Gift Knitting: Madeleine Shawl

Now through Thanksgiving, we’re featuring patterns that are just as much fun to make as they are to receive. Stop by, pick up some yarn, and cast on your holiday gifts today! Click here to see all the patterns in this series.

Madeleine Shawl

Shawls make great gifts, as they require no sizing, and this airy pattern knits up quick. The simple construction makes it a great project to take travelling.

Find the pattern in Vintage Modern Knits, available in store. Knit it using The Fibre Company’s Terra.

From the pattern author:

This pretty picot-edged shawl is a great traveling or weekend project. It is knitted point to point in a garter-based bias-stitch pattern that is worked simultaneously with the picot edge. The construction is simple enough for beginners and interesting enough to keep advanced knitters engrossed. The bias pattern creates a Faroese-style wing to shape to the points, which allows it to drape comfortably around the shoulders.

Gift Knits: Pádraig Driving Cap

Now through Thanksgiving, we’re featuring patterns that are just as much fun to make as they are to receive. Stop by, pick up some yarn, and cast on your holiday gifts today! Click here to see all the patterns in this series.

Pádraig Driving Cap

There are only so many ribbed beanies you can knit before you’re suffering from massive knitting boredom. Thankfully, this driving cap is here to save you!

I can’t help but notice almost all the men on Ravelry wearing this hat have beards. So if you’ve got a bearded gentleman in your life, this hat is for him.

Find it for sale in-store as a single pattern. Knit it in Peace Fleece.

From the pattern author: 

This classic, jaunty driving cap was designed as a tribute to Ireland & features a double trinity knot centered across the top over a reverse stst ground. The cap top is knit flat then picked up around the edges & completed in the round, with brim picked-up across the center front as the final step. It is adjustable for a cutom fit & sized for adults.

Gift Knitting: Cedar Shake Fingerless Gloves

Now through Thanksgiving, we’re featuring patterns that are just as much fun to make as they are to receive. Stop by, pick up some yarn, and cast on your holiday gifts today! Click here to see all the patterns in this series.

Cedar Shake Fingerless Gloves

These lacy mitts are great for a chronically cold office – they’ll keep your hands toasty while still leaving your fingers free. The easy to follow pattern knits up quickly and is sure to impress.

Find it in Juju’s Loops (available in store), and knit it using Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend.

From the pattern author:

This pattern has it all – lace, twisted stitches and ribbing. It stretches and contracts beautifully to give a well-fitted fingerless mitten with wrist-narrowing appeal while the wavy lines work to elongate the arm.

Gift Knitting: Sprinkle

Now through Thanksgiving, we’re featuring patterns that are just as much fun to make as they are to receive. Stop by, pick up some yarn, and cast on your holiday gifts today! Click here to see all the patterns in this series.

Sprinkle

Baby knits are great holiday gift knitting; they knit up quick and the recipients don’t yet have the verbal skills to complain about your color choices!

Find this pattern in Juju’s Loops (available in store). Knit it using Lorna’s Laces, a superwash wool that’s fabulously soft for baby items.

From the pattern author:

A lot of people come into Loop wanting to knit a gender-neutral baby sweater. It can make people really nervous as they weigh up the associations of each colour. Yes, they could knit in white or cream, but for those knitters who love colour and want to explore fun combinations, we designed Sprinkle. It is especially fun to knit in one of Koigu’s sprinkle colour combinations. You could choose a radical contrast to the sprinkle yarn or blend with one of its tones as we have done here.

Gift Knitting: Earl Grey

Now through Thanksgiving, we’re featuring patterns that are just as much fun to make as they are to receive. Stop by, pick up some yarn, and cast on your holiday gifts today! Click here to see all the patterns in this series.

Earl Grey

Dads are notoriously hard to knit for. While many men these days are expanding their fashion horizons and embracing the world of patterns and color, many more are emphatically not.

