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What To Knit With 1 Week Till Christmas

With only one week left till Christmas the time has come for last minute gift ideas. Without further ado – here they are!

Split Brim Toddler Hat by Sheepy Shenanigans

split brim toddler hat

A quick knit hat made with Super Bulky yarn. This toddler hat attern says it measures 16.5 inches in circumference but stretches to fit up to 20 inches so it should fit a variety of children’s head sizes. It is free to try!
You will need: 50 – 55 yards (46 – 50 m) of Super Bulky yarn like Brown Sheep Burly Spun or Malabrigo Rasta.  9mm needles.

Rainbow Twist by Thao Nguyen

rainbow twist

This sweet and stylish cowl would do for a lady or a gentleman and will be fast to knit with Super Bulky yarn. They used Malabrigo Rasta and it looks terrific. Rasta is a merino wool that is super soft. This hand dyed yarn is so pretty too. We just received a new shipment of Rasta, it’s ready to be made into cowls like this one. This pattern is a free!
You will need: 80 – 90 yards (73 – 82 m) of Super Bulky yarn. That’s only one skein of Malabrigo Rasta. 12mm needles.

Forest Folk Cup Cozies by  Alexandra Davidoff

coffee cozies

These guys are so cute and a nice gift for the coffee-lover.  The pattern is a free one too, so you can choose to tinker with it and try out any or all of the animal motifs. The raccoon, fox and owl faces are added on after the knitting with a technique called duplicate stitch which is easy to do. You can check out a tutorial for this technique right here on this blog!
You will need: aprox 50yds [46 m] of worsted weight yarn for each cozy. Use something washable like Rowan Pure Wool so cleaning up the coffee drips won’t be a trial. Scraps of contrast colours for the animals faces and 4mm needles are needed too.

Christmas Toadstools by Merrin Curley

toadstools

I may or maynot have used this pattern before for a Christmas knitting project suggestion but I think it bares repeating. So cute! These will look terrific on a tree. The knitter behind these examples called norskiknits on ravelry, really mixed it up with the yarn choices and I think they came out so much the better. This is also a free pattern
You will need: A small amount of DK weight yarn like Cascade 220 Superwash or Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light. 3-3.25mm needles.

Soap Socks by Olivia Rainsford

 soap socks

You could really crank out a bunch of these and hand them out as host gifts or for those hard to buy folks. Soap wrapped in wool means you will get a great washing mitten. You can have lots of fun buying great soaps too. This pattern is free.
You will need: A feltable wool (no superwash) like Brown Sheep Burly Spun. A double strand of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter would be wonderful! The designer says a 50g skein will make about 4 or 5 socks.  5mm needles.

Dawson City Toque by The Knit Café

Dawson City Toque

A brand new pattern from Iwona just in time for last minute gift-giving. This is fast and this is easy!  We have it in the shop as a learn to knit kit!   You take two pieces of Super Bulky yarn and hold them together to make a Super Super Bulky yarn and get out your broomstick sized needles. Then knit back and forth in good old garter stitch, no purls needed. The hat is seamed to finish.  The pom pom making instructions are also included in the pattern.  The pattern is sized to fit children 4-8 years old, S/M adult head, L/XL adult head sizes.
You will need: 90 – 120 yards (82 – 110 m) of Super Bulky yarn like Brown Sheep Burly Spun which is shown here and 15mm needles.

Bon chance with the gift knitting everyone!
Craftily yours
Kristin

What to Knit with 3 Weeks Till Christmas

When I began this blog post I named it 4 weeks till Christmas. I am clearly in denial. It is 3 weeks- 3 weeks till Christmas now! It’s time to get serious with the Christmas knitting.  Hear are some projects that are easily accomplished in a short time.

Rye by Saranac Hale Spencer

rye tie

A hand knitted tie I think would make an awesome gift. I like the diagonal shaping on this one. The pattern is absolutely free from Pom Pom Quarterly.

You will need: 3.75mm needles and 100 – 105 yards (91 – 96 m) of a light worsted or DK yarn.  I think this tie would be quite nice in Shelter from Brooklyn Tweed, which coincidentally we just got a shipment of yesterday. Hooray!

Knit Golf Club Covers by Purl Soho

golf club

Do you know any golfers? They actually use these, they love these, and they would love some lovingly made, by hand, by you, no doubt. This pattern is free too.

