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Quick and fun knitted gifts

May 4, 2012

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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on May 5, 2012 11:48 PM

Are you kidding?  That clock looks like one gigantic dust catcher!  I love the tutorials and technique features, but some of your ideas are just flat ugly!

Anonymous@2 wrote
on May 5, 2012 2:31 PM

Here is a link to a fabulous crochet clock done by a guy in Germany. It's based on his own artwork, and it's amazing:

I;d love to have great ideas like this, but this guy has me beat by miles for creativity!

kknit wrote
on May 5, 2012 10:26 AM

I have an ugly round clock I took off the wall because I couldn't stand looking at it any more... this is the perfect way to "upcycle" it! Great idea, MegG@6, it should be work perfectly. YAY

on May 4, 2012 1:58 PM

You can use felted old sweater pieces to make pot holders(three layers blanket stitched together , and tea cosies one layer, two pieces blanket stiched together with a gap for both the handle and the spout.  The wool is flame proof and a very effective insulator against hot and cold.  Use it for a water bottle cover, too.

on May 4, 2012 1:52 PM

Felted old sweater pieces make terrific flame proof pot holders, (use three layers, blanket stitched together and don't make it too big or it will touch the hot plate too readily) and extremely effective tea cosies, thermal water bottle holders.  I have used all 3 ideas as hostess gifts with a positive reception in each case.  Of course you could knit all three and then felt but the recycled method is quick and demonstrates resourcefulness.

JudithB wrote
on May 4, 2012 8:23 AM

I'm with Maureen, I want the Clock!!!  But I have the hard copy of the IK that featured the clock, but it's only an "idea" with no directions!!!  Does the CD version have directions??  It would be worth the cost (to me) to get the directions!  

MegG@6 wrote
on May 4, 2012 8:21 AM

Love the clock!!!

To knit in a circle -- start with a beret hat pattern that starts at the top, keep increasing at the same rate until your circle is big enough.  Notice that the clock is in reverse stockinette and has 12 ribs.  looks like this was done with an increase at 12 places.  does this help?  Let me know if you need more specific info.

MaureenL wrote
on May 4, 2012 6:51 AM

I have to make that clock!! How do I knit a circle?!