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December 18, 2014

Last-minute gifts

We are all too familiar with that realization that we are running out of gift-knitting time. Whether it’s because you’ve added people to your list or gifts are needed sooner than you had anticipated, it seems to happen every year (at least to us). If you’re looking at a busy weekend of frantic knitting, here are our favourite speedy knits — all the better because they don’t look like last-minute knits, planned especially for our favourite heavier-weight yarns. (If you’re last-minute shopping for a knitter/crocheter/sewist, and looking for ideas, check out our gift guide.)

Blue Sky Alpacas Extra in Buttercream, Marsh, and Fedora.

Blue Sky Alpacas Extra in Buttercream, Marsh, and Fedora.

Blue Sky Alpacas Extra — This is a gorgeous, gorgeous yarn: 55% alpaca, 45% merino wool, with great stitch definition and lovely drape. It would be perfect for a simple but stylish hat like Kingsley or the surprisingly quick Riverbank cowl (it’s so much fun to knit it will fly off your needles).

Rowan Brushed Fleece in Heath.

Rowan Brushed Fleece in Heath.

Rowan Brushed Fleece — If you have a someone on your list who always manages to feel a prickle, this is the perfect yarn for them. It is impossibly soft and light, and knits up beautifully. It’s perfect for a quick (and unisex) Keaton hat, the very fun crocheted County Fair Scarf, the stylish and versatile Shawl Collared Cowl or a squishy Marshmallow Cowl.

Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky in Coyote.

Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky in Coyote.

Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky — Another soft and lovely yarn, Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky is a bulky singles that creates a lovely soft fabric with a subtle halo. We love it for the Markham Loop Collar and the cozy Ribby Slipper Socks. In a different vein, we’re big fans of the Wooly Wreath and Garland, as well, and for someone who has been on your list for a while (or doesn’t like to wear knits), what about the crochetedBig Fat Lampshade?

Rowan Big Wool in (clockwise) Ice Blue, Steel Blue, Vert, and Blue Velvet.

Rowan Big Wool in (clockwise) Ice Blue, Steel Blue, Vert, and Blue Velvet.

Rowan Big Wool — How ambitious are you last-minute? If you’re feeling confident (or you know you’ve got the time), Jökul would make a very impressive gift, and because it’s knit up in bulky and in one piece, it’s still pretty speedy. Too much? You could whip up a bunch of Wham Bam Thank You Lamb! Neckwarmers or Madge hats between now and Christmas. We also really love Puff Daddy, which would be a great gift.

Malabrigo Rasta in Indiecita

Malabrigo Rasta in Indiecita

Malabrigo Rasta — Gorgeous colour, super soft, and knits up in a flash: Rasta is the perfect yarn for gorgeous last-minute gifts. We, of course, love our own Red Rasta Cowl, but the Drop-Stitch Cowl or Marian are gorgeous as well. If hats are more your speed, An Unoriginal Hat is a classic, and we love the simplicity of Hannah. Looking for something a little different? We love these Very Easy Sofa Cushions.

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