Ideas for Small but Special Christmas Gifts: Pipsqueak Polar Bear Hat

imageThe most adorable hat pattern I’ve seen all year! Requires only one skein of Bernat’s Pipsqueak yarn, which is light and soft as a cloud. And it knits up fast on size  10 (US) needles. I’ve made several of these charmers and they’re always a hit. What a cool gift for any little person living where it gets cold in winter.

Find the free pattern at:

Michaels.com .

 

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Two Needle Christmas Stocking

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It’s not too late to whip up a couple of new Christmas stockings for decoration or use. Quick and easy, especially if using only one color. It’s also simple enough to add motifs, stripes, or other elements if desired.

Worsted weight yarn, size 10 (US) needles. Knit flat, seamed up the back.

Pattern available here from Plymouth Yarn.

Little Christmas Extras to Knit

While hopping about on the web this week, I’ve discovered several cute, traditional Christmas patterns, and thought it’d be helpful to list them in one place. Cute as package decor or on the tree. Just in case you didn’t have enough to do this week! Click on the word pattern to access each.

 

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Christmas Sweater Ornament pattern.

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Snowflake Ornament pattern.

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Celestine Star pattern

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Rudolfino pattern

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Polar Bear Ornaments pattern

 

 

 

Little Felted Snowman

Over the years I’ve occasionally added felting articles to Dances with Wools, but except for mittens, not very many actual patterns. Earlier this week,  I subscribed to another fiber arts blog, Crafts n Coffee, and have been enjoying my explorations over there. This morning, this adorable snowman made its appearance, and it looks like so much fun to make. If you think so too, you can find the pattern right here .

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Vintage Christmas Stocking (1940’s)

12/13/14  Note to those wishing to access this pattern:

The link to the pattern and the charts is posted below, in red. This is the only one that I have access to myself, and it’s the only one I’ve knitted myself.  Someone commented that she had a similar pattern, which has prompted many to post here asking for it. Apparently she has not responded to requests posted in comments.

While browsing knitting patterns, this vintage 1940’s pattern caught my eye. More than 20 years ago, my mother-in-law, Louise, knitted this stocking for my husband, using the Christmas tree and Santa motifs, and how could I not post the pattern here?!  Ours is shown on the left, and the generic  below.

Pattern can be located here: http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/christmas/1945-stocking.htm

As of today (12/13/14), this link works.

Worsted weight yarn and size 5 (US) double pointed needles.