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As Knitvent time approaches, I know many of you are already deep in your planning for this year’s gift knits. Handmade gifts are truly precious, and so much preparation and anticipation goes into the process: making a list, matching patterns and yarn, and somehow scheduling all that knitting into our busy days. It is one of the great joys of the season, as long as you have a plan, give yourself plenty of time, and remember that this is supposed to be fun!

There will be exciting new gift-knitting patterns on the way when Knitvent begins, but to help you in your early stages of gift knitting, here is our annual Curious Handmade Gift Guide. We’ve curated some tried-and-tested favourite designs which are sure to delight your dear ones this holiday season.

As a Knitvent warm-up treat and to make sure the season gets off to a glorious start, I’m running a buy-one-get-one free sale across all Curious Handmade patterns and collections from now until Monday, October 21st, 2019. Now’s the time to stock up on any patterns you might have missed. There’s no code necessary to get your free pattern. Just put any two of my patterns or collections into your cart by the end of Monday, October 21st and the least expensive item we be automatically free as a gift from me to you and your loved ones!

Shop The Curious Handmade Gift-Knitting BOGO Sale!

I hope you find some perfect patterns to keep you busy while we wait for the Knitvent launch: maybe you’ll be able to cross a few names off your list a little early this year!


One Skein Wonders

A smallish shawl makes an ideal gift. You don’t need much time or yarn to whip up one of these beauties. Easy to knit and easy to wear, these one-skein shawls are great for showcasing a special yarn. Choose something lacy and delicate for a special-occasion shawl (you can even add beads) or look for something solidly comforting to wrap them up warm for every day.

Large image: The Peace of Wild Things Shawl. Small images, clockwise from top left: Tulle Shawl, Little Meg Shawl, Alpine Sunset Shawl, Rewilding Shawl

Perfectly Matched

Any one of these items would make a fabulous quick-knit gift, but if you have the time to make a matching set you can really make your knitworthy loved one feel cherished. Pair a stylish hat with a coordinating warm cowl or a toasty pair of mitts. Almost all of these patterns come in multiple sizes or are easily adjustable, and with the right yarn choice they should suit just about anyone on your list.

A collection of accessory knitting patterns from Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade
Left to Right: Ice River Hat, Ice River Snood, How Quiet Hat, How Quiet Mitts
Left to Right: Kindling Hat, Kindling Mitts, Tchaikovsky Hat, Tchaikovsky Mitts

Snug Socks

A handmade pair of warm woolly socks is a wonderfully nurturing gift. Choose a squishy DK-weight yarn for the ultimate cosy kicking-around-the-house-pair or look for a sock yarn with a little touch of luxury (a bit of cashmere never went astray) and your lucky recipient will be dancing for joy.

A collection of five pairs of socks designed by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade
Large image: Vintage Fairy Lights Socks. Small images clockwise from top left: Winter Sleep Socks, Juniper Socks, Red Robin Socks, Winter Rose Socks

Cuddly Cowls

Much quicker to knit than a scarf but just as warm and comforting, a cowl makes an excellent gift. If you have a bit of time before you’re exchanging presents, you can chose a delicate yarn, but for knitters in a hurry, a chunky, cosy cowl is often the answer. With large enough yarn and needles, anything is possible: many a knitter has been known to work a one-evening miracle with a super bulky cowl!

Large photo: Land of Sweets Cowl. Small photos clockwise from top left: Crisp and Even Cowl, Frost at Midnight Cowl, Fresh Powder Cowl, Laveer Kerchief

Grand Gesture Shawls

Reserved for only the most knitworthy of all your loved ones, a grand gesture shawl is a magnificent way to show how much you care. If you’re planning to knit a present on this scale, be extra sure to start early. With their interplay of colours, lace, and fancy stitches, these designs are a joy to knit, but it takes an investment of precious yarn, time, and energy to create a shawl like this. A true labor of love. The final result is sure to be cherished for a lifetime. This is how heirlooms happen!

Large photo: Inkling Shawl. Small photos, clockwise from top left: Sprite’s Fen Shawl, Maytham Shawl, Surprise Party Shawl, Snowmelt Shawl

Hopefully this guide has given you an idea or two to get you started! If you’d like even more inspiration, why not pour yourself a cup of tea and spend a little time exploring the whole library of Curious Handmade designs? Remember, every pattern and collection is buy-one-get-one-free from now until Monday 21 October 2019. Happy knitting!

