Saturday, September 6, 2014

Holiday Knitting and Crocheting Part 1

It's that time of year!  Holiday knitting and crocheting for the ones we love.  Hand made, yarny goodness for all.  I don't know about you, but curling up in a favorite chair, a hot cup of tea by my side, hooking or clacking away is pure heaven!  I never tire of bringing a hand knit or crocheted gift to life.  

Even though I make my living as a pattern designer, I enjoy other designers patterns as well.  More on that in a moment.

Please indulge me to first direct you to my designs.  These are my most popular patterns for neckwear.  The above photo is perfect for the beginner with spectacular results!  Chunky Twist Scarf.  You only need 162 yards of super bulky weight (6) yarn.  I always crochet tons of these under the tree for women, teens, men and women.  You could easily adjust it for a child size.

I've made so many of these Triangle Scarves in all kinds or yarn weights from crochet thread to super bulky!  A picot edge with beads makes it extra special.  In cotton, it's perfect for Spring and Summer.  I always take one to the movie theatre as they are usually freezing!  In sock yarn, it's just the thing for fall and winter. Long run yarn is stunning and worsted weight yarn makes a very generous size.

This is a TON of scarf at 16 feet long!  Super easy for the beginner.

Super bulky (6) yarn in many shades or...

just one is super chic!  Crochet a Mile Long Scarf for your bestie!  
Now, on to other designers...

the Crocodile Stitch Scarf by Bonita Patterns is one of my favorites for gift giving and craft fairs.  Crochet this in your long run yarn to show off the stitch at its finest.  
You can read my post about it here.

Make it shorter and more affordable.  Read the post and see more photos here.

I love all one color too, but keep it in a lighter shade to show off all your hard work.  Read more of this blog post here.

The Hitchhiker by Martina is also a fav of mine.  I must have knit a dozen of these and I always add charms to each point.  Find the yarn info in this blog post.  Sock yarn to...

worsted weight, you can't go wrong!  Here's this blog post.

Just add your charms with a tiny crochet hook as you knit along or sew them on at the end.  There's a photo in the Yarn Tip section below.  Here's the yarn info for this one.

The knit Lacy Baktus by Terhi is another.  You have to click through Rav to her Flickr page and write down the instructions, but it's worth it.  My story about this one is here.

I've made a number of these Lollipop Shawls as well.  Really easy and the color changing yarn keeps it interesting.  All the yarn information is in the post.

So, there you have it.  A number of easy projects to crochet or knit in time for holiday gifting.  Next week, blankets!  I hope you can join me.

Find all my pattern shops at the top of this page or

Yarn tip:
Here's a tip from Knitting Daily on how to add beads with a crochet hook.


  1. These are goregous! I haven't tried crocheting or knitting but I love scarves. Glad your designs tell me if they are for beginners. Pinning so I can find your site. Thanks for linking up to Merry Mondays!

  2. Oh that chunky twist scarf is gorgeous! That looks like something I could easily knit up - unfortunately it is crochet, and I can't crochet! Maybe I could change the pattern for knitting...hmmm...

  3. I love holiday knitting - I don't have so many scarves on my list, it's more hats and gloves this year! :D

  4. What amazing patterns!! I love the Chunky Twist Scarf - this might well become a Christmas present for someone. :)

  5. Beautiful designs the addition of the charms too x
    Susan x

  6. You have many beautiful patterns! I really love the triangle scarf.

    I'd love if you'd link up at my Yarn Fanatic Party!

  7. all of them are totally awesome! Great choices, appreciate your sharing the links and ideas!

  8. I love the chunky twist in the first photo! I love the Martina Behm patterns too. I've knit two Hitchhikers and I'm on my second Trillian.


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