Knitting Gifts for Kids: Holiday 2016
Once again it’s that time of year. You know what I’m talking about, right? The time of year when the holidays start seeping into daily life whether we want them to or not. Little snowflakes appear on store front windows, pumpkins are replaced by evergreens and holly, and then suddenly it’s everywhere—blinking Christmas trees, caroling, and the constant reminder to buy, buy, buy! This is my least favorite part of the holidays (and I suspect I’m not alone), so many months ago when the team was brainstorming for Interweave Knits Holiday 2016, we all collectively decided that this issue should focus on heritage, family, friends, and home.
This special holiday issue is for the makers—those who spend their time creating gifts that have more value than a price tag. The gifts we create become even more valuable when they are for the little ones in our lives, so we made a collection just for kids. These precious designs for knitting gifts are some of my favorites from Knits Holiday 2016.
Time passed, the sweet samples arrived. We all cooed over them. At the time I was assigning the issue, size 2T for all the garments seemed just the right size. And then there was the photo shoot. On a chilly February day four little rosy cheeked bundles arrived at The Tapestry House in LaPorte, Colorado.
They were adorable, they were precious, and they were all two years old. We spent the day chasing, playing, laughing (occasionally crying), climbing, and bargaining. It was the most exhausting but rewarding day, and we were all enriched, albeit weary, by the day’s end.
The one thing I can guarantee is these garments and accessories are all kid-tested and kid-approved. They stood up to a jungle gym, sliding on wood floors, apple juice boxes, gushers, and crushed goldfish snacks. And most telling, not one of the kids wanted to get out of their outfits.
So thank you to all those little nuggets who came into our lives for one day of fun. This little guy, Julien, stole our hearts and our photographer’s camera.
Happy holidays and have fun knitting gifts!
p.s. As a special holiday treat, I came up with a pair of Wee Mittens for the tiniest little ones. If you’re planning on knitting gifts for babies, these tiny colorwork mittens are just the thing. Get the free pattern here!