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Nov152010

Handmade Holidays 2010


Modern Top-Down Knitting

Material Obsession 2

To download any of these free patterns, simply click on the image.


More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts

Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Afghans

Quilting for Peace

Kata Golda's Hand-Stitched Felt

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Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Afghans


Kata Golda's Hand-Stitched Felt


Kaffe Fassett's Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts

Wee Wonderfuls

Knitting 24/7

Knitted Socks East & West

One More Skein

As the weather turns from cool to downright chilly, do you find yourself wanting to make handmade gifts for the holidays? We do! As a special gift for our readers, we've put together 14 free patterns that we hope will inspire you to pick up your needles or get out your glue gun and find a few hours to relax and craft. Some of these projects, like the Glasses Case or the Linen-Stitch Bookmarks, can be made in just an hour or two. Others, like the Mermaiden doll or the Mulberry Hat, might take a few more hours, but the end results will be irresistibly satisfying. And if you dream of making a quilt or afghan for a loved one but feel that time is not on your side, why not just work up a swatch or square as an IOU? It will give the recipient something to dream about (or nag you about) in the cold winter months that follow.

But wait! We're not done giving yet. Leave a message in the Comments section below telling us about the handmade gifts you're making this year. By doing so, you'll be entered to win a book from the STC Craft catalog click (here and here). On December 17, 2010, at noon (EST), we'll choose 3 people at random to receive the STC Craft book of his or her choice.

Whether you're a knitter, stitcher, or crafty dabbler, we hope you will find something here that gets you in a gift-giving mood. Simply click on any of the images above to download the instructions.

Happy Holidays!

Limit one (1) entry per person; be sure to enter your email address on the comment form. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington D.C. who are 18 or older as of date of entry. Sweepstakes ends at 11:59:59 AM ET on 12/17/10. Visit www.abramsbooks.com for full official rules. Void where prohibited.

As the weather turns from cool to downright chilly, do you find yourself wanting to make handmade gifts for the holidays? We do! As a special gift for our readers, we've put together 14 free patterns that we hope will inspire you to pick up your needles or get out your glue gun and find a few hours to relax and craft. Some of these projects, like the Glasses Case or the Linen-Stitch Bookmarks, can be made in just an hour or two. Others, like the Mermaiden doll or the Mulberry Hat, might take a few more hours, but the end results will be irresistibly satisfying. And if you dream of making a quilt or afghan for a loved one but feel that time is not on your side, why not just work up a swatch or square as an IOU? It will give the recipient something to dream about (or nag you about) in the cold winter months that follow.

But wait! We're not done giving yet. Leave a message in the Comments section below telling us about the handmade gifts you're making this year. By doing so, you'll be entered to win a book from the STC Craft catalog click (here and here). On December 17, 2010, at noon (EST), we'll choose 3 people at random to receive the STC Craft book of his or her choice.

Whether you're a knitter, stitcher, or crafty dabbler, we hope you will find something here that gets you in a gift-giving mood. Simply click on any of the images below to download the instructions.

Happy Holidays!

Reader Comments (200)

I'm making a scarf for my mother, but am also thinking of making one of the scarves from Knitting the New Scarves book. There are so many that look like fun!

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLara

This year, I am making bookmarks, Christmas tree hats for newborns and homemade granola for friends and family. I love the patterns you included. Thank you!

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

So far I've made two Christmas stockings and a few ornaments from Handknit Holidays. Still have to make my husband the handwarmers from More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts. I love STC Craft books, if you can't tell!

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I just finished a handspun shawl for a friend in another hemisphere. I'm currently knitting up a slouchy hat for my mom-in-law to match a pair of mittens that I made for her last year. A new hat out of the most luscious alpaca yarn that I found locally for my father-in-law. A new scarf for my mom out of Cashwool.

Hmm. Typed out that seems like quite a bit to get done. I need to go knit. :)

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

I am making appliqued messenger bags for family and friends!

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergail walker

I'm going to stretch myself this year and make a watercolor poster for a Christmas gift.

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulia in West Des Moines

hi! i love all your books so much! i have been knitting mitts, hats and pouches...sewing stuffed foxes for my girls (we have them in our back garden in england) and i'm thinking of trying some boxers for my husband. :) hope i win some more inspiration!!

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterheather

I'm making matching knitted hats for my 10-year-old son and my husband; fingerless mitts for my son and my daughter, and not sure what else...yet. But I'll check-out your book, More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, for ideas!

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

bows. dresses. and softies.

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

I just finished knitting a few hats, some baby booties, and a shawl. I think a cowl or two will be next. Sewing, I'm going to make a shirt, some bedside organizers, maybe some lavender-filled eye pillows and that might be enough. Thank you for the giveaway!

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAddie

My MIL and I will be making my younger daughter her own version of the Family Stocking ... plus I'm making hats and scarves and (if I get crazy enough!) the men's vest from More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts for my husband. Thanks for the great giveaway!

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

I am making a squashy knitted cabled hat for my oldest and dearest friend as well as crafting what I hope will be a lovely Christmas card for my husband, probably a Scherenschnitte piece.

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrandi

I've been sewing pouches, knitting like crazy and drooling through my Wee Wonderful book. Someday, I'll be able to sew more than just straight lines...

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachelL

I'm doing some knitting (not as much this year as previously) - hats, slippers and maybe some gloves; and some sewing - a doll for my daughter, and a purse or two; and some painting. Christmas is always predominantly handmade at my house. I love it that way!

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwendy

I've been knitting colorful socks for my husband and fingerless mittens for my daughter.

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie K

I'm still deciding what patterns I want to use, but I'm planning on knitting hats and socks for the most part. Hope I have time to get done all I want, since I'm starting so late. :( Love your books! I have quite a few on my wish list!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGlyn

I've made quilts for my four families, sushi set of fused glass and beautiful bags and cookies!!!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjanet in jackson

I've knit a Pretty Thing cowl from handspun for my mom and hope to be able to make matching fingerless mitts in time for Christmas too. If not, she'll get them later. I'm also knitting Ruffled Bottle Sleeves for everyone and have knit or will knit a couple of dishcloths for swap gifts.

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterInJuneau

I always try to make something by hand for each person on my list, even if it's just a small delight ; ). I am just learning to knit, so my projects this year are mostly sewn and painted. But.....one of your lovely knitting books would give me a great head start for next Christmas! Thanks for your generous give-away~~

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkslaughter

I'm making a ton of knitted gifts this year: scarves, fingerless mitts (from Modern Top-Down Knitting) and a bunch of gift bags from Last Minute Knitted Gifts.

I love STC Craft books!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAngelique

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