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Published on November 4th, 2015 | by Liza

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Holiday gifts to start knitting right now: free patterns

The holidays are coming, and that means there are many presents to be made! If, like so many of us, you haven’t started yet, fear not, because we’ve got some patterns you can finish in time for Christmas or Hanukkah even if you’re just casting on now.

Scarves and Shawls

Holiday knitting patterns: Rising Sun by Zsuzsa Kiss, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

A shawl or scarf is a great gift, since they are usually fairly quick to make and are extremely useful in the chilly winter months. Rising Sun by Zsuzsa Kiss is beautiful and works in any weight or yardage of yarn.

Holiday knitting patterns: Cabled & Lace Muffler by Imperial Yarns, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

Chunky scarves and shawls are all the rage this year, and the Cabled and Lace Muffler from Imperial Yarns, knit in Imperial Yarns Native Twist, will keep the recipient cozy and warm without sacrificing style.

Holiday knitting patterns: Bundled in Brioche by Stephen West, download on LoveKnitting

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If you are looking for something extra warm for a friend who lives in a colder climate, try your hand at two-color brioche stitch with Bundled in Brioche by Stephen West. The stitch knits up to feel luxe and cushy, and the scarf can work well for men or women.

Holiday knitting patterns: Meandering Rib Scarf by Lion Brand, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

The Meandering Rib Scarf from Lion Brand is another unisex option, and is a slightly thinner scarf that would work well with business attire. Knit up in Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool, this scarf is warm and cozy during a chilly morning commute.

Hats

Holiday knitting patterns: Milanese Lace Topper by Tante Ehm, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

Hats are another fun, relatively fast gift to knit. Like scarves, they are extremely useful to the recipient and are downright beautiful. The Milanese Lace Topper by Tante Ehm is a gorgeous example. Knit it up in a soft wool or alpaca to make a warm and cozy present.

Holiday knitting patterns: Slice by Amanda Carrington, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

Slice by Amanda Carrington is a simple unisex pattern with just enough visual interest to make it unique. With the purl side showing, it’s a unique twist on basic stockinette, and the single section of lace adds an element of class and style. This one looks nice in a solid yarn as pictured, or in a variegated option.

Decorations

Holiday knitting patterns: Purled Christmas Tree by Anna Sudo, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

A little holiday decor can be a great gift for the right person. If you have a friend or relative whose home is covered head to toe in Santa Claus, trees, and snowmen, they will definitely appreciate having a little something to display for years to come that was lovingly handcrafted. These Purled Christmas Trees by Anna Sudo are adorable, and you can make one or several depending on how fast you knit. They make a great addition to a fireplace mantle or side table.

 

Holiday knitting patterns: Holiday Stocking by Plymouth Yarn download at LoveKnitting

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The Holiday Stocking, knit up here in Plymouth Yarn Galway Worsted,  is another great choice. The fair isle technique adds more visual interest than basic stripes, and there are a lot of options to play with color, so it will look great hanging from the mantle when Santa comes.

Which free Christmas gift knitting patterns are getting you in the holiday spirit? Tell us in the comments!

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About the Author

Liza is a New York-based writer and photographer who is working on a Ph.D in Information Studies. She gets her best knitting done on the subway, and likes dogs more than people. She posts about knitting and yarn on her blog, Knitblr, as well.


Last updated: November 3rd, 2015.

3 Responses to Holiday gifts to start knitting right now: free patterns

  1. GLENDA PROFIT says:

    Stockings, little Christmas trees jingle bells jingle bells I am now officially in THE mood

  2. Ann says:

    These patterns for Christmas gifts are wonderful. Something for almost everyone on my list. Many thanks!

  3. Betsy D. Ainsworth says:

    The little Christmas creatures are over the top cute! Thank you.

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