I’m proud of myself. This year, I started making Christmas gifts in January to give away for the 2015 holiday season. Of course, I only managed to make three gifts total from January to September… but hey, I had good intentions. Christmas seems so far away when the sun is shining and you’d rather be outside. So if you are like me, and you still need to make several Christmas gifts, fear not. Though we may be down to the 45-ish day mark, I’ve rounded up several quick and easy gift patterns.
Although there are plenty of beautiful paid patterns out there, I’ve only listed free ones here. Some are knit and some are crochet, but all should only take a day (or maybe two) to make. A big thank you to all the designers! Also, if you are still shopping for yarn to make last minute presents, remember that bulky & super bulky yarns are your friends.
- Capucine by Adela Illichmanova – (Knit – bulky weight) This adorable hat works up quickly in bulky yarn and would make a great gift. Click the link to find the pattern download on Ravelry.
2. Reversible Strands for Men (and Women Too!) by Nancy Smith – (Crochet – worsted weight) I made this hat last year for my brother and he was shocked that I didn’t buy it. It’s snug and stretchy and very warm. Make a couple in different colors for different people! The link above takes you to the Ravelry page for the pattern.
3. Simple Slouchy Hat by Julie Weisenberger – (Knit – bulky weight) Who doesn’t love a slouchy hat? Wear it brimless for a super slouchy hat, or fold the brim up for a more snug fit. Click the link above to go the Ravelry pattern page, or download the pattern from her blog, Coco Knits.
4. Winter Hat by Michele Maks – (Crochet – bulky weight) Here’s another great gift hat that would look nice for men or women. On the Ravelry page (linked above) you can also find the pattern for the matching scarf.
5. Braided Knit Headband by Beth Attwood – (Knit – super bulky weight) Headbands make perfect gifts for women like my mom, who don’t want to mess up their hair with a hat. Keep your hair style intact and keep your ears warm! Headbands also make a perfect first time cabling project if you’ve never cabled before. It’s really not as scary as it seems! Get the pattern at Ravelry at the link above, or get it at Beth’s blog, Owlswakeup.
6. Super Soft Merino Hats for Everyone by Purl Soho – (Knit – bulky weight) This fabulous pattern has five sizes–baby, toddler, child, woman and man–so you can literally make one for anyone on your list! The pattern also includes several color variations (solid, one stripe, three stripes, pin stripes, and rainbow stripes) so you can make it exactly how you want it to look. Get the pattern at the Purl Soho blog.
7. Crochet Grocery Bag by Haley Waxburg – (Crochet – DK/worsted weight) Market bags make a great gift–for whomever you give it to and to the environment! This lovely grocery bag can be made in any weight cotton yarn (or another non-stretchy fiber). These bags are great to stash in your car for shopping, library visits, picnics, etc. Get the pattern at Knit-o-matic (the pattern is free but it does require you to go through the checkout process).
8. Dragon Hands by Caitlin ffrench – (Knit – super bulky weight) These fingerless mitts/arm warmers make a great gift for men or women. They work up quickly in super bulky and construction is super simple (they are basically a tube with a thumb hole). I made a pair of these for my brother, but I may have to make another before Christmas, because I want to keep them for myself (I’m wearing them right now!). Get the pattern at the Ravelry link above or visit Caitlin’s blog at We Will Tell You All Of Our Secrets.
9. Owl Hat by Sarah Zimmerman – (Crochet – worsted/aran weight) While you may not be able to make one for everyone on your list, this hat is just too adorable to leave off the list. Every child should have an owl hat, whether they like it or not ;). Get the pattern at Repeat Crafter Me.
10. Convertible Cowl by Stephanie Swaim – (Crochet – super bulky weight) This is a great pattern for crochet beginners and experts alike, and can only be limited by your imagination. If you don’t have super bulky on hand, use two strands of worsted weight; or add in a strand of something fun (like fun fur, eyelash or boucle) to make the cowl perfect for your giftee.
11. 75-yard Malabrigo Fingerless Mitts by Jeanne Stevenson – (Knit – worsted weight) Not only are these cute little mitts quick and easy, they only use 75 yards of yarn, making them great for using up those leftover skeins that you don’t know what to do with. If you have more than 75 yards, it’s easy to make these longer–just extend the wrist ribbing. These are great for knitters, crocheters, and office workers, whose fingers get cold but still need dexterity to work. Grab the pattern over at Jeanne’s blog, Life in Cleveland.
12. The Black Hole Cowl by Laura Jansen – (Crochet – super bulky weight) This cowl is big, comfy, squishy, soft, warm–everything you’d want in a cowl on a cold winter day. The Black Hole Cowl makes a lovely gift, but make sure to buy enough yarn for two–you’ll want one for yourself. Get the pattern on Ravelry at the link above, or visit Laura’s blog, Red Ribbon Fox Knits.