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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.

totoro

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

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

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

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.

colour-play-dress

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

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-boots

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
Dimensions:
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

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
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

2 weeks till Christmas

There are 2 weeks till Christmas, but don’t panic! There is still time to get some wonderful knit projects done before the big day.  Big yarn and big needles will make the work go faster.  Below you will find ideas for knittables that use Bulky weight yarn.  You will also find some projects that use Super Bulky yarn.  There are so many wonderful projects that use the biggest of yarns that I couldn’t resist putting a few in this post.  There will be even more Super Bulky projects next week.yeti and sasquatch

Yeti and Sasquatch by Barabara Prime

These guys top my list of things I would most like to knit.  Adorable! Just look at those feet! The pattern comes with instructions for the knitted backpack and beret too.  I will say it again -Adorable! You can purchase this pattern right HERE

Sentiment

Sentiment by Andrea Rangel Knits

The extra bulky yarn makes the lace stitching in this shawl even more obvious so all your hard work will get the attention it deserves.  The sample in the picture is knit with soft Malabrigo Rasta yarn.  We just received a small shipment of this super bulky hand dyed merino.  It would be a great choice for this cuddly shawl as would Brown Sheep Burly Spun which is also back in stock in an abundance of colours.  You can purchase this pattern HERE

Willy the Wiley Fox

Willy the Wiley Fox by Kasia Smolak

This foxy coat will turn any wee one into an adorable wild child.  It fits toddlers 1 year, 2 years, and 3 years old.  Thick yarn will make this project a fast one and also keep the recipient snuggly warm. The instructions include photos and diagrams to help you out.  You can purchase it HERE

woodland fox baby

 Woodland Fox Baby by Kristen Cooper

What! Two fox projects!  It is the animal of the moment after all, everyone seems crazy about this woodland beastie.  This hat will be faster to knit then the full sweater version and an easier project for newer knitters.  The pattern also comes with instructions for making the fox tail.  Think Halloween costume for next year already covered! The hat is only available in one size, 3-12 months.  It is a free pattern right HERE

whipped blanket pattern

Whipped Blankets by Leslie Scanion

You might be shaking your head and wondering why I am suggesting you make a blanket with only two weeks to do so.  I firmly believe that this is not a pie in the sky suggestion.  This blanket can be knit at a fast and furious pace with the aid of bulky or even extra bulky yarn.  The pattern includes instructions for blankets in both weights and also three possible knit textures.  The edges of this lovely, chunky throw are whipped stitched (hence the name). This is where you can add a splash of colour to your blanket and make it extra darn special.  This blanket pattern takes 475 – 594 m which is a pretty small amount of yardage for a blanket and amounts to about 4 skeins of Brown Sheep Burly Spun. You can purchase this pattern right HERE

slipper boots

Slipper Boots by Bernat Design Studio

This free crochet pattern makes really sturdy looking slip on boots. The kind that would go on easy when your eyes are still blurred in the morning and keep your tootsies cozy as you shuffle about in your morning routine.  There are sizes for all ages – shoe sizes 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12.  If you are a crocheter have a look at this free pattern HERE

chickadee cowl

Chickadee Cowl by Kirsten Kapur

A linen-stitch cowl! Linen stitch is a very beautiful stitch pattern that looks almost like weaving. It is particularly lovely in multicoloured yarns but looks tailored and trim in plain colours.  This cowl pattern uses thicker yarn which makes up for the time that is usually required to make this dense stitch.  It is also a close fitting cowl, shorter than your average scarf and thus faster to knit. Good for a gal or a gent, if you make this cowl, please have fun with your colour selection.  It is a free one! Find it HERE

Baylie bear cowl

Baylie Bear Cowl by Heidi May

Last year I showcased this adorable cowl, but now there is a crochet version too.  The original knit pattern can be found HERE.  Crocheters can now make this cute, bear-eared hood and neck warmer for little ones 3/6 months, 6/12 months, 12/18 month, toddler, and older child sizes.  In fact  the sizing goes into adult sizes. Brown Sheep Burly Spun comes in so many bear friendly shades, browns and greys and black, so that would be my first choice for yarn.  You can purchase the crochet pattern HERE

twinkle toque

Twinkle Hat by The Knit Cafe

This hat is knit with a 8mm needle and 2 strands of soft Berroco Flicker held together to make it a chunky and fast knit hat.  You may also notice that the hat is knit side to side (not bottom to top).  It is knit flat and shaped with “short rows”.  This is a great project for knitters who are intimidated by double pointed needles but are itching to make a hat.  Flicker is an incredibly soft alpaca yarn with a small bit of  festive sparkly.  We just got some of this yarn on the shelves and to celebrate it’s arrival we thought we would offer the Twinkle Hat pattern free with purchase.  Sorry this offer is only for in-store purchases.  You can purchase the pattern that includes a picture tutorial on the short row shaping right HERE

Have fun with your gift knitting! Stay tuned for next week and more quick, Super Bulky knit and crochet projects.
Craftily yours
Kristin

4 weeks till Christmas

4 weeks till Christmas

We now have 4 weeks of knit time before Christmas, a whole month! Much can be accomplished in a month.  Pick a thicker yarn and a smaller project and you will be done in no time, and ready to do more.  Below are some examples of projects that are knit with worsted weight yarn.

