13 Small Knitting Projects That Make Great Gifts

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As a maker, your first impulse might be to DIY all the things for everyone on your holiday list. But if you take on too many big projects at once, it can be easy to fall behind. Which is where these small-scale gifts come in. Each one knits up super fast while still staying thoughtful and cute. Talk about a win-win!

1. Fabulous Fingerless Mitts

These mitts are easy enough for a first-timer to tackle, as you mostly need to know how to knit and purl . Which also means someone with experience can stitch 'em up in as little as an hour!

This is when the fun begins! Susan shares her tried-and-true method for getting your stitches onto your needles. Then cast on for your very first project: a pair of hand warmers.

2. Simple Cabled Headband

Cables don't have to be crazy intimidating, especially if you give it a go with a small headband. You can even customize this knitted gift for its recipient — make it monochromatic for a chic, timeless design, or change colors halfway through for a modern color block look.

Get started on your cabled headband. Allyson walks you through the simple cable pattern and how to knit it. You'll practice changing colors and working from written instructions to complete your project.

3. Chunky Cowl

When it comes to cozy cowls , the chunkier the better! Big needles, simple stitches and super-bulky yarn make this accessory come together ultra fast.

Take your knitting from flat to round by knitting in the round! Discover the best way to cast on and start your round, plus tips for keeping track of where you are and which direction you should be knitting.

4. Two-at-a-Time Knit Socks

We know what you're thinking — socks aren't fast. But if you knit two at once, you'll cut your time in half! Once you learn this efficient method, you'll say goodbye to second sock syndrome forever.

Meet Kate and begin class by going over the tools and materials you'll need to get started. Then she discusses all the benefits of knitting socks two at a time.

5. Chic Woven Yarn Basket

OK, this isn't technically knitting, but this project is too gorgeous for any yarn-thusiast to pass up. Use traditional basket weaving techniques to make a chic storage bin from beautiful yarn, then top it off with leather embellishments. If you're gifting to a fellow knitter, fill the basket with yarn and supplies they can use for their own WIPs!

Woven yarn baskets are stylish storage solutions and so simple to make! In this short project tutorial, designer Anne Weil walks you through weaving a yarn basket with chic leather handles using oversized yarn. It's perfect for holding everything from magazines to craft projects and comes together in a snap.

6. Blinged-Out Cuffs

Everyone has a friendship bracelet, but have you ever gifted a friendship cuff? These simple accessories stitch up in no time and feature pops of beading for extra flair. You can knit one for everybody on your list!

Learn to knit a fashionable cuff bracelet! Practice your new bead knitting skills as you begin this small project.

7. The Hippest Color Block Hat

Warning: You're going to get major heart eyes for this hat. Not only is it totally eye-catching, but it's made almost completely from simple ribbing , so it's super stretchy to fit any recipient.

Squishy, cozy and cool: this just might be the perfect hat. It knits up super quickly (thanks bulky yarn!), and you can make a million different color-blocked variations. Seriously, try to stop after knitting just one.

8. Dip, Dye, Done!

There's no need to constantly change yarn colors when you want to make a fabulous ombré hat. Instead, make this simple pattern in a natural, undyed yarn and dip it in a dye bath . The knitting is fast, so you can stitch up a whole batch to dye together.

We are ALL aboard that ombré bandwagon. But rounding up tons of yarn colors to create a perfect fade? Not so much. That's why we love dip-dye. Just knit or crochet your fave basic hat, dip it, put it on, and look ombré-dorable. Seriously, it's that easy.

9. Simple Fringe Scarf

This scarf may look fancy, but you only need to know two stitches to knock it out. Knit it in a weekend, then weave in fringe to finish it off.

This scarf may look complicated, but if you can knit, purl, cast on, and bind off, you've got it. Promise! The woven fringe is worked in after you're done knitting: no special tools required.

10. Counterbalance Cable Mittens

These mittens are easily knit from the bottom up in the round, then finished off with a simple cable down the sides. They're as cute as they are quick!

11. A Cozy Cowl (Or Scarf)

Super bulky yarn plus seed stitches make for the coziest accessory to keep your recipient warm all winter. Whether you want to knit a scarf or work in the round to make it a cowl doesn't matter — this kit has a how-to for both.

12. Stitch a Spa Set

When in doubt, a DIY Spa Day is always a great gift idea. Make this washcloth and soap sack, then gift 'em with bath bombs, salts and essential oils .

13. Snowflake Fingerless Gloves

You only need one hour to knit a pair of these gloves. Best part: the duplicate-stitch snowflake is added after you bind off, so you can even omit it if you're short on time.

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