Last-minute Knitted and Crocheted Christmas and Festive Season Gifts for the Holidays
December is upon us again and that means getting a few last-minute gifts or stocking fillers made before the big day! Don’t worry though, in this article we have plenty of gift ideas that are quick and easy to make, whether you’re a beginner or an old hand at crochet and knitting.
But first, let’s have a look at the things you need to keep in mind when deciding on which gifts you should make in the time you have left before the gifts are exchanged.
What to Look for in Last-Minute Knitted and Crocheted Gifts
When you’re choosing what to make as last-minute gifts, there are a number of things that you can keep in mind that will make choosing easier:
- It must suit your skill level – There is still lots of time to get your knitting or crochet skills to an advanced level, but a few weeks (or days!) before Christmas is not the time to be learning new skills. Rather stick to what you know for now and find patterns that use basic stitches.
- It must be something small or use chunky or other thick yarn – When you’re pressed for time, go with patterns and projects that are easy and quick to make – especially if you have more than one gift to make. Keep reading for some great projects that you can make in a day or two!
- You must either already have the yarn to make it, or be able to get the yarn with enough time to spare to still finish the project – This is the best time of year to dive into your yarn stash and see what you have and can use for making gifts. You can also visit and support your LYS (local yarn store) to see what they have available. In this way you can ensure that you have the yarn at hand and won’t be waiting for a delivery the day before Christmas!
Free Knitting Patterns for Last-Minute Gifts
Simple Seed Stitch Dishcloth – This seed stitch dishcloth/washcloth works up in a jiffy and, because it’s made from cotton, will also dry quickly. When it gets dirty, simply wash it in the washing machine and it’ll be good as new.
You can also add these dishcloths to make a nice set, or to give different friends and family different sets – and remember that dishcloths and washcloths can use the same pattern:
- Classic Easy-Knit Dishcloth
- El Rey Viejo Washcloth (An intermediate pattern)
Heart Lavender Bags – These lavender-scented hearts are an ideal stocking stuffer. To save time, you can also use bought lace for the edging. The hearts can also be filled with rose petals or you can leave out the lavender and add a bottle of the receiver’s favorite essential oils that they can scent the heart with.
Bold Beginner Scarf – This garter stitch scarf is fast and easy to knit. Choose the recipient’s favorite color(s) or use a self-striping or pooling yarn for even more impact. You can also use thicker yarn and fewer stitches to knit it up even faster.
Earbud pouch – This little pouch is ideal for storing your earbuds or air pods while you’re on the go. Make it as a small gift and stocking stuffer, or put some earrings or other jewelry inside for a surprise gift!
Baby mittens knitting pattern – These mittens with their heart detail is ideal for a baby's first Christmas. The pattern is quite straightforward, but you’ll have to know how to do yarn overs in order to make the lace detail.
Knitted book cover – A knitted book cover is a great way to keep a paperback book looking like new! You can also use it as a cover for your journal or diary. Knit it in one or more colours or decorate with some embroidery for an extra-special gift.
Free Crochet Patterns for Last-Minute Gifts
Crocheted cotton makeup remover pads – Make your impact on the earth less by using these reusable makeup remover pads. They’re made from cotton and can be washed in a washing bag along with your other laundry. You can even use recycled cotton yarn!
Tea towels with a crocheted edging – Prettify a set of tea towels with one or all of these beautiful edgings to turn it into a very special gift indeed.
Addison mug rug – This mug rug with its rich texture and tassels looks a lot more difficult to make than it really is! It uses only basic crochet stitches and, thanks to the photos to help you along, is very easy and very quick to make. You can even make a whole set for a friend or family member!
Quick crochet slippers – These sock-like slippers are a great way to keep your feet warm this winter. The pattern is basic and easy to follow, making this a great way to show others you care this festive season.
Emoji (Pillowji) Pillows – These pillows will take more time to make, but are ideal for a teen or a loved one who can’t get enough of social media! Make just one or a whole set.
Crochet table mat – The quickest and easiest of the patterns in this article, is this table mat. Make it in the colours of the season for a striking gift.Remember to share your makes in our Facebook group!