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”

Knit Today Magazine - - Happy New Year -

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 purl­, knit­ted us­ing jumbo dou­ble strands of Cas­cade Mag­num. You could stay sim­ple but main­tain im­pact with The Big Hat by sheep and­ – a gor­geous one-skein pat­tern that can be whipped up in less than a day. Or if bud­get al­lows, loopy­ 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.

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