You will need: 456 yards (417 m) for all three of a DK weight yarn . A superwash variety I think would be the best here like Cascade 220 superwash. The pattern calls for 3.75mm, 4mm and 5mm needles

Pont Neuf Toque by Alexandra Tavel

pont neuf

This crocheted hat has a great shape!
You will need: 120 yards (110 m) of bulky yarn. Why not try our brand new Brooklyn Tweed Quarry for this one. Wow! You will need a 6.5mm hook.

 A Simple Sweater- 3 Ways by Julie Williams

a simple sweater

These are mini sweaters! Sweaters for dolls!  I think some small kiddo who loves their dolls or stuffies would really appreciate these.  It is designed to fit the designers knitted animal patterns which are 9 inches/ 23cms tall. You can see and purchase her doll patterns HERE

You will need: Fingering weight yarn in tiny amounts, scraps might do the trick or Koigu Mini Skeins might come in handy too.  2.75mm needles.

Hello Gnome Mittens by Tamara Kelly

hello gnome mit

This crochet mitten pattern is sweet and colourful. It’s knit with bulky yarn so a pair will be off the hook and on the hands in a jiffy. Sizing is from child to adult.  It is free to try.

You will need: several colours of bulky weight yarn like Peruvia Quick (110 – 225 yards (101 – 206 m) in total) and a 6.5mm hook.

Little Lamb Crochet Baby Bib by My Hobby is Crochet

sheep bibs

Another one for the crocheters. There are so many cute crochet projects for kids and babies, but lets face it – this one is really for the Mom’s and Dad’s. This pattern is free.

You will need: The pattern specifies one skein of DK cotton but does not specify the exact amount . I think Blue Sky Skinny Cotton or Blue Sky Wosrted Cotton would both work here. The hook size is 4mm.

Thrum Mittens by The Knit Caféthrum mit

A NEW PATTERN FROM THE KNIT CAFE!
We have been toiling to make really comprehensive instructions for thrum mitten making and here they are!
Thrum mittens were first developed in Newfoundland to prevent chill and wind burn on hands. They are mighty warm mittens with bits of unspun wool knit right into them making a wool fleece lined mitten.
This pattern contains picture tutorials on how to thrum your mittens and it has 5 different sizes from 5 years old to extra big adult.
Thrum Mittens would make great gifts. This is definitely the kind of thing that does not come from a store.

You will need: 150 – 250 yards (137 – 229 m) of worsted weight yarn like Cascade 220 or Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and 50 grams of wool fleece.  3.5mm double pointed needles.
The Knit Café has Thrum Mitten Kits at the ready for you in the shop!

Knit Critter by The Knit Café
knit criitters

ANOTHER NEW PATTERN FROM THE KNIT CAFE!
With the Knit Critter pattern you can stretch your imagination muscles to make any type of animal or “critter” (as we call them) that you would like. The instructions are written for new knitters. The shapes and techniques are basic. The critters are knit flat and then seamed. How you embellish them makes all the difference.

You will need: Several colours of worsted weight yarn like Rowan Pure Wool Superwash, and 4mm needles.

We have Critter Kits at the shop too!

This months window display features the critters. It is an advent calendar. We have one shopping bag for each day up to Christmas. Each bag contains a critter. Every day one more critter will be revealed.

You can see each critter as they come if you follow us on Instagram

This is how the count down is going so far↓

advent calendar critter 1 and 2 critter 3 critter 4

Craftily yours
Kristin

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
lowbrow
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
pear
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

jennifer
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
craftily yours
Kristin

1 week till Christmas

One more week!  Are you all done your gift knitting yet?  If you need one more thing to stuff a stocking or for under the tree, then check out these ideas for projects that use Super Bulky yarn.  You might notice that most of these projects are hats and other small accessories.  That is no accident! All of these should be quick knits.

the gathering

The Gathering by Kalurah

I have had a few folks come into the shop lately with this pattern on their mind. The designer was inspired by the cowl worn by Claire Randall on the series Outlander. It is knit with two strands of extra bulky yarn held together on a 25 mm needle, so it is extra, extra, extra big. Two full twists in the cowl makes it hang just so, and so big it can be pulled over you head as a hood or over your shoulders as a capelet. This pattern features a provisional cast on and kitchener stitch to seam it together, but you could omit these details if you are an inexperienced knitter.  The Gathering cowl is a free pattern found HERE

