November 16 2016 – Nadia
Are you in need of some knitted gift inspiration? Then this post is for you! We have compiled a list of our favourites along with some yarn suggestions so that you can whip up a gorgeous handmade gift in no time at all...
The best thing about this quick lace cowl pattern is that you can choose to knit it in either a sock weight or a worsted weight. This cowl is knit from the top down starting straight and then moving to working in the round for the lace chart section. Â Jenny and I have both made beaded versions for that extra bling and Maria has made a worsted version in Malabrigo Rios.
Do you have a skein of sock yarn that is just screaming to be a certain person's gift? Then, this is the pattern for you. This is an easy relaxing knit that swaps between a simple eyelet pattern and stocking stitch to give it a springy concertina effect. Our sample was knit in Malabrigo Finito and I'm dreaming of one of these in Clarendon Sock.
In case you missed it, Maureen knitted the above mittens in one skein of Malabrigo Rios in no time at all. A spark of an idea and some DART journeys later and she had these ready to go for the cold snap. The sizing on these goes from toddler to adult, so you can make a matching set for all the family.
This is a firm favourite for the tiny humans among us but the sizing does go all the way to an adult large. This simple aran weight pattern is on and off the needles almost overnight so it's my go to pattern for the grab and go gift. I'm excited to try this in the new Falkland Aran by Debbie Bliss and a new set of Zing tips.
We are always asked about knitting patterns for men and this is a popular suggestion here in the shop. It's a simple broken rib pattern worked on 5mm needles and sized for an adult medium and large. The hat is completely reversible with the decreases worked seamlessly into the pattern. Â The Ella Rae Classic range and Malabrigo RiosÂ would look great in this pattern.
You would be surprised the number of requests we get for a tea cosy pattern. This is a simple garter stitch pattern in Studio Donegal AranÂ worked flat and seamed. This means it can fit any teapot and I know a lot of people have been choosing their colours to match their dishes. The blue and white Denby combination is very popular and topped off with a luscious pom pom, what's not to love!
Another worsted weight hat pattern sized from baby to adult. This is perfect for a relaxed weekend knit. I have also knit this pattern in Hedgehog Fibers Sock held double on a 5mm needle as an alternative to using aran weight yarn and ended up with a super soft hat that just begs to be worn.
One of our favourite patterns from Carol's wonderful book, Knitting with Rainbows. If you picked up any mini skeins during 2016 then this is the perfect way to showcase them. This pattern would be a great way to use up any 4ply leftovers that you might have from shawls or socks - what a wonderful way to wrap up the year, with a trip down your very own knitting memory lane..
Sock patterns usually take a lot of time but these Rye Socks knit up rapidly using worsted weight yarn on 3.75mm needles. The pattern goes from baby to adult large and is adorned with a garter stitch panel from cuff to toe. Perfect for toasty toes in front of the fire at Christmas.
This two piece aran weight cardigan and hat set is ideal for wrapping those winter baby arrivals in snuggles. This timeless piece has a broad size range from 3 months to 10 years old. This is also a great introduction to a top down raglan knitting with a beautiful i-cord edging. The double row of buttons allows this garment to grow with the child makingÂ this a perfect gift knit that might even still fit next winter too.
This is a beautiful little cable pattern worked in fingering weight yarn for added warmth without excess bulk. The yarn of choice is, of course, the Dublin Dye merino sock for softness and durability. Firstly, the vest is worked in the round from the bottom up then the stitches are picked up around the arms and neckline to form the collar and arm ribbing.
This is a beautiful DK pattern with lace sleeves and Â a gorgeous button side panel. This newborn size is free but you can get the child version called QuaintlyÂ which has sizes to 10 years old . This is a perfect pattern for any double knit yarn. How about Rialto DK by Debbie Bliss?
Made with 1 skein of Herriot Great on 5mm needles, this is a hat filled with Alpaca-y, Pom-Pom-y Goodness! This has been a firm favourite for teens with a choosy, hard to knit for attitude. The largest size in this hat, has less than 60 rows so this hat is easily achieved in a weekend.
A sumptuously soft cowl (our version was worked in the truly exceptional yarn that is Woolfolk FÃ¥r), featuring an easy repeat of an interesting stitch pattern. This gift knit is guaranteed to be enjoyable to work up, and quite difficult to give away!Â Our sample used three skeins of FÃ¥r but you can customise the length to suit your time frame and budget...