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What to Knit and Crochet with 5 weeks till Christmas

You now have five solid weeks to craft-it-up till the gift giving day! There is no end to what you can do. Here are a few suggestions.


Blue Totoro Amigurumi by Lucy Collins
Crocheted with DK or worsted weight yarn like inexpensive and washable Berroco Vintage Worsted and  3.5mm hook
85 grams needed
Finished size: approximately 8” tall.
I feel like no explanation is needed for this recommendation.

sweet socks

Sweet Socks by The Knit Café
Knit with fingering weight yarn like Julie Asselin Piccolo and 2.5mm needles
199 – 468 yards needed
To fit 2-4y, 4-7y, 8-women’s small, women’s medium, women’s large-men’s medium, men’s large
This is The Knit Cafe’s basic sock recipe released just months ago. As you can see there are a plethora of sizes. Instructions are very detailed with lots of sock knitting tips. The heel is knit in a pleasing honeycomb texture and the calf is ribbed for a good fit. The contrast coloured toes make these socks extra special.

there's no place like home

There’s No Place Like Home by The Knit Café
Knit with fingering weight yarn like Lichen and Lace one-ply or 80/20 and 3.75mm needles
383 – 475 yards needed
Finished dimensions: length 167cm/66 inches, depth at largest point 48cm/19 inches for version shown. A smaller version without the border has these dimensions (length 167cm/66 inches, depth at largest point 33cm/13 inches).
Another new pattern from The Knit Café! A pretty shawl with an easy and open lace pattern and an interesting construction combining bias knitting and short row shaping for the border. The picot edge makes this shawl very feminine but without it this triangular scarf may suit a dude too.


Sportive Unisex Triangle Shawl by Nicki Hirsch
Crocheted with fingering weight yarn like Mineville Sock yarn and 3mm hook
663 – 884 yards needed
160-170cm on its longest side or adjustable
A crochet version of a triangular shawl with an easy repetitive stitch for a guy or a gal.


Copenhagen Calling by Isabell Kraemer
Knit with DK weight like Julie Asselin Leizu DK and 4-4.5mm needles
634 – 678 yards needed
Finished dimensions: 60″ x 12″ (152 cm x 30 cm), or adjustable
A pretty cowl with several different textures. Something really unique!


Starri by Helene Magnusson
Knit with light fingering or fingering and 2.5mm needles for a small size and 3mm needles for a medium size
150 – 170 yards needed
These mitten are so pretty especially with the added detail of the embroidery embellishment. The pattern boasts  step by step pictorial tutorials for special techniques and for the embroidery too.


Colorplay Dress by Lisa Chemery
Knit with Sport or DK weight such as Brooklyn Tweed Arbor and 3.5mm -4mm
345 – 775 yards needed
To fit 3mo (6mo, 12mo, 18mo // 2years, 4years, 6years, 8years)

If you are inspired but a little bit intimidated by these Colour Knit Projects then check out the Knit Café’s  “knit in colour class” for fairisle learnin’.
It’s coming soon!

Knit in Colour Class
Friday December 2, 9, 7-9pm
Read all about it and register HERE


Sideline Beanie by Grace Ann
Knit with lace weight (held doubled) or fingering weight single stranded and  2.5mm needles
800 – 900 yards needed
This basic toque can be made, as the author suggests to match a favourite sports team colours, or it can be made in the favourite colours of the recipient, or with the coloured scraps you have about. I love the idea of doubling up a lace weight yarn for all sorts of interesting colour combinations for this hat but a fingering weight used on it’s own will do. I encourage yo to read the designers description of this hat. It is enticing!


Baby Duck Booties by Meagan Anderson
Knit with fingering weight yarn and 3.25mm for the baby version, and sport weight yarn and 3.5mm for the toddler version.
75 – 100 yards needed
Baby version: 3¼ (4)” [8.5 (10) cm] long and 2¾” [7 cm] tall; to fit size 0-6 (6-12) months / Toddler version: 4 (5)” [10 (12.5) cm] long and 3¼” [8.5 cm] tall; to fit size 18 (24) months
These adorable boots are sure to bring smiles to faces. If you try them note there is errata to check out mentioned on the ravelry page (looks like not a big deal).


