Tuesday December 3, 2013
My daughter loves dress up, and I think it would be a great idea to make her some dress up clothes and accessories for Christmas. She'll get plenty of use out of them over the holiday break from school, and it's just nice to make thing that kids will actually use, right?
The dress up boa is small but adorable. © Sarah E. White.
I'm definitely planning to sew up some aprons for her, and I have a thrifted gown that needs to be altered, but knitting some fun dress up things would be great, too.
She already has this knit boa, which she loves (I love it, too, because it deftly used just about every inch of a tiny ball of yarn) and her favorite knit crown.
This baby cape is still in her collection as well and it works pretty nicely as a bit of fluff around the neck, too.
If you're looking for more ideas, check out Vickie Howell's fun book New Knits on the Block. It has lots of fun ideas for dress up, play time and more. So much fun!
Have you ever made (knit or otherwise) dress up stuff for kids? I'd love to hear about it and steal your ideas!
Monday December 2, 2013
I always seem to wait to the last minute to even decide if I'm going to knit for other people for Christmas, let alone what I might knit for them. If you're like that, too, this week I'm going to offer a bunch of options you still have time to knit.
If the girl doesn't want it, I'll take it for now! © Sarah E. White.
Today I'd like to suggest cowls. These loops of knitting can be complex, but there are a lot of patterns out there that are pretty quick and easy to knit, and they look pretty impressive. They're also useful, because most everyone can use a little warmth around the neck from time to time.
I recently finished the Ridged Eyelet Cowl, which was supposed to be for my daughter. She says I knit it too long even though she was consulted every stitch of the way. The good news is it fits a kid or an adult, and it's really warm and cozy no matter who you give it to.
Some more of my favorites include:
Do you like to knit cowls? I'd love to hear about your favorite patterns.
Friday November 29, 2013
We've been lucky enough to have a couple of Christmas stocking patterns designed by Vickie Howell hosted here over the years, so I thought while we were on the subject of stockings I would share those with you, too.
Fair Isle Stocking by Vickie Howell, licensed to About.com, Inc.
The Zig-zag Christmas stocking features the still-popular chevron stripe motif and is worked in two bright colors of her Sheep(ish) yarn.
And her Fair Isle Stocking is nice if you're new to stranded knitting, because there's not a lot about this pattern that's complex, and most of it is still one color at a time.
These are great projects if you want a show-stopping stocking that's as interesting as the goodies inside!
Thursday November 28, 2013
If you're knitting stockings for the whole family I hope for your sake you've started already, but if you just want to knit one stocking for someone special or a new addition to the family you still have plenty of time (and actually, you could knit a few of some of these easy ones).
This easy striped stocking is a great choice for Christmas. © Sarah E. White.
I like a stocking that gives you a canvas for adding your own embellishments, like my simple two-color Stockinette Stocking. You can easily stitch in a monogram or another simple design of your choice.
If stripes are more your thing, my Striped Stocking is also a quick and easy choice in bulky yarn. I love it in classic red and white stripes, but choose whatever colors you like in your holiday decor.
Combine stripes and personalization in Eileen Casey's Personalized Christmas Stocking, which is a large project but a lot of fun to work and an instant heirloom.
Do you have knit stockings? I'd love to hear about them!