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Create these mini-projects, which make perfect Christmas gifts

It's the time of year when knitters all over the world suddenly start casting on for last-minute projects, hoping that they'll be finished and wrapped in time for the big day – it's Christmas time! We all love the festive season and these little projects from Amanda Walker make ideal gifts for a fellow knitter – as practical as they are pretty, this is one gift that will definitely be appreciated.


Note: For the thick cord all three yarns have been held together and knitted as one

? Using 3.75mm dpns, cast on four sts
? K the four sts onto the right hand needle
? Do not turn; instead pull the stitches to the other end of the needle
? Keep repeating this process until enough knitted i-cord has been made to wrap around the needles being stored, once round for thick needles and twice around for thin needles
? Cast off, leaving a long length of yarn
? Make a twisted hanging cord. To do this, twist the two i-cords together tightly, then allow the tension of the twists to slacken, whilst holding the two i-cords together. They will twist around each other, forming a thicker, twisted cord. Stitch the ends of the cord together to form a loop, and stitch a button to the other end of the band, to fasten.


? With yarn A, cast on 27sts
? K three rows
? Row 1: (RS) with yarn A, k to end of row
? Row 2: with yarn A, p to end of row
? Row 3: with yarn B, k1, *sl1, k1, rep from * to end of row
? Row 4: with yarn B, k1 *yfwd, sl1, yb, k1, rep from * to end of row
? Rows 5 - 6: as Rows 1 and 2
? Row 7: with yarn B, k2 *sl1, k1, rep from * to last stitch, k1
? Row 8: with yarn B, k2 *yfwd, sl1, yb, k1, rep from * to last stitch, k1
? These eight rows form the pattern, rep until the work measures 18cm
? Next row: (RS) k to end of row
? Next row: p to end of row
? Next two rows: k
? Cast off, using yarn C
? Press the work. Cut a rectangle to the same size from the gingham fabric. Fold the two shorter edges over by 1cm and press; lay on top of the knitting and machine stitch the two longer edges to the knitted rectangle. Turn to the right side and press once more. . Make a loop in the same way as explained for Nisse, from a length of the yarns A and C. Slip-stitch the two open ends closed, sandwiching the cord loop in the centre of the cast-on end of the knitting. Stitch a button in the centre of the remaining end.
? Make another length of cord. Find its centre point and stitch this to the inside of the case, in order to attach a tape measure. Slip needles and pins onto the gingham fabric, close the case and fasten with loop and button.


? Cast on 17 stitches, with yarns B and C held together
? Row 1: (RS, yarn B only) k1, p1, to the end of the row
? Row 2: (both yarns) p1, k1, to the end of the row
? Rep these two rows once
? Work eight rows st st in yarn A


? Row 1: k7, m1, (k1, m1,) three times, k7
? Rows 2, 4 and 6: p
? Row 3: k9, m1, (k1, m1) three times, k9
? Row 5: k2, k2tog, k17, skpo, k2
? Row 7: k2, k2tog, k5, skpo, k1, k2tog, k5, skpo, k2
? Cast off
? Stitch the stocking together and turn to the RS
? Make a cord loop from yarns B and C and attach, along with a button, to the top corner of the stocking
? Cut a square from the gingham fabric that’s small enough to fit onto the front of your blank comfortably, as pictured. Fray the edges and stick to the front of the blank. Attach the stocking to the front of the card with a strip of double sided tape and stick a ‘Happy Christmas’ label to the base.

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