5 Knit Gifts to Start and Finish Before Christmas
We’re right in the thick of the holiday season, with Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas looming around the corner. Now is the time when folks get frantic about getting all of their gift shopping and making done before December 25th. Is there even still time to knit gifts for family members and friends? You betcha!
If you are worried about starting new projects for people this late in the game, you’re in luck. Accessories and home décor projects with thicker yarn gauges knit up in no time. Check out these 5 super simple, cute, and quick gift projects that you can knit up in the next couple of weeks.
1. Simple Slippers by Melissa Stajda
You can easily knit a pair of the Simple Slippers for anyone in your family with an adult-sized foot (the pattern includes three sizes!). The slippers use an aran-weight yarn, which helps you knit them up quickly. You can start and finish a pair in an afternoon, or complete two or three pairs over a weekend. Use a speckled or hand-dyed yarn to fancy them up without any extra work—the yarn does it for you. Just pick a different color for each person you’re knitting for, and crank out several pairs in no time!
2. Slouchy Beanie by Robyn Devine
The Slouchy Beanie is a classic hat with a style that many people prefer over others. The pattern includes four sizes from 14–20″ in circumference, so you can make it for little and big folks alike (and it stretches, so a 20″ hat will fit someone with a bigger head than that). Once you get to the main part of the hat you can knit mindlessly while you binge on your latest Netflix favorite. There’s nothing like multi-tasking when you’re under pressure!
3. Textured Throw Pillow by Mary Lee of Fifty Four Ten Studio
If you know someone whose home needs a little bit of a pick-me-up, the Textured Throw Pillow fits in with a variety of styles. It’s worked in a super-bulky yarn and size 13 needles, so time isn’t a factor here. It calls for some easy seaming and a cozy pillow form, so a little bit of work goes a long way knowing the recipient can get a lot of use out of this pillow.
4. Chunky Welt Shawl by Taiga Hilliard
In a hurry, but still want to knit something substantial? The Chunky Welt Shawl is another project that calls for super-bulky yarn—and extra-large size 19 needles—so it’s a quick knit that will come in handy for the recipient during the cold winter months. Go with a solid yarn or use a semi-solid or variegated option for extra oomph.
5. Cabled Wall Hanging by Erin Black
Here is another home décor option with a young, fresh feel to it. The Cabled Wall Hanging features a simple cable pattern and some adorable tassels that are simple enough to make this a unique project without being stressful. Find a stick or unused knitting needle to anchor the hanging on, and some string around your house to hang it up will suffice—no need to buy extra materials! This hanging looks great in an entryway, dorm room, or nursery.
You can get all of these patterns from the Quick + Easy Knits collection, along with 15 more projects that are just as fun, fast, and pain-free. Well, what are you waiting for? Don’t you have some gifts to knit?
Happy gift knitting,