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Holiday Knitting

Updated on November 29, 2012

Knitting for the Holidays

Knitting can always provide the perfect gift. Whether it is a small toy that you use to decorate a wrapped package, an oven mitt housewarming gift or a personalized stocking, these gifts are about time and love, not monetary value. And yet, you'll find that people value them more than if you spent a lot of cash!

Each holiday season, I fill my home with knit objects. I bring out my handmade ornaments, hang up the stockings, and carefully wrap my knit presents and place them under the tree. In this lens, I will offer suggestions on where to find knitting patterns to bring the warmth of knitting into your home as decorations and as gifts.

Don't forget that knitting doesn't have to stop when Spring comes! Many of these projects have some relevance year round. Knitting is appropriate of any holiday!

Hand Dyed Yarn Makes a Great Gift!

If you are giving a gift to a knitter or other fiber artist, hand dyed yarn makes a great gift. Since each skein of yarn is unique the final knitted object will be even more special.

My Favorite Knit Gifts - Pictures of gifts I've given over the years.

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Keith's stocking (designed by ChemKnits)My stocking (designed by ChemKnits)A cute little gosling made out of eyelash yarnK1B Baby hat (designed by ChemKnits)Market tote bag I used for a Secret Santa ExchangeGolf Ball Cozies for my (future) in-laws14-cable hat... a gift for me! (designed by ChemKnits)K1B Hat - from my favorite book in my knitting library
Keith's stocking (designed by ChemKnits)
Keith's stocking (designed by ChemKnits)
My stocking (designed by ChemKnits)
My stocking (designed by ChemKnits)
A cute little gosling made out of eyelash yarn
A cute little gosling made out of eyelash yarn
K1B Baby hat (designed by ChemKnits)
K1B Baby hat (designed by ChemKnits)
Market tote bag I used for a Secret Santa Exchange
Market tote bag I used for a Secret Santa Exchange
Golf Ball Cozies for my (future) in-laws
Golf Ball Cozies for my (future) in-laws
14-cable hat... a gift for me! (designed by ChemKnits)
14-cable hat... a gift for me! (designed by ChemKnits)
K1B Hat - from my favorite book in my knitting library
K1B Hat - from my favorite book in my knitting library

Free Holiday Knitting Pattern Lists - Let someone else do the searching!

Knitting holiday gifts requires a lot of time. Hopefully you'll spend your time on the actual knitting than searching for the perfect pattern. All of the following links will provide a list of patterns in a given category. Take a break and let someone assemble a list of free patterns for you!

Knitting Accessories Make Great Gifts

Do you always wonder what to give to your favorite knitter? Knitting accessories are always welcome!

14-Cable Hat - Free Pattern by ChemKnits!
14-Cable Hat - Free Pattern by ChemKnits!

The Obvious Knit Gift

Great default knit gifts are winter accessories. Everyone can always use more hats, gloves, mittens and scarves!

I love to give hats, scarves and gloves to the people I care about. It is a nice feeling to think that you warm their heart with the gift, but that you can also keep them warm and safe from the elements. When I am knitting a gift, I feel that the love I have for the person fills each and every stitch I make.

Knit Beaded Christmas Ornament
Knit Beaded Christmas Ornament

The Less Obvious Knit Gift

What about something for their home? Those who celebrate Christmas (which is a new holiday for me) have trees to decorate. But Ornament patterns can be useful even for people who don't celebrate Christmas. Use these small objects to decorate a wrapped package, or donate them to a charity auction.

Ornaments are a great excuse to make itsy bitsy little toys in a way that will do more than collect dust. Not only will your friends be impressed when they see them, but they will be delighted to take one home with them! This year at my holiday/birthday party, I am going to hang a number of hand knit ornaments and let each guest take one home!

Knit Accessories Gift Ideas

My blog began as I was doing research on ear flap hat patterns. I was making a list and writing descriptions of each pattern I found, and then realized that other people might have a use for the same information. Each of these links will bring you to a list of many free patterns in that subject. I think that many of these items will make fantastic holiday gifts.

Holiday Knitting on Amazon

Are you giving a gift to a knitter this year? Books on knitting and subscriptions to knitting magazines are knitting related gifts that will be received with delight.

The Knit Ornaments on my Tree

The Knit Ornaments on my Tree
The Knit Ornaments on my Tree

Knit Gifts

Which gives you more joy, giving or receiving a knit gift?

What is your favorite knit gift to give?

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    • Wednesday-Elf profile image

      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      This lens is now 'featured on' and 'lensrolled to' my new SquidAngel Blessings lens.