Oxbow by Brooklyn Tweed
Knit with bulky yarn and designed for Brooklyn Tweed Quarry and 8mm needles
525 yards needed
Finished Dimensions are 8½” wide; 75½” long (excluding fringe)
This excellent scarf is another great unisex project. Give it a go for any man or lady on your list.

That’s it for this week.
Craftily yours

What to Knit with 5 weeks till Christmas

We continue the count down! It is now 5 weeks of knitting time before Christmas. Still plenty of time to make a few gifts. Here are some suggestions.

Boyfriend by Lucinda Campbell
boyfriend scarf













A really chunky scarf with a waffle texture suitable for a boyfriend or anyone really. Even a long version will be a quicker knit with such big yarn and will keep the recipient cozy-warm.
You will need: 198m of super bulky yarn like Brown Sheep Burly Spun and a 10mm needle.

Lowbrow Cowl by Thao Nguyen
This cowl looks so classy! It is a double wrap, so it will be decadently snug around the neck.
You will need: 366 m of a soft worsted weight yarn like Madelinetosh Vintage and a 4.5mm needle

Jones by Tin Can Knits
jonesYou may still have time to make a sweater especially if it for a pintsized person. This terrific sweater pattern by Tin Can Knits comes in sizes that range from 0-6months to 4XL. Even if you don’t make it as a present now it is a good one to have saved away for another day!
You will need: 366 – 2377 m of DK or Sport yarn like Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine, and 3.25mm and 4mm needles

Winter Fantasy Socks by DROPS Design
pic  is from knitter mustaavillaa

winter fantasy sock

These socks look incredible in this photo! I wish they were waiting in my sock drawer right now and I bet someone you know wishes the same. You can make them sized US 5/6.5 – 7.5/9 – 9.5/10.5. The pattern is free!
You will need: 819 m of fingering weight yarn like Indigodragonfly merino sock, and 2.25mm needles.

Babar by Sara Elizabeth Kellnerbabar
This is another free pattern, which is hard to believe since it is such a great one! It even comes with the pattern for Babar’s Cape and the Crown and for an alternative wardrobe his green suit and bowler hat.
You will need: 155 – 174 m of worsted weight yarn like Rowan Pure Wool (it’s superwash!) and 3.5mm needles.

Top Down Poncho by Pickles
top down poncho
Another sweet pattern from Pickles and like many of Pickle’s patterns this one is free. This looks more like an oversized shrug then a poncho to me, but whatever you call it, it seems like a wonderful accessory that might suit many people on your knit-list. The pattern has 4 sizes.
You will need: 175- 225 g of silk mohair like Shibui Silk Cloud held together with 400-500 g of DK weight like Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine, or any yarn on it’s own that gives you a gauge of 16 sts/10cm on a 5.5mm needle such as Cascade 128. Needle size is 5.5mm and 3.5mm

Amigurumi Pears by Salihan Laugesen
These stuffies speak for themselves I think. Grab your crochet hook and get going. They are made with Super Bulky yarn and could be done in no time.
You will need: 70 – 134 m of Super Bulky yarn like Malabrigo Rasta and a 6.5mm and 4mm hook

This pretty crocheted cowl can be made in four different sizes that the designer describes as short, long, extra long and oversized. A really glamorous yarn would make this design shine!.

You will need: 160 – 448 m of fingering weigt yarn like Madelinetosh Merino Light, and 3.5mm and 3.25mm hooks.

I’m Biased by The Knit Café
I'm biased
This is a free pattern by us, at the Knit Café. We love how this design really allows the knitter to play with colour. Two different colours of yarn are held together to get this two-tone effect. We are also impressed that the pointy ends of the scarf which are created with the bias knitting technique are perfect for tying and make the scarf sit and stay put in a very chic way.
You will need: Two different colours of fingering weight yarn held together. We used Madelinetosh Merino Light and Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails. The Unicorn Tails come in 50m amounts making them perfect to mix and match as accent colours. 732 – 914 m were used in total. 5mm needles.

