Holiday Knitting: Favorite Patterns

When I talk about knitting christmas presents to some of my friends they believe me to be a bit delusional. Socks, chrsitmas stockings, slippers, shrugs, and blankets all are on the list of things I percieve myself to be able to make by the looming 25th. Some are even "due" before.

There is no time to rip out so I must use tried and true patterns to make sure that these presents are worth it. So, if you're like me and want to crank out one more christmas gift here are a few patterns that I think may inspire you.

Stocking caps! This is originally from the Holiday Knits book but they made available this pattern for this holiday. Is it wrong I may want to wear this ALL the time starting tomorrow.

Chunky Cowl

The Luxe Cowl. I suspect more than one person out in the universe is making this as a present this holiday. I've gotten numerous emails regarding it and how wide it is. According to my gauge (8sts over 4 inches) and measurement it should be about 32in around. Feel free to adjust according to your wanted style. Along those lines if you're feeling like you want to do something GOOD this holiday season too – check out my 5th Avenue Cowl. I'll email you the pattern when you make a donation to the ALS foundation. (You know how much I love my cowls.)


By far my favorite sock pattern for a guy is Thuja. This fabulous Knitty pattern is knit with DK weight yarn on size US6 needles. I've made a pair for both my husband, father and brother. They've all requested another pair this year.

mac & me blanket

If you're going blanket, I suggest the Lattice Stitch by Mac & Me. It's knit with two strands of Blue Sky Organic cotton on size US 15 needles. The above blanket was knit by my friend Patricia, who also sells the pattern and yarn at her shop ( It's size is perfect for a snuggle on the couch or adorning the crib for one of your favorite new moms.


And if you only have an hour to knit - Korkniesse! I make about a dozen of these little guys each holiday. I mean how can you deny their cuteness! It's the perfect handmade ornament to top off any present be it store bought or handmade. Plus, when I talk about fast to make, I could have finished one faster than writing this blog post.

When you're finishing knitting make sure you wrap them up with these gift cards from Knitterella. Remember just because it's fast doesn't mean it was cheap and not thoughtful. Us knitters need many a hand massage come Jan. 1. (I know I will!)

What are you favorite holiday knit patterns? 

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