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Christmas Cast-On !

It’s the run up to Christmas and I’m sure there are plenty of knitters and crocheters out there planning on hand-making presents. So we’ve compiled a list of small projects that can be whipped up fairly quickly for inspiration. Including knitting, crochet and children’s patterns – there’s something here for everyone!

© Sari Nordlund © Susanna Muller

First up is the Bisbis pattern by Sari Nordlund. Hats are such a staple for this time of year, and this beret just looks so elegant and warm. Berets are such a great accessory for any outfit, and there’s nothing more luxurious than a hand-knitted one. The pattern calls for two strands of fingering weight yarn held together with one strand of lace weight. Have a look at the Black Elephant range for some beautiful variegated option. Alternatively you could also pair on strand of worsted weight yarn with one strand of lace.

Next up is the I LOVE STRIPES bandana by Susanna Muller. This versatile pattern can be worn as a bandana or a neckerchief. Perfect for the spring time when you don’t want a big heavy scarf on but you still need to keep your neck warm (or for those bad hair days). The Daruma Iroiro would be a great match for this project.

© Stacey Lewis © Joanna Wiernicka

Next is the Bauble of Love pattern by Stacey Lewis. These bauble covers would be great for someone wanting to try out colourwork for the first time, as the FO is so small it would work up quickly. The heart pattern on these makes them suitable for all year round, why not make a few to hang from a garland or mobile! It’s also a great scrap yarn project, as you only need 30 yards / 27 metres of each colour in a fingering / 4ply yarn.

We couldn’t not include a beanie in this list. The OHMYBEANIE by Joanna Wiernicka is such a lovely unisex pattern, with a double folded brim. Everyone needs a beanie at this time of year, and the details in this one really sets it apart. It’s knit in worsted weight yarn so would be a nice quick make! We’d particularly recommend De Rerum Natura Gilliatt for this project.

© Deborah Le Port © Emilie Luis

The next pattern is another great scrap yarn project – the Chouquette Scrunchie by Deborah Le Port. These little scrunchies look like French pastries! Worked on 5mm needles these would be ready in no time. Our Midnatssol by CamaRose held double would also work well for these.

Fingerless mittens are a must for the winter. Creme by Emilie Luis is a lovely option for this. Simple but effective. These mittens are knit in the round, meaning there’s no separate pieces to sew together! The pattern also includes multiple sizes for both children and adults, and it’s free! The combination of Iroiro and Midnatssol would work wonders with this design.

© Cutie Patootees © Karla Fitch

For the young children in your life, this little reindeer toy would make a lovely gift. Shimmer and Glimmer the Reindeer children by Cutie Patootees uses 4 ply yarn to make this sweet child and baby duo. It would also be a lovely present for expecting parents! The colours in the Jamieson & Smith 2ply Jumper Weight range are perfect for this project.

Now on to the crochet patterns! First we have the Children’s Gifting Mittens, which come in three different sizes. It’s suitable for confident beginner crocheters, so if you’re a beginner itching to learn some new techniques this would be a great pattern for you, the majority of it is just single crochet (US terminology). It uses a worsted weight yarn and 3.75 and 4mm hooks, which will create a lovely dense fabric, perfect for keeping little hands warm. The pattern also includes a sweet little arigurumi bear!

© Marie Bruandet © Janine Mudge – Capitol Crochet

We’ve included a knit beanie, so here’s an option for the crocheters – the Checkered Beanie by Marie Bruandet. Worked with aran weight yarn and a 5mm crochet hook this will work up in no time! A detailed pattern that only requires chain, single crochet and half double crochet (US terminology) means it’s also accessible for beginners. And if you’re not a checker-lover just opt to make it with one colour! Opt for Snefnug by CaMaRose to make it extra fluffy.

Last up is the Pointillism Cowl by Janine Mudge | capital crochet. Inspired by pointillism art, this cowl is such a unique accessory. Worked with aran yarn and a 6mm hook this is another pattern that would see results quickly. The deliberately placed dots form a beautiful series of stripes. Soft Donegal or Gilliatt would both be a great option for this project.

We hope you enjoyed this list and feel inspired to get Christmas crafting!