Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers! I hope you are enjoying both delicious food and the time with your families (which means you got a lot of knitting done, right?). One of the things I like about Thanksgiving is that it’s part of the great duo of American Holidays—Christmas and Thanksgiving. When Thanksgiving day finally arrives, you know that Christmas isn’t far behind.
The knowledge that Christmas is a-comin’ is, for the most part, an enjoyable feeling. The only thing that ever detracts from my anticipation of the incoming holiday cheer is searching for the perfect Christmas gifts for my family. I want to get things that will both surprise and delight my loved ones, so I often end up knitting at least one or two of my gifts.
Hand knit gifts are almost always appreciated and treasured. My family has seen me knitting long enough to know that many hours go into each project, so my gifts are often treated with the appropriate amount of respect. Deciding to knit a gift is often the easy part—it’s the process of finding a pattern that’s just right that I find more challenging. Knowing just what to knit someone is a difficult balancing act—you have to find something that fits your budgets for both time and money, and the item must appeal to the recipient.
Though this may seem like a daunting set of restrictions, there are several fallback items that knitters can make for just about anyone on their list. Knit cowls, for example, are wonderful knitted gifts. Choose the right yarn and you’ll be halfway to a gift that your loved one will cherish. Cowls can be worn by men and women, and, since they go around the neck, you can take a one-size fits all approach to these patterns. Though you may ultimately decide to go with a hat or scarf for your project, cowls are definitely worth exploring in your search for the best gift knitting pattern.
6 Cozy Cowls
Splendid Striped Cowl – You can knit up this simple pattern in almost no time. Choose your two favorite colors of yarn and you’ll have a stunning accessory, perfect for anyone on your holiday list. These appealing stripes can be worn by men and women, depending on your yarn choice.
City Girl Cowl – This cowl is an excellent fit for the fashion-forward individuals in your life. A stylish lace pattern makes this cowl particularly attractive to ladies.
Easy Elegant Cowl – If you’re just learning how to knit a cowl, this pattern is a great choice. A basic pattern featuring knit and purl stitches gives the cowl a nice texture.
Carefree Cowl – Simple knit and purl stitches are used to create an interesting texture for this easy cowl pattern.
Barbara Cowl – Don’t let anyone fool you, this cowl pattern is actually a quite simple project for knitters to take on. Use a yarn with a lot of character if you want to jazz up your cowl.
Gap-tastic Cowl – This understated cowl could easily become the cornerstone of someone’s outdoor winter wardrobe. Featuring the always lovely seed stitch, this cowl pattern will look fantastic on anyone.
BONUS! Start your holiday knitting off on the right foot with this chance to win some Wonderland Yarn from Frabjous Fibers. These gorgeous skeins were inspired by the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. You can use this yarn to create your own whimsical creation. Don’t miss your chance! This contest ends December 11, 2013, at 11:59:59 P.M. Giveaway has ended! Thank you to all who entered!