 New Born Vertebrae Kelly Brooker
pic from knitter Ellen McRae
baby vertibrae
This is a very popular pattern, and not just because it is a free one. Knitters like that it is quick to make and takes very little yarn. New Mom’s like the open-front design of the sweater as it encourages skin-to-skin time. This pic of the sweater, knit by Ellen was made with hand dyed, self striping Turtlepurl yarn. The stripes come out just perfectly in this sweater and you never have to change yarns to make it happen. the pattern is sized to fit a newborn aprox 7-9lbs.

You will need: 183 – 201 m of fingering weight yarn. The awesome striping comes courtesy of Turtlepurl Turtletoes (it’s not just for socks) yarn. 3.25mm and 2.75mm needles.

Vintage Prim by Andrea Mowry
vintage prim
This is a really lovely and very unique hat. It is knit in two colours with a technique called brioche knitting. It is reversible too!
You will need: Two colours of fingering weight yarn, 229 m total. Try Koigu Kppm!  Needle size is 3.5mm
Happy knitting everyone
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5 Weeks till Christmas

So it’s 5 weeks now before Christmas.  Have you started your gift knitting yet?  If you need a push in that direction here it is.  I need to start a few things myself.  Still lots of time to do something really special for someone who will really appreciate the work. Below are some patterns, good for gift knitting and crocheting that are all for DK or Sport weight yarns.  Yarns like fancy Pashmina from Madelinetosh, or Sweet Georgia DK merino, or terrific old favourites like Cascade 220 Superwash will all be good bets for these projects.

Keaton Slouch Beanie by doverandmadden on etsy

Isn’t this a wonderful design! Once again imagine all the fun you could have mixing colours to make this hat.  Better yet – it is sized small (for a 12 monther) to big (adult).  The designer forewarns that you will have to know how to use double pointed needles and know how to increase and decrease.  This implies that the colour pattern is not fairisle nor stranded so if you are not used to colour work you should have no fear attempting this pattern, as only one colour should be worked at a time each row. You can purchase the pattern on etsy HERE

Keaton Slouch Beanie

Tee by The Knit Cafe

This brand new release from us – The Knit Cafe – is knit with sport weight yarn.  As all things knit for little ones it is a fairly fast knit.  You should be used to reading patterns and know how to increase and decrease and seam to make this wee sweater. The polka dots are added on once the knitting is done with a easy and super-fun technique called duplicate stitch.  We have added a picture tutorial on how to do duplicate stitch on The Knit Cafe’s Blog HERE, so you will have no trouble with it.  You can come in and let us advise you on polka dot colours, picking up some mini skeins for them, and get the pattern too. Or you can also purchase the pattern HERE


Soft Cotton Cardi by Katya Novikova

This cute crocheted baby cardi has a lovely open texture and pretty colour details. It is sized to fit 6-9, 9-12, and 12-24 months. The written pattern has step-by-step instructions and a chart for the yoke. So grab your hook and go to it. You can purchase the pattern HERE

soft cotton cardi

Bea by Andi Satterlund

I like this headband because it has a great retro feel.  This is probably partly due to the DK weight yarn which makes a slimmer headband.  This will make an adorable hair adornment for your friend and a fast knit for you.  You can purchase this pattern HERE

For a chunkier, warmer headband have a look at The Knit Cafe’s free pattern called KNIT 101 HEADBAND.


