2018 : Christmas
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
With the festive knitting season in full swing I thought I should share some of my favourite (past and present) gifts and decorations to knit & crochet. I love Ravelry for searching out patterns and being able to save my favourites in bundles. Check out our Cast off Collective Christmas bundle for more ideas.
Hopefully it's not too late to tempt you.
Knit all the things? Some are pure joy, some are addictive and some seemed like a good idea at the time.
Decorations : Christmas baubles, snowflakes, stars, pompom garlands. Warning they are addictive...
Knit Baubles: This year I have loved "55 Christmas Balls to Knit" by Arne & Carlos. They have a well written & charted basic pattern followed by 55 charted designs. I plan to have one bauble on the table for each of our family & guests on Christmas eve. Materials: Cleckheaton Superfine Merino in Red & Cream and 3.5mm DPNS. I tried circulars but found this really suits DPNs with pattern repeat sitting perfectly on 4 needles.
Crochet baubles: From Christmas pasts. Perfect your increases and decreases with these crochet baubles. Emily Bolduan has a great pdf pattern and Purl Soho have a super step by step tutorial with photos. Materials: Patons Cotton Regal in cream with simple stripes in black and red. 2.5-3.5mm hook depending on your tension. I have also enjoyed making granny square baubles inspired by Pip Lincoln in natural cotton over glass baubles.
Gifts : washers, dishcloths, booties, beanies, coasters, apple jacket, crochet bowls, string bags... So many ideas.
This year we have been working towards a plastic free household and are loving the well made sustainable products that are appearing. To match our kitchen sink items I've been making a stack of Christmas Star Dishcloths. A quick project that can be easily coordinated with your own decor. I changed the edging for a simple aesthetic. It's a great size for the bench top and makes me so satisfied to rid our kitchen of smelly supermarket stuff. Materials: Fibra Natura Cottonwood and 4mm hook.
Checkout our Cast off Collective Bath & Kitchen bundle for more washers, dishcloths, coasters and tea cosies.
Not for the faint hearted : I saw the sweetest Christmas Tree Tea Cosy online and couldn't resist! I bought the pattern and got my supplies ready. The knitting was fun and quick with short rows for interest. However, with each piece I knitted the thought of sewing it together grew more ominous. There is no way to disguise the effort and how time consuming it was to finish this project. Lining up the leaves and spacing them correctly was super fiddly (I may tweak it when the pain has dulled). But it does look super cute in my window, is definitely a conversation starter and we will have festive tea on Christmas morning. Materials: Cleckheaton Country 8ply in green 2346, oddments of red and yellow from my stash. 4mm needles.
Happy knitmas :-)