Category Archives: gift knitting

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Staff Projects – Accessories + Ornament Edition!

The weather is turning chilly, the evenings are darker, and the needles around Knit Picks sure have been busy! Check out some of the staff projects we've been working on. They're accessories that knit up quickly and might be perfect for your upcoming gift list!

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Twelve Weeks of Gifting: Woodland Winter Mittens

Welcome to the sixth week in our Twelve Weeks of Gifting series of free patterns! This week we're featuring the beloved Woodland Winter Mittens pattern. Knit your way through the seasons with nature scenes that span both mittens in each pair. Falling leaves, grazing elk, Northern lights, snowflakes, snow birds, and a sprouting seed to signify the beginning of spring will keep your needles busy! This pattern has a whopping 44 pages and includes three colorways - Original, Bright and our newest: Stormy (shown above), all for free, for one week only! Hurry over to the Woodland Winter Mittens to see the other colorways and download your very own copy before we're on to our next installment, next Wednesday.

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Twelve Weeks of Gifting: The Impressionist Afghan

For the fifth week of our Twelve Weeks of Gifting, where we bring you free patterns available for one week only, we're offering up the Impressionist Afghan pattern! Knit up in a gradient of Stroll Tweed colors held double, this blanket has wonderful drape, and is the perfect size for staying cozy on the couch. The pattern features simple garter stitch for the body and a lovely leaf motif for the border, a perfect project to keep you company while you work through your favorite movies this fall! The Impressionist Afghan is free through next Tuesday, so grab a copy and check back next Wednesday for the sixth pattern in our series!

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Holiday Crafting Starts…Now!

It's that time of the year when crafters of all kinds begin to plan out their list of handmade holiday gifts. And to help you out, we are bringing you 12 Weeks of Gifting! Each week, we will reveal a pattern that is perfect for the holiday gifting season - but hurry, each pattern will be free as a pattern download for one week only! After the one-week mark, it returns back to its normal pattern price

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Ever Practical

Bouquets are beautiful, but they wilt and wither away after a few days. Chocolate lasts minutes before the box is empty and cards are everywhere during the holidays. My favorite gifts to give/receive are ones that last a little longer and create new experiences with their use. Yarn for a new project, a set of brand new needles or a collection of patterns to browse and work on over the next year will be lasting memories just as the act of making a present for someone brings them to mind constantly. My first pick is one of our Beginner Blanket Kits! Six different Preciosa color palettes (plus a cute tote) go with our beginner friendly, swoon-worthy knit and crochet blanket patterns.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Back to basics

Knitting is something my mother is very familiar with - she grew up with her mother to look up to who was an incredible seamstress and an accomplished knitter. And even now, my mom will casually knit a scarf during the winter season. This is why I think a care package of beginner basics would be perfectly suited for my mom and it just might tempt her to keep knitting past winter into the warmer months!

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Life of Luxury

My mom and I have very different tastes, but we both really like to knit. When I knit, almost always seamlessly, I can hear her say, "What's wrong with seaming?". When I use only circular needles, I can hear her say, "What's wrong with straights? That's how we've always knitted!" She likes books with bold designs, and fibers with lots of flare, and that's what makes this craft great: we can all be so different and come together over the beauty of the craft. My mother does not knit for practical purposes. She knits to make herself luxury items, and she wears them in bold combinations. For Mother's Day, I think my mom would love: 1. Nicky Epstein's "Knitting on Top of the World". I recall her saying at one point, "Even if you don't make any of the things in these books, they are just so gorgeous to look at". Like a fashion magazine with patterns, this book is right up her alley.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide – Dishcloth Edition!

Mother's Day is coming up and I love to put together packages for my mom.  She's a knitter and a crocheter, so that makes my life a lot easier! Lately, she's been into knitting and crocheting dishcloths; I've sent a few patterns from our 52 Weeks of Dishcloth series over the past year, but since she prefers books to printouts, our printed collection is the perfect start.

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The Big Sale has arrived!

It's here! It's here!! As you may have noticed - our annual cyber week sale has started and this year, it's better than ever! In addition to the 800+ yarns and colors that are on sale, we also have a selection of special limited-edition yarns including the return of a few old favorites. And as for exploring the BIG SALE - I've compiled a handy guide to navigating all of the stellar deals with my top 10 must-have yarns!

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Misty Rose Dishcloth

Misty Rose is a fanciful version of a crocheted dishcloth to decorate your kitchen with as well as having a purpose. Pick two colors and create a blossom of your own.  The Misty Rose dishcloth was a fun project to design and crochet.  I have always loved the pink and grey combination, and the Dishie colors were perfect.  In this project I decided that the grey would be my pop of color. The soft ruffles gives it a feminine and a little dressy look.

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