Parcels and Patterns & Items for Seafarers Christmas parcels

Each year we have managed to place Christmas parcels on board many of the ships in port up to the Christmas period. So often this gives us the opportunity to reach out with the Gospel, as well as to do follow up ministry with a number of men.


Folk at Old Roan Baptist – wrapping Christmas parcels

During the year we endeavour to purchase items that will be of use to a man (or woman) at sea. Please do try to help us make someone else’s Christmas a bit happier as they sail the seas. If you feel that you can help, then the list below will give you some idea what we place in the Christmas boxes. We also encourage those who can knit to provide hats and neck/chest warmers for the seamen. The patterns are given at the bottom of the page.

To ensure that those who will be at sea for Christmas will receive a gift we start to distribute parcels at the end of November and throughout December.


Crew receiving their Gifts



Crew of the Pedhoulas  Leader.

Dave Robertson, 22 Atholl Crescent, Liverpool L10 8LB  – T. +44 (0)151 378 1046 

                               M. +44 (0)7814456721  




List of items required:

  • Writing pads
  • Shaving foam
  • Note pads & pencils
  • After Shave
  • Shoe Cleaners
  • Splash on lotion
  • Dusters
  • Sponge
  • Coffee mugs
  • Combs
  • Socks
  • Talc
  • Handkerchief
  • Face cloth (flannels)
  • Deodorant
  • Gloves
  • Disposable razors
  • Nail clippers

Hat Pattern


2 x 50g balls of double knitting wool

1 pair no. 10 (3 1/4mm) knitting needles

Cast on 120 sts, and knit 2 purl 2 to the end of the row.
Repeat until work measures 9 inches

Next row
Take the 2 purl stitches together right along the row.

Next row
Knit 2 purl 1 to the end of the row
Repeat for 5 rows (6 altogether)

Next row
Take the 2 knit stitches together along the row

Next row
Knit 1 purl 1 to end
Repeat for 5 more rows (6 rows altogether)

Next row
Knit 2 together all along the row

Next row
Purl back

Next row
Knit 2 together all along the row
Draw thread through remaining stitches and sew off ends

Press lightly and sew up hat.

Neck/Chest Warmer Pattern


2 x 50g balls of double knitting wool

1 pair no. 7 knitting needles

Cast on 80 stitches.
Work 10 rows in garter stitch (every row knit).

Next row
Knit 6. Purl to last 6 stitches. Knit 6.

Next row

Continue last 2 rows until work measures * 9 inches.

Next row
Cast off 12 stitches. At the beginning of the next 2 rows.

Then continue on 56 stitches. In knit 1 purl 1 for 6 inches.

Then cast off.

Work the same as the back until * work 7 inches only here

Sew shoulders together on wrong side, then turn down neck to a polo neck look leaving sides open.

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