View Full Version : I'm running out of things to knit that people can USE

October 6th, 2005, 09:23 PM
each year I start knitting christmas/yule/haunnaka(sp)/ generic winter holiday gifts around now, but I'm running out of ideas and I'm thinking everyone's starting to get sick of potholders and place mats. What are other good knittables that friends/relatives will like and use?

October 6th, 2005, 09:39 PM
What about scarf's and matching hats?

October 6th, 2005, 09:44 PM
What about a Snood?

http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/hair/snood.htm (http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/hair/snood.htm)

Lots of crochet snood patterns too....


October 6th, 2005, 09:46 PM
What about a Snood?

http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/hair/snood.htm (http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/hair/snood.htm)

Lots of crochet snood patterns too....


I would love to have one of those! But I cant Knit.....

October 6th, 2005, 09:57 PM
I don't knit, I crochet, but everyone loves an afghan. They are a lot of work though - you can knit lap throws and shawls though. Scarves are always handy. My mother knits the most beautiful dolls, they are a lot of work too but people just love them.


October 6th, 2005, 11:07 PM
scarves are really easy to make, i'm teaching myself to knit with one... i'll give it to my niece for christmas... i mainly crochet, and i know a crocheted scarf and beanie set can take me a weekend or less to make if i dedicate the time for it, i don't know about knitting... i also know that afghans are great, i have a book full of afghan patterns, both crochet and knit, that take less than 4 days to make... Weekend Afghans, is what its called... once i get the hang of knitting, i'll be practicing with one of those...

Gypsy flower
October 6th, 2005, 11:09 PM
a crocheted snod would be beautiful!
You can make a muffler for my pony

October 7th, 2005, 12:35 AM
There's these small sweaters called boleros that are cute. I don't know how long they would take, but if you were to do them for a couple of special people, and then do mittens and those long, skinny scarves that are in...or even a little shoulder bag purse that's in these days too (the over-the-shoulder kind), that sounds like a nice gift.

If someone has a pet, there are these little soft crocheted/knitted balls that people make too. I always think those are cute!

October 7th, 2005, 05:39 AM
a scarf and glove set would be great :D

October 7th, 2005, 07:09 AM
gloves are difficult (or else I'm not patient enough).

What about bags? there are a lot of patterns for bags on the net.

October 7th, 2005, 07:34 AM
gloves are difficult (or else I'm not patient enough).

What about bags? there are a lot of patterns for bags on the net.
:hehehehe: I've never tried, but I'd probably make mittens ;)

October 7th, 2005, 09:13 PM
Ooh, just thought of something: Clutch purses are IN, so if you can knit something that can be like a huge clutch purse, that's a very hip and cool gift!

October 8th, 2005, 10:46 AM
Oh my....Scarves are so hot right now. I don't knit either...I crochet, but when I made one for my daughter last year, her teachers started requesting them from me. Everybody loves a nice scarf with fringe on the ends. :D

October 10th, 2005, 03:32 PM
For children, crocheted animals are perfect; teenagers are into those small knitted purses.
Scarves are a great standby and mittens too!
Oh, and everyone loves socks during cold weather.

October 11th, 2005, 08:08 PM
a friend of mine takes all his small balls of left over yarn and knits them into strips about 4 inches wide and 3 to 4 feet long, then weaves those together to make throw rugs, nice size for beside the bed or in front of a favorite chair

October 11th, 2005, 08:25 PM
i got this thing the other day, Knifty Knitter, and you can make hats really quickly, and scarves, and a lot of other things that i can't think of right now.. of course, its better if you can actually knit, but if you can't, this is great, i'm making christmas presents for a few people with it, mostly matching hat/scarf sets, but anything else i can figure out how to do with it...

October 11th, 2005, 08:32 PM
Looks like every body covered the things that I could think of. Afghans are great. The other thing I have seen is a decorative towel cut in half, then on the raw edge a person knited or crocheted a handle that closed with a button and could be looped over the Fridg door or oven door so you could wipe your hands. They were neat.

Remeber the hats your moms use to have that went over toilet paer. Kleenex box covers....don't know how they are made though

October 12th, 2005, 03:31 AM
You could make tea cosies. I think they are quite British but basically you make a little jumper for your teapot so that the tea stays nice and hot while it brews. The best thing about them is that you can be really creative with them and make them into animals, people or whatever you want by adding stitching detail or knitting little ears or tails etc.

October 12th, 2005, 05:44 AM
I did a great line in hot water bottle covers a few years ago that were generally appreciated. There are plenty of free patterns for them out there, and they are pretty simple to make up yourself.

I've seen knitted wine bottle covers, but I would wonder at their use.

Bags and purses are pretty popular or hat, gloves and scarf sets, or socks, or slippers.

Christmas stockings are nice for children, or knitted toys, finger puppets, beanbag/haki sack/juggling balls or christmas tree ornaments.

Cushion covers can be quite nice too.

There are some ideas and patterns here
http://www.allcrafts.net/crochetknit.htm#freeprojects (http://www.allcrafts.net/crochetknit.htm#freeprojects)