Gift Knitting: Get your list sorted early!

The Knotted Mittens are perfect for gift knitting.

Knotted Mittens by Lisa Jacobs

It’s that time again: Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts is here, which means the season for gift knitting is upon us.

It’s truly never too early to start making knit gifts. In fact, I know some of you have been knitting gifts since December 26th last year! Good for you, you overachievers.

I didn’t do any gift knitting last year, but I’m going to get back on the saddle this year and knit several things for Christmas presents, mostly because I’ve had some requests. I told you last week about Henry asking for some slippers, and it seems like everyone else needs a new hat. Those are quick, easy projects, and I can certainly fit them in among my blanket squares.

Here’s editor Meghan Babin to share a few of the gorgeous gift knitting designs with you!

Gift Knitting for a Happy Holiday

Holiday knitting—words that seem innocuous enough in July but steadily and inevitably grow larger in our minds as the weeks begin to accelerate. Before we know it, the holidays are upon us and regardless of our best intentions, the gifts for our loved ones remain incomplete. It is a comically repetitive cycle unique to makers; it usually ends with the project being tucked into a box still on the needles with apologies and promises as the recipient quizzically inspects a hat with dpns sprouting from the top or an otherwise-finished sweater with a missing sleeve.

So why do we do this to ourselves every year? Because we can’t help it! The desire to create something special, unique, and full of love for our family and friends is an overwhelming force. That desire is so strong that we forget the stress from the year before and the year before that and blindly dive headfirst into a pile of new projects. Well, the editors at Interweave Knits are just like you, and because we understand, we release our holiday issue in September to give you plenty of time for gift knitting.

What would our holiday issue be without accessories for the whole family? In this packed issue, get your fill of cables, colorwork, and texture with accessories for everyone.

Accessory gift knitting projects from Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2016

Left to right: Nested Knots Hat by Bonnie Sennott, Moccasocks by Meghan Hones, Mason’s Scarf by Carol Feller

In this issue, we’ve gone back to our roots and brought heritage and tradition home for the holidays. We’ve curated a small collection of lace shawls specifically for those who cherish historical lace knitting with cobweb-fine fibers.

Gorgeous shawl gift knitting projects from Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2016

Left to right: Shetland Shawl by Rebecca Blair, Deep Winter Stole by Inna Voltchkova

For the precious children in our lives, we’ve put together a closet full of cheerful, sophisticated knits in Little Ones. With those little ones, be sure to explore the world of Jan Brett; the editors at Interweave have brought two illustrated knits from the famous children’s book series to life.

Chldren's gift knitting projects from Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2016

Clockwise from upper left: Little Snowflake Sweater by Jesie Ostermiller, Little Badger Girl Pinafore by Deborah Gerish, Schoolwalk Cap by Cindy Newhouse

May the winds of fortune be at your back as we all set off into another year of holiday knitting!

—Meghan Babin, Editor, Interweave Knits

What an amazing array of projects! That Schoolwalk Cap is so darling I can hardly stand it. I want one in my size.

Download your copy of Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts, and get your holiday knitting sorted!



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