String Yarns' 2016 Picks for Last-Minute Knits
We certainly don’t mean to alarm anyone, but there are only six more weekends until Hanukkah and Christmas. If most of your holiday knitting happens on Saturday and Sunday, that translates to 12 more days of concentrated holiday knitting.
Don’t panic yet! Last year we gave you our list of 12 Last-Minute Knits (still a fantastic resource), but this year we turned to String Yarn’s knowledgeable and knitterly staff for some personal suggestions. The following knits are time-tested by us—we’ve knit them, love them, and trust them as suitable for last-minute knitting. All of these patterns are readily available for download and the kits can be purchased on site, which means you can get those needles clicking immediately!
Cynthia picked the Robin’s Island Hat by Joan Forgione. Knit in String Yarns Classica DK, a soft, giftworthy 100% cashmere, this little hat plays with cascading cables mixed with ribbing for an interesting, fast knit. Consider this a great unisex hat, with options available for either a slouchy or cap version and elective pom pom.
Joan’s pick, the Excursion Slippers by Hunter Hammersen, are a no-brainer holiday knit. As Joan said, “They're worked flat, quicker than socks, and I'd love to get these as a gift because my hands and feet are always cold.” Joan is using Anzula For Better Or Worsted for friends and String Yarns Classica (100% cashmere) for that “extra special someone.”
When it comes to knitting deadlines, a quick textural cowl can’t be beat. Lidia loves the Mistake Rib Cowl because it’s even faster than you might think. Knit on US size 15 needles with two strands of String Classica Bulky held together—which also opens up so many color possibilities—the 100% cashmere Mistake Rib Cowl is a great choice when you’re really down to the wire. Cast it on the last week of December and you’ll still be done in time for the holidays!
If you’re looking for an ultra-fast last-minute hat, look no further than Ellen’s Parisian choice, the Les Petit Beret. Knit in the 100% cashmere String Classica Bulky on size US 10 needles, Les Petit Beret knits up in a flash. And with String Classica Bulky available in 20+ colors, you can easily make this sweet little hat for several people on your list.
When Lisa first showed us the gorgeous collection of Paige Mitts she knit, we just about plotzed (non-native New Yorkers and Yiddish neophytes: ‘plotz’ is Yiddish for ‘burst’). Fingerless mitts are such a fantastic gift for anyone on your list, and these fair isle beauties by Melynda Bernardi have a decidedly unisex charm if you keep them in neutral hues. Lisa knit hers in String Yarns Classica DK, a 100% cashmere, but she said String Yarns’ customers have also made them in Tahki Yarns Alden.
The All Seasons Slouchy Hat is a gift-knit you’ll want to start ASAP. One of Petra’s favorite, go-to recommendations for knitters, the All Seasons Slouchy Hat by Elizabeth Elliot is knit with one skein of June Cashmere Lace Weight, making it as delightful to knit as it is to wear. We can’t promise you won’t have trouble giving it away when you’re done!
Vera recommends her very own Vera’s Shawl, which uses self-striping 100% cashmere String Yarns Strata and Artyarns Beaded Rhapsody & Silk. The result is a decadently soft, sparkling shawl with generous fronds of fringe. Your mother, sister, grandmother, daughter, or niece will love this on-trend shawl. It’s a chic, always-hip accessory garment that can be worn multiple ways.
Last but not least, Whitney chose the Seed Stitch Cowl & Floral Pom Pom Hat in Tahki Select Poppy. This hat & cowl set is perfect for anyone age 5-12 on your list. One skein each of Poppy is used to make the hat and cowl on US size 15 needles, making these great ‘final countdown’ knits. The flowers in Tahki Select Poppy are moveable, meaning you can easily customize either accessory with thoughtful flower placement. They can be scattered as shown, ringed in the brim or crown, or placed in a diagonal line twisting upwards—feel free to use your imagination!
Which of these holiday knits is your favorite? Do you have a go-to holiday pattern? Let us know in the comments below!