Holiday Knitting – The 12 Weeks of Christmas 2017
Hello, my lovelies, and welcome to The 12 Weeks of Christmas Holiday Knitting series 2017.
This is our 5th season knitting along with you for the holidays! as usual, we’re publishing 12 original patterns for knitters and hosting 12 knit-alongs with free instruction every Saturday from September 30 through December 16. If you complete all 12 projects, then you’ll have 12 hand-made gifts to give to your friends and family by Christmas time! Patterns will be released the week prior to the knit-along and shared in our weekly Pot O’ Gold e-newsletter, on Facebook, and on this event page.
We design our 12 Weeks of Christmas projects with three criteria in mind:
- It must be possible to finish within one week with moderate diligence.
- Materials must cost $25 or less.
- It will make a good gift for someone you know.
Patterns are free with the purchase of the recommended yarn for the duration of the season. Knitting instruction is free with attendance at any of our Saturday morning knit-alongs.
We will also be posting all 12 patterns in our shop on Ravelry.com for purchase on the Saturday of each knit-along. See our Ravelry shop here: http://www.ravelry.com/stores/over-the-rainbow-yarn-design/
For those who live away, if you purchase the recommended yarn from our online store at shopovertherainbowyarn.com and include a comment with the 12 Weeks pattern you’d like us to include when you place your order, we’d be glad to send it along with your yarn. We’d love to see photos and comments on our Ravelry pattern pages! If you’re on Facebook, you can also post your comments+photos to our Facebook page.
Each knit-along is a stand alone, so you don’t have to come to all of them. But if you do, and if you’re moderately diligent in doing your homework between now and December 16, 2017, you’ll have 12 finished knit pieces to give as gifts. No need to register in advance. All levels of experience are always welcome!
Here’s the schedule with a thumbnail photo of each project.
A tiny Nativity Scene. The pattern has instructions for a general figure that you can embellish in your own way to make The Holy Family, or Wise Men, Angels, Shepherds, anything you like. They will stand on a table top, hang on a tree, or you can use them as finger puppets. They’re adorable and will appeal to children and adults alike.
Foxy Mittens. The pattern is sized for children through adults and features duplicate stitching on the tips of the hand to make an adorable fox face.
Felted and belted, the headband hat is great for those of us who don’t look our best in beanies or watch caps. The pattern has instructions for three brim widths and may be hand shaped to fit. Our version of this felted classic features belt loops that hold separate bands in place. You can make as many bands as you like using whatever stitch pattern you like and change your hat with every change of mood.
Little Speckles Table Runner. Using the simplest form of brioche stitch, Stockinette Brioche, this graceful piece is as pretty on the back side as it is on the front. The fringe is worked along with the body.
This Mitten Scarf. This pattern is sized for children and adults. Simple to knit and fun to wear, this generous scarf wraps twice around your neck, and has mittens knit right in at the bottom. Children will never lose their mittens now! And adults, if they don’t want to use mittens to warm their hands, can use them as pockets to carry cell phone, wallet or car keys. Fun and quick to knit!
Week # 6: Sat. November 4 @ 10am – 12pm
Foxy Slippers. Using the same duplicate stitch chart as the Foxy Mittens, these slippers have ears added at the cuff. These little darlings will keep your feet toasty indoors, but light enough to be stuffed into boots for a quick trip to the mail box or the grocery store. The pattern is sized for children and adults up to women’s large.
Week # 7: Sat.November 11 @ 10am – 12pm
Twinkle Lampshade. Knitwear doesn’t have to be confined to the human body. Adding some simple lace to a table lamp will add color and coziness to any room.
Florentine Frieze Swag Mittens. Using Barbara Walkers Florentine Frieze stitch pattern, and sized for small or large women’s hands, this pattern incorporates several simple stranded color techniques to make a truly fancy mitten that is as warm as it is beautiful.
The Rock City Hat. Inspired by a hat seen at Rock City Cafe, here in Rockland, this hat is easy to knit and fun to embellish with colorful buttons.
The Clock Cozy. Add a bit of knitting coziness to any decor with this easy and super fast project. This pattern is more of a recipe with suggestions for how to fit any clock (or round or oval picture frame).
Gorget. Knights of old wore gorgets to protect their necks, throats and upper chests in battle. Our gorget will protect necks, throats and upper chests from the cold. An updated version of a classic dickey, this chill chaser can be worn under a sweater or shirt for an added layer of warmth, or under a coat as a splash of color.
Last Minute Muffatee. This pattern is so simple and quick, you can probably finish it in an evening. This pattern is perfect for office party Yankee Swaps, last minute additions to your gift list or even as a stocking stuffer. The yarn does all the work and you look like a hero.