It’s November! It’s the time of year that I usually decide to knit overly ambitious things for everyone I know! This year I’ve been fairly organised and I have a couple of things mid-make and I’m planning a couple of small bits that I’m sure I can get done in time. I’ll tell you more after Christmas!
I thought I would just share a few ideas of small and achievable knits which would make lovely gifts.
I’m a huge fan of knitting snoods/cowls for gifts – they’re so much quicker than a scarf! Hats and handwarmers are good too. Anything small and fun to knit is great because you might have to knit multiples when the rest of the family see it!
Above from left: Lazy Lace Cowl (available as a kit or pattern), Dice Cowl (available as a kit or pattern) and Triangle Hat (pattern free when you purchase three balls of Rowan Fine Tweed from Spins & Needles)
I always struggle a bit for ideas for men that are quick and easy to get done. I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but I genuinely don’t think you can go wrong with a pair of hand-knitted socks!
I’ve knitted a few pairs for my Dad over the years and he loves them. I know it’s a common joke for people to be disappointed if they get socks for Christmas – but those people obviously aren’t getting beautiful hand-knitted socks!
I particularly love Regia sock yarn, as it’s very hardwearing, warm and washes really well. There are some amazing variegated colours as well. The new Arne & Carlos shades are brilliant.
For The Kids
Toys are great for kids because they don’t have to fit! You never know which one will become the teddy they take everywhere. My Ted Bear pattern (above middle) is great for babies/toddlers as it’s small and has embroidered features. He’s also quick to knit and you could use up some stash yarn. The free Ted pattern is here.
Chunky Monkey from Cute Little Knits is perfect for a slightly older child – and Shuggie sheep is so simple to knit, the kids might want to try knitting him themselves! Shuggie is available as a kit or pattern.
I always think a day out is a good gift for anyone. Whether it’s tickets for their favourite band/comedian or a pre-paid knitting workshop or pottery class – a day out gives you something to look forward to when the January blues kick in!
If you’re looking for a small gift to knit and you’re stuck for ideas – you can’t go wrong with a little Winter Animal tree decoration! The Winter Animals are available as a kit with all the yarn you need to knit the cute family. The kit comes wrapped in a festive box so it makes a great gift for a knitter – or you could knit the animals and give those as gifts.
Happy Christmas knitting everyone! x