Category Archives: gift projects

FREEBIE Cocoon

 

 

Cocoon

I tried this pattern a couple of years ago and it was definitely a very popular choice around here. It’s a great project that doesn’t require too much brain power but makes a great gift! It works up relatively quickly with a bulky weight yarn like Diamond Luxury Baby Alpaca Sport, hand dyed merino Malabrigo Mecha, or budget friendly Berroco Vintage Chunky.

Yarn Options

Materials

  • 5mm/US8 – 16″ circular needles
  • 5.5mm/US9 – 16″ circular needles
  • 5.5mm/US9 double pointed needles
  • stitch marker
  • FREE Pattern
  • Our Project Notes

FREEBIE Campout Mitts

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Photo: mdcim 

Campout Mitts

I made a pair of these mitts a number of years ago and was super happy with them – they were fast, simple, didn’t use a ton of yarn, and looked great. They worked out so well, in fact, that the mitts seem to have (ahem) acquired a new home. The FREE pattern was originally designed for glorious, colourful Noro Silk Garden, but I also love the way they look with a semi-solid hand dyed yarn like Malabrigo Rios or Manos del Uruguay Alegria Grande. And of course, you can’t go wrong with a soft tweed yarn like Studio Donegal Soft Donegal.

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FREEBIE Pome

Pome

Oy vey, how pretty is this cabled hat?! I think it would look amazing in a simple yarn like Cascade 220 Superwash (the heathered colours would be especially fetching), but any worsted weight solid, semi-solid, heathered or tweed yarn would look amazing! Be sure to wash your hat and lay it flat to dry to settle the cables.

Yarn Options

Materials

  • 3.5mm/US4-16″ circular needles
  • 4mm/US6-16″ circular needles
  • 4mm/US6 double pointed needles
  • 1 stitch marker
  • cable needle
  • tapestry/darning needle
  • FREE Pattern

FREEBIE Cables Love PomPoms

 

 

Cables Love PomPoms

It’s that time of year where we start to scramble to make holiday gifts … ideally, gifts that are fast to knit and will be well received. I think this hat fits the bill. It’ll look great on a woman or a man, it’s made with a soft, warm yarn that you’ll love to work with and they will love to wear, and it’s a Freebie too!

Yarn Options

Materials

  • 5.5mm/US9 – 16″ circular needles
  • 6.5mm/US10.5 – 16″ circular needles
  • 6.5mm/US10.5 double pointed needles
  • cable needle
  • stitch marker
  • Fur Pompom
  • FREE Pattern

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FREEBIE & FINISHED Alpaca Long Beanie

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Long Beanie

It’s the end of October, which means that the autumn parade of giftable accessories begins! I started off easy with a Long Beanie, a FREE pattern by Woolly Wormhead. I made mine with one skein of suuuuper soft Diamond Luxury Baby Alpaca Sport, but you can make it with a number of chunky/bulky weight yarns (see list below). I finished it in a day, which is something I haven’t done in a while!

A Note on Fibre Behaviour

Different fibres behave in different ways. Alpaca has a LOT of drape, and will slouch copiously (Like the Diamond Luxury Baby Alpaca Sport). Wool has a lot of body and will keep its shape well (likeMalabrigo Mecha or Malabrigo Chunky). Blends will vary in behaviour, combinations of wool & synthetic will have some drape and also keep some shape (like Berroco Vintage Chunky). Additionally, if you want your hat to drape or slouch more, knit it at a looser tension (on slightly larger needles), and if you want it to have more body and keep its shape, make it with at a firm tension (on slightly smaller needles).

Yarn Options

Diamond Luxury Baby Alpaca Sport: 1 skein

Malabrigo Mecha: 1 skein

Malabrigo Chunky SALE:  1 skein

Berroco Vintage Chunky: 1 skein

Materials

  • FREE pattern
  • 6mm/US10 – 16″ circular needles
  • 6mm/US10 double pointed needles
  • 1 stitch marker
  • tapestry or darning needle

LONG BEANIE COMBO

 

 

FREEBIE Big Hat

Big Hat

Great one skein last minute gift! A client came in last week wearing a very simple toque (that’s Canadian for a winter hat) made with Malabrigo Rasta and I immediately thought “I’ve got to find a pattern for my other clients for that!”.  This hat is styled with the brim turned up, but if you wear it turned down it becomes a perfect slouchy style hat. A bit Thank You to Halan for the inspiration!

Yarn Options

All the following yarn are suitable and ON SALE until January 8!

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FREEBIE Holiday Minis

It’s the little things that count – especially when they’re made by hand! I adore minis at the holidays, they make great gifts and adorable, timeless ornaments, and a great way to use up small amounts of leftover yarn. You can browse all the mini freebies on Ravelry, but here are a few adorable selections ….

Minikins

 

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  • 4mm/US6 to 5mm/US8 double pointed needles
  • worsted to aran weight yarn

 

Smitten

  • 3.25mm/US4 to 4mm/US6 double pointed needles
  • worsted weight yarn

 

Mini Socks

  • 2.75mm double pointed needles
  • fingering (sock) weight yarn