One of the greatest joys of being able to knit and or crochet is the ability to make gifts. No matter what, if you have yarn, needles or a hook, you can make something to give. I recall one holiday season, being yarn rich and cash poor, I made all my presents and found it to be a rewarding experience.
With Christmas less than two weeks away at the time of this writing, however, a great joy can turn into a great stress for many knitters and crocheters who are mired in holiday knitting and crocheting deadlines. With that in mind, here are some project ideas and tips to help alleviate the anxiety.
Ornaments: These can stand on their own as a gift or add some pizazz to a package. Most ornaments are small and can be made rapidly. Check out these knitted Christmas ornaments has some knitted ones, and here are crocheted Christmas Ornaments .
Dishcloths/Washcloths: I love dishcloths because they are practical, quick, and can be made with inexpensive cotton or you can step it up with some linen. This crocheted dishcloth or this knitted one can be made in an evening. Colorful yarn makes simple stitches stand out. Add some nice soap or utensil and some ribbon, and you are good to go. Just encourage the recipient to use the cloth.*
Hats: As soon as the temperature drops, I have to have a hat on my needles. I love how self contained and portable they are as projects. The Rib-A-Roni pattern is one of my favorites because it is relatively easy, comes in a variety of sizes–from baby to adult– is unisex, and it you can keep it simple with a solid color, add stripes or make it in a variegated yarn. The Easy As Pie Crocheted Hat Recipe is quick, uses only chain stitches and single crochets and is highly adaptable.
Scarves/Cowls: A simple garter stitch (knitted every row) scarf in bulky yarn and big needles is super quick. Same with a bulky single crocheted scarf. Cowls are in these days too. Here’s a simple knitted one. This crocheted cowl will work up rapidly.
Thermis is my favorite cowl pattern. While I won’t recommend it for beginners, it is easier than it looks, uses a just a standard skein of worsted yarn, and is unisex too. Also, the pattern itself makes a nice gift for a knitter too. Did you know you can gift people patterns on Ravelry?
BTW, you totally should be on Ravelry.
Breathe in; breathe out, and let those hooks and needles fly! Happy stress free and fabulous holiday knitting and crocheting!
*I made my best friend a series of dishcloths which she displayed in her kitchen, but never used. Once on a visit, someone spilled some juice and I snatched the cloth off the wall and used it to clean the spill to a round of gasps from the others present. My friend noted that since I made the cloths, I could get away with this faux pas. Since then, I heartily encourage my friends to use the cloths without fear since I will make them another one should they need it.
Vera Hannaford lives and crafts in Charleston, South Carolina. She is has become enchanted by the Sockhead Hat pattern for her holiday knitting, which is good because she has *lots* of sock yarn. Still, she needs to finish a sweater for her nephew and make some Fetching Mitts for her mother-in-law, which can wait a little since she has a birthday in January. Feel free to add any holiday patterns that you like or ask any knitting and crocheting questions in the comments.