Knitting Preview: December 8 Issue

knitting preview

Welcome to our weekly knitting preview!

We’ve a real treat in store for you in our December 8 issue.

Not only are we bringing you a cute little snowman, we’re also featuring a sparkling bolero, ideal for the festive season.

The Technical Stuff

This snowman stands 10 cm (4 ins) tall. He is ideal for using up odds and ends of double knitting yarn with the most used in any one shade being the white which requires 12 m.

Red brown, orange, dark brown and blue tweed are the other shades we have used but you could easily use up what you had lying around.

This little snowman makes a lovely decoration and would be great for charity fundraising, too.

Full of Sparkle

There is time to knit this simple little bolero before Christmas. Worked in King Cole Galaxy DK shade Diamonds, it is the perfect party accessory.

Instructions come in six sizes ranging from 76/81 cm (30/32 ins) to 127/132 (50/52 ins). It is designed to be close fitting and the actual sizes are on measurement.

The bolero is worked in three pieces. A neat little button tab adds detail on each sleeve cuff and six buttons complete the look.

We have marked this design as “simple”. One tip is to make sure the sequins fall to the front of your work. You will also find it easier to use a plain yarn to make up and to attach the buttons.

Everyone loves a bit of sparkle at Christmas!

If you want a little break, why not enter our Advent Fiction Competition.

If our knitting preview has you feeling crafty, find inspiration for your next project here.


Liz O’Rourke

Liz is part of our Features Team and her hobbies include knitting and crafts, reading and foreign travel which are also her main responsibilities on the “Friend”. If you walk into the office you will soon spot her desk, it’s the one piled high with knitwear and balls of yarn!