I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear that I'm completely in Christmas mode. After some initial hesitation, the snow and sub-zero temperatures have completely picked me up (I'll just ignore the 10 degrees plus for next weekend). I'm lighting candles, modifying the feng shui at home with Christmas decorations and generally: I want to enjoy December. Against all odds, big and small.

My colleagues have to go through it, but they already know that from me. And there's probably a little Christmas elf in all of us. Which is why it's no surprise that this month's "On the needles" features lots of cozy knitwear. What do we actually want for Christmas in terms of knitting? I'll tell you that too. Take a look:

It must fluff

If Marisa could do as she pleased, she would probably add a mohair thread to the linen yarns in summer too. In winter, of course, the question of "if" doesn't even arise.

You already know that Cashmere 6/28 from Pascuali is one of my absolute favorite yarns. When Mohair Bliss was added to the range this year, it was clear that this combination had to be on my needles. And there it is now.

The design doesn't have a name yet, but the cardigan will be great - I can already feel it! I'll let you know as soon as it's ready for a test knit.

Still nameless cardigan made of cashmere 6/28 and mohair Bliss by Pascuali at Marisa. Photo: © Ines Grabner / Maschenfein
The First Sweater by Lizzie Hester at Sandra.
Photo: © Sandra Groll

When it's fluffy, Sandra isn't far away. And even if the masses of snow in Bavaria don't leave much knitting time at the moment - a few rounds were possible:

Too much of everything at the moment, which is why I can hardly get to the needles. But sometimes things don't work out the way you'd like them to and life gets in the way - it'll be different again!
But I'm confident that I'll be able to finish my The First Sweater by Lizzie Hester in Merino Baby and Mohair Bliss in December. I have knitted the first sleeve to the end of the ball and am now working the second sleeve to the same length before the sweater is allowed to take an intermediate bath so that I can allow for the increase in length of the patented sleeves. So the end is in sight.

It goes on woolly

As Louisa also lives in Bavaria, you can also see snow in her photo. And above all, a knitted piece that will be finished very soon!

I have to admit that I didn't manage to finish my November cardigan from PetiteKnit in November. Too much everyday life got in the way and so there was little knitting time. However, it is already finished - now it's time for the finishing touches.

So I use December to sew off the double-face cuffs and sew on the pockets. So the circle closes: started in December 2022, finished in December 2023. Then I'll probably take a little break from knitting because my arm is really sore. In the meantime, however, I have the Field Sweater and a project in Fritid yarn from Sandnes ready to go, which will certainly be happy if I give them a little attention from time to time.

November jacket at Louisa.
Photo: © Louisa Müller-Gauditz
Rock Ruth with Sophia.
Photo: © Sophia Michalzik

As soon as Marisa first showed the delicate Ruth skirt in the stories, I knew I had to have it. Absolutely.

The next question was: What color? It should be Christmassy - because I would like to wear it for the holidays. And so I asked Sandra to pick out the most Christmassy red from the Merino 120 color chart from Lang Yarns. It turned out to be 163(dark red) and it is exactly as I imagined it. ❤️

So now the gauge is counted and then I can get started. Many rounds of stockinette fit perfectly into my December plans. Knitting every now and then, but not having to think too much. Keep your fingers crossed that I finish the skirt in time!

Lots of beautiful little things

In addition to larger projects, there are also a lot of little things on the needles in the team at the moment. Which in turn used to be big. Like Jule's:

The cozy collar for the felted Christmas stocking is on my needle. I'm giving away a Krøllekantstrømpa from Rilleruth for Santa Claus. The exorbitant stocking made of Fritidsgarn is still doing a round in the washing machine, only a few rows of Teddy Dear from Rauma are missing from the collar and then the godchild's name can go on it.

Krøllekantstrømpa from Rilleruth with Jule.
Photo: © Julia Gotthardt
Basic socks from Paula_M at Mirjam. Photo: Mirjam Guderley

We continue with red. Mirjam has socks on the needles. Perfect for the current weather!

At the moment, I'm actually "only" in sock fever with the basic socks from Paula M. On the one hand, I had planned to knit up leftovers, on the other hand, I only had a little space in my travel bag to the seaside. In addition to all the preparations for our Advent activities and enjoying a bit of snowy scenery on the beach, I unfortunately didn't manage a whole pair...

