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Christmas Shopping Ep. 2 – Small Budget Projects

In the first episode of our Christmas shopping saga we shared with you ideas on what we thought could be great yarn free gifts. Depending on the type of garments, buying enough yarn to complete a project can quickly end up being an expensive purchase. However there are many patterns out there that only require little yardage and would make thoughtful, much appreciated presents. So today we have picked several projects that could be offered as a ‘kit’ – pattern + yarn, needles not included – on a small budget. 

Snooks, Suzanne Stallard

© Suzanne Stallard

Our beloved teacher and knitting surgeon Suzanne, aka, Alabama Whirly has designed those adorable two colour mittens that can be knitted either fingerless or with a flip top. If you choose the fingerless option, only two balls – one for each colour – of Jamieson & Smith 2ply Jumper would be required. For the size M and L of the flip top version, a second ball of the main colour will need to be added. Thus you could offer a kit for a price varying between £9.4 and £12.35 at most.

Erica Heusser, Songbird Mitts

© Erica Heusser

The Songbird mittens by Erica Heusser, is another great project that could be completed with only 4 balls of 2ply Jumper. Note that the 2ply Jumper is slightly thinner that the recommended yarn, therefore it might be worth warning the person receiving your gift that they may need need to play around with different needles sizes to get the gauge right. The kit would be available for £15.75. 

Fidra Hat, Shetland Trader

© Shetland Trader

The technicality of creating  intricate colours motifs would certainly appeal to keen knitters, but if you are looking for something a bit more basic, maybe for someone with less experience, the Fidra hat by Gudrun Johnston might be more appropriate. With only one ball of Cyrano needed, this would make a kit at £14.74 only.

Hermione's Everyday Socks, Igneous, Leaving Cowl

© Maria Magnusson, Lisa K. Ross, Erica Lueder

Leaving Cowl by Maria Magnusson, is a small and close to the neck cowl, with dainty lace motifs in shape of tree leaves. This could be completed with only one ball of Ulysse by De Rerum Natura and as the pattern is free, the kit would only cost £6.50!

Socks are highly entertaining to knit, so pleasant to wear and again, perfect to create inexpensive kit. Pair the Igneous or the Hermione’s Everyday sock patterns with a ball of WYS Signature 4ply or a ball of Crazy Zauderball by Schoppel Wolle to make a kit at a price varying between £7.20 and £13.90.

By combining highly quality yarn and interesting designs, you’re guaranteed to please any knitting enthusiasts. We can put together these kits for you in store, but if you want to buy from us online you will need to purchase the Ravelry patterns yourself as we cannot send out printed patterns by post. 

Until next time… Happy Knitting!