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Knitted Santa - a great Christmas decoration or cuddly toy

When I first started learning to crochet I saw a booklet of Christmas patterns on a yarn stall at Cornish Market World, an indoor market in Cornwall.  The booklet was Jean Greenhowe’s Christmas Special (pictured above).  As Christmas is one of my favourite times of year, I couldn’t resist buying it with my holiday spending money.  The fact that I couldn’t knit at the time was irrelevant because I was hoping to learn and thought this would give me the motivation.  This was also the pattern I used to knit Kameron’s Knitted Bing bunny.  I can’t wait to add Santa to my Christmas decorations this year!


The finished size was 16″ (40.6cm).


The pattern called for working in knit (garter) stitch and stockinette/stocking stitch (made up of knit & purl rows).  These are some of the first stitches you learn as a beginner.


For yarn, knitting needle and abbreviation conversions click - “Knitting Conversion Charts”.


Yarn

James C. Brett Top Value DK (shade - Black 8430, White 8428).

1 x 100g (3.5oz/317yds/290m) ball.

Weight category: UK DK [US 3/Light Worsted/DK].

Tension/gauge: 22 stitches x 30 rows = 4″ (10cm) on size 4mm/UK 8 [US 6] knitting needles.

The knitting needles I used were single pointed 3mm/UK 11 [US 3mm] and UK 3.5mm [US 4].


I would give the James C. Brett Top Value DK yarn a 4 out of 5 for the following reasons:-

- It was extremely easy to work.

- There is a large choice of colours available;

- The feel of it is very soft once washed.  Although, for large projects is does get very heavy.

- I think if you are looking for a quality budget yarn this is one of the best yarns on the market for price, colour choice, quality, multiple uses and quantity on a ball.

- The cost of yarn is very cost effective - I paid about £1.65 per 100g ball.

- Would I use this yarn again? YES, DEFINITELY.



Knitting Essentials Poundland (shade - Red).

2 x 50g (1.75oz/150yds/137m) balls.

Weight category: UK DK [US 3/Light Worsted/DK].

Tension/gauge: 22 stitches x 30 rows = 4″ (10cm) on size 4mm/UK 8 [US 6] knitting needles.

The knitting needles I used were 3mm/UK 11 [US 3mm] and UK 3.5mm [US 4].


I would give the Knitting Essentials Poundland yarn 4 out of 5 for the following reasons:-

- It was really easy to work with;

- There is a reasonable choice of colours available (if your local store stocks yarn anymore);

- It is really soft once made up and washed.

- It is hard wearing;

- The only downside is that it is not the softest yarn around and stock in stores is unreliable, which is why I gave it a four;

- It is very cost effective at £1 per 50g ball, usually on a 3 for 2 offer, making them approx. £0.67p per ball;

- Would I use this yarn again? YES.


The peach (for hands and face) and the yellow were small balls I got free with a magazine.



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