Knitting Projects for Winter That You Can Start Now
Summer may be in full swing, but that doesn't mean that you can't get a head start on your winter knitting projects. Some projects take quite a bit of time to complete. And if you like to give the gift of knitting to your friends and family, then getting started in the off-season can help you to manage your project load. This way, you won't have to get it all done during the weeks leading up to the holidays.
Knitting is a relaxing activity, so you can sit on the porch and knit or even do it while you're watching your favorite television shows in the evening. It's a great activity for the lazy days of summer, and it helps you to prepare for the winter months ahead. The great thing about many of these projects is that beginners can take them on as well. For example, the patchwork knit blanket starts with a series of smaller knitted pieces that are later knit together to make a blanket. Another blanket follows the same idea: combine several scarves together for a warm and cozy blanket! Mittens, gloves, and hats are also perfect for the winter months (and easy enough for beginners). Get a primer on how to knit from our handy step-by-step guide. You can also try out new stitches and pattern work consulting our tutorials, which is a great resource for knitters of all skill levels.
Patchwork Knit Blanket
A blanket for the bed seems like a big project until you break it down into segments. You will knit a dozen segments that will later be knit together to make a blanket that's large enough to cover your bed. This patchwork method also means that you can adjust the size of the blanket to fit sofas, chairs, and baby beds, too.
Knit Christmas Stockings
If you love Christmas in July, here's the perfect project to start well in advance of the holiday. You'll knit the charming stockings first, then you embroider holiday patterns onto each stocking for a personalized touch. Use graph paper as a guide for the embroidery stitches. Winter and holiday scenes, like large snowflakes and Christmas trees, work great on these knit stockings.
Who says that crochet is the only warm-weather alternative to knitting? This light-as-air necklace is made in a flash, and yarn and busy fingers are all you need for our simple technique.
Forget the knitting needles—here, you'll be using your arms instead. Bulky yarn and this arm-knitting technique result in a large, warm blanket ideal for cozying up to the fireplace in the winter or sitting on the porch in the cooler days of fall.
Put your leftover yarn to good use by knitting these fun and colorful mittens for the women and kids on your holiday gift-giving list. You can also start making mittens to give to charity for the winter.
Knit Cabled Cowl
Cowls are great for keeping warm during the winter months, and they make fantastic gifts. Make a few of these knitted cabled cowls in different colors of yarn to match every mood, or to give out as gifts as the weather gets chillier.
Loom-Knit Bird Toy
Homemade knitted stuffed animals make great gifts for children. These critters are cute, cuddly and warm for the winter months ahead. You can use cast-off socks and gloves to make these adorable animals, or knit the socks and gloves yourself first then turn them into stuffed animals.
No-Knit Floral Sweater Brooch
Make these charming florets by hand—for friends, family, or even yourself. No needles—or experience, for that matter—are necessary as they are made with a unique craft tool. Rendered with luxurious yarns such as mohair, these florets look decidedly modern.