Get ready for handmade holiday giving! The [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] issue is stuffed full of 25 accessory and toy patterns. Each small but beautiful project uses lovely yarn and thoughtful details to create the perfect gift – even if it’s just a present for yourself :) Mitts, hats and cowls with a Scandinavian flair will get you itching to pick out fun color combinations, while larger shawls worked in dramatic shades will make you yearn to wrap yourself up.
The North Star Flip-Top Mittens by Shelby Goddard are cute and practical. Knit up in a hardy DK weight wool like Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool Yarn, these are sure to keep your paws warm and soft all winter long. Worked in the round from the cuff up.
Sizes: 6.75 (7.25)” hand circumference.
Gauge: 24 sts and 32 rounds to 4″ in St st on size US 4 needle
Yarn: 180 yards each of two colors DK weight yarn such as Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool Yarn, or get extra colorful with Malabrigo Rios Superwash Wool Yarn.
Designer Andrea Cull gives us a wonderful excuse to use something luxuriously soft with the Warren Cap. Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Fine Yarn or Jade Sapphire Cashmere 2-ply Yarn would show off the cables beautifully, not to mention being a dream to wear.
Sizes: 19.5 (21.5)” circumference.
Gauge: 30 sts and 36 round to 4″ in charted pattern on size US 3 needle.
Yarn: 246 (369) yards fingering weight yarn such as Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Fine Yarn or Jade Sapphire Cashmere 2-ply Yarn.
There’s so much colorful fun to be had with Paula Pereira’s Frozen Pond Cowl, which uses super soft Malabrigo Silky Merino Yarn. This cheerful accessory features brioche borders and a stranded colorwork middle that is approachable for advanced beginners and experts alike.
Size: 23″ circumference at top, 29″ circumference at bottom, 11.5″ high.
Gauge: 24 sts and 24 rnds to 4″ in Colorwork pattern on size US 6 knitting needle.
Yarn: 1 skein (150 yards) each in 5 different colors of Malabrigo Silky Merino Yarn.
The dramatic Garnet Wrap by Cheryl Toy is large enough to double as a throw – but you won’t want to take it off long enough to leave it on the couch! Knit up in delightfully squishy, soft Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed Yarn, this wrap combines the smooth drape of simple stockinette stitch with a Celtic braid cabled border, as well as other elegant details that make it truly special.
Size: 76.75″ long x 30.5″ wide
Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows to 4″ in St st
Yarn: 17 balls of Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed Yarn, or 1,768 yards Aran weight yarn.
Murray the Musk Ox (above, top) and Liam the Llama (above) are hilarious and charming, thanks to the efforts of Brenda K.B. Anderson, creator of the whole cast of animal characters you can make from this issue. I can already tell me and Liam would be fast friends. If you’re feeling adventurous, knitting stuffed animals can be a great way to learn and improve many different techniques. From Murray’s loop stitch body to Liam’s Peruvian style hat, each of these toys offers just enough detail to give each character a personality of their own.
Size: Murray the Musk Ox: 9.5″ wide and 21″ tall (including legs); Liam the Llama: 17.5″ tall
Gauge: Murray: 26 sts and 29 rnds to 4″ in St st with size US 6 needle; Liam: 24 sts and 31 rnds to 4″ in St st with size 4 needle.
Yarn: Worsted weight yarn such as Swans Island Worsted Organic Merino Wool Yarn, Plymouth Encore Worsted Yarn or Norumbega Yarn;
Murray: 630 yds Medium brown, 210 yards each of the following: Dark brown, Light taupe, Light brown;
Liam: 211 yards each Beige and Sand.
Whether you’re busy getting Christmas gifts ready or just treating yourself to a quick but rewarding knit, the [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] has plenty to offer every knitter, no matter your skill level.
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