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Christmas-17-BP
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  • Three quick knits
  • Three quick knits
  • Three quick knits
Whip up these easy last-minute gifts from Susie Johns!

Christmas is only a few weeks away and if you're still struggling for those final presents, take a look at these three quick-knit patterns. Our Kara pull-through scarf is made in a sequin yarn so will add a touch of glam to any winter outfit. Vashti is a cosy hot water bottle cover - you may want to keep it for yourself to protect against the chilly nights! Finally, our Tova socks are perfect for your yoga-loving friends!


Pattern Instructions

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  • KARA - Scarf

    Using 4mm needles cast on 25 sts
    Row 1: k1, kfb, (p1, k1) ten times, p1, kfb, k1. 27 sts
    Row 2: k1, kfb, (k1, p1) 11 times, k1, kfb, k1. 29 sts
    Row 3: k1, kfb, (p1, k1) 12 times, p1, kfb, k1. 31 sts
    Row 4: k1, kfb, (k1, p1) 13 times, k1, kfb, k1. 33 sts
    Row 5: sl 1, k1, (p1, k1) 15 times, k1
    Rep Row 5 until work meas 61cm from cast-on edge
    Next row: sl 1, (k1, p1) seven times, k1, turn
    Leave rem sts on a holder
    Next row: sl 1, (p1, k1) seven times, k1
    Next row: sl 1, (k1, p1) seven times, k1
    Rep last two rows 25 times
    Cut yarn and transfer sts just worked to holder
    Rejoin yarn to sts on first holder, cast off one st, (p1, k1) seven times, k1
    Next row: sl 1, (k1, p1) seven times, k1
    Next row: sl 1, (p1, k1) seven times, k1
    Rep last two rows 25 times
    Next row: sl 1, (k1, p1) seven times, kfb in next st, working across sts on holder (k1, p1) seven times, k2. 33 sts
    Next row: sl 1, k1, (p1, k1) 15 times, k1
    Rep last row 23 times more
    Next row: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, (k1, p1) 13 times, k1, p2tog, k1. 31 sts
    Next row: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, (p1, k1) 12 times, p1, k2tog, k1. 29 sts
    Next row: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, (k1, p1) 11 times, k1, p2tog, k1. 27 sts
    Next row: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, (p1, k1) ten times, p1, k2tog, k1. 25 sts
    Cast off in pattern

    To make up
    Weave in all yarn ends neatly

  • VASHTI - Hot water bottle cover

    Short side
    Using 3.25mm needles cast on 32 sts
    Row 1 (RS): (k1, p1) to end
    Rows 2-6: rep Row 1 five times
    Change to 4mm needles
    ** Row 7: k
    Row 8: (k1, p1) to end
    Row 9: k
    Row 10: p **
    Rep from ** to ** until work meas approximately 14cm from cast-on edge, ending with a Row 10

    Shape top
    Row 1: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1. 30 sts
    Row 2: k2, (p1, k1) to end
    Row 3: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1. 28 sts
    Row 4: p1, p2tog, p to last three sts, p2tog tbl, p1. 26 sts
    Row 5: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1. 24 sts
    Row 6: k1, k2tog, (p1, k1), rep to last three sts, p2tog, k1. 22 sts
    Row 7: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1. 20 sts
    Row 8: p1, p2tog, p to last three sts, p2tog tbl, p1. 18 sts
    Row 9: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1. 16 sts
    Row 10: p
    Cut yarn and leave sts on a holder

    Long side
    Work as for Short side rep from ** to ** until work meas 32cm from cast-on edge

    Shape top
    Work as for Short side but do NOT cut yarn
    Leave sts on needle

    To make up
    With RS facing, stitch sloping edge at top left of Long side and top right of Short side

    Cuff
    Return to yarn and sts on needle
    Row 1: (k1, p1) across sts on needle, then across sts on holder
    This row sets rib
    Work a further 31 rows in rib
    Cast off
    Stitch seam on ribbed cuff. For side seams, fold cast-on edge of Long side over cast-on edge of Short side so they overlap by 3.5cm at sides. With RS together sew side seams using back stitch

  • TOVA - Yoga socks (make two)

    Yoga socks (make two)
    Using 3.25mm needles and yarn B cast on 48 sts
    Row 1 (RS): (k1, p1) to end
    This row sets rib
    Rep Row 1 three times
    Cut yarn B, join in yarn A
    Rep Row 1 five times more
    Change to 4mm needles
    Rep Row 1 a further 30 times

