The Post-Christmas Christmas Gifts Post

This year I did not knit or make any gifts for friends, which is very unlike me. We’ll chalk it up to all the new knitwear designs in which I’ve been immersing myself. (I have another one that I’m hoping to send out for testing shortly in the new year.) Other than my mom’s Portage…

Mom’s Christmas Portage

If it’s blue and I’m knitting it, then there’s a good chance it’s for my mom. She absolutely loves blue, and can you blame her? She looks amazing in it! There are few things I like less than knitting the same large garment TWICE. However, Portage is one of those special pieces that I feel…

New Hat Pattern: Xmas at Hogwarts

Is there anything more magical than Christmas? Yes—Christmas at Hogwarts! This light and lacy cable beanie design was directly inspired by the yarn, A Homespun House’s Gold Stellina Fingering in none other than the colorway “Christmas at Hogwarts.” The glistening gold of the gold stellina highlights the ornament-esque shapes, which evolve out of a twisted…

Mom’s Christmas Blanket

It seems like each Christmas I turn to Knit Collage for some, if not all, of my gift knitting. Their yarns are chunky, which makes for quick knitting, but they are also quite luxurious–a perfect combo for Christmas. When I asked my mom what she’d like me to knit for her this Christmas (because I…

Deco Mug Mats for Christmas

I’ve wanted to knit these deco mug mats for a long time. This lovely brioche pattern is by Lesley Anne Robinson of Knit Graffiti Designs and is essentially a fragmented version of her Pink Madness Scarf. (These mats mimic the design at the ends of the scarf’s legs.) Having already knit a Pink Madness, which…

Pixel Rise Christmas Frankensocks

The Pixel Rise socks pattern, written by Kemper Wray, makes fine use of fair isle as one pixelated stripe graduates to the next. The pattern begins with a Turkish cast-on, which I worked two-at-a-time, and even now I can’t tell you how I pulled it off. I will definitely be using this excellent cast-on method many times more,…

The Christmas Crunch

Each year, the very second the leaves start falling to the ground, I quickly dream up a gigantic list of knit gifts for the holidays. (In my defense some are on there by request.) My husband and kids are always baffled and chastise me for making myself frantic: “Why do you DO this to yourself…