It happens every year. The winter holidays creep up on us and before you know it, it’s gift giving season. If you’re still wondering what to make for friends and family, we’d like to help with a list of more last-minute gifts. Why more, you say? Well, if none of the below suggestions appeal to you, you can always refer to our previous blogs for inspiration.
Check out Last Minute Holiday Gifts and Gifts to Knit & Crochet for the Holidays for additional ideas. And, when you’re done crafting your presents, be sure to read our blog on Finishing Handmade Holiday Gifts to give your gifts that extra polish.
And now, on to the last-minute gifts! Almost all of these patterns are available for free, so you can download and cast on immediately!
New for this season, the Wheatsheaf Hat features intricate cable detailing that looks deceptively difficult. However, it’s actually easy to accomplish! Knit with Lamb’s Pride Worsted, this is a beautifully warm hat with a lot of character. You can find it in the latest issue of Interweave Knits.
The Pippi cabled hat knits up quickly in Lamb’s Pride Bulky. A great knit for beginners to cabling, Pippi’s braided cables create a lush, warm fabric. It’s a classic cabled hat and a perfect gift!
Grab your Lamb’s Pride Bulky scraps (or any bulky weight yarn scraps) and cast on this adorable hat for the little one in your life. The cute multicolored braid and matching pom pom are so appealing and will make layering up for the winter a fun habit!
We didn’t forget our crocheters! Crocheted with Prairie Spun, the Mint Chocolate Beanie features an intriguing two color pattern that seems difficult. However, you will only need to work one color per row, with front post double crochets worked into the row below to create the beautiful lines on the surface. This hat also has a knit version, for interested knitters!
Cowls & Scarves
The Out of the Darkness Cowl is knit with Lamb’s Pride Worsted and offers another great opportunity for stashbusting and using up scraps. We love the simple but striking design. And yes, there is a matching hat if you want to knit a gift set!
Who doesn’t love a combination hat and scarf? The Quarry Hood knits up quickly in Burly Spun and offers the ultimate protection against the cold. Knit entirely in garter stitch, this is a fast, easy knit that exudes a timeless style.
The Astoria Cowl is a quick knit with an easily memorized pattern that lends it a slouchy, accordion effect. It’s knit with only one skein of Burly Spun, making it an economical gift that packs a lot of warmth.
Mitts & Mittens
With 5 different sizes from toddler up to age 12, Mittens for Maine is a classic knit mitten pattern that knitters can make with Lamb’s Pride Worsted or Lanaloft Worsted. You’ll only need a single skein of either yarn to make one or more pairs, depending on the size!
The Rowell Mitts in Lanaloft Sport Weight boast a gorgeous decorative textural pattern on the backs and a simple textural rib on the palms, offset by garter stitch thumbs. Ask anyone with fingerless mitts and they’ll tell you: the difference between feeling cold and feeling warm is often as simple as a pair of fingerless mitts!
Talk about fast and easy! The Initiate Mitts are worked entirely in garter stitch using one skein of Lanaloft Worsted—in fact, you can probably squeeze two pairs out of one skein! Work these fingerless mitts as a flat rectangle, then seam along one edge. Done and done!
These Easy Mittens with Thrums are the fastest way to make someone your best friend. There’s nothing warmer than a thrummed mitten. Knit these with Lamb’s Pride and use our Wool Roving to make the thrums. Just one warning: these will be difficult to give away! So, maybe make a pair for yourself.
The Proper Poekie cat doll is a sweet knit for ailurophiles (AKA, people who love cats!). Knit with Prairie Spun, Proper Poekie offers lots of room for customization. Add a little braided collar or duplicate stitch a face and whiskers to make this kitty your own.
Every little one needs their first teddy bear. These knit Sunrise Side Bears use half a skein of Lamb’s Pride, so feel free to gather your half skeins or make multiples to give out this season. We love the idea of taking 2 skeins and making one in each color, then fashioning the bears color coordinated scarves (as seen above). Double down on the cuteness factor by making them little hats as well!
Have we inspired you to cast on some last-minute gifts after seeing our list? Let us know and post your pictures in our Fall + Winter Crafts group on Spinning Yarns!
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