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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 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

2 weeks till Christmas

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.

Barley by Tin Can Knits
Takes 70 – 170 yards of worsted weight yarn (shown here in Madelinetosh Vintage)
This standard toque pattern comes in sizes to fit Baby – Adult Large, so whoever might be on your list, you are sure to find a hat that fits.
This pattern is free and you can find it HERE


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.

bonbon mitts

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

little fox mittens

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

your first mittens

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!

grey garden

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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Baby Newsie by Bekah Knits
Takes 130 – 175 yards of worsted weight yarn.
You can make it in size 3-6 months, 6-12 months, or 12-24 months, for all the sophisticated little ones you know.
The pattern is available for $5.99USD HERE
baby newsie
Elis by Reiko Kuwamura
Takes 150 – 160 yards of sport weight yarn like Madelinetosh Pashmina, or for a truly decadent cowl; Handmaiden’s 100% Cashmere 4 ply.
This elegant cowl has an intriguing stitch pattern that is fun and easy to do.  It looks really pretty too.  Make it for the lady on your list who appreciates the finer things in life.  The pattern is free and you can find it HERE
Polar Bear by Maurie Todd for The Knit Cafe
Takes less than 200 yards of yarn.  Exactly how much less depends on how big a bear you would like.  If a papa bear is what you desire, choose Brown Sheep Burly Spun and a 9-10mm needle and you’ll use just shy of a ball (which is 132 yds).  If you get yourself a ball of cascade 220 worsted weight you’ll get a little mama bear (actually you’ll get at least 2 from one skein).  For a baby bear grab yourself some Koigu Kppm, one 50 gram skein will garner many tree ornament sized bears.
This pattern is EASY! It is FREE! You should make it!
Find the pattern HERE
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For more last minute gift knitting check out my 2012 lists
Find 2 weeks till Christmas 2012 HERE
Find 1 week till Christmas 2012 HERE
Craftily yours

4 weeks till Christmas

4 weeks still to Christmas.  A whole month to make hand-made-extra-cozy-filled-with-love-gifts!  Here are some options.  All of them are more or less 400 yards of knitting.

Twinklebaum  by Thea Eschliman

Is under 400 yards of bulky, aran, or dk weight.  The yarn selection will adjust the size to fit. This super festive hat is a classy stand-in for the very trendy “Christmas Sweater”, but better! It’s quicker, easier and sweeter to knit.  You can  purchase the pattern for $5 USD HERE


TaDaa by Hanne Katajamaki

Takes 380 – 400 yards of bulky yarn like Lamb’s Pride Bulky by Brown Sheep.

This is what the designer had to say about here pattern: “The idea with this scarf is that you are able to wear it just the way you like: as scarf, tube scarf, poncho or almost like sweater. I used drop stitches, so almost every stitch can be used as a buttonhole. To button up the scarf I used two buttons which are attached together. That way the buttons can be moved anywhere on the scarf”.

You can find this pattern for free HERE


Snag Snood by Newedist Handknits

Takes 132 – 396 yards of extra bulky yarn like Burly Spun by Brown Sheep.

There are two versions of this project, one is a big and snugly fit, and the other a big and generous one.  The double seed stitch pattern looks wonderfully textural in the thick yarn and it is easy to do.  This pattern is free and you can find it HERE

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Hedgehog from the Purl Bee

Takes 314 yards of a combo of aran weight yarn like Cascade 128 and a worsted weight like Cascade 220 Superwash.

Who would not want a version of this fellow? The pattern is free! HERE


Rye by TinCan Knits

Takes 150 – 350 yards of dk weight yarn.

DK weight socks! What a fast knit! These chunky socks are sure to keep cold feet warm.  The pattern is written with new sock knitters in mind and comes with tutorials.  There are also sizes that range from baby to adult large.  In other words – socks for the whole family.  Kudos to Tin Can Knits on this pattern that they are offering for free HERE.


Ice Breaker Thermal Leg Warmers by Kalurah

Takes 410 – 430 yards of worsted, so it is just a wee bit over our 400 yard boundary, but what’s a Christmas knitting list without a pair of leg warmers?

This is what the designer has to say: “Break the ice! Knit up a pair of these toasty, wool legwarmers in one weekend. The thermal knit stitch creates a plush, thick and stretchy fabric, making these perfect for just about any size”.

You can download the pattern for $4 HERE

ice breaker

Puff Mama by Anna and Heidi Pickles

Takes 328 yards of extra bulky yarn.  Burly Spun!

A terrific gift choice for someone who wants to spruce up their digs.  You can find this charming pattern for free – right HERE.

puff mama

Mallory Cowl by Shannon Cook

Takes 220 – 440 yards of worsted weight yarn held doubled or a bulky weight yarn single.

It’s a chunky cowl that is sized for children and also adults.  How nice is that?  You can find the pattern for $1.99 CAD HERE.


Christopher by Jane Richmond

Takes 448 yards of worsted weight yarn like Madelinetosh Vintage or Berroco Ultra Alpaca. (So I’m a bit over 400 yards here – but I think it’s worth it)

This is how Jane Richmond describes her pattern: “Christopher is a reversible hat featuring solids and stripes. Knit in one continuous piece means there are no seams or picked up stitches. Generous in length, this hat is more than a beanie but less than a slouch and is flattering on both men and women”.

You can purchase the download for $4.95 HERE


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Grand Central by Natalie Selles

Takes 380 – 400 yards of worsted weight like Anzula For Better or Worsted

Many a day during last years chilly season I saw lovely Natalie wearing her version of this cowl.  It looks great on her and it is sure to be equally lovely on someone you know.  The cowl  looks different but equally pretty  on both sides.  Buy the pattern for $5 from Natalie HERE

grand central

Through the Woods by Kalurah

Takes 350 – 380 yards of worsted weight yarn

This hand knitted hood could be for the romantic type who likes to romp in woodlands and pretend they are in a fairytale or for someone very practical who will appreciate that this item is both a head and a neck warmer in one garment.

You can purchase this pattern for $4 HERE

through the woods

Join me next week when I will present knitting patterns that take less then 3oo yards to complete.  See ya then.

Craftily yours