Ah, the holidays. That time of year when knitting needles everywhere are clack-clack-clacking away while harried knitters frantically work on last minute knitted gifts—or planned-well-ahead gifts that somehow got away from us.
This is the first year that Knitscene has published five issues. Five issues, more than 120 patterns, and from that wealth of knitting inspiration from our wonderful and talented designers, there are plenty of patterns that would make great gifts. These small knitting projects are perfect for those of us crushed for time—big stitches, big yarn, big results.
Grab a couple skeins of Tahki Yarns Montana (we used their Print line, but these would look amazing in a solid color as well) and whip up Kristen TenDyke's Friday Slippers from Knitscene Winter 2012! Short-row shaping with minimum seaming and super bulky yarn make for fast knitting.
Also published in Knitscene Winter, Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreich's Northstar Hat is another short-row project, with a sweet flower added at the end (or not, if you're running short on time). Malabrigo Twist comes in so many amazing colors, you can customize a hat for everyone on your list!
The Rhonda Cap by Brenda K. B. Anderson comes from our Fall 2012 issue. O-Wool Legacy Bulky weight yarn and a delightful slipped-stitch houndstooth pattern make the knitting interesting for you and fun to wear for the recipient.
Any of the fingerless mitts from our Knitscene Accessories issue would make great gifts. Amy Gunderson's Deconstructed Mitts would probably be the fastest, the dropped stitches add length quickly, and the Rowan Lima yarn has a hint of luxury with 84% baby alpaca.
Missed one of our five issues this year? Be sure to stop by the Interweave Store tomorrow for a super sale! There will be some great deals on Interweave product you've been looking for (it's also not bad to send "hint" emails to anyone asking what you might like as a gift).
Keep on clicking those needles, my friends,