We've reached the point where I am no longer looking at the calendar for how many days before my gifts must be finished, but the clock. We're counting in hours now, folks.
So, my gift to you this year is two patterns that can be made in less than four hours. Ready? Get your hooks out!
The first pattern is for a quick vintage-inspired dishcloth.
What you'll need: Size 5 mm hook, two colors of worsted weight kitchen cotton, a button, a yarn needle, about two hours for each cloth.
Ch 3, foundation double crochet 43. Rotate to work in dc edge of foundation.
Ch 3 (counts as first dc throughout), dc in next 19 dc, dc3tog, dc across, turn.
Ch 3, dc to one st before dc3tog, dc3tog, dc across.
Repeat last row until 3 sts remain, turn. Note: Change colors every two rows, and carry unused color up side of work to avoid extra end-weaving.
Ch 1, sc across, turn.
Rep last row for several inches.
Ch 5, sl st in last sc (buttonhole). Do not fasten off.
Rotate to work in row-ends.
Sc in each row-end of strap, work 2 sc around post of row-end dc (enclosing carried strand of unused color), work 3 sc in bottom corner, sc in first 21 sts of bottom edge, 3 sc in next st, sc across bottom edge, 3 sc in opposite corner st, 2 sc around post of row-end dc up other side of cloth, sc in each row-end of sc on strap, 7 sc in ch-5 sp (buttonhole), sl st in first sc to join. Fasten off and weave in ends. Sew button to cloth. Sneak under the tree when no one is looking.
The second pattern is for a Santa handkerchief doll. It's a great gift for a baby's first Christmas!
What you'll need: Size 4 mm hook, skein of red worsted weight cotton, a small amount of white cotton, a tennis-ball sized bit of fiberfill, one st marker, yarn needle, about 4 hours.
Note: worked in spiral rounds.
With red, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (or work an adjustable loop and work 6 sc in loop).
2 sc in each sc around.
[Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] around.
[Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st] around.
[Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st] around.
Sc evenly for 5 rnds.
[Sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog] around.
[Sc in next 2 sc, sc2tog] around.
[Sc in next sc, sc2tog] around.
Stuff head with fiberfill.
Fold sides of neck opening together, sc across through both thicknesses.
Arms and body:
Note: beg work in rows.
Ch 21, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, sc across neck, ch 21, turn.
Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, sc across neck, sc to last 10 sts of arm, turn, leaving rem 10 sts unworked.
Ch 1, sc across to last 10 sts of other arm, turn leaving rem sts unworked.
Ch 1, sc across, turn.
Rep last row until body forms a square.
At end of last body row, ch 21.
Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, sc across body, ch 21.
Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, sl st across body. Fasten off.
Tie knots in strands for hands and feet. Weave in ends.
With white, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Sc evenly around for 4 rnds. Change to red.
Continue to sc around, increasing as desired in random staggered places, to form a cone stocking cap. Fasten off red.
Join white in any st.
Work 2 reverse sc in each st around, sl st in first st to join. Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. With tail, sew hat firmly to head. Weave in ends.
I hope that helps, fellow desperate crafters!
In parting, here is an example of what NOT to do. Sigh.