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editor’s note

Dear Knitter, Giving exclusively handmade gifts during the holidays is a beautiful idea. However, making that idea a reality can take a whole lot of time, money, blood, sweat, tears, or any combination thereof. Smaller, simpler projects are ideal for handknitted gifts, especially if you have a handful or more to make with a big deadline chasing you down. In this 2019 issue of Interweave Knits Gifts, we’ve developed for you a collection of projects that you can complete on your own timeline, regardless of what it looks like. If you’re short on time and already have a small gift but need a way to make it a little extra special, see the Go-Alongs story (page 12). These four projects—aromatic sachets, dish towels, electronics cases, and reusable gift bags—are great to pair…

2 min
a special guide to gifts

READY TO WEAR NO. 1 Porterness Studio’s mini Stockinette Stitch Motif earrings tell the world you’re a knitter. Artist Jen L. Porter casts each pair in her Los Angeles studio, and these stitches won’t ravel—the earrings stay on with lever-back ear wires. Shown in sterling silver. NO. 2 Never be caught without a way to measure your gauge. Made from silicone, each Rubber Wrist Ruler from ILOVEHANDLES comes marked with both inches and centimeters. This waterproof wristband holds up even when washing and blocking your handknits. NO. 3 Patch a worn article of clothing with Brooklyn Haberdashery’s Utility Mending Fabric Packs. In each set, you’ll find a mix of 10–14 vintage and new one-of-a-kind fabrics selected for repairing holes and embellishing. NO. 4 Extend the life of your favorite garments with a few basic tools,…

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holiday shopping made easy

Stratosphere, spun by Brown Sheep Co., Inc. | Brown Sheep Company’s new line of yarn, Stratosphere, is a 22 micron superwashed 100% wool available in 26 solid and kettle dyed colors. This DK 3 ply yarn is offered in 100 g twisted hanks with 260 yards/hank. 1-800-826-9136 Makers' Mercantile | Make the Holidays creative with the Olive Wood Click Interchangeable set by addi®. Made from the wood of non-fruit bearing trees, these needles are comfortable to work with, and the material makes them the ideal choice for arthritic hands. 206-747-7121 Plymouth Yarn | Lushly embroidered Tapestry Bag from Plymouth Yarn is perfect for any project! Adorned with an allover embroidered floral design. Featuring wider handles that are also embroidered. The top has a zipper closure, and zippered pocket inside to keep all of your…

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dancing diamonds gift bags

Present your gift with as much pizzazz as the present itself in the Dancing Diamonds Gift Bags. These bags are worked in the round from the bottom up from stitches picked up around the rectangular seed-stitch base. With one skein each of three different colors, you can get multiple bags from one set of colors. YARN Quince & Co. Finch Difficulty Level Yarn Weight 1 Finished Size 3¼ (5½)" wide, 2 (3½)" deep, and 4 (7)" tall. Yarn Quince & Co. Finch (100% American wool; 221 yd [202 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): Frost (light gray; A), Peacock (dark green; B), and Clay (peach; C), 1 skein each. Needles Size 3 (3.25 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge. Notions Markers (m); size F/5 (3.75 mm) crochet hook; 10" × 6¾ " (17½ "…

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chamomile tea towels

Chamomile Tea Towels are precious accompaniments to a set of dishes or artisan soaps and are easy to wash and maintain. No kitchen can have too many tea towels! YARN Sugar Bush Yarns Cabot Difficulty Level Yarn Weight 3 Finished Size 12" wide and 16" tall. Yarn Sugar Bush Yarns Cabot (70% Pima cotton, 30% linen; 291 yd [266 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): Pasture (green) or Mango (orange), 1 skein. Needles Size 6 (4 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge. Notions Markers (m); cable needle (cn); tapestry needle. Gauge 24 sts and 32 rows = 4" in Diamond patt. NOTES • This tea towel is worked back and forth in rows. STITCH GUIDE Seed Stitch: (even number of sts) Row 1 (RS) *K1, p1; rep from * to end. Row 2 (WS) *P1, k1; rep from * to end. Rep…

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balsam & lavender sachets

Give the gift of aromatherapy encased in these Balsam & Lavender Sachets. One small and one large, these bags are worked in the round from the bottom up and feature motifs that resemble the aromatics inside. YARN Brown Sheep Company Stratosphere Difficulty Level Yarn Weight 3 Finished Size Balsam sachet: 5" wide and 6½ " tall. Lavender sachet: 8" wide and 10½ " tall. Yarn Brown Sheep Company Stratosphere (100% superwash U.S. wool; 260 yd [238 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): Balsam sachet: #S24 Treeline (green), 1 skein. Lavender sachet: #S39 Equinox (purple), 1 skein. Needles Size 4 (3.5 mm): Balsam sachet: set of double-pointed (dpn). Lavender sachet: 16" circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge. Notions Markers (m); waste yarn for provisional CO; balsam needles or lavender buds for filler; muslin drawstring…