Christmas in July 2017

July has caught us a bit off guard this year, but never fear, we are still going to post 31 project ideas to help inspire you to get started early on your holiday/gift giving projects.  This year we will start on July 10th and continue through August 8th.
Thanks to our popular sock classes, there are lots of new sock knitters in the Twill community, and handknit socks make one of the best possible gifts for someone special on your list. Swirl E. Socks will show off the tonal striping pattern of the Feza Uneek yarn, whether you choose a bright rainbow colorway or something more subtle. If you prefer a solid or tonal, such as Madelinetosh Twist Light, this pattern will add a bit of texture. image title
Onto day 2 of Christmas in July! Scarves make welcome gifts in the New Hampshire winter, and are easy to knit and take along. Consider the Molly Scarf pattern by Susan Mills. Molly is a simple yet effective scarf knitted using worsted weight yarn. With just two rows--each repeated twice--Molly makes excellent use of striped or variegated yarns and provides a nice introduction to short rows. Aren't those ruffles adorable? Yarn suggestions: Noro Aurora Ella Rae Merino Worsted Noro Silk Garden Classics Elite Yarns Liberty Wool Noro Tennen
Hats are always excellent gifts to make. The Lace Leaf Hat uses DK or light worsted weight yarn, has both charted and written instructions, and includes two sizes: child and adult. And, you deserve to treat yourself this season--make one for both you and your kin! We wholeheartedly recommend any of the Rowan Pure Wool DK colors, or you can pair it with Madelinetosh DK or Vintage.
Mittens are a necessity during the New Hampshire winters. Fortunately, they are also quick and simple to make, so you can give out a few pairs this season! The Banff mitten pattern has instructions for children's through adult sizes and would look lovely in any color of Lettlopi.
The Coburg Cowl might just be what you need this season of Christmas knitting--it can be knitted at any gauge, in any yarn, and is quick and easy enough for you to make several this holiday. Yet it doesn't sacrifice style for simplicity, and would make a perfect men's knit.
For some, the best part of Christmas is decorating. Deck the halls with a precious family of snowmen knit in worsted-weight yarn--Ella Rae Superwash Merino, Rowan Pure Wool, or Lettlopi would work! The Snobuddies range from 3 to 7 inches tall, so you can make a few to give away and a few to keep.
Wrap up a loved one in a sturdy, cozy Range shawl, brought to you by the designer of the ubiquitous Find Your Fade. Pick 4 colors of worsted yarn--we recommend Harvest Plant-Dyed Merino Superwash--and get started on a textured treat that will be done before you know it.
Hard to believe that a week of Christmas in July has gone by already. We hope you are feeling inspired! Got a backyard beekeeper on your list? This cozy Beeswax scarf, with its big, bold honeycomb motifs, is perfect for the aspiring apiarist, and would look lovely in Harvest Plant-Dyed Merino Superwash or Katia Concept Cotton-Merino.
Day 9 of Christmas in July: dishcloths and washcloths are often a staple of Christmas knitting--they are pretty, functional, and can be knitted up in a flash. Make several stacks of Vintage Hankie Washcloths in Ella Rae Sunkissed Cotton DK to give to friends and family who appreciate the handmade touch in home essentials.
Christmas in July, day 10: Japanese knot bags are a clever way to hold your essentials for going out and about, but did you know they also make great gifts for crafters--they serve the same function as a yarn bowl! Knitted on large needles and felted in a washing machine, this bag would look lovely in a rustic yarn like Lettlopi, and works up quick enough that you can easily make one in time for the holidays.
Day 11 of Christmas in July: Knit a pair of fingerless mitts for the person on your list who has hands that are cold and text messages to be written. Or, better yet, knit several pairs! The Antiquity pattern is written for three sizes and calls for sport-weight yarn--we think these would work equally well with the solid or variegated Madelinetosh Tosh Sport.
If you've dreamt of one day being able to whip up socks for Christmas gifts, but feel they may be too time- or labor-intensive, let How I Roll prove you wrong. Ankle socks are quick to knit, and there's surely someone on your list who prefers no-show to crew socks. We just might cast on a pair with Feza Uneek, Tosh Twist Light, or Ella Rae Fingering. You can usually get 2 pairs out of a skein.
Surely you will knit a hat or three for Christmas, and you may have a few go-to patterns--but why not branch out just a little? Clever Anna is customizable to any size, and would make any yarn with long color changes shine--we can't get enough of Feza Uneek!
