Charity Knits

Published on January 27th, 2015 | by Elizabeth Bagwell


Is it too early to start knitting for Christmas?

With a local newspaper reporting that a knitter has already started their Christmas list, Elizabeth Bagwell wonders: when exactly is too early to knit?

It’s not even the end of January, and Falmouth local paper, The Packet has an article about knitting Christmas jumpers.

To be fair, Ann Congdon, who is featured in the article, is knitting the festive sweaters to raise funds for an orphanage in South Africa (and she needs a hand – or better yet a sleeve or two, so if you want to help, click through and scroll down for her contact details).

Her story does mirror that of knitters around the world though. As The Packet reports, Ann had grand plans for her Christmas fundraising knits last year, but ran out of time so ‘only’ 9 jumpers were finished in time for the charity auction.

Frankly, we think 9 Christmas sweaters is a great success, but it does raise the question: when should you start knitting for a big holiday?

On the one hand, Ann’s early start makes perfect sense, and we’d encourage anyone with a Christmas list that includes 9 full-size intarsia sweaters to start soon. On the other hand, it’s hard to imagine spending the whole year working on projects for one holiday!

What’s your secret? Do you start knitting for Christmas in January or rush out to buy gift cards on Christmas Eve? Do you finish by July or at 3am on Christmas morning? Or something in between?

About the Author

Elizabeth is a keen knitter, occasional designer, enthusiastic traveler and a professional freelance writer. She spent three years working for British knitting magazine, Simply Knitting, and has also written for The Knitter and other craft titles. She blogs at:

Last updated: January 27th, 2015.

5 Responses to Is it too early to start knitting for Christmas?

  1. Kirstie says:

    I started knitting for Christmas 2015 on Christmas Eve 2014. Only hat, scarf and glove sets, but made specifically with Christmas in mind. I’m a slow knitter, so
    I need all the time I can get, interspersed with garments for me.

    • Merion says:

      Me too Kirstie – I think you are very wise to start early! And hat, scarf and glove sets are gorgeous!! We knitters need to plan our time carefully!!

      Kind regards
      Merion & the LoveKnitting team

  2. Already started! Mainly coz by July my knitting shudders to a halt….

    • Merion says:

      Ooooh hawthorn-livelovecraft – do you change crafts in the summer? We’ve got some gorgeous summer yarns and patterns in cool cotton & linen on the way! Perhaps some cool summer lace for sunny days?!!

      Kind regards
      Merion & the LoveKnitting team

  3. Terri says:

    I started Christmas Day with a glass of bubbly, . Everyone this year gets a gorgeous picot edge scarf (Ladies)with a diamante or pearl broach and gloves ( not sure if I am making these or buying leather ones) or beanie hat scarf and finger less gloves (male). So far 3 ladies gifts made, wool ordered for number 4 and looking for yarn for the male sets. Oh and Christmas cards and gift tags etc are under way as well as I also make them LOL xx

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