Monday 10 October 2022

Paddington Jumper – available in Knit Now 147

Once in a while, Knit Now ask me to design a character knit for them. I love working with characters, trying to transfer the essence of the character to my grid of stitches. These patterns are very much get-me-while-you-can, because once the print issue has sold out, the patterns are no longer available, and I often get disappointed knitters contacting me to ask how they can get hold of a copy of a pattern they missed. 

A few years ago (2018!!! Which is longer ago than I realised!), Knit Now published my children’s Paddington Jumper in a supplement to the main magazine, and since then I have had at least one email a month asking where knitters can get hold of the pattern, only to have to tell them that they’ve missed their chance and their best bet is to see if anyone is selling the supplement on ebay… until now…

I am delighted to announce that Knit Now have re-published the pattern in Knit Now issue 147! Which means you can get your hands on the pattern and knit your very own Paddington Bear jumper. 

Even better, the pattern is included in digital copies of the magazine, so even if you don’t get manage to get hold of a paper copy, you can still knit the pattern.*

The original jumper is knitted in Patons Extrafine Merino DK, but some of the colours have been discontinued since the pattern was originally published. Debbie Bliss Rialto DK** is a very close alternative; if you prefer acrylic, why not try Stylecraft Special DK,** which comes in a huge array of colours. If you are substituting yarn, do remember to check the yardage.

Knit Now issue 147 is available in the UK now; the issue goes off-sale on Wednesday 2nd November 2022. Print copies can also be ordered via CraftStash, while stocks last.

All images copyright Practical Publishing.

*Missed your chance to pick up a print copy? You can buy the issue online here.

**Affiliate link.


Waiting for your magazine to arrive, but want to get started with the planning? Here are the pattern details:

Yarn used
Patons Merino Extrafine DK
5 (5, 6, 7, 8) balls in Baby Blue 152 (MC)
1 ball each in Camel 105 (CC1), Chesnut 111 (CC2), Royal 151 (CC3), Black 00199 (CC4), Sundance 120 (CC5), and Cherry 131 (CC6)

About the yarn
DK; 120 m per 50 g ball; 100% extra-fine Merino wool

22 sts x 30 rows = 10 cm measured over St st on larger needles

Needles used
4 mm straight
3.5 mm straight
3.5 mm circular, 40 cm

Other supplies
Yarn bobbins (optional)
2 stitch markers
Tapestry needle

2 (4, 6, 8, 10) years, designed to fit with 5 cm positive ease

Finished measurements
Chest circumference: 60 (67, 71, 74.5, 78) cm
Length to underarm: 25 (26.5, 28, 32, 24) cm
Back length: 40 (42.5, 44.5, 50, 54) cm
Sleeve length: 21.5 (26.5, 29, 31.5, 34.5) cm

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