Easy Gifts for newer knitters and crocheters
As soon as I started knitting and crocheting it was like I began developing this huuuuge list of all the things I wanted to make for the people in my life. The fact that Christmas was just around the corner left me feeling even more anxious! To my disappointment I spent so much time in search of quick or beginner level patterns that it was difficult to complete all the gifts I wanted to make.
This year I have more time to plan and have some experience under my belt so I am in the process of putting together a list below of knitting and crochet projects I have been able to make in 6 hours or less as a beginner or projects I am considering trying for gifts. I’ll keep updating this list and even adding links but if you know of something just post it below in the comments.
Dishcloths— there are free patterns all over the Internet but if you are a new knitter and have trouble understanding patterns all you really have to do is cast on 40-43 stitches of worsted cotton yarn with US size 6 or 7 needles and knit in garter stitch until you have a square. Garter stitch works great for dish cloth while stockingnette stitch is softer for like washcloths.
If you have knit dishcloths before but find yourself indecisive when it comes to finding a pattern consider joining a group like the Monthly Dishcloth KAL group at Yahoo. They do two Knit a Longs every month. During the Knitalong you are sent about 7-10 rows each day which makes it easy to keep up with and you can whip out 2 dishcloths a month (24 a year!!) to give as gifts. There is a sign up box below:
You can crochet dishcloths too. Here is the article with a crochet dishcloth that was (I am prettty sure) my first crochet FO: Crochet Dishcloth
Scarves – again very easy and there are some pretty scarves I’ve seen in plain old garter stitch. Just decide how wide you want it and knit til its the right length. Here is a wide muffler type scarf I made as my first patterned stitch to follow. It is a bit more involved and used two skeins of Red Heart Yarn. Here is a Ruffle Scarf I crochet with Bulky Yarn. It used less than one skein and would be pretty as a gift.
Girls and Teen Girls
Fingerless gloves – Again there are tons of free patterns out there. I made Stephanie a pair last winter while she and Vee played Monopoly. I just chained the length I wanted the gauntlets and single crocheted til they fit comfortably around her hand and wrist then I stitched them up on the side leaving 1 1/2″ at 1″ from the top open for the thumb. In that opening I slip stitched and single crochet 10, joined and crochet two rounds so her gloves would have a thumb.
Headbands – You won’t believe how quick and easy these can be. An earwarmer generally takes much less than one ball of yarn and girls like them better than hats because wearing them doesn’t mess up your hair. Most headband type earwarmers can also be worn as a neck warmer or what my girls call a ‘neckie’.
Jen’s Loop Stitch Pillow –If I had crochet the back this would have been just under 6 hours but I cheated and asked my mom to sew up some satin I purchased and then I attached the loop stitch to the front of that.
UPDATE: Bev’s Country Cottage has a ton of easy Christmas Gifts you can make by knitting or crocheting. Here is one that is quick and easy and both my girls are getting. It is a lipbalm holder that can be clipped to their keychain, back pack or purse. The link to her pattern is here: http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/keychain.html
and her Christmas Gifts Ideas Page is here: http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/christmas/gifts.html
Hats – I have a really easy pattern that I use for making knitted hats with earflaps. Eventually it will get posted. In the meantime there is a great ‘formula’ here for creating a hat pattern
Babies and Toddlers
Hats, moms love animal hats and I could crochet these all day long.