Deck The Halls

Now that we’re hurtling towards Christmas at a fairly alarming rate, you may be thinking ‘eek – it’s far too late to make anything for the big day’. While we’ll admit it probably is a bit late in the day to start making that fair isle Christmas jumper (unless your super power happens to be extreme knitting speed, in which case, we salute you and simply say go for it, Christmas miracles are possible), if you do have a bit of time to indulge your creative streak, how about knitting up some decorations? Although, like all projects, they vary in complexity, many of the woolly winter wonders out there are relatively quick and easy to whip up – plus, they’re a festive way to get your crafting fix and the perfect reason to hole up and stay indoors rather than hitting the shops again this weekend!

1) Knitted baubles

The bauble guaranteed never to smash, these little lovelies can be easily customised to suit your colour scheme. Whether you go for timeless white and silver tear drops, cheerful red and white fair isle to channel the always-popular Scandi style, or the neon brights of the modern Mexican trend, you’ll find plenty of inspiration on line.

2) Christmas pudding pom pom garland

Ideal for when you’re running really short on time, this fab decoration embraces two of our favourite things in one cute garland – pom poms and Christmas pudding! Perfect for running along a bannister or a fun decoration for a child’s room, get the kids helping on the pom poms and you’ll be done in no time. Swap yarn colours to make a sprout pom pom instead!

3) Santa mug cosy

Not got time to make a full scale Father Christmas? No problem – just knit up a mug cosy featuring his body and arms! Make one for each member of the family, adding an apron and sprig of Holly for Mrs Christmas and alternating the colours to make elves. Not only do they make great gifts, they’re also an easy way to give your regular mugs a bit of festive cheer and perfect for that first cuppa on Christmas morning.

4) The chain gang

We love the idea of a simple ‘paper’ chain made of garter stitch knitted strips. Combining retro charm with modern minimalism, this quirky twist on a traditional favourite is also a great project for beginners as it requires so little in terms of making up. Go for a chunky knit yarn for an even quicker finish!

5) Chunky tinsel Christmas trees

Add some last-minute, handmade festive sparkle to your table with cute and simple Christmas trees. They’re what chunky tinsel yarn was made for!