I have no doubt that I’m not the only yarn botherer who has stayed up way past bedtime on Christmas Eve to finish a present am I?! Having managed to get slightly ahead of myself this year by steadily knitting and crocheting projects suitable for gifting before tucking them away, you would think I’m all ready then wouldn’t you? Hmm, not quite! There’s still a few last minute gifts to whip up and so I’ve selected my pick of small and fairly fast patterns collections, each containing something for everyone, all of which will make gorgeous presents.
Knitworthy 2 by Ysolda Teague, is as the title suggests, the second Knitworthy collection and features “8 patterns intended to make good gifts for everyone on your knitworthy list (because life’s too short to knit for anyone who doesn’t love what you make).” So blinkin’ true!
Hats, shawls, mitts and cowls all line-up in a parade of fabulous cables, colourwork and clever construction techniques suited to pretty much anyone and everyone. I’ve been eyeing up the Cúram hat for myself but suspect it would magically wander over to Mr K’s head, so in order to keep him woollied up I think a pair of Kærlig mitts are going to find their way onto my needles. Knitworthy 2 is available to download from Ravelry priced at £12.00.
Next up is Titus Mini Knits, a collection of 12 knit and crochet accessory patterns commissioned by Baa Ram Ewe, each using no more than 200g of their glorious Titus yarn and with patterns suited to men, women and kids alike.
The January Mitts by William Nelson (featured on the cover) will knit up in no time – I’m hoping Santa will leave enough Titus in my stocking so I can knit myself a pair of these! Other fab makes include Dashing Daschund by Ella Austin, May Cowl by Sarah Alderson and December Hat by Kelly Herdrich. Titus Mini Knits retails at £12.95 and is available in print through Baa Ram Ewe.
Designers Joanne Scrace and Kat Goldin have published two collections of crocheted shawl patterns this year under their collective name The Crochet Project.
The Shawl Project Volume 1 (top row) features 6 crocheted shawl patterns each using just 100g of 4ply/fingering weight yarn or less, with Volume 2 (bottom row) showcasing slightly larger designs which will take 200g of yarn. Included in the book are tips on shaping and shawl construction and the emphasis is very much on learning new techniques to take your crochet further. Having tried to pick a design to make for my Mum I figure it may just be easier to buy her a copy of the books and let her choose which one to make herself! The Shawl Project Volume 1 and Volume 2 are available to download via Ravelry (£10.00) or in print (£12.00) from The Crochet Project online shop.
For super quick mittens you can turn to Ann Myhre’s new collection ‘Fire fine fruer og en herremann’ which translates as Four Ladies and a Gentleman.
Available in both Norwegian and English, each of these five mitten patterns will fly off the needles in no time. The Ladies mittens each use 50g of sportweight yarn and the Gentleman just over, so they’re also perfect for using up half skeins left from previous projects. I’ve already knit a pair of the Gentleman mittens for Mr K who I have been trying to convince aren’t actually for him whilst asking him to try them for size…can you spot the flaw in my plan? Four Ladies and a Gentleman is available to download via Ravelry priced at approximately £9.50 (depending on exchange rates).
Last, but by no means least is a more general suggestion for last-minute makes. A knit or crocheted washcloth can be a thing of beauty – look for a pretty cotton yarn and try out a new stitch pattern, add a couple of ties and envelope a bar of soap in the cloth for an all-in-one present which wraps itself! There are over 11,000 patterns on Ravelry so there’s bound to be something for everyone!
Do you have a pattern collection which you return to time and again for gift making, or any suggestion for fast last-minute makes? I would love to hear from you if so!
Knitworthy 2 images © Ysolda Teague; Titus Mini Knits images © Baa Ram Ewe; The Shawl Project images © Kat Goldin; Four Ladies and a Gentleman images © Ann Myhre, and all used here with permission.
Disclaimer: I work on a freelance basis with Baa Ram Ewe and Ann Myhre but have not received any form of payment for this post from either them or the other designers featured here – I just really like the designs!