Planning Your Holiday Knitting Timeline

Giving exclusively handmade gifts during the holidays is a beautiful idea. However, making that idea a reality can take a whole lot of time, money, blood, sweat, tears, or any combination thereof. Smaller, simpler projects are ideal for handknitted gifts, especially if you have a handful or more to make with a big deadline chasing you down. In this 2019 issue of Interweave Knits Gifts, we’ve developed for you a collection of projects that you can complete on your own timeline, regardless of what it looks like.

Interweave Knits Gifts 2019

Clockwise from top left: Balsam & Lavender Sachets, Comfy Cozies, Dancing Diamond Gift Bags, and Chamomile Tea Towels. Photos by Harper Point Photography.

If you’re short on time and already have a small gift but need a way to make it a little extra special, see the Go-Alongs story. These four projects—aromatic sachets, dish towels, electronics cases, and reusable gift bags—are great to pair with another gift such as fragrant flower aromatherapy, artisan soap, a tablet, or something you see in the Gift Guide. These items provide an extra handmade touch, especially if you don’t have time to knit something personalized for every single recipient on your list.

Interweave Knits Gifts 2019

Top row from left to right: Avalanche Hat, Frosh Blush Beanie, Blizzard Beanie. Middle row from left to right: Winter Winds Hat, Lamplighter’s Hat, Glacier Ice Hat. Bottom row from left to right: Snowburst Beanie, Permafrost Hat, Ice Floe Beanie. Photos by Harper Point Photography.

Since hats are one of the most versatile handknitted projects you can give, the main collection in this issue is filled with them. In all different styles and in multiple versions, these nine hats give you a lot to work with for upcoming holiday gifts. This collection of hats features pom-poms, cables, lace, asymmetrical brims, and so much more. If you are looking for a super-basic hat pattern that you can make with any of your stash yarn, “Improvising a Hat with Stash Yarn” is all about how to knit hats based on what you have on hand and your tension.

Interweave Knits Gifts 2019

Clockwise from top left: Arctic Willow Wrap, Climbing Crystals Wrap, Snowdrop Shawl, Twining Ivy Stole, Sweet Cedar Wrap. Photos by Harper Point Photography.

Even if you just have a day or two, you can knock out a simple but beautiful cap that the receiver will love. If you have a bit more time or flexibility in your gift-giving schedule this year, check out the shawls and wraps in the Finer Things story. These projects are large and in charge—yards of fabric featuring color changes, lace, cables, and the stuff that brings excitement and challenge to one’s knitting.

Interweave Knits Gifts 2019

Wassailing Stole (left), Yuletide Shawl (right). Photos by Harper Point Photography.

These require more attention than hats, but they provide a grand payoff in the end. This year, you don’t have to be a superhero. But you can be realistic—given your own timeline, availability, and flexibility—about what is possible to accomplish. Get your copy of Interweave Knits Gifts 2019 now—we can’t wait to see what you make for the people you love.

Happy gift-knitting,

Hannah


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