They may have been as simple as a young child helping his busy mom make Christmas ornaments for everyone. Or as complex as a favorite aunt making matching hat, scarf, and mitten sets for my sisters and me — while taking care of her own growing family and working full time.
And in an economic downturn, maybe it’s time to consider — or reconsider —simpler . . .more practical . . .less expensive gifts.
So what are some projects to knit for Christmas?
- A lap-ghan or baby blanket This recommendation comes from Vanna White of Wheel of Fortune. She’s an avid crocheter, reportedly preferring these gifts. And yes, they do work also for knitters!What’s a lap-ghan? It’s a half-size afghan that an adult uses to warm his or her legs. This is a favorite of those bothered by chills and drafts. And yes, it’s not just confined to the northern areas. Southerners get chilly too!
- Scarves, hats, and mittens Well these will get more use in northern climates. Hats and mittens usually require knowledge at least roughly of the size of the recipient’s head and hands. Scarves on the other hand are small projects. And even beginning knitters can knit garter stitch scarves. Actually their biggest challenge may be binding off!Tip: When you want to make a scarf faster, knit it lengthwise. Instead of knitting back on forth on only a few stitches, cast on enough for the entire length of the scarf. This way you only have to knit a relatively few rows. Although they can get quite long!
- Toys You can knit toys for children, such as a teddy bear or doll clothes. You can also knit a cover for an I-pod or cell phone to protect an adult’s “toys.”
These ideas can help you get started for knitting your own memorable gifts.
And when you want to knit a special gift for use every Christmas, consider knitting a Christmas stocking. You can personalize it with names if you are so inclined . . .or just your own knitting style. When you’re looking for Christmas stocking kits, be sure to check out the kits Naughty Knitterz offer from patterns I designed. (Insert link)