Last year I put together a bundle on Ravelry of Christmas inspired knitting ideas (you can find that post here) I thought it was a lot of fun so this morning I took some time to look through Ravelry and see what I could find for this year.
I did a search with the term “Christmas” and then sorted from newest added to Ravelry so I would find all the recent stuff. I do love just doing random searches on Ravelry and eliminating the “hot right now” default search order because you can see some really interesting stuff. There’s something out there for everyone is always my take-away.
Some of these will knit up really quick so if you’re looking for last minute gift ideas there are some great ones in this bundle. Here’s the link.
The Victorian Yuletide ornaments are by Jenn Sheelan who did the jar cover I did earlier this year in the panda yarn. I love her stuff and she has a couple of collections of ornaments. Colorwork seems extra popular during the holidays and I loved the cowl and the fingerless mitts. The Christmas present hat is adorable that that designer had a whole line of super cute holiday hats. I’ve never seen a mug cap before but it seems like a good idea and might go well paired with a mug mat and a cute mug. The Polar Bear Pouch is so adorable and I need to find a little person who would love it! Sunny the Snowman is by Susan Claudino who did the pattern for Patch who I knit in October and who was my Rhinebeck trip mascot. I will definitely be knitting a Sunny soon!
A couple more patterns to point out that are not in this bundle. It’s not too late to join in on the Project Peace which is being hosted by the Healthy Knitter. You can find more info on her blog but it’s a lovely free KAL. I’ve started and the end product is a cowl and her hope is to bring a little peace into the world with knitters everywhere focusing on peace while knitting this cowl. She offers daily reflections on her blog and I think the last count I saw was 19,000 knitters.
Another pattern I’ve been knitting is #Errnaments by PBJ Knits. This is a $2 pattern but she is donating the profits to ChildAid, a nonprofit that helps children in Central America. It was created for the Just One More Row podcast and they are quick and simple mini sweater and stocking ornaments that make great gifts! I bought the pattern for myself and gifted one to my friend Becky.
Hope you find something fun and festive to knit!!!
Well, there’s a whole bunch of Christmas knitting going on here at my house. I just finished a custom order for a customer/friend for Christmas. Many of the projects at the front of the line are hopefully going to be for Christmas. As I sat down to write this post I was not entirely sure what I would write about but as I was scrolling through Instagram I was inspired by a post from HandsOccupied. She shared a free pattern which is the first of her 12 Ornaments of Christmas and the first one is a cute star (check it out here). I’m totally making one of these soon and can’t wait to see the rest of the ornaments. I love quick, easy projects like this!
Anyway, it got me thinking so I did a quick search on Ravelry to find some other awesome holiday projects. I put together a bundle on my Ravelry page so check it out here.
All of the patterns I chose are very Christmas themed and most are smaller projects but I have a few larger, more ambitious projects. I think it’s clear that Christmas really brings out my love of Scandinavian knitting. Something about the holiday just calls for all the awesome red, white patterns that are found in those patterns. I like to be able to have some quick knits that I can give as gifts when needed. They are super handy to have on hand or something that can be knit up quick if the need for a last minute gift arises. I hope this inspires some holiday knitting!!
Do you know about creating a bundle on Ravelry? This was the first time I created one and I think I enjoy the function. Basically, when you add a pattern to a favorite you can also add it to a bundle. It cuts down on some of the scanning through all the favorites to find that one baby pattern or whatever you may be looking for. I think I may create some more the next time I fall down the Ravelry rabbit hole.
Also, side note – I went through my favorites to bundle some of these because I love Christmas and I knew I had a lot of patterns already favorited. And, I learned you should never go through your favorites because you see all of the awesome patterns that you needed to make “right now” and then you want to make them all. And, I planned four more projects while flipping through, sigh…
Happy holiday knitting to all!
It’s hard this month to share much because it’s a lot of Christmas knitting but I feel that it’s a pretty safe bet that my brother does not read this blog so I can talk about the hat I’m knitting him. When I was in Fort Worth in January and made the stop at Mad Tosh Crafts I found these kits for various Texas colleges that would knit up a scarf or hat. They had TCU (Texas Christian University) kits (which made sense as the store is about 10 minutes from campus) so I picked one up. Despite the fact that my brother was born and raised in the Midwest he has become southern quite fast so a nice warm cap would serve him well and he does work for the Athletic Department at TCU. Now, if only I could knit a colorwork hat between January and Christmas!
According to my Ravelry page I started the hat in June and the first couple of inches knit up fine – standard ribbing and then I hit the problem section.
The hat is knit flat, I’m sure due to the colorwork but as I continued to work I realized there was a huge issue with the chart. When it’s complete the white will spell out “Horned Frogs” which is the school’s team name. As you can see the “g” is below the line so that’s what is in the picture and you need to start that and knit on it for a few rows before you find out if it matches with the rest of the words. I should’ve realized it was a problem when my yarn was down at the “g” and I needed to start on the bottom of the “H” but I carried on and learned quickly that my letters were not matching up. I counted, counted again, read the chart, double checked the written instructions and still got no where. My next step was to turn to Ravelry. The kit is put out Camas Creek Yarn and I found a group online and posted my question. Basically, there were too many stitches and it did not tell you were to start the chart work. I waited about a week and got no response. I also sent a private message and not no response. I finally tracked down an e-mail address on the website.
At first, I thought things were going to work out. I finally got an e-mail response!! She indicated she did not see an error on the pattern and offered to give me a call. I responded with my phone number and some times I was available. A week later she responded to my e-mail (after never calling) and explained the “g” dipped below the line (which I knew) and hoped that helped. I gave up at that point. Basically the pattern had you cast on 112 stitches and the chart for the colorwork was 74 stitches and there were no instructions on where to start the chart because obviously it needed to be centered. I did the math myself and went on with my day. The kit was really nice and the yarn was spot on for the colors of the school but I was disappointed with the lack of pattern support.
Once I finished the writing I decided to go ahead and join to knit the rest of the hat in the round. I saw no point in continuing to work flat and having to purl back the long rows. Plus, I was running low on yarn and needed to decrease the amount of the decrease rows to get it done.
I used the Knitulator on Eskimimi’s site (you should check it out if you need to decrease or increase evenly across a row – it’s magic!) to figure out the decreases and just ignored the rest of the written pattern. Good news is that it should be done before Christmas!!