Our last few crafty gift ideas have been relatively quick, perfect if you have a bunch of knit-worthy folks on your list. But, if you want a longer project, or have one extraordinarily special person on your list, you might consider hand knit socks! (We wanted to tell you about this with enough time to finish them!)
Malabrigo Sock (for awesome variegated colors), Cascade Heritage (for hearty nylon content), and Cephalopod Skinny Bugga (for rich semisolid colors and super softness) all make for great socks. And if you are looking for help, one of our newer books, Tow-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks is the perfect guide for making custom-sized socks.
This Gift Guide was brought to you by Eloise (crafter + JPK&S-er)!
Read all Crafty Gift Guide, Knitting, Yarn
Pint Sized Pines!
This may go more in the category of decorations than presents, but if you have an early December gift exchange or holiday party coming up, why not whip up these little guys? (Free pattern by Julia Tarsha.) You could make your own little forest, or give as gifts with your favorite bottle of wine! I started out making one, and found them quite addictive!
Made with Cascade 220 heathers and Madelinetosh Merino Light. (A single skein will make a dozen or more!)
This Gift Guide was brought to you by Susan (podcaster + crafter + JPK&S-er)!
Read all Crafty Gift Guide, Home Dec, Knitting
Cuddly Knitted Barnyard Friends
Here’s something for the little ones in your life: Why not make a cuddly toy from Spud & Chloe At The Farm?
Our favorites are the Farm Dog and the Little Lamb, made up in Spud & Chloe Sweater. We have picked 3 skeins in natual shades, which should be enough for a few barnyard friends.
If barnyard animals are not your cup of tea, make something from another book in our library: A penguin from Itty Bitty Toys or a sea creature from Amigurumi Knits!
This Gift Guide was brought to you by Abbey & Taylor (teachers + crafters + JPK&S-ers)!
Read all Crafty Gift Guide
Simple Mitts + Legwarmers
The key to holiday crafting has to be simplicity + multiplicity. You want to be able to make it fast and make multiple versions. For our Crafty Holiday Gift Guide #5, we recommend our 1 Day Workshop Simple Mitts or LegWarmers. Come by on Saturday from 10:30-12:30 in the shop and learn how to whip up a quick pair of mitts or legwarmers. Add cables for texture or visual interest, use luxe fiber (our Lobster Pot Cashmere….oh la la) and you will transform an easy pattern into something really special.
We are pairing it with Crafty Gift Guide #6: our Family Workshop: Felt Ornaments. Come spend the afternoon with the lovely Kate Herron and learn how to make these simple, yet delicate and refined ornaments. A little felt, a little embroidery thread, some crafty family time, a nice way to ease into the holiday season. A perfect gift for grandparents who live far away or any family or friend.
This Gift Guide was brought to you by Genevieve (crafter + JPK&S-er)!
Read all Crafty Gift Guide
Flannel Baby Quilt!
I don’t know about you, but there are a ton of new babies in my life this year! The little guys are fun to craft for, which inspired Gift Guide idea #4: a flannel baby quilt! Here’s how:
- Choose 1 1/4 yards of your two favorite flannels. We’ve got cotton flannels in gorgeous plaids, sophisicated herringbone and, of course, foxes!
- Machine wash your fabric.
- Trim both pieces so that they are the same size. Lay the pieces with the wrong sides together. (You can also sandwich batting in between, but this is optional.)
- Safety pin or baste the layers together, then quilt them with lines of machine stitching.
- Bind the edges with a colorful bias tape (or make your own).
This is a cuddly, relaxing project you can complete in an afternoon! I’m afraid there’s just a materials picture today, since the quilt I made is currently under a baby!
This Gift Guide was brought to you by Eloise (teacher + crafter + JPK&S-er)!
Read all Baby, Crafty Gift Guide, Fabric
Bow Ties for you Dapper Dude!
This is a sweet and simple idea for the guys on your gift list: bow ties! Use our voile or quilting cotton to stitch up a variety of bow ties in just the right shades, or one in the perfect print. There are many tutorials for this project, but we like this one.
If your fellow is more a tie guy, try this Purl Bee project instead!
*Number 3 in our annual series of DAILY gift ideas from your friends at JP Knit & Stitch. Stay tuned every day right here until December 24th for your daily dose of crafty inspiration.
Read all Crafty Gift Guide, Fabric, Sewing
Here’s a gift idea that will brighten up a few grey winter hours – Threadfollower’s stuffed animal hand-stitching kits! These kits are appropriate for kids (and adults!) 8 and up — our sample bunny was made by a nine-year-old with minimal sewing experience — and did we mention completely adorable? They contain everything you need to make a little plush friend, including detailed step-by-step instructions. Threadfollower uses local and recycled materials, so you can inspire creativity and eco-consciousness all in one great gift!
*Number 2 in our annual series of DAILY gift ideas from your friends at JP Knit & Stitch. Stay tuned every day right here until December 24th for your daily dose of crafty inspiration.
This Gift Guide was brought to you by Jess (teacher + crafter + JPK&S-er)!
Read all Crafty Gift Guide, Kits, News, Toy
JP Knit & Stitch *CRAFTY HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE #1:
Looking for a winter warm-up? Try making a pair of mittens with Manos Silk Blend yarn! Silk Blend is a lustrous 70/30 blend of wool and silk, so it’s warm and cozy while also being shiny and soft, and it comes in a range of lovely colors, both solid and variegated. It’s perfect for making a pair of mittens, and will support a number of styles to suit any knitting level. Try simple solid, striped, cabled, or stranded colorwork like these octopus mittens. Make some for your friends and family as gifts, or a pair for yourself as a well-deserved holiday treat!
*Number 1 in our annual series of DAILY gift ideas from your friends at JP Knit & Stitch. Stay tuned every day right here until December 24th for your daily dose of crafty inspiration.
This Gift Guide was brought to you by Jess (teacher + crafter + JP Knit & Stitch-er)!
Read all Crafty Gift Guide, Jess, MIttens, News, Projects
A sneak peak at our HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE:
Learn to make this simple hat and then…..make one for everyone on your list!
For more info and to register: Holiday Crafting: Simple Hats
Read all News
All of us here at JP Knit & Stitch wish you a very Happy (and Crafty!) Thanksgiving. We will be closed on Thursday, 11/28, for Thanksgiving and will re-open on Friday for our regular hours. See you soon! – JPK&S
Read all News