The Planners Guide to Holiday Knitting


There are two types of gift knitters: planners and procrastinators. This post is going to be dedicated to the former, those that plan ahead the knits they are going to give to family and friends throughout the holiday season. If you happen to be a procrastinator, don’t worry I’ll have a separate post for you featuring super quick knits. Read on ahead for my holiday knitting suggestions.

At this point, you have two months left to complete your gift knitting. If you can stay on task, it’s feasible to select any of these projects and complete them within that time frame. I’ve sorted the suggestions by size - quick hats, easy shawls, and sweaters. If you want to make knits for several people, I’d recommend choosing a combination of hats and scarves. If you’re gifting to just one special person, you can never go wrong with a handknit sweater!

Some things to consider before casting on:

  1. Who will receive a handknit

  2. What will that person actually wear and love

  3. How long it’s going to take you to knit

Who Will Receive a Handknit Gift?

It can be tempting to knit a gift for everyone in your life, but it’s important to narrow your focus to those that are really special. Knitting takes time & dedication so the recipient should be deserving of all that special attention! Personally, I choose one family member each year to gift a knit to. One year I knit a lovely scarf for my soon to be mother-in-law and another I knit a beautiful shawl for my Abuelita. By being selective of who receives a knit gift, you’ll save yourself from feeling overwhelmed and burnt out, and your wrists will thank you!

What Will You Make?

Now that you’ve narrowed down the who let’s consider the what. There are several factors to think about here - what will the recipient wear, what colors do they like, what kind of climate do they live in? If you think of all of this and choose your project wisely, not only will the giftee actually wear the FO, you’ll get a lot of enjoyment out of seeing them use & love your gift. Why make a purple sweater for someone who only likes grey cardigans? Save the fun patterns and new colors for later and stick to what you know will work and you will save yourself a lot of time and heartache. There is nothing worse than seeing an FO sit unused.

How Long Will it Take?

After choosing a project, take a moment to consider how much time it will take to knit it and how much finishing is involved. If there is a lot of complicated seaming, or advanced finishing techniques think before you cast on. Will you be able to complete the project in the allotted time? Will you get discouraged and set the project aside?

Once you are confident you know the Who, the What, and the How Long, take a look at some of my pattern suggestions below!

Click on the images to be taken to the pattern pages.




Tell me - what are you going to make this holiday season?