Though we look forward to the holiday season every year, there is a decided price to pay for all of that holiday cheer—stress. Don’t get me wrong, I love the excuse to travel home to visit my family, giving and receiving gifts , decorating the Christmas tree, and all the delicious food. However, by the time Christmas day actually arrives I’m usually ready to take a long hot bath. Finding (or knitting) the perfect gift for everyone on your list can be both challenging and exhausting. Once I’ve finished knitting for everyone  else, I’m ready for a knitting pattern that’s sweet and simple. Post-Christmas, I want a knitting pattern that’s totally stress-free, in other words.
With less than a week to go until the big day, I know knitters everywhere are frantically wrapping up their holiday knitting . It’s time to start looking forward to that magical moment when you can relax and start knitting for pleasure  again. After having your knitting batteries seriously drained by the holidays, these patterns are a great way to way to get back into the groove of knitting again. Sometimes knitting something mindlessly simple is the best way to remember why you love knitting  so much in the first place.
Fruit Basket Scarf  – Featuring a simple, easy knitted texture, this quick cowl will restore your faith in knitting.
Simple Luxury Scarf  – A luscious, garter stitch triangle, this scarf is about as simple as they come. Use your favorite yarn to add extra layers of delight.
Cute Bear Hat  – Knitting for others doesn’t have to be stressful (it helps when there isn’t a deadline). Two quick ears requiring minimal effort dress up this simple hat.
Chunky Charcoal Scarf  – Fall in love with plain stockinette stitch all over again with this easy striped scarf.
Weekend Winter Hat  – If you’re a color work buff, this hat is a simple way to enjoy your favorite technique.
Simple Vanilla Hat  – Cover up that bed head with an adorable hat! This basic hat pattern is perfect for women of all ages.
Fast and Furious Lacy Scarf  – Not all lace patterns are hard. This quick knit lace scarf is an easy way to treat yourself to an elegant project.
Bonus! Win two skeins of this gorgeous yarn  and a pattern to go along with it. You don’t want to miss this amazing prize. You have until January 1, 2014, at 11:59:59 P.M. EST to enter for your chance to win .