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Gwen Bautista

Christmas Countdown Dec. 14 – Knit Ornaments

It’s funny the things that bring a (happy) tear to the eye. Searching through the archives from my store, I knew I’d kept the handmade cards my parents (who sadly, are no longer with us) made for the shop – Dad did the drawings, Mum made the knitted accessories. What I didn’t know I still had, was my mother’s handwritten instructions for little knitted stockings which were created for a different card design.

Named after my mother, I’ve called this pattern Beryl’s Little Christmas Stockings. As the original design was intended to be fixed flat against a card, I’ve written additional instructions so that a matching “back” can be made, so both sides can be sewn together to make a tiny stocking that opens at the top for a lovely knit ornament.

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Gwen Bautista

Christmas Countdown Dec. 13 – Crochet Hat

The Big Fan Beanie was inspired by those amazing, knit pieces that have the beautiful long stitches. I have always loved the spike stitch, and I thought that it would work perfectly to mimic this knitting technique in crochet form.

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