The 7 miniatures featured in”Winter village” found it’s inspiration from a Swedish countryside hamlet around Christmas-time. In a small village covered by snow you should be able to adventure them all: the Christmas tree, the heart, Sankta Lucia, the small wooden house painted in red with white plaster-work (“Torpet”), the “Pepparkaksgubbe” (gingerbread made into the shape of a man), the Christmas tree - and of course; the fat cat to chase the mice and drink the milk left out for Sankta Klaus.
I had great fun making the miniatures: they are all easy to make and knits up so fast! In a weeks time I was able to fill up my hazel branch with lots of cute hanging decorations.
The pattern contains full instructions for making the snowman, the Christmas Tree, the “pepparkaksgubbe” (the gingerbread-man), the cat, the snowman, the heart and the Sankta Lucia.
All of the miniatures, with exception of the small house, could be stuffed or unstuffed - meaning that you can use them for multiple purposes: bookmarks, table decorations, hanging decorations…. I allowed myself to think that the ornaments should be charming, not perfect…..
WoolI used Jamiesons’s “Spindrift” to knit the collection.
You will need 1 ball of each of the following colors: 1-natural white (shade 104)
2-green (pine, shade 234)
3- red (madder, shade 587)
4 -light brown (eesit, shade 105)
5 - dark brown (moorit, shade 108)
6 - black (Shetland black, shade 101)
7 - yellow (yellow ochre, shade 230)
You will also need a piece of blue yarn to embroider the eyes of Sankta Lucia.
Notions Needles:You will need dpns (and/or circular needles) 2.5mm/US1.5 (or needle size to obtain gauge.) Stuffing material Any kind of light fiber filling. I do not recommend cotton. Tapestry needle, ribbon for hanging, a piece of steel wire for the tail of the cat, soft wire and silver ribbon for the crown of Sankta Lucia, crochet hook.
Gauge The gauge is not evident unless you want to make the miniatures to exact measurements.
10x10cm/4x4” = 30 sts/36 rounds in stockinette st. I used needle size 2.5mm/US1.5 to achieve this.
The pattern The pattern gives clear row-by-row instructions for each of the miniatures, as well as pictures of each one of them. Please note that embroidery must be made based upon the pictures. All of the miniatures are made in the round and from RS only - except for the small house which is made both back and forth and in the round.
Knitting skills The miniatures are easy and fast to make! You should be able to follow row-by-row instructions, make increases (k1fb, m1l, m1r), make decreases (k2tog, ssk, sl1k2togpsso), knit and purl, cast on and off. The embroidery is made in stem sts and chain sts. Most of the miniatures are started from a provisional cast on- but you might also start from a traditional cast on. Very little seaming is involved, apart from the small house where you need to seam the gables to the roof.