Sometimes you just want your knitting and crochet projects to be easy. You know, the kind of thing you can do somewhat mindlessly to find a bit of zen amidst the chaos. Like what you're going for on vacation.
To that end, I've put together some makes that are not only easy, but that are great for stash-busting, too. Bonus: You can get a head start on fun holiday gifts.
Fun Tip: Did you know that two strands of fingering weight sock yarn equals sport weight yarn? Or that two strands of DK equals worsted? It's another way to customize your projects.
The Crown Ear Warmer (crochet)
This adorable crown crochet pattern by Erangi Udeshika can be made with just 100 yards of worsted. So fun as a selfie prop, but also a fab gift for those who might appreciate a crown, like say, women everywhere. Also, kids. And perhaps those extra-special men in your lives, too. The multitude of crowns above was crocheted by EriniH on Ravelry.
Bright Eyed Becky (knitting)
This colorful and light shawl knitting pattern by Chic and Regal Knits just reads "happy", doesn't it? The variegated hand-dyed yarn used is gorgeous, and the pattern reviews say it's a quick and easy make. Recommended yarn includes Confetti Cake or Fall Forest. Pattern Bonus: 25% of sales are donated to animal rescues. 💗
Cabana Cardi (crochet)
Loving this boho style cardigan crochet pattern that works perfectly as a bathing suit coverup. Designer Toni Lipsey of TL Yarn Crafts has created a beginner-friendly pattern that can go from the beach to the bar over a tank and jeans.
Create a series of knitted hats using your fingering weight sock yarn held together (4 strands). Imagine the stash-busting possibilities here! Tin Can Knits has designed a beautiful and simple pattern that will give you a headstart on your winter wardrobe, all while being a nice portable project.
Classic Coin Purse (crochet)
This cute coin purse crochet project by designer Ashlea Konecny of Heart Hook Home can be made in a jiffy and would make excellent gifts for your favorite people. They will also look adorable in your bag. And there's a video tutorial for sewing the clasp frame on, too.
Little Hearts (knitting)
Use up some of your stash by making a slew of heart softies, which you can put in a jar as decor, make bunting out of, add a loop for a Christmas ornament...so many possibilities! You could even embroider some eyes and a smile to bring it to life for the littles (maybe sew on some arms, too)? Designer Susan B. Anderson's easy and free knitting pattern will have you busting out hearts all day long.
Double-Thick Diagonal Potholder
Another great stash-buster by designer Sarah Stearns, whose crochet pattern for nice and thick potholders will make useful and pretty gifts. Perfect small project to tote around in your beach bag or your carry-on.
No-Heel Spiral Socks (knitting)
What?! Did I say no-heel? I actually had no idea this was an option, and I am super intrigued. Sock knitting is fun for me, except for the heel part which is still hard and means I have to really concentrate. This free knitting pattern by La Maison Rililie might be the magical sock project I have long wished for. (You're welcome). I would like to try this pattern with our Butterscotch and Robin's Nest yarn.
Simple Daisy Bookmark (crochet)
Reading has always been one of my favorite leisure time activities, and books are also something I love giving. This easy star stitch crochet bookmark pattern by Dayna Perry seems like an excellent add-on to a gift of literature.
Easy Twisted Rib Mittens (knitting)
This simple and modern mitten knitting pattern by Heather Walpole would be a great project to make in preparation for winter. Also, they would be a super-cute gift.
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