Christmas in july

Christmas in July: Starting Your Christmas Gift Knitting and Crochet

It’s summertime and Christmas may seem a long way off, but before you know it, it’ll be December and you’ll be joining knitters and crocheters all over the world in rushing to get all their gifts made in time! This year, why not use July as a springboard to get started on all your gifting for December?

Christmas in July

Planning A Budget Over Multiple Months

Instead of trying to buy all your yarn a month or two before Christmas and breaking the bank, starting in July will give you more time to not only make the gifts, but also more time to buy the yarn and anything else that you need to make them.

This is also the perfect time to go and have a look at your stash and see whether there aren’t some of the yarn that you can use to make the gifts. De-stashing and gifting at the same time will save you space and money.

You may even be able to afford some of the hand-dyed or hand-painted yarns by your favorite indie dyers to make gifts with if you start planning your budget in July! 

Choose Some Items That Are Larger Or More Intricate To Make

Use the extra time that you have on hand to create items that will take longer to make, whether it’s because they’re larger or they’re more intricate. For example, instead of reaching for chunky yarn and stitching up a scarf quickly, you can opt for a finer weight yarn and make a lighter, perhaps lacier scarf that the receiver can wear during spring, autumn, and winter.

These are all free patterns that will make great gifts:

Give More Handmade Gifts This Year

Giving yourself more time to make your gifts for December, also means that you have the time to make more gifts than you usually would. Have a look at this list of Christmas gifts that you can make.

You may even be able to give everyone a pair of socks that you’ve handknitted and know that their feet will be nice and warm throughout winter. Keep reading for some great (and free) sock patterns that you can use! 

There’s Still Time To Teach Someone Else Or To Learn How To Knit Or Crochet

If you start early, there’s also still time for you to learn how to knit or crochet if you can’t – or to teach the skill to someone else.

Looking for online classes to learn how to knit or crochet (or both)? Look no further than:

Some Gift Ideas And Patterns Perfect For Christmas Gifts 

magic loop needles for socks

    We hope that this has been some inspiration for your own December makes. Let us know what you’re making this year in our KnitPal Facebook group!

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