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      JohannaBaker 6 years ago

      Hat and scarf

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      Sue Dixon 6 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Some great ideas- I love the union jack flag hat!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Whenever I hear the news that a friend or relative is expecting, I start making one of my beautiful knit baby blankets. They're from a very old pattern that I have, and make the most beautiful open work blanket to wrap baby in. I've never given one that wasn't ooh-ed and aah-ed over.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful ornaments.

      Congrats on being on the Great Ideas for Christmas Crafts list!

      https://hubpages.com/community/monsterboards-great...

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      littlelu lm 6 years ago

      I'm just teaching myself to knit. I'm still on scarves lol. But I did knit one for my son for Christmas.

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      AWildDog 6 years ago

      Had no idea there was so much cool stuff to knit, too bad I don't knit... will have to find someone who does.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      I don't knit, but my grandmother did and she made us lots of things for Christmas. It's nice to know that hand made gifts are still appreciated.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      I don't knit, but my grandmother did and she made us lots of things for Christmas. It's nice to know that hand made gifts are still appreciated.

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Lots of great knitting ideas. Blessed and added to my December Blessing lens.

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      KDimmick 6 years ago

      Great lens. Blessed by an angel

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      marsha32 6 years ago

      I crochet over knitting, but love to make hand made items. I always have idea running around in my head. My 2 teenage daughters both want hats with cat ears. I need to get busy with that.

      Blessed by a Squid Angel

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      LM 5682693 6 years ago

      Scarves at the moment! And who doesn't love a nice warm scarf? I just learned how to do an easy cable stitch and made a beautiful scarf for my mother. She absolutely loves it! I hope to make other things like hats and socks. My ultimate goal is to make a sweater! Either for myself or my husband!

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      MikeEssex 6 years ago

      It's quite cool that knitted gifts are making a comeback. If someone took the time to knit me something now I'd be more impressed than them buying something.

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      hotbrain 6 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Another terrific lens! Angel blessed.

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      myneverboredhands 6 years ago

      Like your knitted stockings, especially one with Dino, playing a guitar! It gives me an idea for my oldest son Christmas present :)

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      Really cute! I love the knitted ornaments. Am lensrolling to my crochet snowflake patterns lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Anything that keeps them warm

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Fabulous knitting lens! I haven't knitted in a few years now. I have to admit, I do miss it. Think I will go in search of my knitting needles, right after Christmas :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Cap and gloves are my favorites.

      Beautiful patterns , neatly knit in this lens.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      I really like that shopping bag that you knitted (beige).

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      @RinchenChodron: Thank you very much!

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      I don't knit but I love to received handmade gifts! Great lens.

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      elizajane202 lm 6 years ago

      That little penguin is so adorable. I do love handmade gifts, it shows the person really cares because they actually sat down and took the time to make you something. I still remember when a neither made me a Christmas ornaments that opened up like pacman and held a hershey's chocolate inside...I was about 10 at the time.

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      ICanCook 6 years ago

      I love to make scarves because they are easy and I can be creative in my designs.

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Handmade gifts, whether knit, crochet, sewn or embroidered, are always appreciated by the recipient. It means you took the time to create something just for them. Lensrolled to my fiber arts lens.

      PS: I once knitted, but now create in crochet! Easier, somehow, for left-handed me! :) And my favorites - little plush animals, similar to your adorable Penguin with the hat & scarf in your Intro.

      ~~Blessed by a SquidAngel~~

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks so much!

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      I just love this, especially the decorations!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Good lens, I have featured it on my Christmas Gift Lense!

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: thank you very much for the blessing!

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Lovely lens- angel blessed and will be added to my holiday blessings lens.

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      The gosling is too cute!

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      @aka-rms: Thanks! This year I am going to make a bunch of ornaments to decorate branches at my Holiday party, and then let the guests take one home with them as they leave.

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      Very cute stuff. I love the ornaments!

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      @squid-janices7: I just started with designing stockings, and I think I'm going to start giving custom designed stockings as gifts. Maybe not this year, but soon :)

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      squid-janices7 6 years ago

      Love classic knit stockings and winter caps. Wish I had more time to knit and craft too.

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      @juliannegentile: I cannot wait to have children for just that reason!

      Blankets and scarves are a great way to start knitting. You would be surprised how easily more "complex" seeming projects will come.

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      Julianne Gentile 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      The only thing I know how to make are blankets and scarves, but I'd love to try more challenging items. I do love making blankets for my kids, and seeing them enjoy them.