Holiday Hysteria I: Emergency Pattern Round-Up

Here we are, only three weekends before Christmas/Chanukah–and this weekend’s already half over. Frantically searching for some superfast projects to help knock some names off your gift list? Look no further! Here are some suggestions that should help get you over the finish line…

Free Men’s Patterns:

Kim Salazar’s Toe-Up Socks – in DK/light worsted yarn so they knit up fast (at least faster than the ones I’ve been working on)…

Mark Thrailkill’s London Beanie is a bonafide classic, always popular and easy to customize…

And don’t forget Mark’s Butch, Macho, Roll-Brim Seaman’s Watch Cap

If you can knit and purl, you can make the simple, stylish basketweave ‘Magic Scarf‘…

If your beau is into toys, maybe he’d like a date with Mr. Dangly, knitted monkey…

Or if there’s someone he needs to get over (hopefully not you), perhaps the gender-neutral voodoo doll Bad Juju:

If you’re looking for maximum impact with minimal time and effort, check out the ‘Hot Damn’ big-needled multi-strand afghan (pictured, on my couch)…

And don’t forget the previously mentioned Chullo/Ear Flap Hat

Inexpensive Men’s Patterns:

Danny Ouellette’s Head Hugger Hat (PDF purchase) may not be quite as ‘easy’ as he claims, but if you know your way around a short row, it’s intriguingly structured, enjoyable to knit and looks terrific in a wide range of yarns…

Free Online Magazines/Collections:

MenKnit magazine (PDF download) – Check out the Shadow Knit Greek Key Scarf, the Bike Helmet Ear Warmers and the Lover’s Tank, among others…

Knitty‘s winter issue has just been posted. Be sure to take a look at the Danica entrelac scarf, the Urban Rustic gloves and the Thuja socks.