Irene really did a number on our power grid this weekend. Happily, I was able to get some knitting done (by flashlight, when necessary) despite the weather. Hopefully any blog readers affected by the storm were safely able to do the same…
This week’s KnitBits newsletter deals with no-fit gift ideas. It seems way too early to be thinking about the holiday season, but I have to admit that it’s got a way of creeping up on me every year. In addition to the project ideas I listed in our newsletter, there are some fantastic independently designed patterns available on Ravelry that would make perfect gifts, too. In keeping with our one-size theme, none of these projects require a specific fit – they’re guaranteed to be a hit with any lucky recipient.
Designed by Sami Kaplan, the Estonian Princess Baby Blanket pattern is knitted with Comfort DK. The result is a soft but machine washable blanket, with beautiful pattern stitching. A perfect gift for a new baby, this blanket will easily withstand normal wear and tear to become an heirloom.
Sara E. Kellner’s adorable Old Fashioned Sheep Toy is made with Peruvia Quick. Her detailed pattern features both a pull-toy version (pictured here) and a plush toy version, so you can tailor your project to please the recipient. The clever use of easy seed stitch texture and minimal seaming means you don’t need to be a knitting expert to make this cute sheep.
Linda Blakely’s Fiddlehead Scarf, worked in Vintage, is both fun to make and fun to wear. Inspired by fiddlehead ferns, the main body of the scarf is knitted while the little fiddleheads are crocheted as you go. This scarf looks great in fern green as seen here, and I can also picture it looking eye-catching in a dark purple color, or bright red.
Thanks to all the designers for choosing to work with Berroco yarns! Holiday gift knitting is starting to seem like a very appealing task when there are so many great patterns available…