For my secret Santa at work, the criteria seems to be hovering around something around the recipients initials (RJ), charity shop purchased or home made. I have gone for the home made, and whipped up a tiny little crocheted jumper (to go with a box of Roses chocolates)! This is the pattern, if you fancy making one yourself. As some of you may know, I am rubbish at curves, circles and anything which isn’t a straight line when it comes to crochet, so I had to come up with a pattern to avoid all of these. These jumpers use minimal amounts of wool, so they are great scrap buster.
- Chain 11
- Row 1 – 1 dc into the 2nd ch from hook, then dc into each ch until the end (10 dc in total). Ch 2 and turn.
- Row 2 – 7 – repeat 10 dc until the end of the row, ch 2 and turn.
- Row 8 – dc 3, miss the next 4 stitches, and chain 4, then do 3 dc to the end of the row. Ch 2. This makes up the neckline of your jumper.
- Row 9 – 14 – repeat 10 dc until the end of the row, ch 2 and turn.
- Row 15 – 10 dc until the end of the row. Secure final stitch and sew in all the ends.
For the arms
- Chain 7
- Row 1 – 1 dc into the 2nd chain from hook, then dc into each ch until the end (6 dc in total). Ch 2 and turn.
- Row 2 – 4 – repeat 6 dc until the end of each row, ch 2 and turn.
- Row 5 – 6 dc until the end of the row. Secure final stitch and sew in all the ends.
- Sew the arms into place using matching yarn and a darning needle (sorry for the terrible photo – rainy and winter light is terrible!)
- If you want to decorate the front with any embroidery, do it before the whole thing is sewn up. Otherwise, once arms in place, sew up each side of the jumper.
- Use a small piece of yarn to make a hanger by threading it into the back of the jumper and looping through using a girth hitch knot (who knew that’s what they are called!) I’m making a couple of others for some baby presents, with the baby initials sewn on the front and brown luggage label attached.