ANXIOUS by Beki Rymsza


August 2016
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1242 - 1553 yards (1136 - 1420 m)
S/M (34"-36") and M/L (38"-40")
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This pattern is available from for £2.00.

Sizes: S/M (34”-36”) and M/L (38”-40”)

You will need 7/9 balls (approx 1000 / 1300 meters) of your main colour and 1 ball (approx 150 meters) of your contrast colour.

If working the neck in the round you will need a circular needle in the smaller size.

2x stitch holders
1x yarn needle

All profits from the sale of this pattern go to Anxiety UK

Why, when you already have enough to worry about, should saying how you feel be another worry on the Christmas list?

So this year, I’m working with Anxiety UK, the UK’s leading charity on anxiety and phobias, to encourage people to knit their own Christmas jumper with a difference. Together we hope that potentially learning a new skill and the process of knitting the jumper will be beneficial to people who experience anxiety and at the same time we’ll be sending out a collective message that sometimes, even at Christmas, people can feel anxious – and it’s ok to say it!

I have designed a Christmas jumper exclusively for Anxiety UK. The pattern is available to download on their website and we’d love to see as many of you as possible knitting your own version to wear this Christmas – and all year round, I’ve made this one in Christmas colours but you can knit yours in whatever colours you choose.

Last year, a survey of 4,000 knitters undertaken by global fashion brand Wool and the Gang found that 90% of knitters agreed that knitting decreases anxiety levels, 40% said it helped to fight depression and 70% feel a sense of happiness after tackling a difficult project or knitting technique. It’s no wonder that 90% of US knitters and 86% of UK and European knitters said they ‘grab their knitting needles’ after a long, stressful day.

Make sure to show us your handwork using #AUKChristmas if sharing on social media!