For a similar pattern that takes only one skein of Burly Spun by Brown Sheep, have a look at The Knit Cafe’s Mondo Neck Cozy Pattern right HERE

childrens quick knitted cable cowl

Childrens Quick Knitted Cable Cowl by A Crafty House

The name says it all! It’s quick to knit, it’s cabled and it’s for kids to wear.  There is also a version for adults which can be found HERE. The designer says you can easily finish the kids version in an hour.  It takes only 46 – 50 m of yarn, so one skein of Madelinetosh ASAP will do the trick.  This merino wool will not cause the ichies and it’s machine washable too! Find this free pattern HERE

bonnie beret

Bonnie Beret by Rachel Oglesby

This pattern is only 9 rounds long.  Imagine how quick that must be to make.  You’ll need a sizable hook and an extra chunky yarn like Brown Sheep Burly Spun or Malabrigo Rasta and maybe an hour of your time to make this fashionable crocheted beret. The pattern is free and you can find it HERE

bohemian

Bohemian by Eva Stone

Extra chunky yarn shows off the different textures in this hat. Hats are just the ticket for fast knitting.  This pattern is a free one and you can find it HERE

acorn hat

Acorn Hat by Susan B. Anderson

This is a nice thick hat that resembles an acorn.  Knit it in two tones like the picture shows to accentuate the acorn effect, or all in one colour. The hat fits newborn, baby, toddler/young child, or older child/teen/adult.  The original hat was knit in Spud and Chloe Outer, but Madelinetosh ASAP would also be splendid. Find this pattern for sale HERE

meathead hat

 Meathead Hat by Larissa Brown

I love the pocket in this hat! The pointy shape is adorable too, and of course it is knit in chunky yarn! You can find the pattern HERE

headbandknit 101 headband

Knit 101 Headband and Knit 101 Headband Too! by The Knit Cafe

If you are really short on time try the Knit Cafe’s chunky headband pattern. Both are free patterns on our blog.  HERE and HERE.

That is all the knit suggestions for this year.  I’m sure you have all come up with your own great ideas.  We would love to know about them.  Do share!

Craftily yours
Kristin

6 weeks till Christmas

Yes – today’s the day the countdown begins! If you are familiar with The Knit Cafe’s blog then you know that every year we throw out a few suggestions  for what you might knit or crochet for seasonal gifts.  We start with 6 weeks of knit time before December 25, and then every week we post more.
This post will make suggestions for stitchery in fingering (sock) weight yarn.  We still have a good amount of time to knit or crochet a fine project with time to spare before Christmas. Many of these patterns despite their call for fine yarn are decently small and should work up pretty fast. Here we go:

504 King West

504 King West by The Knit Cafe

This free Knit Cafe pattern was released this summer in conjunction with the TTC Knitalong. It is an asymmetrical scarf that explores fun with colour.  I have worn our scarf sample whilst in the shop and feeling a little chilly and I am a very big fan.  It is a lovely, light neck warmer with wonderful drape.  Terrific for Spring or Fall, great for an accessory piece worn indoors and wonderful to layer with bigger scarves when the world gets colder.  The pattern is free and you can find it HERE

mini mittens

Infant Mittens by The Purl Bee

Everything miniature is cute! It’s a fact! This will undoubtedly be a fast project, there are not even  thumbs to slow you down.  Use Koigu mini skeins as the accent colours and save on yarn costs, we have them here for $3 a skeinettte.
This pattern is free HERE

afterthought sock

After Thought Heel Socks by Juju

The “after thought” method is a wonderful way of knitting a sock and a really good way for a less experienced knitter to try.  You knit the sock tube, cuff to toe and then add on the heel after.  This is a great technique when using self patterning yarn like delightful Turtlepurl Turtletoes which is on it’s way to the Knit Cafe and should be on our doorstep soon. A toe-up pattern with great how-to pictures can be found HERE.  If you prefer a top down method then you can look at this pattern by Laura Linneman HERE.  Both are free!

unicorn stripes scarf

Unicorn Stripes by Antonia Shankland

A scarf in all the colours of the rainbow.  Thanks to our friends mini skeins you can get a bit of this colour with a bit of that colour to make this scarf.  Madelinetosh has just released a curated selection of colours of small skeins in her Merino Light yarn.  She calls them Unicorn Tails for obvious reasons.  Iwona has just unpacked them today!!!! You can purchase the pattern for this pretty scarf  HERE

splatterdash mittens

Spatterdash Wristwarmers by Dagmar Mora

These fancy mitts are bound to make any lovely ladies you know very happy. They are so pretty and elegant. Knit and wrapped around the hand the lacework is knit flat, and looks so great in hand dyed yarn! The pattern is free in Knitty Magazine HERE

