Christmas is coming soon! Yes, I know, it’s only the end of October … but as a good knitter, it’s time to think about knitted Christmas presents, isn’t it?
Here is a small selection of patterns classified by category, for you, whether you are a beginner or not.
Ten knitted Christmas gift ideas to give to the people you love
1. What you wear around your neck (which is not a shawl)
Unfortunately I can’t give you a list of what I prefer in this category, so I had to make some choices …
1.1. 4 Seasons Cowl Collection
This collection was created in 2019 to celebrate the seasons.
I wanted to play with stranded colorwork to create original designs.
These are not patterns for beginner knitters, but on the other hand, if you want to try your hand at stranded colorwork and you’re not shy, you can go for it!
1.2. Wave Cowl, an unusual cowl
I knitted this one during the lockdown.
It’s not mine, but the work of Olga Buraya-Kefelian, a knitwear designer who masters and explores 3D shapes.
I had a lot of pleasure knitting it (less to graft it but it’s not because of the pattern but because of the technique … me and hand sewing, it’s like chalk and cheese).
If you want to take a look at my Ravelry project, you will see that it is knitted flat and that you work the cowl, wave by wave and finish it by joining it in a round.
If you have a little time to knit and the person you are giving this gift to is “Knit Worthy”, I would advise you to make a shawl.
It is the perfect project to have fun knitting while giving something of value to a loved one.
I had to make a choice in my patterns. Indeed, shawls are one of the things I have created the most.
So here is my latest one, Fawkes, which I’m detailing here on the blog.
2.2. Neruda, the big shawl you want to wrap yourself in
Here is a shawl that I have wanted to make for a long time.
Every time I see it, I think of the fireplace, the wood fire and above all I love the bubbles at the bottom of the shawl …
But every time I tell myself that I’m going to knit it, I either don’t have the right wool or I don’t have the time …
Perhaps you will find the time to knit it for someone dear to you?
3. A knitted for gifts for the hands
3.1. The Deer
This pattern is for a Harry Potter fan.
I thought of the Patronus when I created it.
But it can also be for a nature fan. In our house, the deer is the master of the woods and it’s my daughters’ favourite pair of mittens.
The pattern is available alone for sale on Ravelry and Lovecrafts but it is also available as an ebook. I told you about it here. And I can even tell you that the latest pattern released is the Unicorn!
3.1. Mitaines flamboyantes
If stranded colorwork frightens you or if you don’t feel expert enough to take the plunge, here’s another proposal: Les Mitaines Flamboyantes.
The pattern of these mittens is created with twisted stitches, yarn overs and decreases. A very nice render for a pattern that is not that difficult to make.
4. For your feet
4.1. Space Socks, socks for beginners
Here is a model that has been created especially for beginners in socks.
It is a model that starts fron the toes and it’s a afterthougths heel. In short, you knit a tube and then you place the heel.
These are the socks I wear the most … and they don’t even match (so I can match with my children who have the annoying habit of putting on mismatched socks!).
4.2. Tipsy Toe Socks
I haven’t knitted these ones yet, but I am intrigued by their construction using Short Rows from the toe.
Will you be faster than me to knit them?
5. Finally, the category … A little bit of everything
Of course, I cannot fail to tell you about the MKAL that I am organising for the Advent period and which could be a perfect Christmas present … but I have already told you a lot about it here.
4.1. Towels, towels … and more towels
Last year I got caught up in the game of knitting coffee towels in mosaic. I think it will be the same again this year … and this time I will probably give some of them to my mum ?
In fact, I’ve made some purchases in anticipation …
So here is a very small collection that focuses solely on accessories. Nothing prevents you from knitting a jumper, but of course it is much more time-consuming.
You can find an accessories bundle on Ravelry with all my patterns in case you don’t find what you’re looking for here.
What I haven’t told you is that with this article I’m getting your foot on the ladder for the GAL 2020! A gigantic KAL with prizes, fun, games … and it starts at the end of November! I told you about it last year on my YouTube channel (but it’s in French – you can find a video in English on Imagined Landscape YT Channel).
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See you soon,