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. Prefer to watch? Check out the podcast here
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.
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.