3 weeks till Christmas

There’s 3 weeks to go! Lot’s of time to make just the right gift for just the right person.  Here are some pattern ideas for projects that take less then 300 yards of yarn

Twinkle Toque by the Knit Cafe

Takes 316 yards of thick worsted or aran held double or a bulky yarn single.  We used soft baby alpaca which has a lot of drape for just the right slouch.  It’s Berroco Flicker which features a subtle sparkle too.

This hat was designed as an easy project for beginners.  It is knit flat and seamed together so no fancy needles are needed. The shaping is achieved through a technique called “short rows”.  There is a pictorial tutorial included in the pattern for new knitters.  You can find the pattern for $6.50 HERE

twinkle toque

Goldfish Mittens by Amy Christoffers

Takes 200 – 300 yards of sport weight yarn.

It’s a one size pattern that the author suggests will fit a 1-3 year old. It’s a free one too and you can find it HERE

gold fish

Simply Twisted (also called Your First Cable)  by The Knit Cafe

Takes 241 yards of bulky weight yarn like Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky or Peruvia Quick by Berroco.

This cowl is completely reversible, which is only one of it’s charms. It is also a simple knit that can be worn as a scarf or a button up cowl, by a gentleman or a lady.  The pattern comes with a tutorial for cabling to help along those who are new to the technique. Cabling is not difficult it just looks that way, so  even new knitters can master it! The pattern is available for $6.50 HERE

simply twistedsimply twisted 2

Perfect Fit Dog or Cat Sweater by Jessika Lane

Do you know any dogs or dog parents that need a gift? This might be just the thing.  The pattern is written so that different gauges and therefore different yarns can be used. It is also for sized XXXS to XXXL, these sizes are calculated using the measurements of the dog in question and your particular gauge.  I can not endorse making sweaters for cats.

You can find the pattern for free HERE

dog sweater

Bisontine Mittens by Maison Rililie Designs

Takes 250 – 300 yards of fingering weight yarn. I’m thinking Koigu KPPM and a whole bunch of mini skeins for a rainbow style mitten. Alternatively, there is no need to change colours at all if you use hand-dyed, Self Striping Sock Yarn by Turtlepurl.  We have it here!!! Look out for pictures in my next blog post.

The designer says: “To get rid of the colour-change-jog in stripes I chose to just make a fun design detail out of it since it is a real pain to try to conceal the dreaded jog successfully”.
How smart! and good looking too.
You can find the pattern for free HERE


Brulee Scarf by Cirilia Rose

Takes 250 – 300 yards of aran weight yarn like Misti Alpaca Chunky, or Manos del Uruguay Classica.

I like what Cirilai has to say about he pattern: “It always cracks me up when I see a pattern for a garter stitch scarf, it’s so unnecessary! Hopefully the crocheted shell edging here adds some interest ,(if you’ve never made it before, see my tutorial here). The yarn is delicious and knit up so fast on size 10  (6mm) needles. This scarf is warm, cute and comforting, just like it’s custard-in-ramekin namesake”.
You can find the pattern for free HERE


New Order Mittens by The Knit Cafe

Takes 200-220 yds of worsted weight.  This version was made with Manos del Uruguay Maxima, a very soft merino wool.

It is a simple fairisle pattern and therefore a good first colour-work project. The fairisle technique of carrying two colours of yarn in a single row makes a double-thick mitten and a warm one.  If you have small amounts of worsted weight wool about – throw some of it in to develop your own colour pallet and your own unique triangle pattern.

You can find the pattern right HERE it is free!

new order mitten

Giant Knit Rope Rug by Cara Cory

Takes 100 – 300 yards of rope! The designer used super bulky cotton cording of the type you get in the hardware store.

A very hard wearing rug!  There are 2 rug sizes; 48×36 inches, and  a doormat size.

The pattern is $5, and you can find it HERE

giant knit rope rug

Next time – patterns for less then 200 yards.
Craftily yours


One response to “3 weeks till Christmas

  1. Oh, those stripey fingerless mittens are wonderful!! I’d like to have a go at that rug too!

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