Quick and fun knitted gifts

Knitting gifts is one of the great pleasures of being a knitter. I've made so many scarves, cowls, hats, and even sweaters for people; I've been looking for a new type of gift that doesn't take much time to make.

I didn't have to look too hard, either! Check out these cute yarny gifts from the 2010 issue of Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts (available as part of the 2010 Interweave Knits CD Collection)::


Work a wide, open-gauge I-cord in laceweight yarn (use size US 7 or US 8 needles).

Slide several large, lightweight beads into the I-cord tube; fewer beads for a bracelet, more for a necklace.

Thread a tapestry needle with a strand of matching or coordinating colored yarn and pass it through the beads inside the I-cord. Bringing the yarn to the outside of the I-cord and wind it around between each bead to secure the beads in place within the I-cord.

Sew the ends onto lengths of ribbon for ties.


Use a large swatch or a flat circle of knitting to cover a foam core circle.

Wrap it tightly around the circle and use hot glue to secure loose fabric on the backside of the foam core.

Add clock-kit hands to the front and clock works to the back. Clock kits are available at craft stores.

If you want to add numbers to the clock, draw them with a Sharpie and needlefelt over them with contrasting roving.


Cut well-felted old sweaters and swatches into even squares.

Join butted edges of squares together either with a wide zigzag machine stitch and a walking foot or with a handsewn baseball stitch.

Finish raw edges with zigzag stitch or a handsewn blanket stitch—or leave them plain.

I can't decide which one is my favorite! The clock is so quirky and unique, I can think of several people, including myself, that would love it, so think that's where I'll start.

Ideas for these knitted gifts and many, many more are all together in the 2010 Interweave Knits CD Collection, available in the Knitting Daily Shop!

If you're someone who's really on the ball, you can get going on your holiday gifts now. I'm not one of those people, so I think I'll just make one of these as the occasion arises.



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