Ready, set, go! Start knitting for Christmas!

Lately I’ve been thinking of Christmas presents.

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… says Catherine (dashofdeutsch)

Maybe because I’m a person who likes to plan ahead of time, but mostly because I’m not going to be in Berlin during Christmas.

I loved celebrating Christmas here in Germany. Maybe because it’s feels like Christmas because of the cold and dreariness, but mostly because it feels more dignified and sincere. Gifts were exchanged, and these gifts seem (to me) thoughtful. It didn’t feel too commercial or forced. Christmas was meaningful with the folks (Catherine and her family, and Markus and his family) I’ve celebrated with the last two years.

There are other friends that I would like to give a present to for Christmas and a farewell gift to cap my 2 years here in Germany. So my Christmas goal this year is to give these friends and family friends something I knitted.

For amateur knitters like myself, this can be a challenge. As you might know from my previous post, I started to knit just this past winter with a pair of needles from my sister. The first thing I made was a scarf for my boyfriend.

So I want to share the patterns I’ve tried in the last six months and share the ones that I think can be attempted by those new to knitting. These patterns are all free and can be found on Ravelry if you make an account.

(Only knit stitch!) Basic Garter Stitch Scarf 

The knit stitch is the first stitch all knitters learn and this scarf is made up of just knit stitches. I recommend using super chunky yarn and thick needles because it’ll help you learn the motion of knitting and become familiar with it. And if you want a knitted fringe (the dangling yarn bits at the ends), learn it with this object!

(Know how to knit and purl?) Seed stitch headband 

I took the style from the Brioche Earwarmer (cinching the headband using leftover yarn) and used the seed stitch instead since I hadn’t learned how to do the brioche stitch and wanted an earwarmer in that style. Super easy too!

Cable-braided necklace

This was quite easy to make because it only requires knit and purling. I made one for myself in bright yellow yarn for the summer but unfortunately lost it in a Zara boutique 😦

Braided bangles

I once made this for a friend and it took very little time to make. I’d recommend yarn that has some glitter or shimmer in it because those work well for accessory pieces!

These are all chosen because they’re super easy to make and can be made quickly if you have many gifts to go through or is just a last-minute knitter!

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