He sees you when you're steeking;
He knows when you’re on gauge.
He knows if you’ve been swatching right,
So just swatch for swatching’s sake.

This clean and modern design is inspired by the “tomte”, a domestic sprite who protected the farm. With a pointed red hat and long white beard it looks a lot like a gnome . . .and Santa Claus! Bring a bit of whimsy and the flair of Scandinavian style home for the holidays.

Traditional Red and White Santas
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Complete Kit

Rainbow Gnomes
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Why should hand knitters have all the fun?

Let's look at this pattern with a machine knitter's eye.

  • Basic Construction:
    The hand knit version is knit in the round and requires 200+ needles. Have no fear, as MKers we can knit our pillows in 2 pieces. The secret is to pay attention to the stitch multiples and to add a seaming stitch so the santa motifs line up

  • Fairisle Design:
    - Except for the eyes and mouth (which can be embroidered), there are only 2 colors in each row. Perfect for machine knitting
    - Because this is a pillow, carrying long floats
    of color isn't a problem. Unlike a sweater where the floats maybe caught when worn, the wrong side of the knitting will be encased inside against the pillow form. No worries about long floats

  • Gauge:
    The gauge of this project is 22sts and 26 rows = 4" in the stranded fairisle stitch pattern. This is a great gauge for the mid-gauge machines using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted yarn

  • Feeling ambitious? You could easily adapt this design for a different gauge. Have a punchcard or electronic standard machine?
    - Establish YOUR gauge in the stitch pattern.
    - Knit two 20" squares, keeping in mind stitch multiples.
    - Use the Knit it Now Rectangle Square tool to create your own pattern.

Fairisle on the LK-150

This Quick Win is perfect for the LK-150.
You should be able to easily match the pattern gauge of 22sts/26rows - 4"/10cm

If you don't have a Fairisle Carriage for your LK (they are no longer available and VERY rare), this tutorial will walk you through the steps.

Don't be intimidated by stranded knitting your machine, it's still MUCH FASTER than knitting by hand.

Techniques you should Know

Stitch Multiples

Accurate Gauge Measurement

Seaming - Putting It All Together