Last Minute Holiday Knitting & Crocheting

Every year, I contemplate hand-making my Christmas gifts, and every year I come to a different conclusion. Two years ago, I knit and crocheted, made ceramics, and baked--exhausting, but satisfying and budget-friendly. Last year, I decided to concentrate on finishing a sweater for myself (I rarely make things for myself, so I considered it a real treat) and forgo hand-making gifts.

This year, I decided to go with a hybrid model. I'm concentrating on small, relatively quick projects that used up my stash yarns for my friends and family, and I'm combining them with gift certificates to their favorite stores. I've already made a whole bunch, and I'm hoping to get a couple more done before Christmas.

What projects did I decide on? I picked free patterns from our website and Ravelry.com, or I improvised designs. They are...

...clockwise, from the top right:

What else am I planning on making this season? I'm currently working on a hat in LB Collection Baby Alpaca, then I hope to make the Cottage Wrist Warmers in the same yarn for my mom, and I'm also planning on making a cowl made with Superwash Merino Cashmere and Vanna's Glamour.

I like that all of these projects are relatively quick, with patterns that are easy to memorize, perfect for last-minute crafting on the go!

What projects are you making for this holiday season? When do you usually start yarncrafting for the holidays? Do you usually make or buy your presents? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!

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  • DCAlane

    I was wondering if we'd get to see all those gifts. Thanks. It's very inspiring.....for next year.

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  • Sandub

    I usually begin my Christmas crafting during the summer, but this year I was working on a project that I really wanted to finish, so my summer yarncrafting was dedicated to that project. By the time I realized it, it was mid November! I thought I would try some of the cute mitten ornaments from your free pattern. I had some Christmas Homespun left from last year, so I added to that and used size 7 needles. Now the ornaments have become gift card holders and they are just sooo cute! They work up quickly as well.

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