Where there are socks, hats are not far away! After all, our ears have to stay warm - even for our men! Mary-Anne and Barbara know that only too well now.

My loved one expressed a need for a fisherman's cap and I couldn't deny him this little wish. After a short research, we settled on Peer Gynt and he liked the color 7181 Dyp Petrol. So we ordered it quickly and so that the yarn didn't have to travel alone, a PetiteKnit Knitter's String Bag was also added to the basket. 😉 Maybe the hat will be ready by Santa Claus!

Fisherman's cap at Mary-Anne.
Photo: © Mary-Anne Volze
Oslo Hat from PetiteKnit by Barbara. Photo: © Barbara Schulze

One of your most popular hat designs has been finished by Barbara. No winter goes by without the Oslo hat from PetiteKnit.

The hat for my husband was knitted faster than waiting for the next ray of fall sunshine. It was also eagerly awaited! It's the Oslo Hat by PetiteKnit made from double-ply Sunday by Sandnes in the color Night Sky. My little one has contributed a stitch marker 😍.

... and this is what we want

Of course, wish lists are not just for children. After all, adults have wishes and dreams too. Some things may not be so easy to wrap up, but at least we can think of a few knitted items that we - and you! - could put under the Christmas tree. Apart from lots of knitting time, of course. That's what we all want. So that we might even needle a new project or two over the holidays ...


And what do you have on your needles in December? Feel free to tell us in the comments or show us on Facebook or Instagram, where we use the hashtag #aufdennadeln. We look forward to seeing your pictures!

Are you visiting us for the first time? Every month we collect our knitting projects on social media. You can find all past collections to browse in the On the Needles section.


About Sophia

I'm Sophia, live in Hannover and since October 2020 I've been taking care of the blog posts, the newsletter, planning the podcast and coming up with actions for social media. By the way, I also happen to be a knitting addict, which benefits me at work.

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Here are
the products in the

Pascuali - Cashmere 6/28 BIO
Delivery time: approx. 2-3 working days
Pascuali - Mohair Bliss
Delivery time: approx. 2-3 working days
Lizzie Hester - The first sweater
The first sweater
From: 139,20 
Pascuali - Merino Baby
Delivery time: approx. 2-3 working days
November Jacket
From: 97,75 
Sandnes- Peer Gynt
Delivery time: approx. 2-3 working days
5,75 - 5,95
Rock Ruth
Rock Ruth
From: 43,75 
Rock Ruth
Skirt Ruth - PDF knitting pattern
Lang - Merino 120
Delivery time: approx. 3-5 working days
Sandnes - Sunday
Delivery time: approx. 2-3 working days
From: 31,90 
Sandnes - Fritidsgarn
Delivery time: approx. 2-3 working days
Gepard Teddy Dear
Gepard - Teddy Dear
Delivery time: approx. 2-3 working days
BASIC socks
Delivery time: approx. 2-3 working days
From: 10,50 
BASIC socks - knitting pattern
Sandnes - Perfect
Delivery time: approx. 2-3 working days
Knitters String Bag
Knitter's String Bag
12,00 - 16,00
Oslo Hat
Oslo Hat
From: 17,50 
Oslo Hat
Oslo Hat - knitting pattern
Delivery time: approx. 2-3 working days
Sandnes - Sunday
Delivery time: approx. 2-3 working days
Effie Sweater
Effie Sweater
From: 153,30
Effie Sweater
Effie Sweater - PDF knitting pattern
Stripes & Cables
Stripes & Cables
Lulu Slipover
Lulu Slipover
From: 40,25 
Lulu Slipover
Lulu Slipover - Knitting pattern
Delivery time: approx. 2-3 working days
Other Loops - Fall Loop Sweater
Fall Loop Sweater
From: 143,55
Levitate Wrap
Levitate Wrap
From: 71,60
Lantern Moon Knitting Needle Set
Delivery time: approx. 2-3 working days
87,50 - 163,50
Gift Card

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Hello dear Maschenfein team. I wish you a wonderful Christmas season. And I am looking forward to next year with great knitting ideas from you, see you soon.

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