How to Knit Christmas Gifts

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How to Knit Christmas Gifts
This Christmas, start small and simple with one pattern made several ways. (clew and knitting needles. image by Indigo Fish from

When the holidays roll around, knitters everywhere panic because they like to knit gifts for their friends and relatives but it can be difficult to find the right gift for every person on their lists. On top of that, of course, is the time it takes to knit one gift, let alone several. If you can knit, you can learn how to knit Christmas gifts for friends and family members of all ages with one simple project. Knit on this project throughout the year and when Christmas comes you'll be ready.

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Things you need

  • Yarn
  • Knitting needles
  • Large eye blunt needle

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    Knit several squares throughout the year. Use any combination of yarn and needles you like, but try to make them all approximately the same size and materials to make this project as easy as possible. If you use a variety of yarn styles, then make several in the same type and keep them together in groups. Knit basic garter stitch squares if that's all you know how to do, or use dishcloth patterns to make decorative squares if your skills allow it.

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    Give individual squares to family members to use as washcloths or dishcloths. These projects work best when you use machine-washable cotton yarns. If you want to bulk up the gift, give a few washcloths with a bar of handmade soap or a bottle of bubble bath.

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    Sew several squares together in a straight line to make a scarf. Use a large eye blunt needle to whipstitch the edges of the squares together in a line. Use multiple colours for a patchwork-style scarf that will become an instant accessory before your eyes.

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    Sew four squares together for a wall hanging, or eight squares for a table runner. Both of these projects work well if you use holiday colours or colours that match a person's home decor. Sew the squares together around the edges to make a larger square or rectangle, and the person who receives it will be able to decorate his or her home with your handiwork.

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    Sew several squares together to make a throw or an afghan. This type of project takes at least 12 squares or more. The result is an heirloom-quality Christmas gift that was as easy to knit as a single square.

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