Cool and Irresistible Gifts to Knit for Christmas!
Welcome to my Holiday Gift Guide for Knitters!
Come on knitters, it's time to get funky with your knitting!
After reading about these Gifts to Knit for Christmas, there will be no more giving out novelty sweaters or ridiculously long scarves this year... instead, knit some gifts that everyone in the family will be clamoring to get in their stockings!
From adorably cute baby toys to funky accessories for teens, there are lots of things you can knit for all the family!
Here are 5 great ideas for gifts to knit for friends and family. Give out some of these and everyone will be begging you to knit for Christmas every year!
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Don't Knit This... - (although we'll quite happily take Colin Firth)
...Knit These! - Cute, Funky and Irresistible Knitted Things!Click thumbnail to view full-size
Do you Knit, Wit?
Have you ever knitted a gift for someone?
The Cutest Mini Knits!
Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. Typically they are kooky little animals but they can also be inanimate objects, like vegetables, that are given faces and limbs.
This book will have 20 designs, including animals and inanimate objects. A knitting basics section will provide instructions for all the techniques needed to make the projects.
Ever Got Knitted Out?
Have you ever received a gift that was knitted by someone for you?
Squidoo Says... Give No Evil! - Bah Humbus wants a Decent Gift This Year!
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This lens was inspired by Squidoo's Give No Evil Quest, in which SquidMonster Bah Humbus challenged lensmasters to make a Holiday Gift Guide lens with a "give this, not that" flair.
So instead of knitting boring socks or a scary Christmas sweater, make sure you knit something that is adorably SquidTastic, just like the little fella above!
Here are five ideas to get you started:
1. Knit a Cute Toy
Super Cute Knitted Toys
Even toys are getting a makeover from traditional teddies (not that there's anything wrong with those, mind!)
Knit super cute little critters, from caricature animals to teeny weeny unusual creatures, fantastical beasts to quirky and completely made-up monsters.
How cute is this little fella? While other children receive manufactured plastic for Christmas, knit your child or grandchild or nephew or niece their very own knitted axolotl. How cool is that?
How to Knit Toys
This book of adorable toys to make gets excellent reviews on Amazon. There are 20 different projects to make with something for everyone inside!
From bunnies and bears to Russian dolls and robots, discover a unique range of over 20 adorable little knitted characters, each packed with personality and individual charm.
The softly colored characters are a joy to knit, and their fun size is perfect for gift giving or as a quirky home accent. The projects combine simple knits with cute fabric applique accents to add that extra element not always found in traditional toy knitting titles.
Clear instructions, fun narrative text and sweet photography speak to all knitters, regardless of level.
Free Knitting Patterns for Cute Toys
2. Knit a Cute Hat
Funky Knitted Beanies and Berets
From adorable baby beanies, to funky loose-knit hats with gorgeous knitted flower corsages - hats are in, but make sure yours is in fashion!
Hats make great gifts for all the family, even the men! There are so many possibilities, especially with baby hats - the cuter, the better!
Be inspired by some of the great ideas and patterns below.
How to Knit an Adorable Baby Beanie!
I wish I'd had this book when I was pregnant with my daughter - I could have made so many cute hats! I'll definitely be learning how to make these if and when a little brother or sister comes along!
Whatever their activities, we think you’ll agree: babies should wear hats. Mainly because they look so darned cute in hats! And they look really, really cute in Baby Beanies.
Author and photographer Amanda Keeys designed these enchanting toppers for her professional portraits of babies, and her simple patterns use bright colors, lush textures, and quirky embellishments to rise to the top.
Directions for basic stitches and techniques are included, so even beginning knitters can easily whip up a present for a special baby. Readers will enjoy the engaging text and the adorable photos. Go beyond blue for boys and pink for girls—make them something nice from Baby Beanies!
Free Knitting Patterns for Hats
3. Knit Something Cute for the Dog!
Adorable Knitted Dog Sweaters
Knit something for the family pet - cats and dogs will never have looked so funky!
Knit sweaters, coats, hats and boots for your furry friends. Or, if your family's pet isn't into fashion, why not knit them a blanket or a toy?
See, I said you really could knit something cute for every member of the family!
Knitting for Dogs!
If you have a canine fashionista in the family, then this is the book for you! Knit everything from sparkly sweaters to cute hats for pups!
You'll find designs here for every kind of dog, from sequined sweaters for your toy dog princess to a handsome sport coat with racing stripes for your L or XL big boy. But why stop there when you can knit a hat with Fair Isle trim or fingerless Aran gloves to match your pet's jaunty sweater?
And because accessories make the dog, there are patterns for everything from a cat-shaped squeaky toy to a walk-in-the-park shoulder bag for carrying keys, doggie treats, and the all-important plastic bags.
With foolproof instructions on how to properly measure a dog so that the project comes out just right, Knitting for Dogs will provide hours of entertainment for you and turn even the average pooch into the envy of the dog-run set.
Free Knitting Patterns for Dog Sweaters
- Cable Knit Greyhound Sweater Free Knitting Pattern
This dog sweater pattern was designed for a Greyhound, but can be easily adjusted to fit a variety of larger dogs.
