November 26, 2022 5 min read

It’s fabulous to give hand-knits to those you love and know will appreciate the time and effort that went into such a thoughtful gift. But here it is the day before Thanksgiving…Is there anything you still make in time?  Yes!  Let me share with you my favorites. 

If you’re a sweater knitter,you still have time to a sweater - as long as it’s in super bulky yarn, and you don’t have too many people on your list.  I did a whole video of super bulky sweaters and stuff that I’ve linked in the description, so I won’t go over that here.  But there is one sweater that I’d like to add to that list, and it’s Riverbend by Julie Hoover.  Worked with a bulky yarn at a gauge of 10 ⅔ stitches per 4 inches on a US 15, and taking under 1000 yards, you could knit it up in 30 hours - that would be about four hours a day for 8 days. So, there’s that.


For most of us, though, we’re looking for small items because we don’t want anyone to feel left out.  So let’s look.  


Scarves, cowls, small shawls, and other neckwear


The Sophie Scarf Petite Knits  DK- 100-140 yards.  This is a lovely item.  All in garter stitch with an I-cord edging, this would be perfect for a single skein dk yarn you have lying around.  One skein of Rowan Pure Cashmere would be ideal.  Or maybe a partially used skein of Feederbrook Entropy.  Or you could do it in a half skein of variegated sock yarn plus a strand of Kidsilk Haze for the same gauge.   Pretty, smart, and luxe.  

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sophie-scarf-2


Deary by Martha Wissing https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/deary

Similar, same gauge, but worked from the bottom point and has an i-cord tie.  Choose a luxe yarn that’s soft and wonderful at the neckline


Nimbus CowlBeehive wool Shop Bulky 137 yards.  US 10s 13 sts/4” https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nimbus-cowl-5

Easy and nice with a little sparkle  


Haywire - Laura Aylor Chunky- 150-175 yards  14 stitches/4” on US 10

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/haywire-2

 Fun to knit   would be perfect in 2 skeins of Merino Aria


Unicowl - Kelly McClure - any gauge yarn

Provisional cast on and grafted to final stitches for a seamless tube.  Lovely and simple. Use whatever you have and love.  

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/unicowl


Fidra Cowl  Gudred Johnson  Bulky yarn - 13 stitches over 4” 

Cute, stylish, fun to knit, and not boring - Merino Aria, La Pampa, Tsuido, Brushed Fleece 

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fidra-cowl


Cold Shield Vicki Mikulak 90 yards Aran weight yarn

Cute alternative to standard rectangular dickie  Perfect in Felted Tweed Aran, Kelbourne Lucky Tweed, Kid Classic+KSH, or Moonshine

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cold-shield



Next Best thing to Coffee Barbara Benson116 yards  10.5 stitches in pattern

Fun to knit, cute to wear.  Stylish and practical.Rowan Big wool, Brushed Fleece

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/next-best-thing-to-coffee


Equinox MaryAnn Lammers  115 yards Worsted weight

Easy colorwork.  Fun to knit.  Can use leftovers of Manos Alegria Grande, Rowan Pure Wool worsted, Moonshine., Cumulus 

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/equinox-26


Soft Sculpture - Laura Aylor - Bulky 150 yards

FUn knit, lovely shaping at the bottom because of the pattern  Perfect for Merino Aria, Moonshine, or Cumulus 


Margi DIckie - Jean Philippe Cliche 

Super bulky - Rowan Big Big Wool, Gedifra Perulana Colore

Great for warmth without  bulk

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/margi-dickie



Hands


Just passinig Through Mitts by Helen Kennedy 160 yards worsted

Cute fingerless mitts with solid and multi yarn.  Nice for scraps of variegated and solids.  Video tutorial on the stitch pattern and matching hat and cowl  26 sts/4” means you can use worsted to dk

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/just-passing-through-mitts


Canadian Snow Hat and Mittens Aran weight yarn  200 yards each for hat and mittt s

Super cute set for those who enjoy stranded knitting.  

