Holiday Prep: Knit + Crochet
Keep ‘Em Cozy With Quick-Knit Gifts
Close up of woman with short brown hair wearing a magenta and lavender knit headband
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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.
green and blue knit scarf on gray and white background
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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.
yellow and gray knit striped hat
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Build on your skills by working your next project: a striped pom-pom hat. Practice working in the round, knitting stripes, and using decreases to shape the top of your hat.
These giftable (but also totally keepable) ornaments are addictive to knit. You’ve been warned.
Stitch Up Some Holiday Vibes
Three crocheted snowflakes with confetti on a yellow background
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If you're looking at your holiday make list and starting to panic, we've got you! These crochet snowflakes are fast, easy, cute and totally giftable. Stitch up a flurry and show that list who's in charge.
Dedri Uys
Gray and blue knit stocking with fringe. Candy is scattered around
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Good news, beginner knitters! All your handknit holiday fantasies are about to come true: you can knit this stocking. With a super simplified heel (it's really just a rectangle) and fun fringe, you'll be ready for Santa in no time.
Five round crochet ornaments, some with stripes, some solid
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These crocheted ornaments are every kind of perfect: simple to make and soooooo cute. You can customize the pattern in endless ways (thick stripes, thin stripes, no stripes!), so you'll never get bored making them. Which is why every single person on your list might get one this year.
Maria Weaber
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Warm, cozy snowflakes may sound like a contradiction, but trust us: wool snowflakes are worth the effort. These lacy beauties look equally good hanging from a tree or framed in a window. Why not knit up a few and create your own winter wonderland?
Bluprint
No Knitting Required!
Close up of white Christmas tree with pink and white yarn garland and yarn ball ornaments
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If you're one of those knitters who can't bear to part with yarn leftovers, we have good news: This fiber-friendly tree decor will give those scraps a purpose!
Final boho macrame holiday wreath hanging up
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Put a modern spin on your holiday decor by making a boho-chic wall hanging! All you need is some rope, a copper pipe, hot glue gun, and faux plants. Artist Rachel Metz helps you put it all together for a show-stopping piece that you can display year round.
Gift-Worthy Crochet
teal crochet headband with hook and yarn
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If you’re looking for a beginner-friendly Tunisian crochet pattern, this is a great one! The pattern uses the Tunisian simple stitch, which is easy enough for newbies. The stitch is different than traditional knit and crochet stitches — it creates a dense but flexible weave. Stitch it up with wool for a cozy winter accessory, or give cotton yarn a try for a warm-weather version.
Toni Lipsey
Striped crochet afghan draped across an orange couch
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Create contemporary afghans with invigorating color and texture.
Salena Baca
Salena Baca
black and white crocheted cowl folded on a pink and teal background
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This easy (and quick!) crochet infinity scarf is the perfect for those times when you need to make something and you need it done now (come on, I know I'm not the only procrastinating crafter out there). What makes this project so quick? Crochet is almost always fastest when you work the same stitch across a row and the same stitch for many rows. That's exactly what this cowl brings to the table: the first half of the scarf is worked in half double crochet and the rest is double crochet. Simple. Fast. Perfect.
Kathryn Vercillo
woman with long blond hair wearing a pink crochet hat with pink and gray pompom
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Crochet that looks like knitting? Yes, it's possible! Master the Tunisian knit and purl stitches as you work your third and final project: a ribbed beanie. No knitting needles required! Afterwards, see how to add a fun pom-pom to finish it off.
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That’s a Wrap!
Woven gift wrap with blue and yellow yarn
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If you've been wanting to get in on the weaving trend, this could be your moment: This yarn design is a cute and unique way to personalize any gift wrap — and you don’t need to be a well-versed weaver to pull it together.
Bluprint
Brown craft paper packages with knit bows on top against a pink background.
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Cute sweater? Put a bow on it! Simple tote bag? Put a bow on it! Gift for a friend? You guessed it: put a bow on it. This super simple bow (you only need to know the knit stitch!) with give whatever you're making that little something extra.
Ashley Little
Tying on the final tassels
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Forget about run-of-the-mill bows; tassels are WAY more crafty. We love 'em on gifts, but they're super cute hanging on a wreath, tree or garland too!
Bluprint
four knit gift card holders in various colors against a teal background. A string of Christmas lights in the background
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Let's be real, even when you set the best intentions, sometimes it's just not possible to knit something for everyone on your list. Except maybe it is, because we bet you can knock out these handknit gift card holders in about the same amount of time it will take you to buy the gift card itself.
Ashley Little
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