Jean Greenhowe's Christmas Special (28 pages)
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This booklet is packed with exciting seasonal designs, all guaranteed to set your needles clicking.
Our classic Christmas Crib beautifully illustrates the story of the Nativity. The scene includes Baby Jesus in the manger, Mary and Joseph, The Three Wise Men, shepherds and sheep.
All the crib figures are extremely easy to knit. The basis for each standing figure is a tube-shaped piece of knitting and when the sleeves and other garments are added, the end result is perfection.
Mary is a superbly designed
seated figure, requiring only two basic knitted pieces - one for the skirt
and one for the bodice and head. When you knit this figure you will really
appreciate the clever way in which it is constructed. The standing figures
are 20cm (8in) in height and Mary measures 14cm (5½ in).
By popular demand Jean has also created a donkey for the crib, which is featured in our other Christmas publication - Christmas Treasures.
Throughout the festive season our crib can be seen on display in family homes, churches, hospitals, retirement homes and shop windows. We have no doubt that numerous cribs will be handed down through the generations as heirlooms.
Santa and Mrs Claus are a jolly pair of Christmas characters sure to become firm favourites with your family. Measuring about 34cm (13½in), make them as stand-up decorations, or cuddlesome toys.
Cinderella is a must-have topsy-turvy doll measuring 28cm (11in) in height. Transforming her from 'sad' with patched clothes to 'happy' in her beautiful ball gown is an absolute delight. Cinderella is one of Jean's most popular dolls loved by children and adults, she would make an enchanting gift for someone special.
Christmas stockings are usually designed like real stockings with the complications
of knitting-in-the-round, turning the heel, etc. But Jean's Christmas
stockings are extremely easy to knit because they are made in one
piece on two needles, with the simplest of shapings. They can be decorated
in four different styles for everyone in the family. There is also a bootee-style
stocking using the same pattern, to celebrate Baby's First
Christmas. The initial B for baby can be customised to suit any name.
A wonderful keep-sake for a special baby.
Hugable Best Friends - Polar
Bear and Reindeer can be made as soft toys, gifts or decorations.
You will be surprised by the simple construction of the reindeer's curvy
antlers. They both measure a seated 22cm (8¾ in) in height.
Our eight Christmas Tree Trims include candy canes, baubles, bells and garlands. They can be made quickly and easily using oddments of yarn. The bell measures 8cm (3in). There are seven more tree trim designs in our Toy Collection booklet.
Mr and Mrs Frosty the snowpeople, measure 20cm (8in) in height, including their hats. And you don't have to bother making the hats because they are knitted-in as extensions of the heads. Just knit and add the brims and hey-presto perfect hats every time.
Little Robin Redbreast sits
on a log surrounded by knitted holly and pine cones. The white snowy base is
in fact a surprise pocket designed to contain any item which can fit into an
envelope - such as a gift voucher or money. And by the way, when you knit the
pine cones you will be amazed at how that odd-looking flat piece of knitting
turns into a realistic reproduction of the real thing - like magic! The base
measures 12cm by 15cm (4¾in by 6in).
The Last Minute Dolls are
just that - almost 'night before' Christmas stocking-fillers or tree trims,
just 8.5cm (3¼in) high. There are seven sweet designs, all made from
the same basic pattern - Santa and Mrs Claus, Snowman, Christmas
Fairy, Toy Soldier, Elf and Clown.
Three tea cosies are featured, to bring a touch of Christmas cheer to the breakfast table. There are no complicated shapings and the pattern gives three different sizes and decorations. There is even a Christmas pudding with sauce topping and holly.
The hand-muff recalls the Victorian era and comes in the shape of a snow-covered yule log with a robin and holly on top. It is knitted on large needles using three strands of yarn together, so it really does keep little hands cosy and warm. For extra protection there are end-pieces which fit around the wrists. The muff measures 20cm (8in) in length and would make a welcome gift for any little girl at Christmas time.
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