Hedgehog by Littlecottonrabbit on etsy

You can make this guy any size you like just by switching your yarn and needle size. The instructions suggest DK, Aran or Fingering weight. It also suggests that it would be a terrific project for using up scraps and I agree.  Whether you make it pincushion size for your crafty sister or hugable size for your sweet nephew this would be a great gift. you can purchase this pattern HERE


Sunday Shawl by The Little Bee

All you crocheters can get excited about this one!  It’s a generously sized crochet shawl pattern that allows you to get fun with colour! Have a look at some of the individual projects made from this pattern and you will see how different this shawl can be based on colour choice.  Crocheters know that it is a fast craft so even though it requires 1200 – 1365 m of yarn to complete this project you still have plenty of time to make it for Christmas. You can purchase the pattern HERE

sunday shawl

Ottograph Street by Cello Knit

The button on the top of this hat is like the delicious cherry on top.  It is that kind of terrific, one of a kind detail that really makes a hand knit sing! This hat is worked in rounds and with a simple lace pattern and a twisted rib hem. It is free! Find it HERE

Ottograph Street

Dr Who Scarf by Chris Brimelow

I love it when someone comes into the cafe and wants to choose colours to make an authentic Dr Who scarf.  It is a fun challenge to find just the right hues for this iconic piece of knitwear.  Anyone who is familiar with the series knows that there are a few different versions of this scarf.  The designer says “This is the first scarf worn by Tom Baker for his portrayal of Doctor Who from Robot in season 12 through The Seeds of Doom in season 13, and in scenes from The Masque of Mandragora, The Hand of Fear, and The Deadly Assassin in season 14” so you know what you are getting into.  This is a long, long, long, long scarf but is knit completely in good old garter stitch and any knitter new to the craft or old will have no trouble with it.  If you have any Dr. Who aficionados in your life, I am sure they would greatly appreciate this gifty. The pattern is knit in DK weight yarn and you can find it for free HERE

Dr Who scarf

A New Family Portrait – A Collection of 3 Christmas Stockings by Dorene Delaney Giordano

How about this for a seasonable gift?  This is an advanced knitting project that will require some time to make.  If you are speedy you may be able to get one done for this Christmas.  At any rate, if you fancy hand made stockings for the family, it is a good time to get started.  These stockings have a wonderful classic farm-house feel, and would be such a joy to use year after year.  The pattern includes charts for all letters so that you may spell out the names of your loved ones. You can purchase the pattern as a set of three as there are three different surface patterns on these socks.  Or you can buy each pattern alone.  Find them HERE

Three Christmas Stockings

If all this doesn’t suit you, there is always the ever popular HoneyCowl! This free pattern has two sizes, so you can make it as a one or two skein project. Find it HERE
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5 weeks till Christmas

Full disclosure – I’m a little late out of the starting gate.  I hope you all will forgive me.  Each year around this time I begin a blog series called “the 6 weeks of Christmas”.  It goes like this: I throw out a few suggestions – patterns that I think might be knit up, and then wrapped up as gifts for under the tree.  At 6 weeks before the big day I begin and each week I add another post as the day in question nears.  I’m sorry to say that this year I am late.  Yikes! That means that there is less then 6 weeks before Christmas.  In fact there are 5 weeks before Christmas.  So it’s time to amp up your game! No panicking is necessary however. If you had planned to knit some gifts this year there is still plenty of time.

This year I plan to organize these gift-giving-project-possibilities by the total yardage suggested in the pattern.  This week is projects under 500yds (a few under 600 yds  may or may not have snuck in there too).  Here we go!

Duotone Cowl by Orange Flower Yarn

Takes 440 – 460 yards, of DK yarn, I’m thinking Tosh DK myself, and it’s free!

This is what the designer has to say about it:
“Duotone Cowl is a continuous loop created by grafting the ends of a stockinette tube. Two colors are worked in a series of stripes which switch in size halfway around the cowl.”

duo cowl

Textured Shawl Recipe by Orlane

Takes 328 – 492 yards of DK, still thinking Tosh DK here, and it is free too.

