Choose Your Own Adventure Gift Knitting

Holiday knitting? It's a phrase that inspires glee and excitement or panic and fear, depending on who you ask. Knitting for your loved ones is a thoughtful gesture, it can save you some money, and we all know handknits are better than store-bought woollens any day of the week. However, some of us overcommit, or pick the wrong pattern, leading to deadline disasters and less-than-thrilled recipients.

Fear not - this doesn't have to be a season of stress; all it takes is some careful planning and everything will go smoothly. Picking the right pattern(s) is an important step in the process. Answer the questions below and choose your own knitting adventure!

How much time do you have to devote to knitting between now and Christmas?
a. I can be a full-time knitter the whole holiday season! (proceed to next question)
b. I won't be knitting any more than usual. (proceed to the next question)
c. I've waited to the last minute... I need something quick! (proceed to next question)

Do you want to buy yarn for this project, or knit from stash?
a. I want to bust some stash. (proceed to next question)
b. I want to go yarn shopping! (proceed to next question)

Knitting from stash is always a great idea. A skein of sock or lace yarn can be turned into a gift with no trouble. But what kind of thing would you like to knit?
a. Something simple and repetitive, but with a great end result. (proceed to your patterns)
b. Something intricate and beautiful, that will keep me on my toes. (proceed to your pattern)
c. Simple but not too simple, but cute is a must! (proceed to your pattern)

A few new skeins
Now's your chance to go to the yarn shop and pick up a few special balls of yarn. How lovely! These skeins are happy to come home with you. What is their destiny?
a. They'll become a matching set of woollies. (proceed to your pattern)
b. Just a hat will do. (proceed to your patterns)

Large Gift Projects
Since you have a lot of time to devote to this project, you have the freedom to go all-out. A larger project can make a statement and your giftee will really appreciate the time and effort you have taken.
Which would your giftee appreciate more?
a. Light as a cloud, soft as a feather, something delicate yet warm (proceed to your pattern)
b. Something heavier and cosy to snuggle into (proceed to your pattern)
c. A matching set of winter wear (proceed to your pattern)

Last-Minute Gifts
Even if you're in a rush, you can still create a sweet and thoughtful gift.
What would your gift recipient enjoy most?
a. Toasty toes with a touch of whimsy (proceed to your pattern)
b. A home full of lovely smells, or a place to store tiny keepsakes (proceed to your pattern)

Russell Square

A coordinating set of patterns, these Mitts and Hat are simple enough to knit up in a jiffy but interesting enough not to bore you. All it takes is 3 balls of yarn to make a complete set.


Elven Slippers

One of my most popular patterns, and an ideal gift. These petite slippers knit up very quickly and take only a small amount of yarn - sock or shawl leftovers are ideal.


Three Sachets

A choice of three differently shaped sachets for stuffing with lavender buds or potpourri - or soft toy stuffing. These tiny sachets knit up in a jiffy, and totally seamlessly. Use up your bits and bobs of yarn to create a fragrant pouch, or a little treasure bag.


Garden Path Moebius

An engaging knit in a variety of sizes. This moebius wrap or poncho features an undulating cables-and-lace pattern and a playful ruffle.


One Skein Scarves
These one skein sideways shawlettes are sure to please. They're easy to wear and the lace borders add a lovely touch. With the bodies being in stockinette, once you've got the border down they go by very quickly.



Cute Cabled Hats

Unbraiding Cables (unisex!)


The Grateful Crane

Soft and downy wings will wrap around you (or your giftee) - this interestingly shaped shawl's lace patterns look just like feathers on giant wings. Knit in mohair yarn it is warm, light, and fuzzy - knit it in a smooth yarn for an even more delicate look.


Rose Tendrils Socks

A work of art in knitting, inspired by the art of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. These beautiful socks have a textured bud and leave pattern over the instep and a lace rose on the ankle. A treat for the adventurous sock knitter.


The End
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