If you’re tired of giving dad ribbed scarves in shades of grey, try these Earl Grey socks. The subtle cable is enough to keep you interested, but not so flamboyant as to scare dad off.

Find the pattern free online, and knit it up using two skeins of Three Irish Girls (3IG). 3IG is a wonderful hand dyed superwash wool, meaning no special care instructions for dad to inevitably forget.

Pair them with a bottle of dad’s favorite scotch for extra holiday warmth.

Gift Knitting: Telemark Leg Warmers

Now through Thanksgiving, we’re featuring patterns that are just as much fun to make as they are to receive. Stop by, pick up some yarn, and cast on your holiday gifts today! Click here to see all the patterns in this series.

Telemark Leg Warmers

Leg warmers are a fantastic way to wear shorter dresses in cold weather, and the forgiving sizing makes them great for gift giving.

If the recent popularity of leg warmers is giving you flashbacks to the ’80s, have no fear. These classic legwarmers from Vintage Modern Knits will banish all visions of Flashdance from your mind.

Find it in Vintage Modern Knits (available in store). Knit it in two skeins of Shepherd’s Worsted from Stonehedge Fiber Mill.

From the pattern author:

Norwegian folk costume—bold graphics from Fana, iconic lice-stitch patterns from the Setesdal valley, and Selbu mittens and accessories—comprise most of what we view as traditional norwegian knitting. The bold geometrics in Fana garments, popular in black or brown and white during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, originated as part of men’s traditional costume. The lice-patterned sweaters from the Setesdal valley—white patterning and geometric color-work against a black background—can be traced back to the 1840s. Selbu knitting originated with a pair of black-on-white patterned mittens knitted by a young girl in the mid-1800s. All three of these traditional components—graphic motifs, lice patterning, and black-on-white colorwork—are united in this pair of contemporary leg warmers.

Gift Crochet: Breda’s Cowl

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Breda’s Cowl

We’ve called this series “gift knitting” because it’s our most popular fiber craft, but that doesn’t mean we’re leaving those who crochet out in the cold! Today’s pattern is a crochet cowl that’s easy to make and sure to please.

Find this pattern as a free Ravelry download (you did join our group, didn’t you?) and crochet it in your three favorite shades of The Fibre Company Organik (one skein each color).

Gift Knitting: Palomino Mittens

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Palomino Mittens

Kick your winter knitting up a notch with these cabled mittens. Dense and warm, these woolly mitts will be a welcome upgrade from the drugstore acrylic gloves your friend is used to.

Find the pattern in November Knits. If you missed our book signing earlier this month, we’ve got copies available in the store. Knit it in three skeins of The Fiber Company Organik for luxurious softness and warmth.

From the pattern author:

Perfect for keeping fingers toasty while raking leaves or doing other autumnal chores, these mittens are knitted from a lovely, yet basic, worsted-weight wool. The texture-rich design features a meandering pattern of traveling twisted stitches and cables that show the yarn to its best advantage. A slightly denser-than recommended gauge ensures durability and warmth while small details, such as the purled thumb and ribs that extend into the cables, create a refined look to the rustic hand-wearing yarn.

Great Ideas for Gift Knitting

What would December be if not for frantic attempts to finish your gift knitting? Now through Thanksgiving, we’re featuring patterns that are just as much fun to make as they are to receive. Stop by, pick up some yarn, and cast on your holiday gifts today! Click here to see all the patterns in this series.

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Dustland Hat

This slouchy hat is great for both the guys and the gals on your list, and the variety of stitches will keep you from getting bored.

Find this pattern in West Knits Book Three (available in the store) or purchase it as a single pattern on Ravelry. Knit it using one skein of Shepherd’s Wool Worsted, or for a machine washable option try Berocco Vintage.

From the pattern author:

This textured hat gives the perfect amount of slouch for cozy casual look. The knit-purl patterning beautifully highlights a solid worsted weight yarn. An optional button can be added to tack down the slouchy fabric.

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