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Last Minute Knit & Crochet Holiday Gift Ideas

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It’s hard to believe the holidays are here. 2020 has been interesting to say the least! You may have had more time on your hands for crafting, but maybe not the desire to do it.

But, as any knitter or crocheter can tell you, December is go-time for finishing projects to gift. You may be a person who plans out your gifting months in advance (I am not one of those people), but I have the best intentions and think I can finish projects on unrealistic timetables. Sound familiar?

Bear Cowl
Burton Bear Cowl (modeled by Neri, knit by me @petalofthelotus)

But luckily, there are plenty of projects that can be knitted or crocheted within hours or days. The bulkier the yarn, knitting needles or crochet hooks, the faster the project (in most cases).

If you need any supplies, please visit your local yarn stores. They need your help during this time more than ever. A few of my favorites in the North of Pittsburgh are:

Knit or crochet gauge is not critical for most of these projects, but I always suggest a knit or crochet swatch (I’m looking at you hat, sock and sweater patterns). If you are knitting with wool, don’t forget blocking. If you skip swatching and your project doesn’t fit, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Has it happened to me? I’ll never tell.

As we all know, searching for patterns and crafting are distinctly different activities. I have gone down a Ravelry-hole more times than I can count. Most patterns listed will be free, but if a pattern is paid, it will be noted.

Please read on, save time and get inspired with…NoBo Neighbor’s Last Minute Knit & Crochet Holiday Gift ideas!


So many hats! You really need one for every day of the week (especially in fall and winter). Check out this variety of hat (and headband) patterns to keep heads warm!

  • Bynx Hat
  • Herriot Hat
  • Amelia Slouch Beanie
  • Crochet Shell Hat and Scarf
  • Headband

Scarves and Cowls

Scarves and cowls are great beginner projects, sizing is easy, and everyone needs at least three.

  • ShellInfinityScarf
  • Rainbow Cowl
  • Turret Cowl
  • Double Crochet Scarf
  • Puff Stitch Scarf
  • Shell Infinity Scarf (no pattern)
    • Crochet: Infinity scarf with alternating rows of shells, half double crochet and double crochets every two stitches for long and as wide as you like
    • Yarn Weight: Worsted
  • Rainbow Twist Cowl Pattern
    • Free knit pattern
    • Yarn Weight: Super Bulky
    • Average time to knit: less than a day
    • Image c/o Kaitlin Caviston
  • Turret Cowl by local designer CosyMakes
    • Paid knit pattern
    • Yarn Weight: Worsted
    • Average time to knit: two days
    • Image c/o Natalie Roberson
  • Double Crochet Scarf (no pattern)
    • Crochet: Double crochet, 10 inches wide, 88 inches long (easily customized sizing)
    • Yarn Weight: bulky
    • Average time to crochet: less than a week
    • Image c/o Rainah Tremel
  • Crochet Puff Stitch Scarf (no pattern)
    • Crochet: Puff stitch, pick your size
    • Yarn Weight: Worsted
    • Average time to crochet: less than a day
    • Image c/o I’m Knot Kitten Ewe

Socks n’at

From toasty toes to warm legs, we have you (and your legs) covered.

  • Brioche Boot Cuffs
  • Basic Baby Socks


Everyone has a friend whose hands are always cold. Help them out! Apologies to fingered gloves. Fingers take time, time we don’t have.

  • Super Simple Mitts
  • Seed Stitch Fingerless Mittens
  • Really Quick Mitts


Who doesn’t need more swag? These projects are quick to make and pair beautifully with purchased gifts from local stores.

Don’t forget to check out our NoBo Local Business Directory for more ideas!

  • Soap Saver
  • Granny Square Dishcloths
  • Owl Cable Knit Coffee Cozy
  • Grrlfriend Market Bag


If you celebrate with a tree, here are some super fast ways to deck it.

  • Swatch Ornament
  • Hat Ornament
  • Knit Swatch Ornament (no pattern)
    • Knit: Cast on 8 stitches onto size 2 needles, knit 15 rows. Then swap needles for tooth picks, leaving 4 stitches on each toothpick. Knot off the yarn, and then make a hanger out of scrap yarn or place inside a clear plastic ornament.
    • Yarn Weight: Lace
    • Average time to knit: 30 minutes
    • Image c/o Kaitlin Caviston
  • Bonus Ornaments, no knitting or crochet required

And there you have it! Have another quick gift idea, let us know in comments. Happy Holidays!

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Natalie @thelotuspeople

Natalie Roberson has been living in Bellevue, PA for over a decade and has seen the neighborhood evolve in the best ways. She is a Yoga Alliance registered instructor and credits her yoga practice with adding balance to her life in the tech industry. When not teaching or practicing yoga, you can find her working with data, knitting, reading, gaming, writing for the NoBo Neighbor or just hanging out her family which includes three small dogs. Natalie Roberson, E-RYT 200, RPYT, YACEP - https://thelotuspeople.com

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