Four weeks till Christmas! I can’t believe it! If you have not yet begun your holiday knitting or crocheting then seize the day, perhaps with one of these projects.
Garter Gaiter by Purl Soho
This is a nice and easy pattern, just knit and purl, with one colour and then the next. It’s free too!
You will need: 87 yards (79 meters) of a bulky weight yarn. This cowl would be stunning in Madelinetosh ASAP. 10mm circular needle 40cm.
Karusellen Hat by Erica Knits
This toque with the traditional Swedish folk art design of a horse is pretty great. It is shown here – knit with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter. The hat is from Pom Pom Quarterly Magazine Autumn 2015 which has a lot of really nice patterns. The next suggestion (a crochet hat called North Toque) is from the same issue. You can download the whole magazine for only $12.36 CAD.
You will need: 350 – 384 yards (320 – 351 m) of a worsted weight yarn like the Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in two colours. The pattern calls for 3.25mm, 3.5mm, and 4.5mm needles. The 3.25mm needles are for a tubular cast on.
North Toque by Maria Valles
I found this pattern in the Pom Pom Quarterly Autumn 2015 in amongst some other pretty great patterns. This one is for the crocheters! It involves chunky yarn so you could start a production line of these and make one for every one on the list.
You will need: 273 – 328 yards (250 – 300 m) of bulky yarn like Cascade 128, or Peruvia Quick, and a 6.5 and 7mm hook.
Noro Striped Scarf by Jared Flood
Jared Flood admits he didn’t make up this pattern but he sure spread the joy when he published this pattern for FREE on his blog. Two colours of delightful Noro yarn (a colour-blending, self-patterning yarn from Japan) is knit in stripes to make an incredibly beautiful scarf. Also, a really fun knit! We made a version at The Knit Café using Noro Kureopatora which is a merino blend and more comfortable to wear then many Noro yarns.
You will need: 436 yards (399 m) of Noro in a worsted weight. We used two balls of the Kureopatora and still had lots left over. 4.5mm needles
Campside by Alicia Plummer
This popular shawl project with the simple eyelet texture was originally knit with Julie Asselin’s Leizu DK. Julie was just in the store this past weekend for a visit! I am so excited to say that we are expecting some of her beautiful, hand dyed yarns to arrive soon. Untill then you can always make this shawl in one of our other lovely DK weight yarns. Note: this pattern has some errata which is on the patterns ravelry page. It is also Free!
You will need: 700 – 780 yards (640 – 713 m) of DK/sport weight yarn. For a really divine shawl I recommend the Indigodragonfly Mergoat Sport. There is a colour that looks quite a lot like the one in the picture that is called “Ooooo Shiney!” 4.5mm needles.
Infant Mittens by Purl Soho
Do you need to knit for any new humans this year? If you do, you could knit a pair of these in a hurry. It is a free pattern from the Purl Bee. They are sized 3-9 months. No thumbs – makes a quick knit mitt!
You will need: 200 yards of fingering weight yarn held double or 100 yards DK/sport weight single stranded. A yarn like Cascade 220 Superwash should do the trick. The contrast colours have Koigu Mini Skein’s name written all over them. 3.25mm double pointed needles too.
Irish Hiking Mittens by Karen Michelle
This arm warmer pattern is free to try. Decorated with a very straightforward cable design this would be a good first cable project for those who know how to knit on double pointed needles.
You will need: 150 – 220 yards (137 – 201 m) worsted or DK weight yarn like Rowan Pure Wool Superwash and 4mm needles
Azul Pullover by Heidi May
This cozy cover up looks so great on this small person but the pattern is sized to fit a two year old all the way to large adult sizes. Better yet – it is made with Super Bulky yarn so it will be extra warm and extra fast to knit.
You will need: 300 – 860 yards (274 – 786 m) of super bulky yarn like Malabrigo Rasta or Brown Sheep Burly Spun and 9mm needles.
Fishin Cowl by The Knit Café
This cowl by The Knit Café can be knit in two sizes. Shown here, is a cozy single wrap, but you could also make a decadent double wrap cowl. Both are knit in a fisherman’s rib stitch for extra stretch and coziness. We made ours with Madelinetosh Vintage, which is a soft hand dyed merino. You can pick up a knit-kit in these colours or pick your own colours at The Knit Café. You can find the pattern HERE.
You will need: 400 – 800 yards (366 – 732 m)of worsted weight like Madelinetosh Vintage in two colours and a 5mm circular needle