Why not knit your own Christmas jumper this festive season?

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There has been a big trend for Christmas-themed woolly jumpers over the past couple of years, something that a charity has decided to make the most of as part of a new fundraising campaign.

Save the Children has designated Friday December 13th 2013 as Christmas Jumper Day, inviting as many people as possible to wear theirs to work or wherever else they're going in return for a donation of £1.

This is the perfect way of getting into the spirit of the season and although the organisation is no doubt anticipating many supporters will buy theirs, there is just enough time to stock up on some brightly coloured yarn, think up a design and knit one ready for the special day.

You could adorn yours with Christmas baubles, reindeer, snowflakes or whatever else you see fit in a bid to ensure it stands out above the rest. It might even generate extra publicity for the campaign if you mention it to your local radio station or newspaper.

However, you might want to avoid being quite as naughty as 75-year-old grandmother Jen Barrett, who recently hit the headlines in Scotland after knitting her Christmas jumper reindeers in some rather saucy positions.

Once you've knitted your top, you just need to send off for a fundraising pack or donate your £1 via the charity's website, then prepare to strut your stuff in your unique jumper - and don't forget to send Save the Children a photo too!

Gok Wan has already thrown his weight behind Christmas Jumper Day, telling the Leicester Mercury: "If I could design a Christmas jumper, it would be a knitted picture of me and my gorgeous dog, Dolly - me dressed as Santa and Dolly as Rudolph." Perhaps you could use his idea as a starting point for your own design?

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