    Divide for heel opening
    Rows 1-2: cast off 12 sts, rib to end
    Rows 3-4: cast on 12 sts, rib to end
    Continue in rib for 30 rows
    Cut yarn A and rejoin yarn B
    Work a further four rows in rib
    Cast off

    To make up
    Fold each foot warmer in half lengthways. With RS together, sew seams using back stitch, leaving heel openings unstitched

Pattern Instructions

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KARA - Scarf

Using 4mm needles cast on 25 sts
Row 1: k1, kfb, (p1, k1) ten times, p1, kfb, k1. 27 sts
Row 2: k1, kfb, (k1, p1) 11 times, k1, kfb, k1. 29 sts
Row 3: k1, kfb, (p1, k1) 12 times, p1, kfb, k1. 31 sts
Row 4: k1, kfb, (k1, p1) 13 times, k1, kfb, k1. 33 sts
Row 5: sl 1, k1, (p1, k1) 15 times, k1
Rep Row 5 until work meas 61cm from cast-on edge
Next row: sl 1, (k1, p1) seven times, k1, turn
Leave rem sts on a holder
Next row: sl 1, (p1, k1) seven times, k1
Next row: sl 1, (k1, p1) seven times, k1
Rep last two rows 25 times
Cut yarn and transfer sts just worked to holder
Rejoin yarn to sts on first holder, cast off one st, (p1, k1) seven times, k1
Next row: sl 1, (k1, p1) seven times, k1
Next row: sl 1, (p1, k1) seven times, k1
Rep last two rows 25 times
Next row: sl 1, (k1, p1) seven times, kfb in next st, working across sts on holder (k1, p1) seven times, k2. 33 sts
Next row: sl 1, k1, (p1, k1) 15 times, k1
Rep last row 23 times more
Next row: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, (k1, p1) 13 times, k1, p2tog, k1. 31 sts
Next row: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, (p1, k1) 12 times, p1, k2tog, k1. 29 sts
Next row: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, (k1, p1) 11 times, k1, p2tog, k1. 27 sts
Next row: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, (p1, k1) ten times, p1, k2tog, k1. 25 sts
Cast off in pattern

To make up
Weave in all yarn ends neatly

VASHTI - Hot water bottle cover

Short side
Using 3.25mm needles cast on 32 sts
Row 1 (RS): (k1, p1) to end
Rows 2-6: rep Row 1 five times
Change to 4mm needles
** Row 7: k
Row 8: (k1, p1) to end
Row 9: k
Row 10: p **
Rep from ** to ** until work meas approximately 14cm from cast-on edge, ending with a Row 10

Shape top
Row 1: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1. 30 sts
Row 2: k2, (p1, k1) to end
Row 3: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1. 28 sts
Row 4: p1, p2tog, p to last three sts, p2tog tbl, p1. 26 sts
Row 5: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1. 24 sts
Row 6: k1, k2tog, (p1, k1), rep to last three sts, p2tog, k1. 22 sts
Row 7: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1. 20 sts
Row 8: p1, p2tog, p to last three sts, p2tog tbl, p1. 18 sts
Row 9: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1. 16 sts
Row 10: p
Cut yarn and leave sts on a holder

Long side
Work as for Short side rep from ** to ** until work meas 32cm from cast-on edge

Shape top
Work as for Short side but do NOT cut yarn
Leave sts on needle

To make up
With RS facing, stitch sloping edge at top left of Long side and top right of Short side

Cuff
Return to yarn and sts on needle
Row 1: (k1, p1) across sts on needle, then across sts on holder
This row sets rib
Work a further 31 rows in rib
Cast off
Stitch seam on ribbed cuff. For side seams, fold cast-on edge of Long side over cast-on edge of Short side so they overlap by 3.5cm at sides. With RS together sew side seams using back stitch

TOVA - Yoga socks (make two)

Yoga socks (make two)
Using 3.25mm needles and yarn B cast on 48 sts
Row 1 (RS): (k1, p1) to end
This row sets rib
Rep Row 1 three times
Cut yarn B, join in yarn A
Rep Row 1 five times more
Change to 4mm needles
Rep Row 1 a further 30 times

Divide for heel opening
Rows 1-2: cast off 12 sts, rib to end
Rows 3-4: cast on 12 sts, rib to end
Continue in rib for 30 rows
Cut yarn A and rejoin yarn B
Work a further four rows in rib
Cast off

