My list of gifts I wanted to knit just kept growing and growing this year. I was trimming it continually, yet adding new things at the same time.
I will include the Ravelry link for each of my projects. If you are curious about yarn type, needle sizes, and other details you can find that information there.
I had such a great time knitting this flap hat for J. (Free Ravelry pattern: Cozy Canuck Chullo) I had not tried Fair Isle before and now I can't wait to try it again. The first hat I made was too small, so I made another in a larger size and we gave the smaller hat to a baby friend. (Ravelry: flap hat)
R really likes the yarn I used to make her Wallaby and had requested matching mittens. I held the yarn double and put a little heart on each. I thought they might not keep her hands warm enough, but she has worn them outside a few times and they passed the test. (Ravelry: mitts)
I also knit these cute butterflies (free pattern) and attached them to ponytail holders for R. I used the same yarn as in her Kina sweater (shown in the photo above.) (Ravelry: butterflies)
I wanted to make C a little baby sweater. This pattern is called Little Boy Blue. It's cozy and warm, but I don't like how much the collar and bottom edge roll. I had intended to put I-cord along the bottom, but at this point probably won't. I also knit her that squishy ball toy. I had planned for a whole group of them, but ran out of time. I am almost finished with a second, slightly larger ball. (Ravelry: sweater, ball)
I decided to make R's teacher and student teacher each a scarf. The goal was to make both over our Thanksgiving vacation and I was successful. I really like both of these patterns for quick gifts.
For the student teacher I knit a Breckenridge cowl. This yarn was in my stash and worked well with the pattern - the cables show up much better in person. The dragonfly buttons were a last minute find and really went well with the yarn. (Ravelry: cowl)
And here is the Super-Fast, Ultra-Cozy scarf for R's teacher. This is another free pattern and I know it is a popular pattern for gifts because it is so quick to knit. I used Lion's Brand Homespun for this one and it turned out to be such a soft, squishy, warm scarf. The pattern worked well with the unique texture of the yarn. (Ravelry: SFUC scarf)
I found some gorgeous, soft alpaca yarn and wanted to make a scarf and hat for my mom. I think that this yarn was one of my favorites to knit with. Each stitch was a new color and it felt very luxurious and dense. The Diagonal Rib pattern (free) gave it a little texture. I carefully immersed it in water before blocking it and it became much more open and limp. I would have made it longer if I had known and I'm disappointed by how the pattern is no longer as striking. It was still a cozy scarf, even with the negative surprises. (Ravelry: alpaca scarf)
I went with the free Snappy Hat pattern for a matching hat and it was off to a nice start. Sadly, I ran out of yarn with 7 rows to go! I need to find a new plan for this yarn, but I just adored the hat it was becoming. These photos also show how bulky the scarf would have looked before washing. I have no idea what this yarn will become, but I need to find a good use for it! (Ravelry: sad hat)
My latest project was for a new baby friend of ours who was born in early January. It is the same free pattern I used for C's Welcome Home hat and booties. I used the same supersoft yarn, but this time I knit it to the pattern specified size. Baby gifts are so fun to knit! (Ravelry: booties, baby hat)