Spoil yourself with these 10 projects
Now that the holidays are over, you can finally kick back and knit something just for you. We’ve got 10 larger-sized projects here so you can really dig in and treat yourself to something beautiful.
The Chasing Rainbows shawl by Boo Knits is made with beautiful lace weight yarn, perfect for anyone who likes a soft, delicate look. You could use a yarn with subtle variegation like Fyberspates Gleem Lace to keep things interesting, but a nice solid like SweetGeorgia Merino Silk Lace would really show off the stitch pattern.
Groovy by JumperCables is another great shawl option. Knit in a DK weight, its basic pattern is great for anyone who prefers a simpler design. It would be really beautiful to show off a special yarn like Madeline Tosh Merino DK or Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend Space-Dyed.
Siren Song by Louise Zass-Bangham is the shawl version of the gorgeous Song of the Sea cowl. The stitch pattern mimics ocean waves and would look stunning knit in a watery blue, like Dream in Color Smooshy in Beach Fog or Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace in Aqua, though as the picture shows, it’s lovely in any color.
Ponchos are really in this winter, and the High Plains pattern by Melissa Schaschwary is a great option for making one yourself. The lace pattern draws in some visual interest, but since it’s mostly a basic stockinette stitch, it’s also extremely versatile. In a neutral color of Cascade 220 Heathers, it could go with almost any outfit.
Manteau by Shannon Squire is another great poncho choice. It has a sleek and stylish look that would work for a wintertime outing, but is comfy enough that you’ll want to snuggle up in it on the couch. The raglan style means it’s easy to adjust the size as needed, and to make it as long as your heart (or torso) desires.
Spoil yourself with a big chunky sweater is always a warm and comfy treat to wear, and as an added bonus it will knit up really fast. This Top-Down Cozy Weekend Sweater by Amanda Lilley will keep you nice and toasty with its cowl neck, plus the cable pattern down the front makes for a more interesting knit. Try it in Plymouth Yarn Encore Chunky or Wendy Aspire Chunky.
There’s no such thing as too many chunky pullovers, and this sweater from Stylecraft yarns is yet another great choice. The big cowl neck is sure to keep the nippy air out, and the simple stockinette pattern is a great way to show off a beautiful bulky yarn like Stylecraft Life Super Chunky.
We can’t forget about the gentlemen, of course. This Men’s Textured Sweater, made from Stylecraft Life Aran, is a great choice for any of the dudes out there who want to make something just for them. The textured stitch pattern and multiple colors will look handsome on just about anyone, and it’s a piece that could dress up or down while still keeping you warm.
A warm and soft blanket is essential in any home, and the Diamond Blanket by Rocket Clothing London is a lovely option. Written as a baby blanket, the pattern includes instructions for making it larger to suit your needs, or you could use the small size as a lap throw. Make it lightweight by using a cotton, like Debbie Bliss Cotton DK, or go for something warmer with UK Alpaca Merino DK.
Plum Island Big Baby by Leslie Scanlon is a gorgeous option for making a cozy blanket. Don’t be fooled by the name — this blanket is for you, not a baby. A thick yarn like Spud & Chloe Outer will keep you toasty warm for reading or watching TV, and the yarnovers and cables in the pattern make for a beautiful and interesting knit.
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Last updated: January 7th, 2016.