The second week of Christmas in July is already over! Goodness, time flies. For Day 14: The Mistake Rib Cowl is simple and meditative to knit, delightfully lofty and cozy, and would make a fine men's knit, too! Consider knitting one with Rowan Felted Tweed, Rowan Softyak, or Tosh DK.
For the 15th day of Christmas in July, we would like to share the Speed Bumps pattern--perfect for new knitters and those who enjoy simple, straightforward knits, it is a scarf that would work equally well in solids like Tosh Vintage and Rowan Cocoon, or a self-striping yarn like Noro Kureyon.
Though we're a bit late to Day 16 of Christmas in July, it's not too late to start knitting! Tread is a hat knit on large needles with just enough texture to keep things interesting. Choose from a variety of worsted yarns such as Ella Rae Superwash Merino, Tosh Vintage, or Concept Cotton-Merino.
Give a pair of colorful fingerless mitts this Christmas--or better yet, give several pairs. The Toolbox Mitts are easily adjusted for size, and you can get a few pairs out of one of the Zen Yarn Garden Gradient Quartets. We just got them in and couldn't be more thrilled!
For the 18th day of Christmas in July, we would like to follow up with yesterday's Tool Box Mitts to share the Tool Box Cowl, for those among us who may prefer one to knit cowls, or want to give the set to someone really special. The Zen Yarn Garden Gradient Quartets are 800 yards each, so you could easily make the larger cowl size if you wanted.
Day 19 of Christmas in July: Ridgeline is a hat and mittens pattern written for baby through adult sizes, with just enough colorwork to keep the project interesting. Grab three colors of Tosh DK or Rowan Pure Wool DK--why not make a red, white, and black set for the Twin Peaks fan on your list?
Christmas in July, day 20: Blankets are essential for cold New Hampshire nights. Umaro is a beautiful textured throw worked in super-bulky yarn--we recommend Rowan Big Wool--and is a project you could easily finish in time for Christmas if you were to start it soon.
Even though we've changed locations, Christmas in July forged ahead! FOX Trot is an immensely cute scarf that's perfect for the animal lover on your list. It uses just one ball of Ella Rae Superwash Merino for the main color.
The Mechanical Mermaid shawl can be tinkered with to prevent boredom and create something truly unique! Though adaptable to any yardage, the Zen Yarn Garden Gradient Quartets would make a sizable shawl.
Put yourself in the most festive of moods with these quick-to-knit decorative Christmas Trees. A single ball of Rowan Pure Wool Worsted would easily make two!
There's bound to be at least a few little ones on your list this year, and the Heirloom Hat for Newborns would make a welcome gift in the wintertime. You can make one hat from a single skein of Mirasol Nuna--so unbelievably soft!--or a few hats from one skein of Madeline Tosh Twist Light.
Christmas in July, Day 25: High Pines is an elegant cowl knit in DK yarn, featuring evergreen motifs that are apropos of the holiday season. We recommend Rowan Felted Tweed!
If you don't much fancy knitting hats, cowls are an excellent alternative, and the Diagonal Basketweave Cowl knits up quick in a worsted tonal such as Madelinetosh Vintage.
Christmas in July, day 27: You really can't have too many mittens in the New Hampshire winter! The Twisted Lovikka mittens are a modern take on a traditional mitten that has protected generations of Scandinavians from frostbite. Lettlopi would make a perfect match to this pattern.
Christmas in July, Day 28: Douglas Fir is a whimsical hat with enough plain knitting to make it a quick project and just enough texture to make it interesting! Make one in Ella Rae Superwash Merino for the arbor enthusiast on your list, and one for the Twin Peaks fan, too.
Day 29 of Christmas in July: the Gryer shawl is an elegant, multicolored shawl that would make a relaxing, meditative knit, or an excellent stashbuster. We have a sample at the shop knit in Feza Harvest Worsted!
Day 30 of Christmas in July: Timber Bay is an easy textured hat you can knit up with just one ball of Rowan Pure Wool Worsted or Ella Rae Superwash Merino. It would make a great men's knit, too!
Christmas in July, day 31: to end on a colorful note, we are sharing the Serendipity DK Slippers pattern for your consideration. Knit in a non-superwash yarn such as Lettlopi, this is a gratifying project perfect for the person on your list who'll appreciate a pop of color!