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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Ideas for Small but Special Christmas gifts

 

Not just for Christmas, but for any occasion. Today I found this pretty pattern for mitts on garnstudio.com’s collection of Halloween items to knit. What attracted me to them is the simple yet elegant pattern, knitted in garter stitch with a pretty picot edge. The pair in the photo is made in fingering weight on size 2.5 mm/1.5 US straight needles. This is a great site with lots of helpful features. There is, for example, a conversion chart for changing between mm and inches, another for adapting the pattern for different weight yarns, and there are nine tutorials for this pattern alone. Drops Delight is the yarn used, and as the mitts require only one 50 gram skein, they can be made for less than $5.00!

I’m going to whip up several pairs to have on hand for last minute gifts. Starting tonight while watching the World Series. Go, Red Sox!

Link to the pattern:


https://www.garnstudio.com/pattern.php?id=6368&cid=17

 

Bateau Sweater

The bateau neckline has always been a favorite of mine, so when this pattern was featured nearly a week ago on Yarnspirations, I bookmarked it for consideration.  A couple of days ago I bought a boat-neck tee  on sale at Gap, which prompted me to take another look at this sweater.

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The free pattern is simple and straightforward, stockinette with a little ribbing, and I prefer projects that offer more of a challenge. But it’s still cold and winter in these parts, and my husband and I have been bingeing most evenings on British mystery series. (The best so far have been Broadchurch, which was addictive from the first episode, and Shetland, which started slow but hooked us at episode three. Now taking a humor break with season three of Grace and Frankie ; Lily Tomlin is brilliant!) Anyway, I figure the easy Bateau sweater will be perfect for those nights spent in front of that glowing screen. I love the yarn, which appears pink in the picture but is actually called “orchid”, and contains a  “subtle touch of  sparkles”. Calls for size 6 (US) needles and seven skeins of Patons Glam Stripe.

Heading off to order this yarn  online right over HERE

Gridded Pullover

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Browsing new knitting patterns is one of my favorite online pastimes, so quite frequently I’ll save promising patterns that I find to a folder on my home screen, and yesterday, while searching for something else, the Gridded Pullover from Lion Brand popped up. I haven’t made it yet or even looked at it for a while, but this pattern looks well suited to the recommended yarn, Lion’s worsted weight cotton, 24/7, and I like its  loose yet not baggy drape effect of its lines. This yarn is available in 24 colors, but for some reason, I’m always attracted to the icy blue shade in which this sweater is knitted. It’s made in four pieces on size 6 (US) needles, and looks as though it would work up fairly quickly. Also, the instructions look pretty clear.  At the moment, I’ve got the second of a pair of socks, and another pullover on the needles, but this might just be my next project. It’s looking to be a long winter this year….

Find the free pattern right over here.

52 Dishcloth Patterns

imageFor some time now, Knit Picks has been posting a free pattern a week for dishcloths. I generally knit the same simple pattern over and over for mine, because after a few uses, a dishcloth tends to look, well, like a used dishcloth. But some of these are pretty enough to give as gifts. I like to use a nice one to gift wrap small items like soaps or shower gel. This site contains both knit and crochet designs.

So, without the proverbial further ado,

here’s the link

to all these great little free patterns. (Wait, isn’t ” great little” an oxymoron?”)

Pivot Cowl

img_0985Some knitters find garter stitch to be tedious, and avoid it whenever possible. But as this cowl shows, garter doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, it lends itself quite nicely to shaping, in a neat, tailored sort of way that stockinette or fancier stitches can’t quite match. This design combines short row triangles with rectangles, and one of the things that appealed to me when it caught my eye on the Purl Soho site this afternoon is the way it drapes without bunching up around the neck the way many cowls do. I also like the stitch definition that the yarn, Cashmere Merino Bloom, produces. Having now knitted several garments from Purl Soho kits, I can testify to the excellent quality of their yarns. Pivot is made on size 5 US straight or circular needles.

As soon as I finish the Purl Soho Drachenfels shawl that currently occupies my needles, the Pivot Cowl may just be my next project.