This month we’re getting in the festive mood, with lots of gift ideas for all the family. Whether you fancy knitting a classic Christmas stocking to leave at the end of your bed for Father Christmas or a sweet seasonally-dressed Hello Kitty to sit on your mantlepiece or hang on your tree, we’ve got you covered. If you want to cast on now, you can knit this month’s super-sweet Snuggly Santa.
Knits at this time of year don’t all have to be fully festive. Lots of us are knitting gifts that we hope will be worn all year round, so we’ve picked some fantastic patterns for you to choose from. Deputy Editor Liam chose the Lars sweater by Arne and Carlos as his pick for the discerning gent in your life. If you’re on a deadline, why no cast on one of this issue’s chunky knits? I love the Just Be Me jumper and I knitted the Hygge beanie myself in under an hour!
Not sure what to knit first? Put the kettle on, grab a mince pie and sit down for a good read. If you want to make the most of your stash, check out our top tips. We chatted to Becky Dodman about her colourful woolly wedding, which is a must-read! This month we’re also launching the Knitter of the Year competition, our annual celebration of our favourite people in the knitting community, so don’t forget to put in your nominations.