It’s that time of year again, when crafters have a few scant weeks until the holidays. Fueled by coffee, Netflix and bitter, bitter tears we knit and crochet into the night, desperate to finish last minute gifts. We bind off on the 23rd of December. Fuck weaving in ends. People can weave in their own goddamn ends.
Not like I’m speaking from experience.
Determined to still get a project or two complete before the holidays hit? Have a Venti cold brew at your side and some Therma-Care wraps for your forearms?
Well, then, I have ideas for you…
If you don’t want to dig through your stash, I suggest the Pom Pom Hat Kit from Jimmy Bean’s Wool. This kit contains a skein of Lorna’s Laces Cloudgate in the colorway Ta Tas, a code to download the pattern for Mindy’s Hat, and two faux fur pom poms.
You’ll still need circular needles in sizes 9 and 11, each with a 16″ cord, and a cable needle.
I’m going to shamelessly self-promote and mention my own pattern here: the Outlandish Cowl. Inspired by Claire’s cowl in Outlander, this pattern requires 90 yards of Malabrigo Rasta yarn and size 35 needles. It’s knit flat, seamed, and can be done in about 2 hours.
If you have some DK weight hanging out in your stash, you might try The World’s Simplest Mittens. I love Tin Can Knits and their designs, and this basic mitten knits up quickly and easily (especially in child sizes). The pattern calls for Tosh DK yarn, which is one of my favorites. I’ve made the Bitches several things with this yarn and it’s soft and perfect.
If you have the luxury of waiting for shipping (and some money to spend) you might want to check out Ohhio Braid yarn. This gigantic yarn is part of the new trend for blankets whick are arm-knit because, well, look at that yarn. Braid yarn is actually a tube of cotton, so if you have a wool allergy, it still works.
You can get a arm-knit blanket kit that comes with instructions and yarn.
Or if you feel up to going rogue, you can experiment without a pattern and make cool stuff like this:
Honestly, I want to try this so bad, but these projects are pretty expensive.
Crochet folks, I haven’t forgotten about you. I love these Crochet Star Ornaments.
This project looks perfect for adding to an existing gift, or for making something small for an office gift exchange. You’re going to need chunky weight yarn (the sample was made with Darice Folklore), a size K hook, some twine, pins, cardboard (or blocking mats) and fabric stiffener.
Fabric stiffener. Heh.
Since we’re doing all this stitching while fueled by caffeine, it might be a good time to talk about mug cozies. They’re cute, they stitch up fast, and you can gift them around a mug stuffed with cocoa or tea.
Here’s another option for your latte-loving friends: the Crochet Coffee Cozy Pattern. This would look super cute around a reusable coffee cup (I seriously love my Keep Cup) and you could stick a coffee house gift card inside–perfect for a teacher, coworker, or family member who runs on Dunkin.
And finally, we have another cowl. This is the Lattice Crochet Neck Warmer and I want one so bad. It looks sooo warm.
This pattern is for sale on Ravelry, and scrolling through the projects section showed how beautifully this works up in a variety of colors. You just need some worsted weight yarn, buttons and a size I hook.
Have you finished your holiday crafting yet? What last minute projects are you working on?