KnitVent 2014- It’s Almost Here!

Helen —  November 6, 2014 — 2 Comments

A special treat for you all today- a sneak peek of the collection!

sneak peek Collage

Last year, I released the first Knitvent Collection – 8 patterns for hand knit cowls, hats, shawls and gloves to help you make handmade Christmas gifts for all your loved ones. The Collection was really popular and everyone enjoyed knitting along together as each pattern was revealed, a little like opening another window on your advent calendar! I recently received this lovely feedback from Beth, a knitter who participated last year and it made me so excited to do it all again this year:

“I was so happy to hear that you’re thinking about another Knitvent for the Christmas season this year. Christmas can be difficult for me. Buying presents for everyone seems like a huge project. The kids are so focused on presents. Getting the family together can bring up tensions. Your Knitvent series of patterns gives me something nice to focus on and reminds me to take joy in the little things that I love.

Each pattern will include at least 2 size options or details for further customising to help make each project as personal for your recipient as possible. So get ready for 5 knitted accessory patterns, with lots of fun ideas on the blog and podcast to help you find your #giftingzen this Holiday season. Next week, it’s time to start revealing the patterns and get knitting for Knitvent 2014.

Worried you’ll miss out on a discount code or special festive treat? Don’t worry, my newsletter will have all you need to get you knitting in time to arrive at Christmas Eve feeling fresh and festive. Just make sure you’ve signed up to get all the news and fun first.

Dream Big Collection: FO Focus

Helen —  October 30, 2014 — 2 Comments

As the final release for my Dream Big Collection draws near, I wanted to celebrate some of the amazing projects that people have been knitting from the Collection. When I launched a collection of knitting patterns, I was inspired by my word for the year, “Dream”. I planned a pattern a month with a selection of knitting patterns for knitted accessories, mainly shawls as well as cowls, stoles and blankets. There are 8 patterns so far and looking through FO’s has been really inspiring to keep designing more and more in 2015!

Colourful handknit shawls

Colourful handknit shawls

The first pattern that started the collection was the Frangipani Shawl that was inspired by tropical flowers, will bring a ray of sunshine to a cold winter day. I love how bold both JenCollect‘s and ChellieAnne‘s versions are so different and striking at the same time.

Single skein shawls

Single skein shawls

The Fireflies Rising Shawlette came just in time for the softer sunlight of Spring and inspired a lot of projects- this one really captured knitters wanting fast, easy to knit lace with great results. This was the perfect single skein shawl pattern, as shown by Matejam and Hmgtt.

Bright Global Nomad cowls

Bright Global Nomad cowls

The Global Nomad Cowl is a great little accessory for wearing everywhere from music festivals to the weekend farmers’ market. It’s a light and airy cowl for those slightly cooler trans-seasonal days. I feel like both Patsy55 and Sunrisedawn really got the vibe of the cowl!

Handknit blankets for babies, children and adults

Handknit blankets for babies, children and adults

The Georgie Blanket went live in time to celebrate the first birthday of Prince George and has had lots of versions knit in so many bright and bold colours. With thanks to RiderCub (and Penguin) and Malorie for these bright beauties.

Beautiful Single Skein Shawl projects

Beautiful Single Skein Shawl projects

The Sunburst Shawl was the sixth design in the Dream Big Collection and put a modern spin on beautiful 1920’s fashion. I love these two versions by Camilliaknits and Knittengurl that really capture the luxury, glamour and exuberance of the Art Deco era.

Contrasting Colours of Lace Summer Shawls

Contrasting Colours of Lace Summer Shawls

The Velvet Rose Shawl is a feminine summer shawl that has sparked lots of dramatic versions- it was so hard not to want to share them all! With thanks to DynamiteTrujillo and ToryJane Knits for these stunning versions.

Quick to knit handwarmers

Quick to knit handwarmers

The Global Nomad Handwarmers were only released a few weeks ago but there’s already some great projects showing just how quick to knit this project is- perfect for gift knitting in a hurry! These handwarmers come courtesy of Aymr on Ravelry.

 

With thanks to all the knitters who gave permission to share their wonderful projects today. Stay tuned for a new pattern release next week and don’t forget, you can buy a copy of the Dream Big Collection and it will automatically update when the new patterns are released!