11 December 2013


I am still working on slippers a different pair this week, the green pair are now off the needles and awaiting their soles.  It's weird how each Wednesday when I write a knitting post I am at the exact same stage of the next slipper, just starting the instep, all my picture look the same.  Despite having plenty of Christmas knitting to be getting on with I needed a diversion this weekend, and my husband had an day off work so I couldn't knit the slippers anyway.

We recently changed our seasonal table to mark the change to winter and I thought it looked a little bare.  I have some ideas for bits and pieces I would like to make, but am saving them until after Christmas when I have more time.  I thought making some holly leaves and berries would be an easy and easy addition.......but after a scan thorough my flower pattern book and online I could only find crochet patterns, I cannot crochet and now is not the time to be learning!  So I had a go a making a pattern up, after all I have nothing else to do, right?  After several attempts I finally came up with a pattern I am happy with and I thought I would share it with you all, in case anyone else has a burning desire to knit some holly leaves too.  You could use any yarn to knit these, the heavier the weight of yarn the bigger the leaf will turn out, just use the appropriate needle for the yarn you are using.

Holly Leaf Pattern

Cast On 3 stitches

  1. P
  2. K1 m1 K1 m1 K1 (5 stitches)
  3. P
  4. K2 m1 K1 m1 K2 (7 stitches)
  5. P
  6. K3 m1 K1 m1 K3 (9 stitches)
  7. P
  8. K4 m1 K1 m1 K4 (11 stitches)
  9. P
  10. Cast Off 3 K1 m1 K1 m1 K5 (10 stitches)
  11. Cast Off 3 P to end (7 stitches)
  12. K3 m1 K1 m1 K3 (9 stitches)
  13. P
  14. K4 m1 K1 m1 K4 (11 stitches)
  15. P
  16. Cast off 3 K to end (8 stitches)
  17. Cast off 3 P to end (5 stitches)
  18. ssk K k2tog (3 stitches)
  19. P1 p2tog (2 stitches)
  20. K2tog
Berry Pattern

Cast on 3 stitches
  1. P
  2. K1 m1 K1 m1 K1 (5 stitches)
  3. P
  4. K2 m1 K1 m1 K2 (7 stitches)
  5. P
  6. K
  7. P1 (p2tog) 3 times (4 stitches)
  8. (k2tog) 2 times 
  9. Cast off
Cut thread and sew through stitches and pull to make a small berry.

I have left a small loop on each leaf and berry so that I can hang them on our little tree…..

I finished The Winter Ghosts and really enjoyed it.  I am now stepping further back into history with 1215: The Year of the Magna Carta a description of what it like to be alive in that momentous year.  Thus far I have read about the houses people lived in, the shape of the landscape, the towns, education, families, tournaments and the forests.  The forest were strictly managed you could pay with your life if you broke the rules, they were managed by forest officials who sound like they were the modern day equivalent of traffic wardens in my country!

For those of you interested in such things the date today is a special one if you write your dates, day, month, year it is the 11/12/13 you won't be able to do that again for just over 86 years I will be long dead by then.  If you write your date month, date, year you have missed your last one but I have just realised that it was my eldest's ninth birthday!

Joining in with Ginny for sharing of knitting and reading and Tami for this weeks work in progress, head over to see what others are up to...


  1. Ho ho ho, thank you for sharing your pattern for the Holly Leaves:) Hope many will make them.

  2. How clever to make up your own holly leaf pattern!
    In answer to your question - peppermint bark is a yummy chocolate treat with bits of crushed up minty sweets melted into it. Here is the recipe I use
    Hope you manage to finish your husbands slippers (does he read your blog?)

    1. No, husband doesn't read the blog, I have finished his pair and am making some for others which I as also making in secret as otherwise he will be miffed as am making stuff for others but not for him, or so he thinks!

  3. love those little holly leaves. thank you for the pattern.

  4. I like your holly leaf pattern. Thank you for sharing. I haven't even gotten to the slipper knitting yet!

  5. what fun! way to go on that pattern, thanks for sharing!

  6. oh how adorable, love the little leaves

  7. enjoying the calm and simplicity and creativity, of your blog.

  8. I think I would like to make these slippers for my grandson ~ boy size. Will need to research. :) Good luck with yours! paula@weewhimsicals

  9. I love the holly leaves and berries. They are too cute.

  10. Brilliant holly leaves and berries, clever you.

  11. Lovely knitted leaves and the peppermint bark recipe from orangette is truly fab and very moreish! We make it every year and it doesn't last long!

    San xx

  12. love the green leaves so festive :) I keep seeing slippers everywhere and I only make socks, might have to change that!!

  13. I love these, might be time to dust of the knitting needles, and your tree is really beautiful!


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