- Knitting Pattern Central - Free Pet Knitting Patterns
A whole TON of free knitting patterns for everything from cat blankets and toys to dog sweaters and hats!
- Custom Dog Sweater Free Knitting Pattern
A great custom knitting page that lets you put in your own measurements so you can knit the right size sweater for your pooch!
4. Knit Funky Fingerless Gloves
Knitted Fingerless Gloves for Groovy Hands
Fingerless gloves and mittens are very in!
Teens love them if they are the right kind of design - think Goth, funky, Boho or vintage-look if you want to be especially cool.
They can be anything from chunky knit to delicate - check out some of the ideas below!
Knit Gorgeous Gloves, Mittens and Wristlets!
Doesn't this just scream style? Knit sumptuous designs with the help of this book. As one reviewer says, it's the only glove and mitten book you'll ever need.
Featuring gloves, mittens, arm warmers, mitts, and fingerless gloves, this is the second book in a new SCT Craft series that introduces innovative approaches to creating popular knitted items.
Knitting New Mittens and Gloves combines traditional and non-traditional techniques, as well as influences as far-flung as Gothic architecture, Estonian lace, and Wagnerian opera, in a winning collection of patterns for adults and children. From wool mittens filled with unspun fleece and arm warmers with leather laces, to cotton-mesh fingerless gloves and silk-beaded mitts to be worn as adornments, each design has an unexpected twist.
Free Knitting Patterns for Fingerless Gloves
- Fingerless Gloves Free Knitting Patterns
A whole variety of styles and designs, all coloirful and gorgeous!
5. Knit a Funky Handbag!
Achingly hip knitted handbags
Who doesn't love a handbag? Knit this for your sister, daughter, granddaughter, mum, cousin, niece, friend... a girl can never have too many utterly gorgeous bags!
Be inspired by the current fashion trends and go from there. You can combine felting as well for some stunning designs, or add a flower corsage, either knitted or silk!
Your Christmas Knitting in the Bag!
This book gets a 5-star review on Amazon AND comes with a free DVD, so if you're a visual learner when it comes to crafts and knitting, this is perfect!
In addition to showcasing 10 gorgeous projects to make, there is also a DVD which really helps when it comes to showing you how to make these bags.
The book covers the method of knitting beads directly into stitches to create a dense but supple tapestry-like fabric, in the style of vintage antique beaded bags. The instructions and illustrations are nicely detailed and clear, and the DVD contains 20 video tutorials. There is also a materials list for each project along with knitting instructions, colour-coded graphs and lots of tips and ideas.
Free Knitting Patterns for Handbags
- Free Knitting Patterns for Bags, Totes and Purses
Knitting Central bring you another superb selection of free patterns, with lots and lots of cute and funky styles
- Beautiful and Funky Bags and Totes Free Knitting Patterns
Some truly superb bags and totes from Berroco including gorgeous chunky cable knitted bags!
More Great Knitting Ideas!
You could also knit...
* A funky headband, like the one on the right with the adorable felt corsage!
* A beautiful, country-style Christmas stocking
* Christmas ornaments
* Fun pouches for mobile phones, iPods etc (add charms for extra "ooh" factor!)
* Cute objects such as cupcakes and other food - they make super sweet home décor!
* Jewellery - make a knitted pendant or cool woolly cuffs with buttons on!
* Long stripey socks
* Accessories - knitted flowers, corsages, key chains, bag charms and more!
More Super Cool Knitting Books - For every sale, Squidoo donates $1 to charity!
Which Knitted Gift Would YOU Rather Receive? - Traditional Knitting VS Funky Knitting!
Would you prefer a traditional or novelty knitted item for Christmas, or something a little funkier?
What To Do With All That Sock Yarn!
Stockpiling your sock yarn? Sick of making socks? This wonderful book has a feast of ideas for using it all up, and making some rather fabulous things while you're at it.
Every knitter understands the allure of sock yarn. It slips easily into a handbag, comes in endless variations, and represents a dazzling array of possibilities. Best of all, it’s relatively inexpensive, making it an affordable splurge. And knitting stores are devoting more and more shelf space to the ever-growing range of choices. As a result, many knitters find themselves with veritable “collections” of sock yarn — dozens, sometimes even hundreds of skeins — in their stash.
Fortunately, sock yarn can be used for more than simply keeping toes toasty. In Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders: 101 Patterns That Go Way Beyond Socks! veteran knitter Judith Durant has chosen not simply inventive sock patterns but also more than 5 dozen inspired patterns for other items that can be created from a single skein of sock yarn. The latest in Storey’s enormously popular One-Skein Wonders series, Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders offers one-of-a-kind patterns for baby clothes, mittens, scarves, hats, jewelry, cozies, bags . . . even a dog sweater and a lamp shade!
Oh, and if you really MUST knit one of those Bridget Jones sweaters...
- How to Knit Colin Firth's Reindeer Sweater from Bridget Jones
Photos and details of materials used to knit the reindeer sweater as worn by Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) in Bridget Jones
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