2 weeks to Christmas!
Have you picked up your needles yet in pursuit of gift-knitting?
No troubles! I say skip the mall and get cozy with a cup of tea, some pretty yarn and a quick-knitting-pattern. If you replace a 4 hour shopping trip with 4 hours spent with the needles and yarn, the results could be the same. A few new presents under the tree; but these ones are the home-made kind.
Here are a few knitting patterns that take less than 200 yards of yarn to make and should be easily done for Christmas morning.
Lucy by Carina Spencer
Takes under 200 yards to complete. It is also shown in Madelinetosh Vintage, and yes we still have some here on the shelves.
This hat has grown steadily in popularity since it was first published, and why not? It is a chapeau with considerable panache. The cloche style is a classic. The contrast colour on the hat band, gives it extra character,
You can purchase this pattern for $5.50 HERE
Chouette by Ekaterina Blanchard
Takes 75 – 130 yards of bulky weight yarn like Lamb’s Pride Bulky by Brown Sheep or Berroco Peruvia Quick.
It is sized to fit Toddler, Child, Teen, or Adult. and let’s face it, it’s pretty cute! You can find the pattern for 4.50 EUR HERE
Bon Bon Mittens by Tin Can Knits
Takes 60-200 yds of worsted weight yarn.
I love Tin Can Knit patterns! Especially the ones that include sizing from wee to full grown. This mitten pattern is no exception. Make these simple cabled mittens for everyone you know – just because you can. We have paper copies here at the cafe for purchase for $5.
Little Fox Mittens by Birch Hollow Cottage
Takes 110 – 176 yards of worsted weight yarn. Cascade 220, or 220 Superwash, Berroco Ultra Alpaca, Manos del Uruguay Maxima would all be great choices for this project. You could complete the mittens with just one skein of any of these with yarn to spare.
The mitten pattern comes with sizes to fit toddler, youth small, youth large. You can get the pattern for only $2 HERE
Your First Pair of Mittens, by The Knit Cafe
Takes less than 200 yards of worsted weight yarn. They are shown in Madelinetosh Vintage.
If you have never made a pair of mittens then these are the ones I suggest you try. They are a simple style and fit well to a ladies size. The instructions include a picture tutorial that explains how to add the thumb. This is also the mitten pattern we teach in our Mitten Class (the next one is Thurs Feb 20, 27).
You can purchase the pattern for $6.50 right HERE
Grey Gardens by Rachel Price and Kate Burge
Takes 110 – 120 yards of worsted weight.
For a similar effect to the headband pictured use Noro Silk Garden. This yarn knits with blended colour changes and looks fantastic when knit in this textural technique called “Entrelac”.
You can find the pattern HERE for free!
Pom Pom It by Stephen West
Takes 180 – 185 yards of worsted weight yarn
Pom poms are very popular additions to hats this season. I like the way Stephen West made his pom pom extra special by combining lots of different colours. You won’t find that at The Gap! The hat is pretty great too!
You can find the pattern for free HERE
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