Nov 1, 2010

Quick Holiday Knits: For Kids

Knitting for the children you know {for purposes of this guide, 2 years and older} may just be the hardest set to please. Full of their own opinions, it can be hard to match just the right pattern with just the right yarn in just the right color, and I’ve been known to give up and just give books or gift cards.
You can prevail in this fight, however – these five patterns have proven time and again to be instant crowd-pleasers and take much less time than you’d think! One of these patterns is sure to please even the most picky of children on your list!

Monsters from Danger Crafts. File these adorable monsters under “it looks harder to knit than it is”, because you can whip up any of these adorable creatures in just a few days’ time and be someone’s favorite aunt! My personal favorite is Maddox, but any one of these adorable little monsters will fit the bill!

Spring Shirts For Girls. The Spring Shirt pattern is one of my go-to knits for girls between the ages of 2 and 10. It works up fast, can be made in any type of yarn, and so long as you get the right color it’s bound to be a hit. The pattern is a dream to follow and thanks to the simple no-seaming-required technique, you’ll only have a few ends to weave in before this can be wrapped up!

Legwarmies. Legwarmers have officially made their way back into fashion, and it’s no wonder with such gorgeous designs as these! Worn over tights, under pants, with boots, flats or sneakers, almost every little girl I know wants a pair of these to call her own!

Milo. A newer find, Milo may soon become my go-to vest pattern for children. It can be worked up using one of the four cable stitch patterns given, plain, or embellished as you wish – no matter how you do it, this pattern works up fast and looks gorgeous when complete.

Gooseberry Hat. This free Ravelry download was part of my One Hundred Hats project, and has since become one of my go-to hat patterns for kids. I love the simple construction as well as the fact that it is gender neutral.

Next time we tackle by far my favorite type of hand-knit to gift – baby knits!

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