Thursday, 13 August 2015

And then there were three!

On Monday morning I finally put the finishing touches to my last Wise Man from the Jean Greenhowe Christmas Crib pattern. Of course I promptly cast on for Joseph so you can expect to see him soon.

From left to right, Balthazar, Caspar & Melchior.
I'm really pleased with how they've turned out. My personal favourite is Caspar. I just think he turned out best. He's my neatest and I just love the fact that until I finished his hat, he was basically just Dumbledore.

Some adaptations I would do in future would be to actually follow the instructions when it says to stop the robe when it's 1cm shorter than required for the figure (the last centimeter is garter stitch). I've just knit the 30-whatever rows in stockinette which meant that the robes were slightly longer than they needed to be. Caspar's is closest to actual required length but as you can see from the picture above Melchior's is really way too long.

I love the way that Jean Greenhowe's figures just come together. There are moments when you're knitting things and you just can't imagine that it's ever going to work, but then you follow the instructions and it just does. Why can't all knitting patterns be like that?

Joseph is coming along quite well. He's a lot simpler since his clothes are a lot plainer. I'm hoping to get him finished within the next couple of weeks. I need to get cracking on, not because this set won't be done before Christmas, but because I've already got plans to make a bunch of dinosaurs next.


  1. Oh those are great. You did a really good job on them.

    1. Thank you. I am really pleased with how they turned out. So pleased in fact that even though we're still over four months from Christmas, they're all currently hanging out in pride of place on my front windowsill!

  2. Basically just Dumbledore... Okay, I need that pattern.

    1. It's a Jean Greenhowe one from Christmas Special for the Christmas Crib. I'm planning on adapting this pattern to make some other figures and I reckon Harry Potter would work really well for that.


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