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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


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


Marian by Jane Richmond,

Takes 83 yards of the Extra Bulky stuff.

Simple comme bonjour! ICI


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

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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


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


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

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

pompom it

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
polar bear 1
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