It's that time again: last-minute knitting for the holidays. You had plans to have everything done a month ago, but alas.
Here are five ideas for quick projects, each totally doable in a week or less, so you'll be stress-free and ready to wrap!
Rachel Brockman sets off beautiful cablework with a ribbed brim.So classic—perfect for guys. This pattern comes with a matching pair of mittens, so you can knit a matched set.
This is a small accessory that any gal on your list will love. Amy Christoffers combined deep ribbing with basketweave stitch to make an easy cowl you'll have finished in a jif.
Use Manos del Uruguay Maxima for the Antuca cowl. So soft and sumptuous.
This is the ultimate in quick knits. Using super-bulky Encore Mega, you can have this hat done in a weekend (or a weeknight!). I love this hat for teens and tweens; so perfect for their style. And best of all, it's a free pattern!
An easy lace pattern combined with soft yarn is just the ticket for a gorgeous gift. I designed this in honor of breast cancer survivors, so if you have one on your list, this free pattern is the gift for her! Use one skein of Malabrigo Rios to knit this beauty.
Amy Christoffers designed these sweet mitts with easy colorwork options. Use three colors or two. Regardless, your giftee will be thrilled. Knit Cloudberry with Berroco Ultra Alpaca. And it's a free pattern!
And because I can't resist adding one more freebie . . .
Mrs. Hupp's Slippers
Our shop owner (and avid knitter!), Kelley, designed these as an ode to the classic quick and easy slipper pattern. She's added some updates and special tricks to make the slippers more comfy—no more seam on the bottom! The free pattern also includes a video tutorial.
Knit with Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky, you'll be done with this gift in plenty of time to knit a pair for yourself.
I hope these ideas help you get your gift knits off the needles and under the tree!
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We've been seeing faux-fur pom poms everywhere lately—they're so cute! They add a touch of chic to any knit hat pattern.
Shop owner Kelley figured out how to make faux-fur pom poms at home, easily and inexpensively, with faux fur from the fabric store and items she had around the house. She's so clever.
Here's a video of the process.
I discovered the Norrland Hat pattern on Ravelry and decided to take on the challenge. I love the trees and snowflakes, and I have never done colorwork and cables at the same time. Since I love learning new things, I bought the pattern immediately and cast on.
I made some modifications, including turning the hat into a slouch instead of a beanie, and I wanted to explain those in case you want to modify your project, too.
Hats are the knitting trifecta: small projects that are useful and make great gifts. You can most hats done in a short time, and many are one-skein wonders.
Here is a variety of free hat patterns, from beanies to slouches to earflap hats, that are guaranteed to suit your gift-knitting needs this season and for years to come.
Note: Please use the following sizing chart for general reference only. Sizes between different vendors and manufacturers may vary. Please match your measurements to those in the size chart below.