I can hardly believe its November already! It’s around this time I start to panic about my Christmas knitting or lack of it. I make a promise to myself every year that I will be more organised and kick off my gift knitting in September but sadly I never quite manage it!
So if like me you’re just getting started then it’s best to work out exactly who you’ll be knitting for, think about what kind of hand knitted gift will suit each person; what are their favourite colours; will they really appreciate a handmade gift? These are just some of the questions you need to ask yourself.
Be realistic about the time you have and how many gifts you need to make. Choose smaller projects and don’t be over ambitious; it’s best to give something you’ve finished then something still on the needles!
One of my preferred projects to knit as a present are cowls, they are quick to knit, need very little finishing off i.e. minimal sewing up and very easy to wear. Opt for a chunky yarn too as this will speed up your knitting time.
Here are just some of my suggestions:
Raphael is a great unisex cowl, you could easily have this finished in a night. You'll need two contrasting colours of Debbie Bliss Paloma, two skeins of each it's been knitted up here in Silver and Jade I think it would also look great in Fuchsia and Buttermilk. Raphael is free to download here.
2 x 2 Cable Scarf - Tin Can Knits
I knit Tin Can Knit's 2 x 2 Cable Scarf in one evening! It's a simple neck warmer edged in moss stitch with two cables running up the centre and finished off with two large buttons. I've used Erika Knight Maxi Wool in the colour Artisan and used around 90 yards so less than two skeins.
Tilda Wrap Snood - MillaMia
This is just one of many knitted accessories featured in MillaMia's new book Finishing Touch. Knit in MillaMia Naturally Soft Aran in dusk, this cowl can be worn long or looped around the neck as a neck warmer. I know if this was given to me on Christmas morning I'd be delighted!
Plaited Cowl by Debbie Bliss
This plaited cowl is a super fast knit in Debbie Bliss Roma, knitted here in the colour Apple. If you fancy casting this on you could easily finish in one evening's knitting session! The pattern is included in Debbie Bliss' Roma collection and only takes three balls.
Symbiotic by Hanna Maciejewska
The very lovely Rachela-R1 on Ravelry has kindly allowed me to share her Symbiotic Cowl with you. She has knitted Hanna's pattern in Malabrigo Rios in Zaramora and Natural.The pattern includes instructions to knit as an infinity loop as shown here or a shorter neck warmer, if you'd like to knit in Rios you will need two skeins of each colour for both sizes.
Not really a cowl I know, but I couldn't resist including Kirsten Johnstone's pattern sev[en]circle in my cowl gift line up. It's a fun and interesting knit which would be perfect to give as a gift. Shown here in MillaMia Naturally Soft Aran in the colour stone, uses just two balls if you fancy making one.
I could wax lyrical forever and a day but I won't or else no knitting will be done!
Still to come....
I've got a amazing giveaway for you next week, MillaMia's new book Winter Knitting so don't forget to stop by!