decoration

I am going to mention it again,  I am sorry but it’s Chrisssssssssstmas *Slade plays quietly in the background*. When you were all applying your sun cream  I spent the scorching hot days in August (remember those?) knitting Christmas decorations.  Yesterday I was in … Continue reading

It's beginning to feel a bit like Christmas

The shops are packed with cute little novelty decorations, some of the blogs I follow are starting THE countdown,  some even going so far as to work out how many rows/hours per project and days left to knit. I have … Continue reading

Jumping up and down squealing

I love designing for this time of year,  us knitters love any excuse to get our ‘Knit On’ and gift season is the perfect excuse for extra knitting hours!

In the November issue of Let’s Knit I have four new designs.  My first glimpse of the cover was at Alexander Palace, Knitting & Stitching Show.  I popped along to the stand to meet up with Sarah Neal, Let’s Knit Editor and I was delighted to see two of my designs on the cover.  I am playing it cool in the picture, but inside I am jumping up and down squealing.

Sarah Neal Lets Knit with Jane Burns

Talking of playing it cool, let me introduce you to Monkey.

cool sock monkey lets knit

This cool dude is knitted in the round; the head and body being one piece, and separate tubes worked for arms, legs, nose and ears.  This is an ideal project for using up left over sock yarn!

cheeky sock monkey lets knit

Also in this issue, Arcitc the snowman hat wearing a hat (I think that makes sense)

arctic snowman hat

This quirky novelty topper is knitted in Rowan Pure Wool to keep your little treasure snug and warm.


duchess fingerless mittens cable and lace

How about making these delicate lace trimmed, cable and lace mittens as a Christmas Gift?

Finally, this issue of the magazine has a cover mount kit containing the yarn you need to make these three knitted stars.

orion stars lets knit kit

orion stars lets knit kit

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Pimp your knitwear – Quick and easy Christmas makeover

Let’s Knit Christmas Knitting Special is out,  and I have been really lucky to have not one but five designs featured this month.

The stores are packed with inexpensive sweaters and cardigans this season just crying out for a personal touch.  The full on reindeer sweater a bit too much Christmas for your liking?  Why not add a little touch of festive fun to your garment with this quick and easy project?


I have designed some Christmassy pockets, which knit up super fast using a mixture of intarsia and fairisle (or if you prefer you could knit the pocket then swiss darn the motif on).

My top tips for matching your pockets to the original garment are; look really closely at the garment that is getting the make over.  Match the weight of the yarn to that of the garment, the pattern specifies 4ply yarn as this was fine knit cardigan.  Would DK yarn or even Aran weight be a better match?  remember to adjust your needle size accordingly!

Take a close look at the cuffs and edging of the garment, is it 1×1 or 2×2 ribbing or even moss stitch? try and match it.

Finally the cast off edge,  I recommend using a tubular cast off.  This best matches the cast off produced by commercial knitting machines. To do this, transfer all the knit stitches to one DPN and hold at the front, all the purl stitches onto another DPN and hold at the back.  Graft the stitches together using kitchener stitch.  I will be posting a tutorial here on the blog shortly, so watch this space!
View my video tutorial or photo tutorial
pocket close up

Pockets not your thing?

Why not try these elbow patches, they are another quick and easy knit and perfect for getting that on trend look at a fraction of the high street price tag!

These are just ideal for practicing your stranded colour work, they have minimal shaping and are worked in DK yarn, a whole new look in no time at all.