Monday, December 19, 2011

it's not too late to make your own Christmas Sweater

I love the current trend for proper Christmas sweaters, they seem to be everywhere.
I wanted one, but
a) I didn't want to buy one, it had to be "homemade"
b) I didn't have time to make one.
c) I'm skint after all the Christmas Shopping.

The answer to this dilemma?

.........Swiss Darning!!

I had a rummage around my cupboard and found a plain thick knit jumper that had seen better days. Then I had a rummage around my wool stash and found some perfect red yarn.
Then finally I had a rummage through my knitting magazines and found an intarsia/fairisle pattern, to swiss darn onto my jumper.

if you fancy giving it a go, then you need to know that swiss darning is EASY. You do not need to be able to knit, and you barely need to know how to sew. This video calls it duplicate stitch but it's the same thing. If you can cross stitch, then you can do this.

You can use any chart designed for fairisle or intarsia knitting (do not use cross stitch patterns as they will look squashed.)


  1. What a cunning idea - great sweater too

    Seasons Greetings


  2. Wonderful idea, Joanne. I've never done any Swiss darning, despite all the knitting I did - will have to watch your video as soon as I get chance. Thanks for sharing x

  3. Brilliant!!! And it looks just fabulous!

  4. Looks brilliant Joanne and even better it cost you nothing more than time !!

  5. ooh yes, I remember doing this years ago - it looks really good here Joanne!

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  7. That's awesome! I actually adapted this motif for some socks for my sister this year :)


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