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12 Small, No-Fuss Knitted Holiday Gifts for All Your Friends

Do you feel overwhelmed by making handmade holiday gifts for lots of your friends and family members? My crafty friends and I make gifts for our circle of about 10 people every year, and I’ve found that the key to cranking out a large number of handmade gifts is small, no-fuss projects.

These handmade knit gifts are perfect for gift making. There’s very little shaping, and sometimes you can even use a chunky yarn that works up super fast. Small projects also mean that you can use yarn you already have at home — perfect for those of us whose bank accounts suffer during the holidays.

Let us help you find a project that’s small, quick, and totally doable before the holidays.

Leaves Fingerless Gloves FREE Pattern

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1. Leaves Fingerless Gloves

Fingerless gloves are universally appreciated by anyone who lives in a cool climate. This particular pair gives you just enough lace knitting to make it interesting without all the shaping to distract you. You might even memorize the pattern after a few repeats, making the project even faster.

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Oodles Basket Knitting Pattern

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2. Oodles Basket

Who couldn’t use some extra storage in their home? This basket can store anything from toys to toiletries and towels. Stick with a neutral color so that the basket will always look great, even if your friends change the color of their walls and decor.

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Divergent Necklace Knitting Pattern

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3. Divergent Necklace

This necklace is perfect for the gals in your life who like bold jewelry. This accessory is small, so it’s also great for using up scrap yarn and not draining your bank account during the holidays.

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The Spa Collection Knitting Pattern

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4. The Spa Collection

When in doubt, a luxurious bath set is always a good gift pick for anyone on your list. Start with either the washcloth or soap sack in this collection, then add the other piece onto the gift only if you have time to stitch them.

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Knit Headband FREE Knitting Pattern

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5. Big Apple Headband

Recipients can use this headband as a stylish accessory or wear it as an ear warmer on freezing-cold days. The cables keep things interesting, but thanks to the super bulky yarn, the project can be completed quickly.

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Coasters FREE Knitting Pattern

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6. Coasters

Use your I-cord skills to create a coaster that looks much more difficult to knit than it actually is. Once you knit the I-cord, you just spiral it to create a coaster or place mat that’s any size you’d like. This is the perfect mindless project to work on while you listen to audiobooks or watch movies.

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Simple Cable Rib Boot Cuffs FREE Knitting Pattern

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7. Simple Cable Rib Boot Cuffs

Several years ago, I knit boot cuffs for many of the boot-wearing ladies in my family. The project is simple, fast, and doesn’t use a lot of yarn, but recipients are always thrilled to receive them. These cuffs feature a pretty cable pattern, but there are also options out there for simpler designs.

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Ombre Beaded Cuff Knitting Pattern

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8. Ombré Beaded Cuff

Something sparkly is usually a winner when it comes to choosing gifts. The sample above was stitched with fingering-weight yarn, so it’s a good way to use up sock yarn leftovers.

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1 Hour Fingerless Snowflake Gloves Knitting Pattern

9. 1 Hour Fingerless Snowflake Gloves

Set aside one hour for every pair of gloves you plan to gift. The duplicate-stitch snowflake is added after you bind off, so you can even omit it if you are running short on time before the holiday.

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Aviatrix Clutch Knitting Pattern

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10. Aviatrix Clutch

A sleeve like this can be a versatile gift. It can be an everyday clutch, or it can hold an e-reader or tablet. It can even serve as storage for items like knitting notions, pencils or any other supply that the recipient might want to store.

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Impar Leg Warmers Knitting Patterns

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11. Impar Leg Warmers

Leg warmers are a great alternative to boot cuffs if you have just a little more time to stitch holiday gifts. The texture in this pair is thanks to a simple knit-and-purl stitch that’s easy enough for beginners who are comfortable working in the round.

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Chunky Knit Hat Pattern

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12. Knit Chunky Hat

Stitch this warm hat up for both the guys and girls on your list. The hat is stitched on size 13 needs (or whatever needles match the gauge for you), so it’s quick while also producing a squishy, cozy knit that your friends will love.

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3 Comments

Anna Likhomanova

I don’t wear the warmers and mitts but I like them. I think very easy and quick to knit or crochet them as well as the chunky hat. The soap sack is a great idea, I only now learned for what it is done. You can use the soap sack as a washcloth!

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Claire

I appreciate all you do to provide “free” and low-cost patterns. Many of us out here are retired and living on limited incomes, so we have the time now to spend on projects, without the money to spend. LOL

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Roberta

Thank you so much!!

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