Gearing up for Christmas: knitted Guernsey sweater by Debbie Bliss; free pattern

Posted by on June 24, 2012 at 11:20 am.

Today in my Lutheran church, I noticed that we’re already starting to promote Operation Christmas Child, It’s nice to see this is something going on throughout the year, because lets face it… some families could use our help all year-round. A lot of the gifts for Operation Christmas Child, are sent to children in other countries, but there are plenty of children, and families, here in the USA that could use assistance, so I support them too.

The mention of Christmas in the church bulletin, made me think of my own Christmas list…

Of course I’ll be making handcrafted items for a few local charities, it’s something I’ve been doing for years, but I’ll also be making items for those I know too; if they’re craft worthy. At the top of my list is my nine-year old daughter, and my father comes next. He loves anything I make for him. This year I’m making him a few handcrafted items; a hat, scarf, mittens, socks, and I’m thinking of making him a traditional knitted Guernsey Sweater.

Before morning service, my online search landed me onto this page featuring a free guernsey knitted sweater by Debbie Bliss. Naturally, I saved and printed the .pdf file, and within the next week I’ll start working on the sweater. Since I’m starting on the sweater in advance, there’s really no need to rush, it will be one of my longer “works in progress”.

I’ll definitely use some type of wool for his sweater. Unlike myself, it doesn’t make him itch. While I could never wear the item, because of a rash that would develop from the wool I don’t have any problem crocheting or knitting something made out of wool. Perhaps it’s because the project only stays in my hand, and not other parts of my skin?

My father loves to be outside, even when the weather is cold, I know knitting him something such as this will be helpful in keeping him warm, and perhaps my mother won’t fuss about him coming in the house.

Interesting knitting tidbit: Did you know that many historians believe that men created knitting?


  • Alex says:

    Wait, so did men or women create knitting?

    Either way, great read Opal. I just began my “knitting career” if you want to call it that. Not very good, but it’s a start!


    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Alex, judging by what I read it’s likely that men invented knitting. I’ll be posting an article about that hopefully later this week.
    Keep up with the knitting, initially it can be challenging. Some people will learn faster than others, but with practice you’ll be well on your way to becoming a knitter that makes the process look easy. I find knitting relaxing, and usually ideas flow (not necessarily knitting or crafting related) when working with two needles.
    Opal recently posted..I’ve beanie bad knitter


  • suituapui says:

    Gosh! Time does fly! We’re hear the end of June and half the year is gone…and pretty soon it will be Christmas. Keep up the good work you’ve been doing, Opal. What goes around, comes around… Bless you.
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    Opal Reply:

    It surely does @suituapui, A few stores are already setting out Christmas decoration. I’m guessing they want to capitalize on those, like myself, who start their Christmas shopping early.

    Keep up the good work you’ve been doing, Opal. What goes around, comes around… Bless you.

    Thanks, sharing with others has always made me happier. There’s not too much that I do need but I love making things with my hands, so instead of keeping it for myself, I do give it to others that I know will appreciate what Ive made.
    Opal recently posted..Knitted Coraline sweater; child and adult size


  • Ann from KFI says:

    Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran is a super soft Merino Wool. Hopefully it won’t bother your hands at all.
    You can see the colors on our website:

    Ann from KFI recently posted..Pansies Bolero Neck Shaping


    Opal Reply:

    Thank @Ann from KFI, I’ll check out her yarn. I’ve never worked with her yarn.

    I didn’t know I could crochet or knit with wool until several months ago. I’m guessing the reason is the skin on my hands aren’t as delicate as other parts of my body, since as soon as I patch tested other areas I had the same reaction. After working with wool, I wash my hands and so far haven’t had any issues.
    Opal recently posted..Knitted ribbed beanie hat progress


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