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Handmade Holidays 2010


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


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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 knitting a lace scarf for a very special friend. I'll also be making dozens of those bookmarks for all my friends and family! Thanks for the free pattern!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTina Melvin

I'm knitting scarves and scarves and scarves - bulky ones, lacy ones, and in-between ones. I need to knit faster!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

Socks are the IT item I'm creating with this year. Cool two colored socks, big thick slippered socks, tiny sock and mittened gift tags. Other gifted items include sock yarn. Didn't plan on socks, it just happened. Huzzah!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Barnhart

My sister-in-law just moved to Denver and needs a pair of mittens, so those are on my list of things to knit asap!

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCinnamon S

This year I thought I would plan ahead and have been knitting small projects all year to give as Christmas presents. Despite my intention to have a big pile of gifts ready for Christmas, many, such as a few pairs of fingerless mittens and some scarves have already been given for birthdays throughout the year. Now I am working on a vest in brioche rib for my 86 year old father which will be ready for Christmas.

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

I have a long list of handmades this year (probably too long!), including dolls for my son and niece, some hand knits, ornaments. Would love to add some more projects!

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

I love your books, and it is on my Christmas list to get the more last minute knitted gifts. So far for Christmas, I have made two cowls, a shawl & some clay ornaments for gifts.

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate

This season I am knitting toy animals, llamas, goats & sheep. Small friends for children I know and also for children I will never meet, with giving toys to charities. I would like to knit for myself a hooded cowl, since I use my bicycle as my car year-round and need something new and wooly-warm. I am thankful I can knit this year, having gone through cancer surgery with arm related issues, so I am joyously making my knitting whimsical. My children's knitting group will help make scarves for Women & Moms at our local Women's Shelter. I wish to knit as many pairs of artsy fingerless gloves & mittens as I can. My son would like a sweater vest. I especially like the classic photographic styling of STC books and would loVe to add to my library ! The authors are so inspiring ! ~ thank you for the giveaway & patterns ~
shell ~

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShell ~

I just finished 3 pair of the weekend socks. Bright green for a niece and sister in law and a pink with rose heels and toes for a sister. These will be bed socks for the cold winter.

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdezee

This year I am currently working on a patchwork pet bed for a special feline, a crocheted scarf for his owner and will be making some cross stitched gifts and ornaments. I just hope to finish them all in time. We'll see how it goes.

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCristina

Making 4 felted purses for my nieces for Christmas. Love your books !

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdba

I'm making lots of potholders!

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten

I'm making lots of little Christmas ornaments - mini mittens with people's initials, miniature sweaters (Weekend Knitting) and garlands (holiday knitting) - LOVE your books. They are inspirational and I feel myself relaxing every time I open one.

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

love love love love love you stuff!!!

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwanda

I knit some weekend socks for gifts - 2 green pair for a sister in law and niece and a pink with rose heels and toes for a sister

November 25, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdezee

This year I am knitting a pin cushion for a good friend, and some toys for our two new cats.

November 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusan in Fairbanks

I love chunky knit cowls. I will make as many as I can as I squeeze the last minutes out of each day. They make wonderful gifts for my friends.

November 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAimee

I'm crafting a baby! Oh, and some hand knits for her to share with me...

November 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermousie

I'm knitting some hats for friends.

November 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

I'm being gnomish this year. Making little peg gnomes dressed in felt for the dollhouse.

November 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGlenda

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