Knit or Crochet Christmas holiday gifts?


Knit or Crochet Christmas holiday gifts?

In a year that has been like no other, a terribly sad loss of life, long lasting side effects, restrictions on trips out, businesses closed down or temporarily shut, and job loss, it’s had me wanting more than ever to produce hand crafted gifts that mean a lot to me and hopefully to my recipient. But, are my recipients worthy? Do they understand the love, time, effort and expense that has gone into each creation? Do they know I specifically chose a project with them in mind! In the past I have given knitted, crocheted and sewn christmas and birthday gifts which have been well received, but I wonder if this year, the recipient will understand and appreciate how therapeutic it has been for me to produce them, how it has kept my anxiety in check and given me something to focus on, when the world outside is crazy! As we can’t visit it each other, will they know that I think of them even more with every stitch of their gift?

I find that putting a little note in to tell my loved one how much they mean to me and telling them a bit about their gift, either explaining the yarn colour way to them or why I decided to produce that specific gift, helps them to understand it’s not a cheap cop out, which I think in the past has been a misconception of hand crafted gifts. Far from it, it’s made uniquely for them and I have thought about them the whole time I was creating it. I also like to add wash care instructions to ensure the gift is long lasting!

I was recently inspired by a friend Lauren, who told me they were gifting the Arne & Carlos baubles pattern, needles and yarn as a gift to their knitting friend. You create one bauble each day for 24 days leading up to Christmas. I love this idea, but what fabulous gifts they would make for my Neighbors. I have got everything ready to give it a go this year. Here's the link if you are interested:

 

https://schachenmayr.com/en/free-patterns/julekuler-s10717a-x

  

A friend Elaine recently shared their hand crafted Christmas wreath, what a beauty! I hadn’t thought of making my own hand sewn Christmas wreath, but I now feel very inspired!

The Vintage Bunny Christmas Wreath

You can follow the free sew a long on The Vintage Sewing Bunny on Facebook to make this wreath.

https://www.facebook.com/TheVintageSewingBunny/videos/356223052345930

 

These got me thinking, I wanted to create a list of a few great ideas, either knitting or crochet, that are fairly easy to make and don't take too long to craft, but will have an impact on our gift giving days, take the stress out of gift buying and help us to remain calm in these challenging times.

Here are a few free ideas I found whilst looking for inspiration. Some patterns I have made in the past and others I just love!

 

Knitting

How about a knitted cactus, for the plant lover. You can customize the pattern, adding flowers etc. and they double up as a pin cushion.

https://www.gathered.how/knitting-and-crochet/knitting/free-cactus-knitting-pattern/

 

A Christmas tree ornament, a beautiful knitted wreath.

 

https://www.makneta.com/2013/12/wianeczek-na-choinke-wreath-moje-ozdoby.html?m=1

(Make sure to scroll down to get the pattern in English)

 

The fabulous Butter Beer beanie by Christy Houghton is a lovely lace knit, and so pretty.

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/butterbeer-beanie

 

How about a quick chunky knit Bandana cowl. 

 

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bandana-cowl

 

One of my favorite and quick gift knits are these mittens from Tin Can knits. They are very straight forward and so practical. 

https://tincanknits.com/pattern-TCK-theworldssimplestmittens.html

 

 

Crochet

These beautiful Crochet coasters would look wonderful in any home.

https://www.littleyellowwheelbarrow.com/crochet-coasters-cheap-easy-cute/

 

I love baskets and have crocheted many in the past. This basket would make a wonderful gift for storage. This is a great tutorial to make your own.

 

https://youtu.be/cl6jdkOxqDY

 

Mittens are such a practical gift, we all need them as the cold weather sets in, so why not crochet some stylish mittens as a gift!

https://www.interweave.com/article/crochet/crochet-mittens-free-pattern-mrs-murdocks-mittens/ 

 

I made this fabulous frog hat for a friends baby one Christmas, it’s so cute!

https://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet-Baby-Hats/Easy-Newborn-Frog-Hat

 

This cowl is simple, but elegant. A great gift for anybody and so quick to produce!

This is the link for the free pattern. You will need to scroll to the bottom to follow the free pattern.

https://easycrochet.com/quick-one-hour-cowl-crochet-pattern/ 

 

I hope this has been of use to you. There are many more ideas on the internet to help us use our craft skills for gift giving. 

 

If you would like to purchase a gift card for a crafter, or want to give someone an idea of what to get you, I have gift cards available, so you or they can choose a BumpyCrafts project bag, accessory or BumpyYarn. We all need treats!

https://www.bumpycrafts.com/products/bumpycrafts-gift-card

 

If you are finding yourself missing your crafting groups at the moment during restrictions and lockdowns, a few of us are meeting up via zoom for a knitting and crochet get together. It is very light hearted and we come from Germany, UK, USA, France & Holland. You are more than welcome to join us. We meet on a Tuesday morning at 10am and Thursday evening at 7.30pm UK time. For joining instructions, please pop over to the BumpyCrafters Facebook group.

BumpyCrafters Facebook group

I’m wishing you all a healthy, happy and peaceful time during the lead up to the holidays. Stay safe everybody, Antonia x


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