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Support England With #WaistcoatWednesday

Step aside Harry Kane, the nation has a new icon. Gareth Southgate – or more so his wonderful attire – has become very popular indeed. With reported sales of his stylish waistcoat rising by 35%, England fans are rushing out to purchase one and suit up in style just like our new favourite manager. So if you want to do your bit for #WaistcoatWednesday the crafty way, look no further!

Support England With #WaistcoatWednesday

1. IT'S COMING HOME

This super-simple project is perfect for beginners or for experienced dressmakers looking for a quick and easy make that looks great. Created from a circle of fabric and strips of bias binding, the drape of the fabric falls beautifully to create a cascading waterfall effect.

Support England With #WaistcoatWednesday
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2. PENALTY SHOOTOUT

Crafters who want to take their crochet to the next stage will love the challenge of Val Pierce's waistcoat! Try two detailed stitch patterns in this impressive summer cover-up. The top half is worked using a crossed treble stitch which is a bit fiddly to master but you'll love the texture of the finished effect.

Support England With #WaistcoatWednesday
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3. HE SHOOTS HE SCORES

We can't resist a good baby project and we're sure most people would agree. A great choice for both boys and girls, this waistcoat is made using super-soft yarn designed with delicate skin in mind, so there will be no complaints from even the youngest recipient. Made predominantly using stocking stitch and simple p2tog and k2tog decreases, this is a great project for beginners who are making a garment for the first time.

Support England With #WaistcoatWednesday
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4. IT'S A GOAL

These eye-catching waistcoat and tie T-shirts are semi-formal with a sense of fun and little ones will enjoy wearing them long after the party has finished! Use coordinating fabrics for the motifs or raid the sewing box for contrasting remnants.

Support England With #WaistcoatWednesday
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5. THREE LIONS

We love layering garments like this waistcoat. Pair it with a long-sleeved top and jeans on colder days or something lighter for when the sun shines. You’ll be deliberately dropping stitches, but don’t panic – your work won't look like the picture until you've dropped the stitch later in the pattern.

Support England With #WaistcoatWednesday
Image: Let's Knit

6. OFFSIDE RULE

The right waistcoat can be styled with ease when paired with a well-tailored shirt, skirt or trousers. This easy-make is created from just six panels, and is a great place to start if you’re looking at trying out darts and buttonholes for the first time. Full florals and silky satins contrast beautifully in this design, so have fun and play around with different colour combinations.

Support England With #WaistcoatWednesday

7. COME ON ENGLAND

Is it dad's birthday coming up? Customise this kinetic card to suit his hobbies and interests and play around with different coloured papers, the really fun part lies in the hidden surprise!

Support England With #WaistcoatWednesday
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In honour of the England boss’ new-found fashion status, Bloodwise is inviting supporters to grab a waistcoat – or print one in England colours – and button up to beat blood cancer. Visit the Bloodwise website to find out more!

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