Ack! It’s December first! WHERE DID THE YEAR GO?!?!?
If you’re anything like me, you are behind in your Christmas knitting and starting to wonder if your long to-do list of gift knits is anything short of utter insanity. Maybe it’s time to switch out plans for those argyle socks for something more simple, and to toss out all projects that have a gauge of 6 stitches to the inch or more and start focusing on 3 stiches per inch projects?
Quick knits. That’s what I’m talking about. And I have a few gems to share – knits that I have found to be fast, simple, and excellent for giving.
1. Seafoam Scarf (and other drop stitch scarves and cowls)
That wonderful drop stitch adds inches to the length of the scarf in just one row! This thing flies off the needles, and a decently long scarf can be made in the space of a good chick flick or two. Mine was knit in my own handspun. Ravelry project page here.
2. Turkish Bed Socks
This pattern is super quick, super easy, and makes a really nice pair of socks. I wear mine all of the time and my girls love the ones that I have made for them as well. I have knit this pattern many times, but the only picture I have is of the pair that was knit for me by my knitting buddy.
3. Mini Sock Monkeys
These tiny critters are great crowd pleasers – just ask my crowd! Once I got the hang of them, I could knit one in less than a half an hour and they only require the tiniest bit of leftover sock yarn.
4. Flower Fairies
Granted, you need some little peg people to make these cuties, but those are easily and cheaply found online (I get mine from here). The girlies love them and they are easily altered to make gnomes and girls and all kinds of little characters. (see my variations here)
5. Wren Headband (or any of the 2131 headbands and earwarmers found on Ravelry here)
At the risk of sounding self serving, I designed this little knit to be a quick, easy, and impressive gift.
On top of that, there are 4085 patterns on Ravelry that can be made out of under 150 yards of bulky weight yarn! (look here!) Just on the first page I see a knitted beard, a hat pattern for the whole family, and a very cute short scarf.
Now, what are you waiting for? Only 24 more days until Christmas!