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Knitting for the holidays: Some quick ideas

Nov 16, 2011

Are you as deep into knitting for the holidays as I am? I've got knitted hats, socks, mittens, and a scarf all on the needles! (Plus a knitted sweater for myself that's been getting the short end of the needle, if you know what I mean.)

I've been wanting to knit Christmas stockings for several years now, and while I was looking through the Knitting Daily Shop to find a stocking pattern, I found several fun quick-knits for your holiday knitting.

Pincushions are all the rage. I've sewn several for friends and they've all loved them.

Now here are two pincushion patterns that you can knit: Fleur-de-Lis and Cearnog by Tammy Eigeman Thompson! Cearnog is on the left and Fleur-de-Lis is on the right. I love them both, but I think the Fleur-de-Lis is perfect for my friend Carrie. She's an expert seamstress and she has a pincushion collection.

Bonus—the natural oils of the wool roving stuffing will help keep pins from rusting!
Maureen Hefti's Rain on the Prairie Scarf is a quick, easy lace knit scarf. If you're a beginning lace knitter, this is the perfect gift pattern.

Rain on the Prairie is designed for a luxurious fiber, so if you have a skein of fabulous yarn (this scarf takes about 300 yards of DK yarn), use it to knit up this scarf for a special gift for a very special person.

Rain on the Prairie is so quick that you can get several done for the holidays (it's a great stashbuster for sock yarn, too).
How could I resist a design called Kathleen?

With the added bling of the yarn, Teresa Chorzepa's knit scarf really got my attention.

It's the perfect holiday accessory, and it takes just one ball of yarn. There are so many glitzy yarns out there now, too. This is a perfect pattern for some of those fantastic metallics that I've been seeing in yarn shops lately.

You might just want to knit this scarf for yourself. You deserve it!

   
This isn't exactly quick, but it is gorgeous. It's my favorite Christmas stocking knitting pattern, Donna Kay's Victorian Christmas Stocking.

I just love the non-traditional colorway shown here, but can see from the swatch to the left that this pattern works in whatever colors you like!

The stocking is knitted with fingering-weight alpaca yarn, so it might not be realistic to get it done for this year, but I'm determined to get at least one done for next year.

Add one or more of these knitting patterns to your gift list today!

Cheers,


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on Nov 29, 2011 9:52 AM

The stocking is stunning!

on Nov 19, 2011 6:27 PM

very nice u doing, but i want to learn from u, its not possible beginner course u teach me free

on Nov 16, 2011 12:40 PM

So sorry, Maureen! We have this pattern wrongly attributed in the store. I'll get it fixed ASAP. Thanks for writing. I love your pattern.

MaureenH@5 wrote
on Nov 16, 2011 12:09 PM

Oh Kathleen!

Rain on the Prairie is by...er...em...me. But you're right, it i s a quick knit, and the motif is hypnotic! Pattern calls for Buffalo Gold Lux; a heavy lace / light fingering yarn.

At 330 yards, this project has fewer stitches than a pair of socks. It would be fun to try in heaver gauges as well.

Sport co 52/ US 7

DK co 48/ US 9

Worsted co 40/ US 11

Bulky co 30/ US 15

These yarn and needle combos haven't been test-knit, but would provide a fun experiment for the intrepid knitter. I'd have a second skein on hand to ensure you will not run out of yarn before you reach desired length.

Be sure to share your project results on Ravelry!

on Nov 16, 2011 9:40 AM

I love the tip on the roving, how it keeps rust at bay. This is great for sewers to know too!

CathyM@11 wrote
on Nov 16, 2011 7:08 AM

Last year everyone got scraves, this year it's hats with a super easy & versatile pattern from the great book "More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts"...a simple ribbed hat that I can add color or funky fiber or a folded brim to...and it's shown in different gauges so you can use almost any yarn!