Editor Diane demonstrates how easy it really is - even if you have more enthusiasm than skill


Diane Kenwood blog

Any idiot’s guide needs an idiot and I’m only too happy to present my impeccable credentials for the role when it comes to knitting.

In spite of the best efforts of our wonderful knitting team, I remain resolutely hopeless with wool and a pair of needles.

Most of the time, it’s a failing that, to be honest, has little impact on my psyche (I get plenty of pleasure admiring the skill of our resident experts at work) but it does get more than a tad disappointing when we publish a pattern as fabulous as the children’s bobble jumpers that we have in this week’s issue of the magazine.

Fortunately, our wonderful aforementioned experts have come to my rescue and shown how even someone as cack-handed as me, can simply and quickly knit more than passable bobbles that can then be sewn on to a garment that someone else (or a shop) has created.

This correspondingly quick video shows you that technique and I apologise in advance to any of you watching it who actually know how to knit.

But for those of you who, like me, have more enthusiasm than skill, I promise you – if I can do this, ANYONE can!

Of course, I don’t expect you, however simple it is, to memorise the pattern, so here it is for you to follow.

Good luck!

1 Make a slip know, which counts as one stitch

2 Knit into the front, back and front of the stitch so you now have 3 stitches on your needle

3 Turn and knit into the front and back of each of the 3 stitches so you have 6 stitches on your needle

4 Turn and purl the row

5 Turn and knit the row

6 Turn and purl the row

7 Turn and knit the row

8 Turn and purl 2 stitches together 3 times so you have 3 stitches on your needle

9 Slip 1 then knit two together so you have 2 stitches on your needle

10 Slip one stitch over the other then fasten off