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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 16 September 2013
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782210115
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  • Size: 190x235 mm
  • Illustrations: 0
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $19.95
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Merry Christmas Sweaters to Knit


by Sue Stratford

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Book Description

Best-selling knitting author Sue Stratford has designed twelve fantastic Christmas sweaters - six for adults and six for children - in this fun and festive book. One basic sweater pattern is provided in eight different sizes - four for adults and four for children, each with its own pattern and with both US and UK yarn names and needle sizes provided. There are six eye-catching motifs to decorate the adult sweaters and six matching motifs for the children's sweaters, including some fun, novelty designs that will appeal to the current trend for holiday sweaters such as a jolly Santa Claus, snowman and a tasty Christmas pudding, as well as traditional winter classics such as festive forest trees and a traditional Nordic Fair-Isle design that will stand the test of time. Each motif is accompanied by large, easy-to-follow charts printed on 24 fold-out sheets in the centre of the book. These can be removed for easy reference, then stored in the handy pocket at the back of the book so there is no chance of them getting lost. The sweaters are all knitted in Aran yarn with large needles, so they knit up quickly and easily into soft, cosy sweaters that will keep the whole family warm on cold winter days.

One simple sweater design in eight different sizes, from ages 5-6 right up to extra large, with a separate pattern for each size
Charts printed on large, fold-out sheets for easy reference
Matching adult and child versions of each motif in designs ranging from fun and festive to classic and stylish

About the Author

About Sue Stratford

Sue Stratford is one of our most successful and popular authors, having already published six books with Search Press. She owned and ran The Knitting Hut in Woburn Sands, Buckinghamshire, UK. After ten successful years, the shop has closed to give Sue more time to concentrate on her design work. 

Sue is inspired by lovely yarns and likes working with natural fibres. She regularly exhibits at fibre and textile shows around the UK and teaches classes on a number of different techniques. Visit her website at


Workshop On The Web

Dec 13

This book is well aimed at all those who like a bit of kitsch in their Christmas outfits.

Containing a series of jumpers that can be knitted for adults and children alike (yes, you can have a whole matching family), it works on the basis that you have a basic knitting pattern in several sizes and motifs, which you then knit using the intarsia or Fair Isle technique and incorporate into the pattern.

Chosen to promote Christmas Jumper Day with Save the Children, the Snowman motif is an instant favourite and one that you might have seen publicized recently. However, there is a selection of images, from reindeers to Father Christmas and also a Winter Tree or Nordic Fair Isle, which are a little less in-your-face and are actually quite tasteful designs.

From a knitters point-of-view, having each size pattern on a different page is a real bonus, so as to avoid mixing up sizes when making the jumper and finding youve made an XL front and a childs back (not that weve ever done that.) . The stitches used are pretty straightforward, but you would need to be comfortable with colour work before embarking on one of these jumpers. It might be better to start with one of the smaller motifs (theres a robin as part of the Snowman jumper) and practice getting the tension right before launching into the jumper.

Also, the pattern for each motif fits into the pattern for the jumper, so if you are so enthusiastic that you knit all the patterns in the book, there is scope for developing your own designs within that space. Overall, a great book for Christmas knitters.

Karen Platt

Oct 13

You can use this seasonal book in two ways give it as a present to any knitter or buy it for yourself and make one or more sweaters for Christmas gifts. The average handknit takes about 60 hours to knit so get started now in time for Christmas. There are ideas for all the family, but I am not certain how many men would be persuaded to wear a Christmas pudding sweater in public! Giles Brandreth certainly. These are that type of sweater, bold festive designs that you either love or hate. There is a good how to section, basic sweater patterns in small, medium, large and extra large, plus childrens sizes from 5-12 years. The sizing chart is given at the back of the book. There are 6 sweater designs with excellent coloured, fold-out charts. All the designs use intarsia or fair-isle type where you strand the yarn across the back. When you have knitted the sweater, you can store the chart in the handy flap at the back. Clear photos, excellent instructions, but for me, these are all childrens designs.

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