Before you pick up the pointy sticks....remember the cardinal rule of holiday knitting:
Thou shalt not knit for anyone who won't truly appreciate the time and effort you made.
The Commuter: They'll thank you every morning when they pop on Stitchy Mama's Mistake Rib Neck Warmer. It's just easier to store a neck warmer in your bag when the train gets hot. This lovely version is by Bumps and Loops.
Dog Walking Friend: A quick knit and so practical when you want warm hands but finger dexterity for putting on a collar and picking up the poo: 75 yard fingerless Malabrigo mitts.
Best Friend: Show her how much you love her with a cashmere Cable Knit Hat by Louise Pyle. The version featured here is by PhD Knitter.
Teen Niece/Nephew: Brimster by Vickie Howell. Cool hat, cool construction. They will think you're cool, too. Why are only 10 versions on Ravelry?
Organic Baby: Everything old is new again and it seems more new moms are using cloth diapers. They will appreciate this Old Timey Soaker. The gorgeous version featured here is by Petunia Honeysuckle.
Nice Neighbor: Thank them for watching your kitty cat and taking in your mail with this wonderful everyday, everyone Spiral Hat by Laura Kolarik.
Something to whip out when someone gives you a gift and you didn't plan on giving them one: It looks like you spent a lot more time than it will take. Pull up a chair and whip out a few of these while watching your favorite holiday specials. Daria Bracelet.
Sporty Friend: Okay, it's my blog so I can feature my Sporty Scarf pattern, right? Upgrade the puffy coat look of your sporty friend with a version of this scarf in colors he/she loves. It would look great for a guy in greys, blacks and blues.
Fancy Friend: Even if she prefers the ballet, she'll love the silk and alpaca Opera Scarf by Deb Peterson.
Mom and Dad: Misti Alpaca Ruffles and Ridges Scarf by Nancy Kleiber skip the ruffles for Dad's version for a masculine version. As much as I love Misti, I recommend using a super-soft wool like Malabrigo Chunky for this project. Misti sheds a bit much for a scarf, in my opinion.
Enjoy your holiday knitting! Let me know, what are you making this year?