December 8, 2023 in Brown Sheep

Last-Minute Holiday Gifts Vol. 5

Brown Sheep Company returns this holiday season with our newest edition of last-minute knit holiday gifts!

Each year we pick a new selection of patterns, focusing on hats, scarves/cowls, toys, and items for the hands (mitts/mittens) and feet (socks/booties). The majority of the patterns call for worsted, aran, bulky, or super bulky yarn to keep the knitting quick. With this year’s patterns, you now have more than 40 suggestions for last-minute knit gifts! Check out our previous posts to access all 40+ designs: Last-Minute Holiday Gifts, MORE Last-Minute Holiday Gifts, EVEN MORE Last-Minute Holiday Gifts, and Gifts to Knit and Crochet for the Holidays.

Let’s dive in!



The North Wind

Smiling blonde woman wears handknit matching sest of hat, mittens, and cowl

We’re starting the list off strong with the The North Wind. Knit in Lanaloft Bulky, The North Wind actually includes a hat, mittens, and cowl. So, it should technically fall into 3 categories on our list! All 3 patterns are available for free and feature the same lush, textural stitch.

A Fairly Scrappy Hat

Two knit hats featuring multicolor vertical and horizontal stripes in the middle

Do you have scraps of Nature Spun or Lamb’s Pride lying around? Any worsted weight yarn will do with the Fairly Scrappy Hat. We love how the design unites seemingly disparate colors together—and also how it uses up scraps so well!



Brunette woman wearing a brown handknit beret-style hat with a spiraling design at the top

Knit in Nature Spun, the Guinan Hat is a stylish beret with a relaxed slouch. Concentric circles of garter and stockinette aid the slouchy silhouette and create a visually appealing design.





Collage of woman wearing a gold cabled handknit hood scarf combo

Knit in Lamb’s Pride Worsted, Mirkwood is a versatile garment—a hat/hood, scarf, cape, and vest all in one. Knitters on Ravelry report Mirkwood as a fast knit, even with all the cables and lace. Many knitters have made Mirkwood as a gift for the holidays!


collage of woman wearing and holding a cream and tan handknit cowl with stripes and lacework

Grab some Lamb’s Pride Bulky or Nature Spun Chunky to whip up the Sugarplum cowl, which features easy stripes and a small bit of lace. This cowl is great for using up scraps and also incorporates a little mohair if you have some lying around.

The Tiara Scarf

Black woman wearing a crocheted striped scarf in several shades of purple

We designed Shepherd’s Shades to make it easy to create gradient projects. The entire palette has colors dyed in sets of three hues—you can read more about it hereThe Tiara Scarf from ELK Studio makes great use of Shepherd’s Shades gradients, featuring all three colors of a set in one crocheted cowl.




Saint Anthony Cable Mittens

blue cabled mittens lying on a flat wood surface with winter snow

Ravelry knitters love the Saint Anthony Cable Mittens for their simplicity, cozy warmth, and easy cabled pattern. They knit up really quickly in Lamb’s Pride Bulky, and if you make the matching hat it takes only 2 skeins for the set!


Houndstooth Check Mittens

red and white handknit check mittens

The Houndstooth Check Mittens feature two colors of Lamb’s Pride Worsted, and you’ll only need a skein of each to make the set. Knitting on slightly smaller needles creates a dense fabric. Stranded colorwork helps with the warmth factor as well.


Badger Creek

Handknit oatmeal colored cable mittens

Pom Pom Quarterly published the Badger Creek Mittens earlier this year and they’re already one of our favorite mitten patterns. Knit with just 1-2 skeins of Lamb’s Pride (depending on your size), they feature a honeycomb cable pattern on the back of the hand, with the palm knit in stockinette.




Amy March’s Slippers

close up of the toes of handknit slippers with ribbon bows

You could probably knit a pair of Amy March’s Slippers in one sitting. Knit to fit, they only require 75-100 yards of Lamb’s Pride Bulky. They really come together in the finishing, inviting crafters to gather any pretty lace or ribbon bits to create the flourish at the toe.


Naniboujou Socks

collage of red and white textured handknit socks

The Naniboujou Socks call for Wildfoote Luxury Sock, a fingering weight yarn. Cast on asap to finish in time for the holidays. However, despite the intriguing textural pattern, these socks are surprisingly easy to make. The colorwork uses short floats and it’s all a mix of knit and purl stitches.


Tuffy Boot Socks

dark gray handknit socks in stockinette stitch with a ribbed cuff

Sometimes, you just need a very basic, thick, hardwearing sock to wear with your winter boots. Enter the Tuffy Boot Socks.  An excellent first sock project, this pattern is perfect for Harborside Aran. You’ll only need 2 skeins to make a pair of socks.




Acorn Hill Pony

a selection of handknit ponies in green, blue and cream

The Acorn Hill Pony is a sweet and simple toy and a relatively quick knit. Worked flat in Lamb’s Pride Worsted, the entire pony is knit in one piece and then seamed. Lots of knitters have modified the pony, turning it into a unicorn, a longhorn steer, and even a bear!


Barbie’s Aran

selection of handknit barbie clothes

Barbie’s Aran might be the fastest sweater you’ll ever knit! And with lots of little girls rediscovering Barbie, the likelihood is that you know someone who needs a sweater for their Barbie. This pattern includes instructions to make a sweater, cardigan, and hat. All you need is a bit of DK weight yarn like Prairie Spun. Browse all of our DK weight yarns here.


Charlie the Puppy

hand knit and felted puppy in tan
Charlie the Puppy is knit from head to paws without any seaming, then felted in the washing machine. Knit in Lamb’s Pride Bulky, Charlie makes for quick knitting that requires little finishing. His eyes and nose feature just a little embroidery (or safety eyes) and then he’s ready for gifting!


Are you making gifts by hand this season? Is there a pattern you keep going back to every gift season? Let us know!


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