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It's not too late to start knitting for the holidays!

Dec 2, 2011

I just started a new hat for a Christmas present for my brother—I'm living proof that it's not too late to start knitting for the holidays! I have three more projects that I need to make, too, another hat (R2D2 hat for my nephew) and a scarf for my sister-in-law. Oh, and that hat for my sister, too (the Welted Toque is the clear winner!).

I thought you might be interested in some easy knitting patterns for your last-minute gift knitting, too, so here you go!

    
The Xenocryst Hat by Linda Shelhamer is a beautiful cabled, unisex hat. It's worked on size 6 needles in worsted-weight yarn (Cascade 220 Heathers), so it's a firm, warm hat that will stand up to season after season of wear. This is an easy pattern to memorize, too.

Here's the braid pattern so you can start swatching right now!

Braid Pattern: (multiple of 7 sts)
Rnds 1 and 3: *K4, p3; rep from * around.
Rnd 2: *[1/2 LC] twice, p3; rep from * around.
Rnd 4: *K1, 1/2 LC, k1, p3; rep from * around.
Rep Rnds 1-4 for patt.

1/2 LC: Sl 1 st kwise with yarn in back (wyb), k1, yo, psso
(slipped st over k1 and yo).

The gals in your life will love Katya Frankel's Short-Row Flowers. You can make a bunch of these in no time, too, so you can give bouquets as gifts. I put knitted flowers on bags, on hair clips, on bulletin boards, on magnets, on gifts, and even on my rear-view mirror!

You can't really see it in the photo, but these flowers are designed to use beaded yarn. I've made them out of metallic yarn, too. I made a flower out of leftover Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn and it was stunning. The variegated yarn is just beautiful. You can make these flowers large or small just by using different weight yarn and needles, too.

If you've never knitted short-rows before, this is a great, easy knitting pattern to learn with.

The Irregular Rib Scarf is a super-easy knitting pattern designed by Kenny Chua. Kenny developed this scarf for beginning knitters, to help them learn to "read" their knitting.

This is such an important skill to develop because it tells you where you are in your knitting and what to do next. In the Irregular Rib Scarf, the ribs are uneven, meaning it's not a simple knit 2, purl 2 pattern. It's more of a knit 5, purl 2, knit 2, purl 6, and so on!

So, you need to be able to distinguish a knit stitch from a purl stitch on the previously knitted row in order to knit the correct stitch on the row you're currently knitting. Once you're able to read your knitting, you'll be able to whip this scarf out without looking at the directions.

And, bonus!—it's a unisex scarf that's also a great stash-buster. The Irregular Rib Scarf is designed using a DK-weight yarn and size 6 needles, but it would also work with a worsted-weight or a sport-weight yarn; it would just end up wider with worsted and narrower with sport. And no matter what weight yarn you use, if you wanted it narrower or wider you could add stitches, too, increasing or decreasing the rib repeat.

All of these patterns plus seven more are available in our new eBook, 10 Last-Minute Gifts to Knit. Download your copy now and start knitting those last-minute gifts with me!

Cheers,

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on Dec 3, 2011 9:56 AM

Is there a simple way to print out one pattern instead of the whole page?

jdeputy wrote
on Dec 2, 2011 9:13 AM

You can make several flowers when you don't have a project going, and get that "have to knit" feeling.  You can store them at the end of your needles in vase for a great knitting needle bouquet...then you have them on hand for embellishing other projects...or just as a quick gift.