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  • 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. 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.

    Deary by Martha Wissing

    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 Cowl Beehive wool Shop Bulky 137 yards.  US 10s 13 sts/4”

    Easy and nice with a little sparkle  

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

     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.

    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

    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

    Next Best thing to Coffee Barbara Benson 116 yards  10.5 stitches in pattern

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

    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

    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


    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

    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.

    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 Mittens by 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.

    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

    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

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

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


    Flicker and Flame - Andrea Mowry 200 yards worsted

    Perfect for Feederbrook Entropy and Scout or Moordale.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

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

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

    Thunderbird Hat by Jenny Noto 140 yards worsted at 18

    Very elegant hat from Jenny.  Beautiful twisted stitch design

    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

    Cepes Beret by 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.


    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

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

    Give it with a reusable water bottle.

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