Winston the Walrus by Ashley Yousling

This is an imaginative toy that comes with his own knit cap.  The simplicity in shape of this fine fellow is splendid! Knit this walrus for someone you love and I predict you’ll get heaps of love thrown right back at you. You can purchase this pattern right HERE

walrus

O Christmas Tree by Julia Blake

This is not a trendy “ugly” Christmas sweater! The tannenbaum decoration on the front is a simple cable design that is quite subtle. This will be excellent at Christmas time but still very wearable in the chilly months ahead.  Sized 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 24 months, 4, or 6 years, it might suit someone on your Christmas list. You can purchase this pattern HERE

Christmas Tree sweater

Bike Helmet Earmuffs by Kristin Briney

If you know any bikers who are hard-core enough to brave the winter and hit the streets on their bicycles, than you know someone who could use one of these!  Hats are usually too bulky to fit under helmets and ears get painfully numb when exposed to the chilly elements.  Wonderfully, this pattern is free, you can find it HERE

bike helmet ear warmers

Soft Cotton Knit Dishcloths by The Purl Bee

The Purl Bee is famous for it’s terrific patterns and they offer many of them for free. These dishcloths are no exceptions being both terrific and free to try. Knit with soft Blue Sky Organic Cotton these classic looking dishcloths will no doubt be put to good use by whoever receives them.  The Purl Bee has created many patterns to suit this soft cotton. Check out the Chevron Baby Blanket Pattern, it may be just the thing you are looking to knit for a new addition to your family or extended family. You can find both patterns for free on The Purl Bee, the dishcloths are HERE, the blanket is HERE

chevron blanketdish cloths

Leg Warmer and Sock by Leslie  Scanion

Knit chunky leg warmers or if you have the time make them socks! These look so great with their ribbed and cabled designs.  The pattern comes with sizing that includes child sizes, lady sizes and men sizes too so it is very versatile.  It’s a good time to pick out a thick sock pattern for anyone desiring socks on your list, with a month of knitting time left perhaps you can make two pairs! You can purchase this pattern HERE

leg warmers socks

Crochet Ribbed Beanie by deliacreates

It is wonderful that fabulous looking crochet patterns like this one are becoming more and more available.  This warm looking hat would be so soft crocheted with Manos del Uruguay Maxima yarn, or if you wanted a machine washable alternative Madelinetosh Vintage would be so fetching! The pattern is free, Hooray! Find it HERE

crochet beanie

Crocheted Scarf by dottiangel

There is a nice shell-stitch texture in this crochet scarf.  The blocks of colour make it more fun to hook for the crocheter but this yarn would be lovely in a single colour too! The finished length is 234cm, so it’s a lovely, long one.  Find the pattern HERE for free

dotti crocheted scarf

Crocheted Vest from the vicarnosmama log
This sweet crocheted tee pattern only comes in one size, to fit a baby up to 1 year with the back width measurement of  is 27-28 cm.  The simple top down construction would make it easy to alter for larger sizes, or pick a larger yarn and hook size to increase the size.  I love the rainbow effect in this example! It is another free pattern, find it HERE
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crochet vest
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This elegant hat has pretty lace stitching.  It also has a matching cowl pattern that you can find HERE.  Both of these patterns are free. The hat has a stocking stitch brim that the designer says will not curl when blocked, it could easily be replaced with a ribbed brim to guard against curling. Find the hat pattern HERE
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Easy Peasy Garter Stitch Arm Warmers by The Knit Cafe

This pattern was designed by The Knit Cafe for brand new knitters!  This could be your very first knitting project, or the very first knitting project for someone you know.  We have kits available at the cafe that contain a skein of lovely worsted weight yarn, a set of needles, the pattern for the Easy Peasy Garter Stitch Arm Warmers and an instruction booklet.  It would be a wonderful starter kit for a new knitter, or knitter wanna be. The arm warmers are all knit (no purl) rectangles that are folded and sewn together, just as easy as a first scarf project but much less yarn to buy. You can purchase just the pattern from The Knit Cafe’s Ravelry Store HERE

easy peasy garter stitch mitts

That’s it for the Worsted Weights projects! Come in and check out the new stock of worsted Pure Wool by Rowan.  This is a 100% superwash wool  that comes in 200m balls.  It is excellently priced at $11 each.  We have 30 fantastic colours to try!

Craftily yours
Kristin