This year was all about knitting my Christmas presents.
As I made my husband a snood last year I thought I’d go for something different this time. I found a pattern on Savethechildren.org.uk of three different festive mini jumpers and although they’re meant for egg cups, I adapted mine and made it into a Christmas tree decoration by adding a pleated loop to hang it with.
I hope you think it’s as cute as I do so here’s the free knitting pattern below!
What you will need:
3.25mm knitting needles
2 x 50g of 3 ply wool in different colours
Mini Jumper Knitting Pattern:
Front & Back Patterns
Using the lighter colour, cast on 21 stitches.
Row 1: K1 [P1, K1] to end.
Row 2: Changing to your main colour, P1 [K1, P1] to end.
Snowflake Knitting Pattern:
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: K6, KC1 (C stands for your lighter colour when you’re knitting as usual with your main colour), K3, KC1, K3, KC1, K6
Row 6: P5, PC2, P3, PC1, P3, PC2, P5
Row 7: K7, KC1, K1, KC1, K1, KC1, K1, KC1, K7
Row 8: P8, PC2, P1, PC2, P8
Row 9: K7, KC3, K1, KC3, K7
Row 10: P5, PC2, P3, PC1, P3, PC2, P5
Row 11: Repeat row 9
Row 12: Repeat row 8
Row 13: Repeat row 7
Row 14: Repeat row 6
Row 15: Repeat row 5
Row 16: Purl
Row 17: Knit
Row 18: Purl
Row 19: Knit
You’ve now finished pattern so continue on with jumper.
Next Row: P6, K1, [P1, K1] 4 times, P6.
Next Row: Cast off 6 stitches, K1, [P1, K1] 4 times, cast off 6 stitches and fasten wool end into last stitch. Continue to hold your 9 stitches that you did not cast off. Now, go back to the 9 stitches and start to rib them using [P1, K1] 4 times, P1. Repeat for 5 rows and cast off in rib and in lighter colour.
Join the shoulders and neckband seams but not the sides just yet.
Use a 3.25mm knitting needle to pick up 7 stitches at each side of the shoulder seam. That’s 14 stitches. Make sure that you have the right side facing you.
Rows 1-7: P1, K1 to end and repeat until you’ve knitted 7 rows.
Then cast off using the other colour using the same method.
Join that same side (not the other side just yet) and the sleeve seam you’ve just finished.
Repeat on the other side.
Pleated String for Hanging
Take three equal lengths (6”) of yarn and pleat. I used one light thread and 2 of my main colour. They measured around 6 inches, allowing for extra string to fasten to the jumper. Once pleated simply use knots to secure both ends. Then, thread the pleated string, leaving the knots on the inside of your jumper. Now you can hang it on your tree!
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