To make up
Fold each foot warmer in half lengthways. With RS together, sew seams using back stitch, leaving heel openings unstitched

Three quick knits

Pattern Instructions

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  • KARA - Scarf

    Using 4mm needles cast on 25 sts
    Row 1: k1, kfb, (p1, k1) ten times, p1, kfb, k1. 27 sts
    Row 2: k1, kfb, (k1, p1) 11 times, k1, kfb, k1. 29 sts
    Row 3: k1, kfb, (p1, k1) 12 times, p1, kfb, k1. 31 sts
    Row 4: k1, kfb, (k1, p1) 13 times, k1, kfb, k1. 33 sts
    Row 5: sl 1, k1, (p1, k1) 15 times, k1
    Rep Row 5 until work meas 61cm from cast-on edge
    Next row: sl 1, (k1, p1) seven times, k1, turn
    Leave rem sts on a holder
    Next row: sl 1, (p1, k1) seven times, k1
    Next row: sl 1, (k1, p1) seven times, k1
    Rep last two rows 25 times
    Cut yarn and transfer sts just worked to holder
    Rejoin yarn to sts on first holder, cast off one st, (p1, k1) seven times, k1
    Next row: sl 1, (k1, p1) seven times, k1
    Next row: sl 1, (p1, k1) seven times, k1
    Rep last two rows 25 times
    Next row: sl 1, (k1, p1) seven times, kfb in next st, working across sts on holder (k1, p1) seven times, k2. 33 sts
    Next row: sl 1, k1, (p1, k1) 15 times, k1
    Rep last row 23 times more
    Next row: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, (k1, p1) 13 times, k1, p2tog, k1. 31 sts
    Next row: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, (p1, k1) 12 times, p1, k2tog, k1. 29 sts
    Next row: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, (k1, p1) 11 times, k1, p2tog, k1. 27 sts
    Next row: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, (p1, k1) ten times, p1, k2tog, k1. 25 sts
    Cast off in pattern

    To make up
    Weave in all yarn ends neatly

  • VASHTI - Hot water bottle cover

    Short side
    Using 3.25mm needles cast on 32 sts
    Row 1 (RS): (k1, p1) to end
    Rows 2-6: rep Row 1 five times
    Change to 4mm needles
    ** Row 7: k
    Row 8: (k1, p1) to end
    Row 9: k
    Row 10: p **
    Rep from ** to ** until work meas approximately 14cm from cast-on edge, ending with a Row 10

    Shape top
    Row 1: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1. 30 sts
    Row 2: k2, (p1, k1) to end
    Row 3: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1. 28 sts
    Row 4: p1, p2tog, p to last three sts, p2tog tbl, p1. 26 sts
    Row 5: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1. 24 sts
    Row 6: k1, k2tog, (p1, k1), rep to last three sts, p2tog, k1. 22 sts
    Row 7: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1. 20 sts
    Row 8: p1, p2tog, p to last three sts, p2tog tbl, p1. 18 sts
    Row 9: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1. 16 sts
    Row 10: p
    Cut yarn and leave sts on a holder

    Long side
    Work as for Short side rep from ** to ** until work meas 32cm from cast-on edge

    Shape top
    Work as for Short side but do NOT cut yarn
    Leave sts on needle

    To make up
    With RS facing, stitch sloping edge at top left of Long side and top right of Short side

    Cuff
    Return to yarn and sts on needle
    Row 1: (k1, p1) across sts on needle, then across sts on holder
    This row sets rib
    Work a further 31 rows in rib
    Cast off
    Stitch seam on ribbed cuff. For side seams, fold cast-on edge of Long side over cast-on edge of Short side so they overlap by 3.5cm at sides. With RS together sew side seams using back stitch

  • TOVA - Yoga socks (make two)

    Yoga socks (make two)
    Using 3.25mm needles and yarn B cast on 48 sts
    Row 1 (RS): (k1, p1) to end
    This row sets rib
    Rep Row 1 three times
    Cut yarn B, join in yarn A
    Rep Row 1 five times more
    Change to 4mm needles
    Rep Row 1 a further 30 times

    Divide for heel opening
    Rows 1-2: cast off 12 sts, rib to end
    Rows 3-4: cast on 12 sts, rib to end
    Continue in rib for 30 rows
    Cut yarn A and rejoin yarn B
    Work a further four rows in rib
    Cast off

    To make up
    Fold each foot warmer in half lengthways. With RS together, sew seams using back stitch, leaving heel openings unstitched