Quick Gifts

I am currently a week into knitting a sweater for one of my sisters and I have one sleeve left to go! Since I know my sisters visit this blog on occasion I’m going to hold off on sharing the project here (or I may share it on Ravelry in a Ravelry only link when I’m finished) but I thought I could share some of the things I made last year for the holidays when I wasn’t blogging in case anyone was looking for quick and easy projects.
Frances fingerless mitts
Last year I only photographed the first pair of Frances Mitts (another Jane Richmond pattern I love) but I actually made SIX pairs! I was knitting these babies non-stop and I loved how quick and easy they were. Picking up stitches on the back was a bit tricky the first time but once you get it (and realize you’re knitting something inside out) they become easy as pie. They take less than one skein of yarn, are worsted weight and I actually liked doing them in a heavy acrylic blend to make them warm and machine washable. Plus my cousin told me they’re great to pop a hand warmer on the inside – she deals with brutal Chicago winters. I need to make a pair of these for myself with some of the leftover worsted weight wool I have in my stash.
A perfect fit and a happy smile. That's why I love making things. Thanks for being a guest speaker this semester @larrybrownjr #dwjknits
Hats are another great quick knit and I adore the Amelia E. trapper hat. This is an interesting top down hat construction! I’ve knit so many of these and even given this pattern as gifts. I love it because it has a great size range so it can accommodate anyone. Last year I made it for my friend Larry in the Valley Yarns Berkshire because he’s a bald guy and I wanted something soft but sturdy on his head. He loved it and told me he drove home hanging his head out the window to test how warm it was LOL. Now that’s when you know someone likes a gift.
Bandana Cowl
Another quick knit is Purl Soho’s Bandana Cowl. I’ve done this in ribbon yarn, bulky weight, doubled up worsted weight…this was one of my first projects where I learned how to do short rows! It’s done on big needles, is a cozy warm cowl and always a hit. Oh and the pattern is FREE!

My knit gift list is small this year, just my sisters and my cousin really. If I have time I may do something new for my mom. Really I want to get some of this out of the way because I want to make a few things still for myself! I’ve been loving wearing my knit sweaters as it gets colder and it just motivates me to want to make myself more!

So what are you knitting for the holidays? Any good quick knits to share?

3 Replies to “Quick Gifts”

  1. I love the cowl; I’m going to keep that in mind for my next one. It’s been a year of blue cowls – a diagonal rib (approximately: K1, YO, K1, repeat; the pattern written up by Mel Clark is free on Ravelry) in a greeny blue handspun blue-faced Leicester (yum!) for my sister (done), a Let Me Cowl You Sweetheart (also free on Ravelry) in a green-blue silk-and-merino blend that’s been lingering in my stash for years (nearly done), and finally a Mohair Bias Loop (Churchmouse pattern) in a soft blue shade of Cascade Yarns Kid Seta for my daughter (nearly done but I hear the finishing is time-consuming). And then a pair of white wool double-knit mittens for my wee son. 🙂 That’s a huge Christmas knitting year for me!

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