rascal racoon mitts

Rascal Raccoon Mittens by Alison Stewart-Guinee

If the Spatterdash mittens are too fancy, how about a cute option for hand warmers, ones that look like raccoons maybe. These adorable mitts are sized from a 2 year old size to adult sizes. You can purchase the pattern HERE

simple garter stitch slippers

Simple Garter Stitch Slippers by handepande

This is a bit of a cheat because though the pattern calls for fingering weight yarn,  it is knit double stranded.  Alternatively you could use a single strand of worsted weight yarn. These simple cozy slippers have a crochet detail so the pattern is suitable for knitters who know a wee bit of crochet. This pattern is free and you can find it HERE

spiders

Spiders by Katya Novikova

Speaking of crochet, here’s one for the crocheters! This pretty scarf pattern has a lovely eyelet pattern .  You can purchase the pattern HERE

nangou

Nangou by Melanie Berg

I love this simple shawl.  It is almost all garter stitch with a subtle eyelet detail in a complimentary colour.  I really prefer shawl and scarf patterns to be reversible and this one is! You can purchase this pattern HERE

baby kimono

Garter Stitch Baby Kimono by Joji Locatelli

This very simple style looks so refined and is easy to take on and off baby.  It is sized newborn, 1-3 month. 0r 3-6 month. Perhaps you know a new Mom or Dad who needs something to warm their newborn. It is a free pattern too! Find it HERE

Next week we will showcase some projects with DK and sport weight yarns, until then get those needles working. You have 6 weeks to go!

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

 

1 weeks till Christmas

Only one week to Christmas!

So much time to make instant gratification gifts.  Here are some goodies that take less than 100 yards of yarn and will be done giffy-quick!

Momentum by Natalie Selles

Takes 90 yards of Extra Bulky yarn like Brown Sheep Burly Spun!

…and it looks so good! Natalie did a wonderful job designing this one-skein pattern.  You can find it HERE for $5

momentum

Pinwheel Purse by Frankie Brown

Takes way under 100 yards and could be made of leftovers from sock projects past.  It’s made with fingering weight yarn.

I love how sweet and sturdy this little fellow looks.  Good for holding change or other itty bitty items,  Stocking stuffer!!!! The  pattern is free HERE

pinwheel

Marian by Jane Richmond,

Takes 83 yards of the Extra Bulky stuff.

Simple comme bonjour! ICI

marian

Camp Out Fingerless Mitts by Tante Ehm

Takes 100 – 110 yards of worsted weight.  I love how these mittens look in this colourful yarn.  Get a similar look from Noro Silk Garden.
The pattern is free. HERE

camp out fingerless mitts

Knit 101 Headband by The Knit Cafe

Takes 83 – 100 yards or Aran Weight held double or half that much Bulky Weight single stranded.

This is a brand new pattern just published this week! Read all about this easy-peasy knit and get the pattern for free HERE

knit 101 headbandknit 101 headbandhaed band

Cable Braided Necklace by Olajazzy

Takes 15-20 grams of Fingering or Sport weight yarn – plenty under 100 yards.

I urge you to have a look at this pattern just to bear witness to the clever and simple construction.  You may do so with no impediment as it is free HERE

cable necklacecable bracelet

Chaussons Mignon by Pruline

Takes 23 – 50 yards of worsted weight.

These super-sweet, little bootlets fit a new born and the pattern is free HERE

chaussons mignon

A Toddler’s Cowl by  Carrie L McClain

Takes less than 100 yards of DK Weight yarn.

The designer says that this garment will fit most children between 12-24 months of age. A useful cozy for this time of the year.  Again- It’s free! HERE

todler's cowl

Quynn by Woolly Wormhead

Takes 73 – 132 yards of Worsted or Aran weight. To fit head sizes: 14 (16, 18, 20) inches/ 35.5 (40.75, 45.75, 51) cm.  The smaller the head the smaller the yardage!

Iwona made a version of this hat for Charlie and it’s so darn cute on him.  She says she likes how it fits over his ears.  You can find the pattern HERE for 2.50GBP

quynn

Christmas Toadstools by Merrin Curley

Takes a small bit of yarn.  The pattern suggests DK and 3.25mm needles but you can adjust your needle size to whatever yarns you have about.

These would make wonderful ornaments, the red caps adding a colourful pop to the evergreen tree!

The pattern is free and you can find it HERE

mushroom

Sure do hope this last week till Christmas, is full of knit success! Remember to pick out your Holiday-Knitting Project Too! Once all the madness of knitting for others is accomplished, you will no doubt want to kick back with some eggnog and do some knitting meant for the knitter.  You deserve it!

Craftily yours
Kristin