Knitting for the holidays: Some quick ideas

Are you as deep into knitting for the holidays as I am? I've got knitted hats, socks, mittens, and a scarf all on the needles! (Plus a knitted sweater for myself that's been getting the short end of the needle, if you know what I mean.)

I've been wanting to knit Christmas stockings for several years now, and while I was looking through the Knitting Daily Shop to find a stocking pattern, I found several fun quick-knits for your holiday knitting.

Pincushions are all the rage. I've sewn several for friends and they've all loved them.

Now here are two pincushion patterns that you can knit: Fleur-de-Lis and Cearnog by Tammy Eigeman Thompson! Cearnog is on the left and Fleur-de-Lis is on the right. I love them both, but I think the Fleur-de-Lis is perfect for my friend Carrie. She's an expert seamstress and she has a pincushion collection.

Bonus—the natural oils of the wool roving stuffing will help keep pins from rusting!

Maureen Hefti's Rain on the Prairie Scarf is a quick, easy lace knit scarf. If you're a beginning lace knitter, this is the perfect gift pattern.

Rain on the Prairie is designed for a luxurious fiber, so if you have a skein of fabulous yarn (this scarf takes about 300 yards of DK yarn), use it to knit up this scarf for a special gift for a very special person.

Rain on the Prairie is so quick that you can get several done for the holidays (it's a great stashbuster for sock yarn, too).

How could I resist a design called Kathleen?

With the added bling of the yarn, Teresa Chorzepa's knit scarf really got my attention.

It's the perfect holiday accessory, and it takes just one ball of yarn. There are so many glitzy yarns out there now, too. This is a perfect pattern for some of those fantastic metallics that I've been seeing in yarn shops lately.

You might just want to knit this scarf for yourself. You deserve it!

This isn't exactly quick, but it is gorgeous. It's my favorite Christmas stocking knitting pattern, Donna Kay's Victorian Christmas Stocking.

I just love the non-traditional colorway shown here, but can see from the swatch to the left that this pattern works in whatever colors you like!

The stocking is knitted with fingering-weight alpaca yarn, so it might not be realistic to get it done for this year, but I'm determined to get at least one done for next year.

Add one or more of these knitting patterns to your gift list today!


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