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Happy 4th Advent everyone! A week today and we will all be enjoying festive Christmas cheers with gifts, good food and drink and loved ones by our side. Earlier today the winner of last week’s give-away was drawn, warm congratulations go to Simone from The Netherlands who I had the pleasure meeting last summer when I was staying with my dear friend Marianne.

Today is the last part of the Advent give-away. A last minute gift or small treat for yourself, it takes no time at all and is also perfect for anyone new to stranded knitting.

I love Dala Horses, such a lovely festive Christmas ornament from Sweden. To celebrate my love for these beautifully decorated mostly wooden ornaments, I have come up with a small version of my own in the shape of a pin cushion.

What you need:

Small amount of yarn in two colours, preferably 4ply

3mm knitting needles

Darning needle

Small amount of toy stuffing

How To:

Using colour A cast on 24 sts and work 2 rows in stocking stitch. Work the complete chart once.

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Fasten off colour B and continue in colour A only. Knit 26 rows in stocking stitch. Cast off all stitches. Weave in ends and block lightly to open up the pattern. Close all sides using backstitch, adding toy stuffing as you go.

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I have made mine using traditional red and white, but this will look equally pretty in many other colour combinations. The choice is yours! If you prefer, you can also download the pattern as a printable PDF document by clicking here.

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Enjoy X.

 

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Hello friends, how have you been? It’s been a busy old time here at Made with Loops with preparations in full swing for our upcoming Knitting Retreat starting on the 8 May. We still have two places open, why not join us for a fabulous week of yarny fun in beautiful Wales. Find a link to all the details in the right column of this blog.

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Not long now and we will be starting our Crochet Along. We are thrilled that so many of you have already signed up for this, but just in case you have missed what the excitement is all about, you can find all the details here.

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To get you into the crochet mood and to practice your FPDtr (Front Post Double Treble), here is a wee free pattern for a

Pin Cushion Mini Mandala

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You will need some leftover yarn, 4ply mercerised is best (I used By Claire No 1)

3.5mm Crochet Hook, a darning needle and some toy stuffing.

UK Terms used

Start: Ch5, ss to form a ring

Rnd 1: Ch3 (counts as tr), 15tr into ring, ss to join (16tr) – change colour

Rnd 2: Ch3 (counts as tr), 2tr in each st around (32tr) – change colour

Rnd 3: Ch1 (counts as dc), FPdtr into tr from rnd 1 directly below, 1dc behind FPdtr just made, 1dc in each of next 2 sts, *skip 1tr from rnd 1, FPdtr in next tr from rnd 1, 1dc behind FPdtr just made, 1dc in each of next 3 sts; rep from * around, ss to join. (8 FPdtr made) – change colour

Rnd 4: Ch1 (counts as dc), 1dc in same space, 1 dc in next st, *2dc in next st, 1dc in next st; rep from * around, ss to join.

Make another the same.

Finishing: With wrong sides together, dc crochet together leaving small gap. Fill using toy stuffing and then close the gap.

These make great little gifts or just spoil yourself.

Enjoy! X.

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