The designer describes her work as more akin to a few notes, rather then a formal pattern.  This pleasant shawl is made up of several simple stitch patterns composed in a triangle shape.

textured shawl

Safety  Scarf by Stephen West

Takes 545 – 550 yards, Stephen’s version features soft and seriously bright Manos Maxima which we currently have on the shelves but any soft worsted might do the trick. You need not glow in the dark if you don’t want to.  The pattern can be downloaded for $6 USD

This is what Stephen has to say about it: “Choose a bright pop of color and work this scarf back and forth on straight needles. Rectangles, triangles and parallelograms form the textured sections of the reversible fabric. Stripes, seed stitch, moss stitch, garter stitch, and corrugated ridges keep the knitting interesting and fun. The fabric is seamed with a half twist so it can be worn looped around the neck two or three times. A vibrant neon color selection is perfect for staying safe while crossing the street or bicycling. Adorn your neck with a stylish Safety Scarf!”

safety cowl

Gramps by Tin Can Knits

Takes 330 – 600 yards, of worsted weight, this example is Madelinetosh Vintage,
It fits 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-24 months, 3-4 years  you can buy the pattern as a download or pick it up in all it’s paper glory here at the Knit Cafe.

This is a pretty adorable sweater – what tike, or let’s face it – Mom would not want one of these?


Lumberjack also by Tin Can Knits

Takes 100 – 425 yards of DK, These socks are fun for the whole family with sizing from newborn to adult.  You can purchase the pattern as a download or live and in person at the shop too!

DK weight socks will be a little faster to knit then standard sock weight ones making them a good choice for a gift-knit.

lumberjack socks

Bobble Sheep Pillow from the Purlbee

Takes 458 yards, Super Bulky for the wooly part and sport weight for the feets and face. I would suggest Brown Sheep Burly Spun and Cascade Superwash sport. This pattern is free!

bobble sheep

Cozy Legs by Kate Oates

Takes 210 – 420 yards, shown here in delectably soft Anzula Cloud. Comes in three sizes to fit a 3-month old, a 1-year old and a 3-year old or anywhere in between.  You can purchase the pattern from ravelry for $6USD

I love all the colour-pattern options that this pattern features.  Wouldn’t it be fun to get some of our Anzula Cloud Mini Skeins to mix in as colour accents?


Watershed by Amy Swenson

Takes 360 – 600 yards, of aran weight yarn like pretty Madelinetosh Chunky or subtle Cascade Eco Wool.  The pattern can be purchased as a download for $5 USD

This little number would suit a lot of ladies in both fit and style.  A vest being sleeveless will be a quick knit. Give it a go for someone special on your list or maybe even yourself. You’re special!


Katie’s Mittens by Kristin Lamm

Takes 400 – 500 yards of fingering weight and the pattern is free.

Fairisle mittens are one of my most favourite things in the world and this pair is a very pretty example.

katies's mittens

Colorblock Shawl by Jennifer Pfeiffer

Takes 400 – 500 yards of fingering weight yarn like Koigu Kppm, and we happen to have just received a whole lot of this pretty yarn too – imagine that! The pattern is free!

The designer says:“Colorblock Shawl is a fun twist on a classic triangular shawl. It is worked in one piece from the bottom up in solid, contrasting colors. It is a great beginner pattern, using simple increases to create the triangular shape.”

colour block shawl

Accidentally on Purpose by The Knit Cafe

Takes 200 – 600 yards, of For Better or Worsted, which is as it’s name implies is a worsted weight yarn.  You can download this pattern or get it at the shop for $6.50

This is really two patterns in one. One is a classic scarf, with a texture stitch that is sure to appeal to both men and women. The other is a not too snug, not too loose neck tube or in other words – a cowl. Both projects are excellent for beginners with a simple stitch pattern called a Mistake Rib. The samples, knit with the Anzula yarn are luscious, with excellent drape thanks to the merino-cashmere blend. The scarf pattern includes an excellent trick for a smooth edge called a “slip stitch edge” which is explained in a tutorial that comes with the pattern.

accidentally on purpose

accidentally on purpose 2

That will do for now.  Catch ya next week with projects under 400 yards.

Craftily yours