12 Last Minute Knits from String Yarns
It’s Thanksgiving night, you’re feeling dozy and content with a bellyful of turkey, stuffing, and maybe some wine, and we imagine you’re knitting away on a holiday project with a shrinking deadline.
Settle in, dear friends, because we’re reaching out through the tryptophan haze to help you hit your holiday gift knitting goals. We’ve dug deep into String Yarns’ kit stash to pull up the very best of our last minute knits.
Each of these projects can be finished inside of a day or a week, many of them are unisex, and they are all knit with decadently soft, gorgeously hued yarns. Let’s go!
1. 1-Hour Mitts
It doesn’t get much faster (easier/nicer/better) than our 1-Hour Mitts. Powerhouse designer Lisa Hoffman created these quick mitts using a single ball of our gorgeous String Yarns Classica Bulky Cashmere, which is available in 28 stunning colors, so you can make one for every member of your family! Our 1-Hour Mitts are incredibly versatile too, with instructions for both knitting flat and in the round.
Once upon a time, Prada designed an awesome cabled headband, and we were immediately inspired to create our Prada Headband. It quickly became one of our most popular and bestselling accessories. Knit in String Classica Bulky or Zara 14, it’s a fast, easy knit that is also great for beginner cablers!
3. Copellia Hat
Knit in 2 balls of HANIA by Anya Cole Cashmere, the unisex Coppelia Snood features textural stitchwork, highlighting the gorgeous quality of the yarn. Nothing beats a beautiful cashmere cowl—as any knitter will tell you, you can never have too many!
5. Fur Hat
This luxurious hat is surprisingly fast. It alternates one row of Furaz Rabbit Fur with one row of String Yarns Classica Cashmere and doesn’t require any decreasing to finish. If you like the idea of fast, furry knits, check out our other kits in Furaz Rabbit fur here.
9. Willow Cowl
Simple is often best, especially for the pickier people on your list. The Willow Cowl is knit in Stacy Charles Fine Yarns’ Willow and is worked simply in stockinette with ribbed borders—perfect for both men and women.
10. Winter Skies Hat
If you’re looking for something impossibly cute that will almost fly off your needles, you can’t go wrong with the Winter Skies Hat. Worked on US Size 15 needles in Loopy Mango’s squishy-soft Merino No. 5, this earflap hat is trimmed with Furaz Rabbit Fur for added softness and warmth.
11. Super Scarf
Another favorite among String’s clientele, the Super Scarf is offered in String Classica Bulky or Zara 14. Knit in an openwork lace pattern on large needles, you’ll be shocked how quickly this project moves from cast on to bind off. It’s an oh-so-chic scarf your gift recipient will be surprised you didn’t keep for yourself.
12. Chunky AIR Hat
The Chunky Air Hat is knit in Zealana AIR Chunky, a blend of brushtail possum, cashmere, and silk that produces a comfortably warm, light-as-air fabric. A quick knit, the cable and rib stitches of this hat pop beautifully in Zealana AIR Chunky, which is available in a stunning array of brights and neutrals.
All 12 of these kits make great gifts that knit up quickly, but remember they also work well for any knitters in your life—simply toss in a Knit Kit or GoKnit Pouch for a gift set to die for!
In the spirit of sharing and giving that happily occupies this delicious holiday, in closing we offer you the String Staff List of Favorite Tips & Techniques. We hope they help you in your gift knitting and beyond!
String Staff's Favorite Tips & Techniques
Cynthia – Always read a pattern through, thoroughly, before you cast on to ensure you understand things before you start and know exactly where important steps like shaping take place.
Joan - My favorite knitting tip may seem obvious, but, unfortunately, many knitters don't do it... make a gauge swatch. There is nothing worse than knitting an entire garment and not being able to wear it because it turned out too big or too small. Think of it this way: the tiny investment of time you spend on a gauge swatch will pay off with a well-fitting garment.
Lidia – Finishing begins at the beginning, and by that I mean it’s very important that you take note of your knitting as it’s happening—count your rows when working sleeves so that you know your sleeves will match. Take clear notes and don’t rely on memory alone.
Petra – Make a gauge swatch! I repeat, MAKE A GAUGE SWATCH. Even if you think you’re someone who always knits a yarn to gauge, you should still make a gauge swatch. You never know how a yarn will behave once it’s on the needles and in your hands. If you can, wash your swatch to see how the yarn will behave once you’ve cleaned your garment, but first things first—make a gauge swatch!
Whitney – I put charted or complicated patterns in a plastic sleeve and use a dry erase marker to mark my progress. This keeps the pattern clean and the marker comes off the sleeve easily with a wet paper towel.
And yes, we know we told you twice to make a gauge swatch, but it really is that important! Do you want to gift a hat that flops down over your recipient’s eyes?
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Do you have a favorite knitting tip or technique? A favorite last minute knit? Let us know in the comments!