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Published on June 15th, 2016 | by Liza

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What to knit while you’re watching football

Euro 2016 is here! Whether you’re a diehard fan, or just sitting with someone who is, it’s great to have something to knit. We’ve gathered some small patterns you can work on while watching a game — small enough to be portable and simple enough to let you watch, but still useful and cute!

Football knitting patterns: GOOOAAAAL Soccer ball/football by Cheryl Andrews, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to purchase pattern.

Why not knit something football-related? This set of balls by Cheryl Andrews is a great start. Each piece is knit separately, making it really portable, and you can even change the colors to match your favorite team.

Football knitting patterns: Football Crazy Hat by Miranda Jollie, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to purchase pattern.

This hat by Miranda Jollie is another cute choice. It can be made in sizes to suit any age, and again you can change the colors to support your team. Use Cascade 220 Sport for a wide variety of colors, including basic black and white.

Football knitting patterns: Happy Birthday Mitts by Yellow Mleczyk, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to purchase pattern.

Gloves are a great portable pattern, and these Happy Birthday Mitts by Yellow Mleczyk are a simple and attractive choice. You don’t have to worry about fiddling with fingers, and they’re mostly stockinette, which makes them easy to work on while watching the game. Try making them in Plymouth Yarns Galway Worsted.

Football knitting patterns: Chandelier Fingerless Gloves by Katherine Vaughan, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to purchase pattern.

If you want a bit more of a challenge, try the Chandelier Fingerless Gloves by Katherine Vaughan. Still small and portable, the lace patterns are a beautiful touch. Use Knit One Crochet Too Crock-O-Dye for a touch of luxury.

Football knitting patterns: Emlyn Socks by Rachel Coopey, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to purchase pattern.

If you like to play with color, the Emlyn Socks by Rachel Coopey are a great choice. Use Cascade Heritage Solids for the main parts, then use up some scraps for the patterned bits. And, of course, you can always choose your team’s colours — then wear them to the next game.

Football knitting patterns: Birch by Sarah Jo Burch, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to purchase pattern.

Birch by Sarah Jo Burch are great if you want to make socks but keep things relatively simple. There’s just a small lace pattern on these otherwise plain socks, so you can keep an eye on the score while you knit. Try making them in Madelintosh Tosh Sock for a warm, soft feel.

Football knitting patterns: Baby Simple Slip-On Deck Shoes by madmonkeyknits, download on LoveKnitting

Baby booties like these Slip on Deck Shoes by madmonkeyknits are a simple, portable project that work up quickly — you may even finish them by the final whistle. Make them in Debbie Bliss Rialto DK in any combination of colors.

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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: June 16th, 2016.

One Response to What to knit while you’re watching football

  1. Mary Myers says:

    I think the other soccer parents would be worried if i showed up without either a knitting or crochet project !

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