Alison Crowther-Smith

Christmas Envelopes and Festive Owls

This collection is all about Harry Potter!  Well, there is a tenuous link – we have owls and envelopes.

The envelopes are knitted flat, all in one piece and have a envelope flap that is buttoned.  The fronts are decorated with Fairisle stars, reindeer, or just beads.  Or you can leave the front blank and Swiss-darn on a number to make an Advent set, or an initial to personalise them for gifts.  They look sweet hung from the tree with ribbons, or by a place setting at the festive table.  They are gift-card sized too, or are perfect for small wrapped  chocolates or sweeties, little trinkets or the ubiquitous pair of diamond earrings.

They use 4 mm needles, DK yarn in two shades (I used Rowan Superwash DK), ribbon, size 6 beads and small buttons.  Two balls of yarn in contrasting shades will be enough to make about 10 – 12 envelopes.   The knitting is simple and the Fairisle is charted.

The owls are plump little decorations.  Knitted in the round, ideally via the Magic Loop or two short circular needle methods, they can have textured or speckled fronts.  They are finished with buttons for eyes, ear-tufts and ribbon to hang.  They are knitted in DK wool in two shades (I used Rowan Superwash DK).  You will also need some toy stuffing.  The knitting is straight-forward Magic Loop.  I estimate that two balls of wool will be enough for several dozen owls.  There is also a larger chunky-owl version included.

Cost:  £6, includes both sets of patterns.