The Mad Rush of Holiday Crafting

It’s that time of year where fiber artists make the mad rush to finish off handmade gifts for family and friends, and even to those less fortunate. Where does the time go and how do we get everything finished in time to mail off the packages? Lets start by making a list of what we want to make.

The Mad Rush seems to happen right about now. Every arts and crafts website sending out emails letting you know about some new pattern, new yarn, new crochet hook (or knitting needle). How many emails do you have just sitting there waiting to be opened?

If you are short on time and The Mad Rush has got you pulling your hair out, here are a few of my favorite items to knit or crochet. These items are quick to make, and you can mark them off your list.

  Fingerless Mitts. My mitts are easy for the new knitter, can be modified depending on yarn & techniques you want to add to it. The original pattern uses thick yarn, big needles and just garter (knit) stitch. These mitts are great at keeping your hands warm, and you can still text, you can email and you can drive without taking them off. It is not safe to text and drive at the same time, wear the mitts but leave the phone in your pocket or purse.

Crochet Beanie Style Hat. There are many hat patterns out there, and this is one of my favorite designers to use for her hats. It’s a quick and easy pattern. From infant to adult, you can crochet a hat in less than 4 hours. Worsted weight yarn and a 5.00mm hook (H hook), one skein of about 200 yards of yarn. Add a cute pompom to the top, add earflaps and tassles to accessorize it. Sarah’s patterns are easy to follow, with size changes, additional rows, her cute animal hats are fun to crochet.

  Knit Hat. I cannot leave out knitters when it comes to hats. The As Good As Gold hat uses a chunky yarn like Lion Brand Hometown yarn or Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick yarn, size US 15 circular needles in 16 inch length. With knit and purl stitches and some decreases to close the hat, you will have a big chunky hat just like snowboarders wear on the slopes.

  Crochet Scarf. Rolling Along scarf is a quick pattern that uses 1 cake of Sweet Roll yarn, 245 yds, worsted weight and 5.50mm I crochet hook. The V Stitch pattern is easy to memorize, and in no time, you have finished a scarf. The pattern states it is an infinity scarf, no ends to weave in. Modified if you want to add fringe to the ends of the scarf.

  Knit Scarf. For knitters, if you do not want to use worsted weight or heavier yarn, the Light and Lacy scarf will work for you. Knit with #3 weight yarn, YO and K2tog are the stitches used to make a pretty scarf. Cast on more stitches, more yarn and you can have a lovely knitted wrap to wear. Add sparkly yarn to dress up an outfit.

Crochet Animals. What child does not like stuffed animals. I like to give stuffed animals to new moms as part of their baby shower gift. Bright colors, soft to the touch, machine washable. Elephant is my favorite animal to make. One of the first animals I learned to crochet in the round (amigurumi).

 Water Bottle Carrier. This is a fun cozy to crochet for those that do not like to hold a bottle of water. One of the first patterns I designed over 8 years ago. Made with cotton yarn, it will hold a bottle up to 24 ounces, even those metal bottles will fit. Using less than 1 skein of cotton yarn, an H hook and in a few hours you will have finished another gift to give.

The Mad Rush is on, by showing you that there are items that can be made quickly, you will in no time have your list finished. Enjoy your crocheting and knitting, but remember to always take time for yourself. Happy Holidays to you and your family far and near.

Scarf that is Light and Lacy, the knit pattern is a breeze to make

 

A scarf is a great accessory to add to your outfits. The Light and Lacey knit scarf is one you will want to try. This pattern will get you started on many projects for the cooler months ahead. The scarf is knit with larger than recommended needles to create open, airy stitches.  With a 1 row repeat, you will be knitting it in no time. Just pick your yarn, grab needles at least 1 or 2 sizes larger and get ready to knit.

 

Choosing the right yarn really makes a difference. I chose a light weight yarn, Lion Brand Shawl in a Cake, 5.3 oz, 150g, 518 yds. Why? Because of the long gradient color changes that happen. When you pull from the center of the cake, and cast on the stitches and begin to knit the pattern, you can see the color changes slowly. With gradient yarn, I like to match the colors, so they are uniform, as you can see from the photos..

You will only knit half of the yarn. The pattern is adjustable, cast on more stitches for a wider scarf, even more for a wrap and knit up the entire cake of yarn. The sample shown was knit with size US10 straight needles, or use circular needles, 24 inches in length.

close up of the lacey pattern

 

The scarf measures 6 ½ inches wide by 90 inches long, because of the light and airy feel to the scarf, I wanted it to be long. It is your discretion to knit as long as you like. Weigh the yarn with a kitchen scale before you begin, and then weigh the cake again to get to the 2.65 ounces remaining.

With the remainder of the cake, you can always knit another scarf, give as a gift to a best friend, make one for a child (mommy & me matching), or give to a charity to the less fortunate. Either way, 2 scarves for 1 price not bad. So here we go for the instructions.

MATERIALS

Yarn, 250 yards worsted, light worsted, #3 or #4 size yarn, Sample used Lion Brand Shawl in a Cake

US10 Knitting needles, straight or circular

Removable Stitch Marker, or small piece of contrast yarn

Darning Needle

Tape Measure

TERMINOLOGY

CO – Cast On

K – Knit

YO – Yarn Over

K2Tog – Knit 2 Together

BO – Bind Off

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Using Long Tail, Cast on 24 stitches ( or use Knitted Cast on if you prefer)

Knit 2 rows

Now for the lacey element:

Knit 3, *YO, K2Tog, repeat until you have 3 stitches left, K3, turn

Repeat the last row until almost out of yarn. Knit 2 rows, then bind of loosely. Weave in ends

One way to wear the scarf

 

There you go, a nice and easy scarf pattern that is light and lacey. You will be making these in no time. Take your time to get comfortable with the yo, k2tog.

As a reminder, you will have 3 (K) stitches on both edges and 9 (yo, k2tog) clusters in between the knit stitches.

Feel free to post photos to your social media with hashtag #yarnkat as the originator of this pattern. Please do not share this pattern or copy the photos from pattern. You may post the link to the pattern back to me.

Written pattern copyright Kathy Bartholomew © 2018. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern. You may sell items made from the pattern. Photos are property of YarnKat and Kathy Bartholomew.