Thursday, 11 October 2012

Festive Gift Guide Part 2: Gifts to Knit and Crochet in a single weekend

With just over ten weeks to go until Christmas, there is plenty of time to get making for your family and friends, so this week's selection is made up of some of my favourite patterns which could be made in a weekend, and what's more most of them are available free via Ravelry - leaving you more to spend on yarn! The link above each picture takes you to the source, while the images and captions (below) link to Pinterest, where you can re-pin to your own board and save the links for later. 

This gorgeous bag could be used to hold all sorts of lovely things: 
African Flower Hexagon Bag (based on a free pattern)

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest
Unisex and simply gorgeous: 
Source: via Sarah on Pinterest
For your favourite seamstress or tailor: 
Cute pincushion (from this free cactus pattern)
Source: via Sarah on Pinterest
Depending on colour and yarn this could be for anyone:

Unisex felt knit slipper pattern with several variations 
free from Pilgrim Purse blog
An adorable cap for adorable babes:
Norwegian Sweet Baby Cap by Gro on Ravelry (free pattern) 
Source: via Sarah on Pinterest
A super-quick chunky knit for your little ballerina: 

Perfect under boots (I need these!), or for dancers: 
Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

This crochet wrap would be awesome gifted with a pretty shawl pin or brooch.
Free simple pattern from Two and Six Blog (including link to a knitted version)
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One of my own patterns: Cwtchy Cable Armwarmers (free) 
Unisex with the option of thumb-holes or none, and these also double as toasty kids' legwarmers:
Source: via Sarah on Pinterest
It's not a free pattern but this Owl Bag (pattern $6 on Etsy) is one of the 
most popular things I've ever posted to my Facebook page:

For someone simply fabulous: 
Big Herringbone Cowl free pattern from Purl Soho
Source: via Sarah on Pinterest
I have a couple of books (you know I love books!) that are great for gift inspiration and I feel are worth mentioning - of course they aren't free but represent good value as there is a lot in each one. If you're looking for some quick cute colourful crochet projects then there are lots to choose from in Cute and Easy Crochet by Nicky Trench, where you'll find cushion covers, bags, bunting and things that would suit girly girls and those who like all things pretty. The patterns are easy for beginners and many work up quickly so could make nice last-minute gifts, teacher gifts etc. 
If you need a broader range of knitted gifts, then Knits to Give by Debbie Bliss may be a good option - there are lots of different projects for Him, Her, Baby, Kids and the Home. I'm currently making a pattern from this book, and aside from the errata (which you can find here) and the fact that there are no charts (I really wish there were charts as I find them easier), the designs are really nice. 
I hope you've found a little inspiration here today. There'll be another Festive Gift Guide next Thursday and there's a lot more to come over the series including knitting notions, gadgets, crafting kits, books, ideas for children's gifts and a fantastic GIVEAWAY to wrap it all up. Hope to see you back soon!


  1. Thank you for the link to the Norvegian baby hat. I'm sitting in the store and there is the same baby hat next to me. I was wondering how I could make one myself.
    When I am finished with the girly sweater I'm knitting leg warmers. Thanks for the tip, I had no idea what to make next.
    Have a nice (rest of the) afternoon.


  2. Grazie per tutte queste bellissime idee.
    Ciao Alessandra

  3. Some great ideas Sarah. I love the stirrup socks :)

  4. A great post with wonderful gift ideas. Like you I could do with a pair of those stirrup socks.
    Ali x

  5. O..ow! I really want to make the owl bag, not sure my crochet skills are up to it. May have to try the cloggy slippers instead :)

  6. I love the owl bag and also the cactus.

  7. Thanks for putting together some terrific ideas (and links to free patterns are a always awesome!) Love the cactus and the boot socks!

    I'm looking forward to what you find next week.


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