3 Easy Knit and Crochet Gifts

Easy Cable Knit Scarf
Rib Knit Scarf
Crochet Shawl
Crochet Shawl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are three easy-to-make gift ideas: two knit scarves and one crochet shawl. The patterns are easy to memorize, require minimum tools and supplies and are easy to take on-the-go. Easy stitches and (mostly) one skein of yarn make them perfect for your craving for instant gratification. They are also budget friendly but gorgeous enough for a thoughtful gift. I’ll let you know what I used and where to find the products—no special trips required. I also have a few close up photos of the cable stitch which may be helpful too. Here we go…

 

Let’s tackle the cable knit scarf. It’s not hard and this is a great beginner cable project to take your knitting to the next level.

Cable Knit Scarf
Cable Knit Scarf
Fun pompoms finish the ends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CABLE KNIT SCARF

MATERIALS NEEDED: Makes one scarf approximately 4″x 60″

For red scarf: (Everything will be the same for the blue scarf, however I didn’t keep the yarn wrapper to let you know the brand, but I do know it was available at my grocery superstore. Any size 4 yarn will work)

  • Patons Next Step Six Learn to Cable book (find at JoAnn’s)
  • 2 skeins Lion Brand Landscapes yarn in Ruby (find at Wal-Mart, grocery superstore, JoAnn’s)
  • Size 10 knitting needles
  • 1 cable needle
  • Row counter (very helpful)
Patons Knit Book
A row counter will keep you on track

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This goes so quickly because it is only 4″ wide. Helpful hint: keep a stitch counter handy so you know when to start each cable.

The cable stitch has three simple steps:

  1. According to pattern you are using, place designated stitches onto cable needle. Let hang either in front of work or back of work, according to pattern.
  2. Without worrying about dangling cable needle, work next stitches in row, according to pattern.
  3. Pick up cable needle and knit those next.
  4. Finish row.

 

 

Place designated stitches onto cable needle
Leaving cable needle stitches alone, knit nxt stitches in row
Leaving cable needle stitches alone, knit next stitches in row
Knit stitches from cable needle
Knit stitches from cable needle
Finish knitting row
Finish knitting row

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not too hard. Your pattern will have clear directions for you. This book by Patons is fantastic. I also knit the purse from the book, but that will be another day…

 

RIB KNIT SCARF

Next up is the rib stitch scarf, using the beautiful Lion Brand Scarfie yarn in charcoal/aqua. The scarf only requires one skein of yarn, which I love. The scarf is super soft and stretchy–perfect for snuggling your neck. Loaded with texture, this was a joy to knit.

Scarfie yarn in charcoal/aqua
Rib Knit Scarf
Lovely texture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MATERIALS NEEDED: (scarf is 7″x 68″) Level 1 Beginner

  • 1 ball Lion Brand Scarfie yarn in charcoal/aqua (JoAnn’s, Wal-Mart, Meijer)
  • Free pattern download (here)
  • Size 9 knitting needles

 

Bulky yarn and size 9 needles make this a super fast project. Easy to memorize. It’s soft and the colors in Scarfie yarn make me want to make more.

 

 

SHAWL

 

This pattern uses the delightful Shawl in a Ball yarn in Restful Rainbow. Restful rainbow seems a bit of an oxymoron, nevertheless, the yarn is beautiful.

Shawl
Crochet Shawl
Shawl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MATERIALS NEEDED: (shawl is 17″x 69″) Level 2 easy

  • 1 skein Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball yarn in restful rainbow (JoAnn’s, Wal-Mart, grocery superstore)
  • Free pattern download (here)
  • Crochet hook size 10

 

The shawl is lacy and works up very quickly.

 

I hope you can whip up one of these projects. Happy stitching!

 

Crochet Shawl
Cable Knit Scarf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rib knit scarf
Rib knit scarf

 

Shawl
Easy Cable Knit

 

 

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