Scrap Happy Christmas – Santa Sacks

I hate to mention the C word so early, but when you’re crafting, I’m afraid it has to be done…

Those of you who’ve been reading my blog for quite a while might remember back in 2016 I challenged myself to design and knit one Santa sack a day from December 1st to the 24th and post each pattern daily.

Snowman Santa Sack

Not only did I (just about) keep up with the challenge, I tidied up my patterns after Christmas and published them as an ‘advent calendar’ pattern of 27 Santa sacks.

27 Knitted Santa Sacks

Every year since I’ve found myself knitting a few Santa sacks using scraps of yarn.

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These little Santa sack patterns have proved themselves extra usable, because  knitting with different plys of yarn gives different size Santa sacks with different uses.

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4ply

Approx 7g wool needed per sack

  • Advent calendar
  • Tree ornaments*
  • Christmas gift wrapping
  • Christmas bunting/garland*
  • Dolls house Santa sacks

Double knitting

Approx 10g wool needed per sack

  • Advent calendar
  • Hanging from mantel piece at Christmas*
  • Christmas gift wrapping
  • Christmas bunting/garland*
  • Filled with a few chocolate coins for school fund raising.

*If used decoratively, the Santa sacks will look best if they are stuffed lightly with toy stuffing. They can also be filled with herbs and spices to add a delightful Christmas scent to a room or popped inside a parcel.

Aran

Approx 20g wool needed per sack

  • Christmas gift wrapping
  • Hand warmer covers

Chunky and Super Chunky probably use more than you have in scrap amounts, but I confess I do have balls of yarn I’ve only used a small amount of, so maybe you do too. Plus most sacks use more than one colour and the amounts I’m quoting are total weight used for each sack.

Chunky

Approx 36g wool needed per sack

  • Christmas gift wrapping
  • Party favour bags

Super Chunky

Approx 65g wool needed per sack

  • Christmas gift wrapping
  • Christmas ‘stockings’
  • Small hot water bottle cover

Right now I’m setting off knitting nearly a whole set – challenging myself again to knit one a day. I’ll be posting them on Instagram. And while I’m thinking about Instagram if you don’t and you’d like to follow me on IG, you can find me @dartmooryarns.

Fair isle group

If you like the idea of using your scraps, click on Kate or Gun(first two names in the list  below) and join us on the 15th of every month – or just those months you feel like joining in.  Here’s a list of both frequent and occasional Scraphappiers (?) if you want to see what everybody else is doing.

Kate,  Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn , Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJeanJohanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.

Puppy Paws Dog Walkers Sock Pattern, Giveaway Confession and LoveKnitting.com

If you’ve been reading this blog a while, you may recall that back in July, I made my first vlog post and set a give away competition for a paw print sock pattern PDF. I promised to announce a winner on my next vlog post. But then life took a bit of nose dive, I never made my next vlog post and, to my shame, forgot about the give away.

Paw Prints Dog Walkers Socks

Or at least I forgot until a couple of weeks ago, when I published my Dartmoor Sheep Sock pattern and remembered I’d never put the puppy paws pattern up for sale or  found a winner of  the giveaway. So here I am finally making amends.

First off, a HUGE apology to all those who entered for not running the draw.  Second I’ve now made the drawn using my random name picker, aka Lovely Husband and  a Tupperware box with screwed up pieces of paper in it. And the winner is…

Puppy Paws Sock

Mary from Mary’s Yarn Creations! Mary, I haven’t contacted you yet, since I think it’s a nicer surprise to read a post and find out you’ve won something. Please contact me through my contact form to let me know your email and I’ll send the pattern over. Of course I’ll contact Mary if she misses this post.

For anyone who does fancy the Paw Prints Dog Walker’s sock pattern and isn’t Mary, it’s now for sale as a PDF download on Ravelry or as a paper pattern, with free postage and 30% launch celebration discount, in my shop.

I also wanted to let you know that my 27 Knitted Santa Sacks and Dartmoor Sheep Socks patterns are now also for sale on Love Knitting as well as Ravelry and in my shop.

The Paw Prints Dog Walkers sock pattern should be on Love Knitting shortly, but it takes 5 days for them to approve patterns.

And one final word especially for Lynn who blogs at Tialys, Yes Heartfelt is next on the list, but the paws socks pattern was already knitted up and edited and tested.

Thanks for dropping by!

Bekki

 

 

 

Knitted Santa Sacks: Free knitting patterns for advent – day 24

Posting my last advent Santa sack on the right day…

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Here’s the pattern.

For more info on The Dartmoor Yarn Company’s advent calendar of Free Santa sack knitting patterns, click here.

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If you knit up any of the Santa sack patterns, please do share pictures of them. The Dartmoor Yarn Company Ravelry page is here, and we’re here on Facebook.

Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas!

Bekki Hill

 

Knitted Santa Sacks: Free knitting patterns for advent – day 23

Just getting today’s in before today turns into tomorrow. Apologies for the dark photo. I’ll swap it for a light on in the morning.

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And here’s the pattern.

For more info on The Dartmoor Yarn Company’s advent calendar of Free Santa sack knitting patterns, click here.

10-santa-sack-group-shotIf you knit up any of the Santa sack patterns, please do share pictures of them. The Dartmoor Yarn Company Ravelry page is here, and we’re here on Facebook.

Happy knitting!

Bekki Hill

 

Knitted Santa Sacks: Free knitting patterns for advent – day 20

A wee bit late, but at least it’s still morning. Here’s yesterday’s Santa sack!

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And here’s the pattern.

For more info on The Dartmoor Yarn Company’s advent calendar of Free Santa sack knitting patterns, click here.

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If you knit up any of the Santa sack patterns, please do share pictures of them. The Dartmoor Yarn Company Ravelry page is here, and we’re here on Facebook.

Happy knitting!

Bekki Hill

 

Knitted Santa Sacks: Free knitting patterns for advent – day 18

Christmas Bauble

Finally posting the on the right day again. Here’s Santa sack number 18…

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And here’s the pattern

For more info on The Dartmoor Yarn Company’s advent calendar of Free Santa sack knitting patterns, click here.

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If you knit up any of the Santa sack patterns, please do share pictures of them. The Dartmoor Yarn Company Ravelry page is here, and we’re here on Facebook.

Happy knitting!

Bekki Hill

Knitted Santa Sacks: Free knitting patterns for advent – day 16

Prancing Reindeer

Not only is this yesterday’s free Santa sack knitting pattern posted late – it looks more like a primitive cave painting than a prancing reindeer to me. But I’ve knitted it now, and no time to rejig, so I’ll have to redesign it next year. Meantime here it is…

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And here’s the pattern, if you’d like a primitive painting motif on a Santa sack

For more info on The Dartmoor Yarn Company’s advent calendar of Free Santa sack knitting patterns, click here.

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If you knit up any of the Santa sack patterns, please do share pictures of them. The Dartmoor Yarn Company Ravelry page is here, and we’re here on Facebook.

Happy knitting!

Bekki Hill