DIY Knitted Christmas Gifts

As you may have heard, this year’s christmas gift, besides the second hand bought ones, is announced to be the DIY knitted clothing piece. Stick around to the end to find a pattern on how to make your own scarflette! It can be considered to be a quite tricky present to give since you can not take for granted that people have the time or the skills for this specific gift. It is of course way more comfortable and easy to buy a shirt than to make it by yourself. Partly because of the significantly bigger risk that something will go wrong in the process, for example that the size turns out to be wrong or that you run out of yarn. But also for the fact that the time and efforts that are needed to create a piece will be for nothing in case the choice of color, model or texture will be disliked. Buying a gift in a store also gives you the opportunity to get a return receipt which means that you can replace the unpreferred choice. 

However, there may also be a market deficiency of your gift preferences and to do a clothing item on your own eliminates this possibility. Giving away a homemade piece to someone special is really an act of appreciation and you do not need to make the most advanced thing in order to impress. This also enables you to personalize the item and really make it your own in order to give a whole new meaning and create a lasting memory to your special person.

Here are some examples of smaller gifts I have made. To the left: two types of scarflettes and to the right: wrist warmers. 

Scarflette (Bottom one in the picture)

SHORT OVERVIEW OF THE PIECE:The piece is worked back and forth, from one side to the other. 

SHAWL:Cast on 5 stitches with circular needle size 5 MM = US 8 and DROPS Air. Work and increase as shown in diagram A.1 (first row from the right side). When the diagram is finished, continue in the same way – i.e. always increase inside 2 stitches every 4th row. There are 2 stitches in stockinette stitch on each side of the piece and more and more stitches in garter stitch in the middle.REMEMBER THE KNITTING GAUGE!

When the piece measures approx. 56 cm = 22″ from the cast-on edge continue the pattern without increasing for 4 cm = 1 1/2″. 

Continue the pattern, now decreasing inside 2 stitches every 4th row, on the same side as you previously increased, and working as follows: Work 2 stitches in stockinette stitch, slip 1 stitch as if to knit, knit 1 and pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch. Work as before to the end of the row. Repeat this decrease every 4th row. There are 2 stitches in stockinette stitch on each side and fewer and fewer stitches in garter stitch in the middle.Work until there are 5 stitches left on the row. Work 2 more rows and bind off on the next row. The piece measures approx. 124 cm = 48 3/4″.

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