Quick Knit Gifts That Won’t Break Your Budget

My approach to life can be summed up easily: Plan early, knit early, and save money. The holidays are fast approaching and I have a goal to knit as many gifts as possible. (Partially because I want the recipients to know how much I care, but also because I can selfishly enjoy making stuff with yarn.) The search for this year’s gift patterns and yarn gave me an idea—one that will help me stay within the budget and crank out the gifts. How did I accomplish this? I’ve paired some of our best free patterns with yarn in the Patternworks liquidation sale! (Cue uncomfortably long evil genius laugh.)

Quick Knit Gifts - Time Traveler Socks

Time Traveler Sock Pattern by Jennifer Raymond

If you love knitting socks, you’ll want to give this pattern a closer look. These socks feature an updated stitch pattern from a vintage book for thoroughly modern socks. The zigzag effect feels right at home in these socks.

FINISHED SIZE 7 (8.5, 9.5)” (18, 21.5, 24) cm foot circumference and 8.5 (9.75, 10.75)” (21.5, 25, 27.5) cm long from back of heel to tip of toe; foot length is adjustable. Socks shown measure 7″ 18 cm.

YARN Hazel Knits Artisan Sock (90% superwash Merino wool, 10% nylon; 400 yd (366 m)/4.25 oz (120 g)): jam session,1 skein (see Notes).

NEEDLES U.S. size 0 (2 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); tapestry needle.

GAUGE 32 sts and 46 rnds = 4″ (10 cm) in St st.

NOTES Size 9.5″ (24 cm) socks use almost all of one skein; consider purchasing an extra skein as insurance.

Yarn Suggestion:

Yuri Yarn

Yuri’s blend of superwash merino wool and nylon is perfect for socks, but it does so much more! Try it in shawls, sweaters, and a variety of accessories, where its tone-on-tone dye effect will add a subtle depth of color.

  • 75% superwash merino wool/25% nylon
  • 7 to 6 sts = 1″ on size 2 to 4 needles
  • Fingering gauge, CYC #1
  • 436 yards (100 grams)
  • Machine washable

Quick Knit Gifts - Mistake Stitch Mobius Scarf

Mistake Stitch Möbius by Daniel Yuhas

Mistake rib is easily memorized and quick to knit. Since it looks the same on both sides, this chunky infinity scarf is completely reversible.

FINISHED SIZE 10.25 (12.5)” wide and 32 (42)” circumference.

YARN Blue Moon Fiber Arts Icelandic (100% Australian wool; 250 yd (229 m)/8 oz (226 g)): shaded solids tanzanite, 1 (2) skein(s).

NEEDLES Size 11 (8 mm): 16″ (or longer) circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Size L/11 (8 mm) crochet hook; tapestry needle; two colors re- movable markers (m); spare cir needle.

GAUGE 13 sts and 16 rows = 4″ in mistake rib patt, slightly stretched.

NOTES The Mistake Rib looks the same on both sides, so has no right side or wrong side. Use a different color marker to mark each side of scarf (Side A and Side B).

Yarn Suggestion:

Encore Mega Yarn

Plymouth Encore shines in a super-quick-to-knit gauge! This yarn is machine washable, perfect for kids clothing and gifts to non-knitters.

  • 75% acrylic 25% wool
  • 2 sts = 1″ on size 15 needles
  • 64 yards (100 grams)
  • Super Bulky
  • Machine wash

Quick Knit Gifts - Serpentine Cowl

Serpentine Cowl by Angela Hahn

The Serpentine Cowl is created with surprising stitches that create a stunningly textured piece of neckwear. The cowl utilizes yarnovers to create structure rather than lace, forming rapid diagonal movement and revealing the bold motif in relatively little space.

FINISHED SIZE 16.5″ top circumference, 27.5″ bottom circumference, and 8″ high.

YARN Cascade Yarns Cash Vero (55% merino extrafine wool, 33% microfiber acrylic, 12% cashmere; 98 yd (90 m)/50 g): #026 burgundy, 3 skeins.

NEEDLES Size 8 (5 mm): 20″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); tapestry needle.

GAUGE 19 sts and 25 rows = 4″ in St st; 22 sts and 29 rows = 4″ in chart patt.

Yarn Suggestion:

Cascade 220 Superwash

This hardworking wool yarn is a great choice for garments and accessories for the whole family, as well as home decor projects. You’ll love its soft hand, versatile gauge, and ease of care.

  • 100% superwash wool
  • 5 1/2 to 5 sts = 1″ on size 6 to 7 needles
  • Worsted gauge, CYC #4
  • 220 yards (100 grams)
  • Machine wash

Quick Knit Gifts - Cozy Mittens

Cozy Mittens by Katie Himmelberg

It’s all about the yarn in these knitted mittens. Choose a self-striping color in a soft yarn, customizing the color for men or women. It’s great to have a unisex mitten pattern in your collection.

FINISHED SIZE 9″ hand circumference and 11.5″ long.

YARN Noro Nadeshiko (40% Angora, 39% Wool, 21% Silk; 142 yd (130 m)/3.5 oz (100 g)): #03 Green-Gray, 1 skein. Yarn distributed by Knitting Fever.

NEEDLES Size 10.5 (6.5 mm): set of 5 double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m): two of one color for thumb, one in contrasting color for beg of rnd; waste yarn; tapestry needle.

GAUGE 14 sts and 21 rnds = 4″ in St st in the rnd.

Yarn Suggestion:

Cyclone Yarn

A thin, solid-colored strand plied with a thicker, fluffy multicolored strand creates lightweight, wavy yarn that lends a fun texture to even the simplest of stitches.

  • 80% acrylic/16% wool/4% polyester
  • 3 3/4 sts = 1″ on size 9 needles
  • Bulky gauge, CYC #5
  • 93 yards (50 grams)
  • Machine wash

Have you started knitting those gifts yet? Find out how to post your knitting on social media and keep the secret with Kerry Bogert’s article, How to Knit Gifts & Still Post on Social Media.

Happy gifting,


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