Designer Jessica Biscoe talks speedy chunky knits and mag subscriptions to help with last-minute gifts! “A FEW MAGICAL WAYS TO SNEAK IN SOME YARNY YULETIDE GOODNESS”
At this time of year you’ll usually find me camped on the sofa under a knitted blanket, with a pot of tea close by. There’s nothing cosier in my opinion, especially if there’s an open fire involved (which is on my Christmas wish list, in case Santa is reading this). This is also when I start thinking about gifts. But being so last minute can make it hard to organise anything knitted. If this sounds all too familiar, here are a few magical ways to sneak in some yarny yuletide goodness...
THINK BIG! Supersize your needles and yarn! Holding chunky yarns double or treble will speed up your making time and stash bust all at once. Try the aptly named Eleventh Hour Blanket, a free pattern by purlsoho.com, knitted using jumbo double strands of Cascade Magnum. You could stay simple but maintain impact with The Big Hat by sheep andstitch.com – a gorgeous one-skein pattern that can be whipped up in less than a day. Or if budget allows, loopymango.com are a luxurious choice for brightly coloured makes with mega chunky appeal. Their Big Loop bundles can be made into hats, garments and blankets with 25mm needles.
SOCK IT TO THEM Save precious time by mass producing multiples of the same pattern for friends and family, and then have fun by personalising the colours to suit their style. Smaller items like my knitted bow necklaces are great for knitting en masse, and can be easily adapted into rings, bracelets or earrings using different jewellery settings.
Consider a pair of cosy socks – always a winner especially the chunky lovelies (below) by Toft Alpaca. If you’re super-speedy, you could knit them two at a time using the wonderful magic loop method!
IT’S A WRAP To give your handknits an extra special finish include luggage labels – either print your own or look online. As well as being a stylish gift tag, they can also display washing instructions so the recipient knows how to look after the beautiful homemade gift.