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/canadian-snow-hat-and-mittens


Dust Devils by Laura Aylor - 125 yards 19 sts/4”  

Super cute garter stitch mitts using short rows to create the thumb opening.  Fun the knit and clever to wear.  Perfect in 2 skeins of Noro silk Garden, or my favorite, Okunoshima.  They would open up so beautiful and fuzzy.  Also nice in Akari for those who are sensitive to 100% wool

Wheatley Fingerless Mittensby Julia White.  50 yards Super bulky yarn 10 stitches/4” 

Cute and fast and fun, these fingerless mitts are perfect in Rowan Big Wool.  I  think I need a pair of these


Sote Pulsvarmere by Anne Bjornerud 143 yards Fingering weight yarn at 28sts/4”  

Very different with bell-shaped lace cuff  small needles, but still, just 143 yards - 5 hours if you’re proficient with lace


Dino-Mitts by Kjersti Lunnan in220 yards dk weight yarn.  

Great for kids and any one else who enjoys playful things.  

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dino-mitts-2


Ready for the Laird by Regina Hwang 164 yards Amelie - at 19 sts/4”

Beautiful cuffs to bridge that gap between sleeve and glove.Fast and fun, and this yarn is so incredibly soft.  I think I  need a pair of these

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ready-for-the-laird


Humblebee by Cables and String Designs 200 yards aran weight yarn at 20 stitches/4” 

Different and super cute.  Stranded plus duplicate stitched bee.  Who doesn’t love this.   They have other designs too 

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/humblebee


Flip Top Mitts by Vanessa Ewing 200 yards worsted weight yarn at20

Cute cables and handy flip top.  So fun.  Perfect for everyone

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/flip-top-mitts-9


Heads 


Flicker and Flame - Andrea Mowry 200 yards worsted

Perfect for Feederbrook Entropy and Scout or Moordale.  

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/flicker--flame


Sea Glass Hat by Wool & Pine.400 yards fingering at 28/4”

A little more time consuming, but so beautiful.  And you can use your sock yarn scraps.  Stranded fun and no stress.  

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sea-glass-hat-2


Tentacula Hat by Jenny Noto.  160 yards - multiple gauges

Jenny’s hats are always so much fun and written for a variety of gauges.  You could do this in a single color of variegated or in two solids.  Perfect in Alegria Grande.  Video tutorial

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tentacula-hat



Granger Toque by Jenny Noto.  200 yards - multiple gauges

Jenny’s hats are always so much fun and written for a variety of gauges.  You could do this in a single color of variegated or in two solids.  Perfect in Alegria Grande.  

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/granger-toque


Dahlia Hat by Jonatan Tollow 185 yds dk weight yarn at 20 sts/4”

Love how this pattern looks like a flower.  So different, and fun to knit.  Cute in two colors or in one.  Matching cowl available

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dahlia-hat-2


Anrheg Hat by Sarah Rothwell 273 yards dk weight yarn

Rather like the Metamorphic - if you’re liked the look of that, but not interested in a sweater in it, this is super fun.  Great looking and easy to make. Could also just use feederbrook alond.  

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/anrheg-hat


Hat for Dan by Christen Clement 175 yards dk weight at 22/4

Simple basic hat perfect for guys who just want a simple hat.  

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hat-for-dan


Third Winterby Laura Nelkin  178 yards dk/sport at 18 sts/4” 

Cute hat with brioche brim and contrasting crown.  Beautiful in Entropy

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/third-winter


Thunderbird Hat by Jenny Noto 140 yards worsted at 18

Very elegant hat from Jenny.  Beautiful twisted stitch design

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/thunderbird-hat


Have you seen my Octopus? By Katie Pomper - 240 yards worsted at 19

Cute stranded hat - perfect for anyone who loves octopuses.  Great in Manos Alegria grand

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/have-you-seen-my-octopus


Cepes Beretby Ysolda Teague 230 yards dk+KSH at 22 

Love the shaping and the detail.  Sophisticated style - not your typical hat. Perfect in Felted tweed and KSH or Norwegian Wool, or Scout, Also fun in Noro Tsubame.

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cepes-beret


Home 


Concoction by Hunter Hammersen 100 yards fingering and lace. 

Tiny little bottles just for fun.  Hide a special gift inside, maybe cash, maybe  a love note

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/concoction


Topsail - by Norah Gaughan - 175 yards linen at 24/4”  

Give it with a reusable water bottle.  

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/12-topsail

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