Blog, Yarns in Review

Let the knitting countdown begin!


Are you in need of a super speedy project, for that last minute gift?  Maybe you just haven’t been able to find something in the shops, or maybe you’ve simply forgotten to pick something up?  Either way we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite knitting designs that will take the minimum amount of time, but still look impressive.  Most importantly, the recipient will be none the wiser.

My first language is knitting, so these are all knitted projects. Maybe you have a few ideas for quick and easy crochet projects that you can share with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram?


The Drop Stitch Cowl by Abi Gregorio is a great knitting pattern for super chunky yarn. I’ve made a couple over the years and have persuaded quite a few friends to whip one up too.  Best of all, the pattern is free to download via Ravelry

Camp Out Fingerless Mitts by Tante Ehm is another handy (sorry couldn’t resist) design for a last minute gift.  Made using aran weight yarn, these lovelies make a great gift.

Little Scallops by Maria Carlander is a cute hat for those little people makes, as is Quynn by Woolly Wormhead.  The pattern will set you back £3.50, but as it goes up to a 51cm head, which is usually that of an older child (teen), it’s well worth the money.

If you’re looking for something for a smaller, more baby shaped person, what about a Bunny Blanket Buddy from Red Heart?  Or try knitting the Autumn Street’s Baby Uggs pattern, in its range of baby sizes?  I’m also a fan of the I-Love-Stockinette Baby Bib by Laura Treadway too.

Cowl’d and Frosty Morning by Kelly Herdrich is a great last minute make for any man – preferably one you know though 😉  Or how about the Man Hat by Haven Ashley or Jason’s Hat by Melissa Thomson?


Something quick and easy, and one of those things you think they’ll never use but will find they love, are facecloths.  Give them in a small bundle of different colours tied with pretty ribbon, with or without some nice handmade soap.  I made a load of The Almost Lost Washcloth by Julie Tarsha to give as teachers’ gifts one year and they went down a storm.  Other lovely patterns include All Washed Up by Jill Arnush and the Spa Day Facecloth by Anne Mancine.  Don’t forget they also make great dishcloths too and there’s absolutely loads of knitting patterns for them on Ravelry.

If it’s small and Christmassy you’re after there’s loads to choose from including Pint Size Pines from Julie Tarsha,  Tiny Trees by Lilly/Sugar ‘n’ Cream or the Mini Stocking Ornament by Mara Jessup.

Last but not least if it’s a Star Wars themed quick knit you’re after there are loads available on Ravelry, including Light Sabres in all shapes and sizes, R2s, CP30s and Darth Vadars. You name it, there’s something with a Star Wars theme. And one of the most popular knits on Ravelry currently is the Baby Yoda Hat by Sinah Chang.


If all else fails and you really don’t have the time to get the knitting completed, give them an IOU.

You’ll have more time to spend knitting the gift. The recipient won’t want you getting stressed and worked up trying to make them something so an IOU could be the perfect solution.

So relax and enjoy yourself instead.