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November 18, 2021

November and December are traditionally busy months here at Ysolda. We know folks start looking for Christmas gift knitting ideas as the colder weather rolls in and for those who celebrate Christmas, handmade gifts may even become part of the festive tradition. Creating knitted gifts for teachers, family and loved ones does have a certain charm especially as knitters with the skills and resources to make this a reality! A word of caution though- not all recipients are knitworthy and stressing ourselves out to be as productive as possible is a true joy stealer!

We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite knitted gift ideas for the different recipients in your life with the reminder that knitting time is often a rare and precious treat in a busy week so make sure you enjoy it!

3 knitted Christmas stockings in red, green and teal hanging from a mantelpiece

The seasonal gift:

For those who celebrate Christmas, a stocking to fill or simply hang to decorate is a sweet way to bring your maker identity into festive traditions. Ysolda designed a knitted Christmas stocking pattern a few years ago and they make a great stashbusting project. Charts are included for all 26 letters, a tree, snowflake and a bird.


Find it on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/last-minute-stockings

close up of the back of a beanie on a person with long curly hair, the beanie is burnt orange with a textured chevron pattern and a pom pom
a person with long curly hair standing with their arms folded wearing a slouchy beanie , the beanie is burnt orange with a textured chevron pattern and a pom pom

An Easy Knitted Gift

One person’s plain knit sock is another’s Everest to climb so we find it a little tricky to state confidently what makes for an easy knitting experience! However, may we suggest Tombreck, our free knitted hat pattern? Tombreck is perfect for new knitters as this easy hat pattern uses only knits and purls to create the fun textured chevrons!


Find it on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tombreck

a blue baby sweater with a garter stitch yoke and buttoned envelope shoulders is pictured flat on a wood background with scattered buttons and a skein of yellow yarn

Knitted Baby Gift

If there’s one thing we know, it’s that people cannot resist welcoming little ones into the joyfully soft world of hand knitted baby clothes and toys! Our best selling knitting pattern for babies remains the Wee Envelope, a gender neutral baby sweater with a wide overlapping neck that makes for easy dressing.


Find it on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wee-envelope

two Black women wearing white t shirts are pictured laughing together outside a shop, one is fixing the other's cowl. They're both wearing lace patterned cowls in a drapey yarn, one is purple and the other gold

One Skein Knitting Project

Sometimes you want something you can achieve in just one single skein. If it’s a special skein, may we suggest Poza, a beautiful cowl where chevrons meet smaller detailing throughout. This is the cowl to try out that precious skein from an indie dyer you’ve always admired. It’s a treat to knit so make it double the joy with something a little luxe!


Find it on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/poza

close up of someone with white skin writing in a notebook with a coffee and pastry. They're wearing grey fingerless mitts with garter stitch and ribbed details

A Quick Knitted Gift

If this is your criteria because you’re trying to fit in a last minute knitted gift, can we urge you to stop, step away from your needles and think about why you’re putting yourself (and wrists) under that pressure? If however you’re just hoping for something small and satisfying, we can recommend the Kaerlig mittens that use only a small amount of fingering weight yarn. Due to the interesting construction, they require minimal finishing and fiddling with fingers and thumbs too.


Find them on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/krlig

two images of a knitted toy sausage dog with wrinkled eyebrows

A Handmade Toy

We have some pretty cute knitting patterns for toys and Poklon is one of our favourites. Poklon is the wee pup who featured in Ysolda’s first Knitworthy collection, a design collection that focuses on gift knitting. There’s now 40 patterns to choose from and Poklon pops up on knitter’s needles time and time again.


Find Poklon on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/poklon

two photos of a white woman wearing a blazer and a green cabled scarf. The scarf has a textured rib pattern with a geometric cable pattern at both ends

Gender Neutral Knitting Pattern

Well, this is where we want to ask a lot of questions about who gets to decide what counts as neutral versus feminine or masculine…. there’s a lot to unpack. If you’re looking for something that the wearer would feel they didn’t have to perform any particular gender identity though, we’d recommend Hiraeth, a knitted scarf pattern that works for everyone.


Find it on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hiraeth–2

a white woman smiles broadly while wearing a brown leather jacket and a fair isle patterned cowl. The cowl is teal, gold and brown

A stashbusting Knitting Pattern

Want something that looks very impressive but is actually an easy colourwork knitting pattern? Meet Pyukkleen, an excellent first stranded colour work pattern with its geometric patterns, short floats and lack of steeking. It uses up lots of small colours too so is a great project to cast on from the leftovers of your colourwork yoke sweater too.


Find it on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pyukkleen

A Knitting Pattern that Looks Store Bought

We get it because we hear this a lot “I want something handknit but I don’t want it to look handmade”. One thing we want to urge is for you to explore who is truly worthy of your knitting time. Who is valuing the production that goes into clothing and fashion? When we knit, we reconnect with that process and in a world where climate justice is becoming increasingly urgent and vital? Knit for those that truly connect with this super skill of production. Maybe gift knitting lessons to help this recipient connect with a process they’ve become so disconnected from instead….?

Looking for even more knitted gift ideas? We’ve got a whole design collection with you in mind. Ysolda’s Knitworthy collection spans 5 years of design work and includes 40 designs aimed to be fun to knit with beautiful results. You can view the Knitworthy back catalogue, here. https://ysolda.com/collections/knitworthy-patterns

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