If you are planning on making homemade gifts, now is the time to get started so there is no last-minute rush. I’ll be sharing a handmade gift idea every Wednesday from now until Christmas. The first few will be more time-consuming, but they will get easier as the deadline gets shorter! Most of them will be projects that almost anyone can do, even if you don’t think you are that crafty. This week though, I want to share something a little more complicated: crochet and knit Christmas gifts.
12 weeks of Handmade Christmas: week 1
Making a list
Decide now on what you will be making for whom. Sit down and make a list, just like Santa. Your list will, of course, depend on how many people you are giving gifts to, how close you are to those people, and how much time you have to craft.
Once you know what your list and time look like, start prioritizing. You don’t have time to spend a month on everyone’s gift. And your third cousin will not be sad if she discovers you spent less than an hour on her gift, but four hours on your sister’s.
Brainstorm ideas for everyone. If you don’t have the perfect gift in mind, start writing down the person’s hobbies, job, where they live, a favorite color… Of course, you can also ask those who are closer to a person what they might like.
Checking it twice
If you are making something that will take more than a few hours, now is the time to get started. It can seem intimidating to make something elaborate like a blanket or piece of clothing as a gift. However, all it takes in a little planning and patience. Set aside a certain amount of time every day to work on your craft.
I usually crochet and loom knit in the evenings while watching television. Maybe I watch too much, but by the time my kids are in bed, my brain can’t do a whole lot more than that. There are few projects that have taken me more than a week of evening to make. And those have been because I got sidetracked in the middle and started on something else.
Crochet and knit Christmas gift ideas
You might think that you don’t have time to learn a new skill before Christmas. Even if you aren’t that crafty, you can learn to loom knit. Seriously. I’ve got two tutorials that are perfect for beginners below.
Loom knitting requires a circle or rectangular knitting loom. Most come with the tool you need to move the loops, plus a big plastic needle for weaving the end of the yarn into the project when you’re done. A lot of patterns are easy to follow and are just the same step over and over.
Here are ten crochet and knit Christmas gifts that you can make.
1. Loom knit scarf
Get the pattern HERE.
2. Crochet hat
If you’re not into knitting, but prefer to crochet, Mango Tree Craft has a simple hat pattern. There are seven sizes from preemie to adult.
3. Loom knit hat
Get the pattern HERE.
4. Cork pine trees
Crochet a set of little green treetops to add to repurposed corks. These are cute for holiday decor or a child’s play set. Get the pattern from One Dog Woof.
5. Crochet coffee cozy
Get the pattern from One Artsy Mama.
6. Knit Christmas tree ornament
Christmas decorations make great Christmas gifts, right? This tree-shaped ornament is small and includes detailed instructions. Get the pattern from Ferby’s Corner.
7. Crocheted hair bow
Use my pattern for any size.
8. Crochet border
You can add a crocheted border to anything! Purchase a blanket, shirt, dress, or similar and add a crochet border for a semi-handmade touch using this tutorial.
9. Crochet burlap placemats
Purchase burlap and add a crocheted border to make placemats or a table runner. Here are the instructions.
10. Loom knit iPhone sleeve
Of course, this pattern should fit a lot of different phone models. If you’re good ad adapting patterns, make it even bigger to cover a tablet. The original pattern is HERE.
Which one of these do you think would be easiest to make?