Knitting And Craft Preview: Dec 19, 2020 Issue

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We have a great selection of knitting and craft for you in our bumper issue.

If you would like some quick, easy and inexpensive last-minute decorations then you will love our simple makes.

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Photograph courtesy of Hobbycraft.


We have created a wall hanging using natural products such as cinnamon, twigs, dried orange slices and foliage.

As well as looking good, it is very environmentally friendly and will not look out of place after the festivities.

We also have a series of stars and gingerbread houses to make using cardboard and a felt-tip pen.

Couldn’t be easier and, again, not harming the environment. We have included templates and step-by-step instructions with these decorations.

If you prefer something a little smaller, scale them down to make gift tags.

Alternatively, scale up to make individual cards. We have used brown card to give a natural, Scandi feel put you could use coloured card if you prefer. Everything needed for the hanging, stars and gingerbread houses is available from

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Photograph by Ally Stuart.


For knitters we have a lovely cosy cardigan, worked in stocking-stitch with just three rows of rib for the borders.  Its long-line design with a deep V makes it perfect for smart or casual wear.

Two pockets and four fashionable buttons from Duttons For Buttons complete the look. You can view Duttons’ range at

The yarn used is King Cole Quartz Super Chunky in Tourmaline (4468), a lovely mix of shades with a grey/green base. If you prefer a different colour combination, check out the full range at You can find details of your nearest stockist there, too.

Finally, sizes range from 76/81 cm (20/32 ins) to 127/132 cm (50/52 ins) with the actual size being around 17/12 cm (6½/4½ ins) bigger. We would recommend you knit your usual size.

At this time of year when you do not want anything too demanding, this chunky cardigan is the perfect choice.

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Iain McDonald

Iain is Digital Content Editor at the "Friend", making him responsible for managing flow of interesting and entertaining content on the magazine's website and social media channels.