Christmas in August?

What's wrong with this picture? It's the first week of August, temperatures are soaring into the 90s and 100s, and I am immersed in Christmas preparations! No, I haven't bought a tree, and the lights are still packed away in their boxes. Instead I have compiled a list of accessories to crochet for family and friends and devised a schedule to have them all finished in time for holiday gift giving. Last year's crocheted gifts were finished in March, three months late, and I am determined to have all gifts wrapped and under the tree this year.

I know I am not the only crocheter poised to begin the holiday crochet race, so I have compiled a few of my favorite accessories to share with you. 

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The Mischa Mittens by Danielle Kassner have been in my queue since they first appeared in the Interweave Crochet Winter 2009 issue. I love the tapestry crochet patterning worked over the top of pencil roving. These mittens are wonderfully thick and incredibly warm, perfect for the cold Wyoming winters many in my family deal with.  I plan to whip up several pairs of Betty's Button-up Mitts by Brenda K. B. Anderson. Worked entirely in rows of single crochet front loop only and single crochet back loop only and completed in less than 30 rows, these mitts are the perfect quick-and-easy project. I think they will make great gifts for coworkers

There is nothing cozier than a pair of handmade socks. I love the Honeycomb Socks by Patsy Harbor. The foot of these socks is worked in a split single crochet that provides great cushioning. And if I'm running short on time, I might shorten the cuff –the honeycomb pattern would work well as a quarter-height cuff. 

The Boyfriend Beanie by Melissa Horozewski uses self-striping sock yarn to mimic Fair Isle patterning. It's really that simple; no complicated stitch pattern to remember, which makes it a great travel project.  The Road to Bruges, a scarf by Annette Petavy, takes crochet de Bruges lace beyond its traditional white thread origins. This lace scarf's eye-catching design makes it a great cross-over accessory for fall, winter, and spring.  Tatiana's Earrings and Cuff by Robyn Chachula make great gifts for those living in warm climates. These bold jewelry pieces, inspired by Celtic knots,are crocheted with thread and beads to add a touch of sparkle. 

And this is only my short list. There are so many more accessories in my queue. Find more accessory patterns in the Crochet Me Shop. Individual patterns are available as digital downloads, so you can start crocheting right away.

Best wishes,

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