If you’re anything like me, you enjoy making gifts for people. The problem is that the list of recipients probably far outweighs the time you have available. When faced with this imbalance, but not wanting to scratch anyone off your list, I’ve found that the best approach is to modify your list. You’ve still got time to make things for people; these things will be smaller, but they will be no less heartfelt.
So, in the interest of helping you modify your list, we’ve compiled a list of short—but sweet—portable projects designed to help you complete your list while keeping your sanity. From hats to home decor, you may be able to make some of these projects for multiple people on your list, perhaps even as you stand in line to buy gifts for others.
1. Hudson Hat: Made with either one or two colors, this quick-to-stitch hat starts with a half double crochet crown and ends with a brim that uses a combination of cable stitches. All you need is about 200 yards of the color or colors you want!
2. Basketweave Mitts: Check out these crisscross cabled wonders! The stitches used in these fingerless beauties will expand your stitch repertoire.
3. Breadth Beanie: Work puff stitches into a grid to create this beautifully textured hat. Wear it slightly slouchy or fold up the brim to create a tighter fit.
4. Pumpkin Pie Slouchy Hat: Bulky yarn and a size I hook (affiliate links): that’s all you’ll need to make this one- to two-ball wonder. Double crochets and post stitches work together to create this slouchy hat.
5. Basking Crossbody Bag: Just two circles! This perfectly proportioned bag takes just two circles. That’s the type of project that’s easily portable.
6. Ponderosa Headband: This fabulous headband is a giant cable flanked by half double crochet. It’s wide enough to make sure your ears stay warm, but not so wide that it will overwhelm your head.
7. Pineapple Upside Down Hat: Complete with a fluffy pom-pom, this hat combines post stitches and shells to create an outlined pineapple pattern any gift recipient would be proud to wear.
8. Textured Scrubbies: Watch post stitches work their magic in these textured scrubbies. One ball of yarn will make multiple scrubbies that you could use as ornaments before giving them away!
9. Coffee Mug Cozy: Wrap your mug—or someone else’s—in warmth this winter. Not only will this cozy keep your drink warm, but it will also protect your hands.
12. Home Grown Plant Cozy: Who would have thought that recycled T-shirts could make something so cute? Complete with a tassel and hanging chains, this plant cozy will be out of your hands and onto your plant before you know it.
13. Cinnamon Cowl: Whether you wrap this cowl around your neck or drape it over your head as a hood, you’re sure to be warm this winter.
14. Hibernation Hat: If you’re looking for a quick and easy hat, look no further. Made from a brim worked in rows and a crown worked in the ends of those rows, this hat will fly off your hook in no time.
15. Vanilla and Spice Hat: Start with the cable worked in rows and then work off the row ends in rounds. This textured wonder is worked in a bulky weight yarn (affiliate link), and it’s sure to keep your ears and head warm this winter.
There you have it. A list of 15 projects you can work on in those holiday shopping lines. What else is on your holiday to-do list? What are you going to make first? Let us know in the comments!
Happy holiday stitching!
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