There are two things a knitter is looking for in a project this time of year. #1 it should be fast to knit. #2 is should be inexpensive. One skein projects win awards in both these categories. Here are some to consider.
Fingerless gloves are great for stash busting, usually less than a skein will do the job. This pattern: the Garter Stitch Mitts will be a fast and breezy knit for an intermediate knitter. Check out the pattern here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/garter-stitch-mitts It is free!
A pattern that is convertible gives you more bang for the buck. Here is a cozy head band that will convert to a sweet neck warmer. The Convertable Center Row Lace Headband/Neck Warmer is an intermediate pattern but should also be a fast one once you get the hang of it. Find it here: http://rewindknits.wordpress.com/2010/01/18/pattern-convertable-center-row-lace-headband-neck-warmer/ . Also free!
For the kids or the big kids in your life, I would like to introduce you to Tedster. This garter stitch bear has a fantastic personality. He is knit in rounds with minimal seaming thanks to after-thought arms and legs. The less seaming the better is most knitter’s creed. This is an intermediate pattern that you can find at the Knit Café or be purchased for $5 here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tedster
Hats are fantasic for using only a skein of yarn and there are so many great patterns out there. For example, try Wurm, it is a free pattern with a nice slouchy style. It is an easy pattern for those who know how to knit in rounds. Find it here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wurm
The Fortnight Cap and the Rosebud Hat are more amazing creations by Jared Flood. The Rosebud can be made slouchy as it is shown in the picture and also more fitted. These patterns are for intermediate knitters and are available at the Knit Café for $8 each.
One of the simplest patterns we have on our Knit Café menu is the Winter Hat patten. I didn’t have a model available today so this friendly owl agreed to step in. From the picture he is sporting you can see this hat looks good on humans too. You must know how to knit and how to purl, to make this hat. That is it! It is knit flat and then seamed, so no knitting in rounds is necessary. Great for men and women too, (and owls) one size fits most thanks to the ribbed construction. Come and get it at the Knit Café for $5.
This lacy number: the Moonlight Sonata Scarf or Shawlis another free pattern. More advanced knitters cab find it here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/moonlight-sonata-scarf-or-shawl-version-2
Although it is not true that all knitters are Grannies sipping tea and stroking kitty cats, it is true that many knitters have at least entertained the notion of making a Tea Cozy. We are lucky that there are many more options in patterns for tea cozies then in the yesteryears. They no longer need to be kitchy and acrylic, they can now be something more like this Tea Mitten. Find it here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tea-mitten. It is free too!
If you are having trouble knitting for everyone you know and need a store bought gift. How bought a gift someone else made by hand. Any knitters in your life might enjoy these hand thrown porcelain mugs at the Knit Cafe. They are made all unique with the addition of hand painting. Made by Thomas Aiken and Kate Hyde right here in Toronto. $40 at the Knit CafeWe have also just introduced some new hand printed items from ruckus designs. These silk and wool lined tea cozies will keep the tea warmed long into a cold evening. Lots of prints to choose from. Only found here at the Knit Cafe for $45
We just got an amazing shipment of Peter Rabbit yarn from the Fleece Artist. This hand dyed yarn in 70% angora, 20% nylon, 10% wool, and 100% dreamy. One skein is 250 metres so there is a lot one can accomplish with it. The Knit Café loves this yarn so much we have made two patterns with it just so we can use it. Have a look at the Soft Lacy Cowl. It has a fairly easy lace pattern that takes full advantage of showing off the colour variation in this yarn. This cowl knits up with waves of colour running rhythmically through it. This is an intermediate pattern found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/soft-lacy-cowl for $5
Also made from Peter Rabbit is the Knit Café’s Angora Beret. This is an easy pattern for those who are acquainted with double pointed needles. You can find it for $5 at the Knit Café or here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/angora-bere
keep on keepin on folks,
There is still time.