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Quick Holiday Gifts to Crochet

on December 5, 2014

It’s that holiday time of year, when last-minute gift making is in the air. Maybe you need one or two more gifts for Hanukkah celebrations, a quick teacher gift as a thank you, or extra gifts to have in reserve for that surprise gift exchange that comes out of nowhere.  If any of these sound familiar, please check out the quick crochet pattern links below. Most take only one or two skeins. All were designed by me for Cascade Yarns, and all are free downloads.

©Cascade Yarns

  ©Cascade Yarns

©Cascade Yarns

©Cascade Yarns

First, let’s look at a couple of one skein hats. The Diamonds Hat is on the top, and the Arches Hat is on the bottom.

Diamonds is great for a beginner stitcher, using single, double and half-double crochet stitches to create an openwork pattern of diamonds for the body of the hat. You can download the pattern at  http://www.cascadeyarns.com/patternsFree/FW195_UltraPimaFineDiamondsHat.pdf

Arches is a little more advanced, starting with a row of foundation single crochet stitches, then using front post double crochet stitches to create a textured hat that is great for men and women alike. You can download the pattern at  http://www.cascadeyarns.com/patternsFree/W543_SateenWorstedArchesHat.pdf

cloudgate

©Cascade Yarns

W538a

©Cascade Yarns

Looking for a cowl? Here are two that might fit the bill. Cloudgate Cowl is on the top and Three Season Cowl is on the bottom.

Cloudgate is a single skein cowl created with a textured ripple stitch. The texture is created using front post single crochet stitches. If you are looking to change things up, try two colors, alternating the second color for the front post single crochet rows to create a great striped effect. Get creative! You can download the pattern at  http://www.cascadeyarns.com/patternsFree/W477_CloudgateCowl.pdf

The Three Season Cowl is really two patterns in one. You can make a close-fitting cowl with just one skein of yarn, or one you can loop around with two skeins. Once again, you can change things up – use one skein each of two different colors (think favorite team colors, or a neutral along with a bright color) and you can create a great color-blocked cowl. Want color changes without a lot of thought? Use a yarn with slow color changes, like Casablanca or Tangier from Cascade, and the cowl will pattern itself.  You can download the pattern at  http://www.cascadeyarns.com/patternsFree/W538_SateenWorstedThreeSeasonCowl.pdf

W522a

©Cascade Yarns

W551b

©Cascade Yarns

Finally, here are a couple scarves to finish things up. The Guinevere Scarflette is on the top, and the Spirit Wave Scarf is on the bottom.

Guinevere is a double duty piece. Scrunch it up and it works great as a scarf. Need a little shawl to throw over that little black dress for the office holiday party? Gwen is your girl! The pattern is easy to customize in length, and the mesh stitch makes it a breeze to crochet, using only two skeins of yarn.  You can download the pattern at  http://www.cascadeyarns.com/patternsFree/W522_GuinevereScarflette.pdf

If you have a sports fan on your gift list, then the Spirit Wave Scarf would be perfect! Use either two or three team colors (pictured scarf uses two main team colors divided by and accent color), an easy to follow ripple stitch pattern, and in no time at all, you’ll be ready to cheer “GO TEAM GO!” You can download the pattern at  http://www.cascadeyarns.com/patternsFree/W551_SpiritWaveScarf.pdf

So there you have it – six free patterns for six quick gifts! I’d love to hear what you think.  Next week, I’ll share some quick crochet gifts from some of my favorite designers.

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One response to “Quick Holiday Gifts to Crochet

  1. violetvidBeckie says:

    I agree with your comment, “stylish garments and accessories for plus-sized people” should be the next trend.

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