Christmas is quickly approaching and we’re already smack in the middle of Hanukkah and, if you’re like me, you’re only just NOW thinking about knitting up some gifts for loved ones. Oops!
But no worries! I’ve round up plenty of quick knit projects that you can whip up in no time along with a few tips, tricks, and dash of inspiration to get you started down the right path.
Paddle Mitts by tincanknits
These mitts are a fast and addicting knit. I knit up a pair of these last year, using The Plucky Knitter Scholar in Dandy Lion and Trusty in Tuscadero. Just make sure you don’t spend all of your knitting time picking out color combos! I put together a few ideas using KnitPicks Swish Worsted to give you a head start and hopefully save you some time.
KnitPicks Swish Worsted
Note: That’s an affiliate link and clicking on it may give me a little cash for the yarn stash!
I L-O-V-E these little house slippers. They are super cute and SO practical for casual lounging around the house. And they’re made with worsted weight yarn, which makes them the ultimate quick knit. I’d recommend using a superwash wool to make them an easy to care for gift. And if you use a superwash wool blend with nylon, even better!
Honey Cowl by Madelinetosh
I’ve made this cowl a few times and I have a feeling I’ll be making a few more in the future. It’s a simple and straightforward pattern that can be made in 2 sizes, short and long. So if you’re pressed for time, just knit up a short one!
The waffle-like stitch pattern is so fun to knit (mindless but never boring!) and absolutely perfect for kettle dyed yarn with a slightly variegated color.
This is such a great trendy little slouch hat for ANYONE! And the worsted weight yarn plus simple stitches make it the easiest gift to knit! If you’re looking for the perfect yarn to use, I highly recommend Quince & Co’s Owl yarn. Their colors and quality are amazing!
Masonry Mitts by Vera Bristol
Knit by Me!
I knit these up in only a few hours (though I admit those hours were spread out over the course of a month). The pattern is very straightforward and quick to knit without being boring. I knit these up with Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in Forestry. Note, that’s an affiliate link and clicking on it may give me a little cash for the yarn stash!
Tips + Tricks
• The thicker the yarn, the faster it knits!
Worsted to super bulky weight yarns are your friend.
• Keep it small and simple.
Look for basic patterns without a lot of complex details. Think hats, fingerless mitts, slipper socks, or cowls. Skip the intricate cables or colorwork, unless you have your heart set on a specific pattern for a specific person (and can knit like the wind!)
• Knit what you know.
Now is not the time to learn how to turn a heel!
Looking for More Quick Inspiration?
Or maybe you’re a little overwhelmed by all the perfect looking knits and just want something realistic? Step away from the Pinterest (just for a little while) and take a look at Instagram. I’ve been getting a TON of inspiration there lately. Here are some good hashtags to get lost in.
#wipwednesday (not knitting exclusive)
You’ll find much more realistic projects there as well a great community of fellow knitters furiously knitting up all of their gifts, just like you!
And while you’re there, feel free to stop by my Instagram and say hi. 🙂