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?

pockets

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.

elbow

Fancy some quick and easy Halloween knitting?

Where did the sun go?  I look outside and it still hasn’t stopped raining today, it is grey and miserable.  My thoughts turn from summer lace knitting to winter knits.  I am not ready to think about Christmas gift knitting yet!  But I quite fancy casting on something fun and quirky for Halloween.  So I thought I would share with you my Halloween Designs that are available to download.  All these projects are worked in standard DK weight yarn and are very quick and simple to make.

Halloween Quick and Easy Knits

Halloween Quick and Easy Knits

halloween gifts 2012 eye balls halloween gifts 2012 ghost halloween gifts 2012 ghost1 halloween gifts 2012 spider head hugger halloween gifts 2012 treat basket halloween gifts 2012 treat basket2 halloween gifts 2012 wrist band

Or why not knit a pair of unisex skully socks,  these are worked in the round from the cuff down and use a crochet hook to apply the beads as you knit.  No having to load your with hundreds of beads before you cast on!

Check out this great video tutorial from Knitters Brewing, for beading with a crochet hook.

skull socks skull socks close up

Enjoy your long weekend x