2013 Holiday Gift Guide

Left your holiday stitching to the last minute? Not to worry! We've got you covered with quick handmade gifts for everyone who's left on your list!


For Ladies

From elegant shawls to on-trend accessories, these projects are sure to make perfect gifts for the ladies in your life.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


St. Paddy's day is on Sunday and it's not too late to get ready. Here are a few quick and easy projects you can pull together this weekend!

Cindy from Skip to my Lou shares an easy crochet shamrock garland pattern.

O Yarny Tree: DIY Wall Decoration Tutorial

O Yarny Tree

The holidays are bountiful, but perhaps your square footage isn’t – finding a way to decorate your apartment or house can be a challenge, but Patons is here to help!

Today we’re bringing you a start-to-finish tutorial on how to make this festive holiday tree. The good part? It

Thankful Thursday Wine Cozy

It's time for another Thankful Thursday! All month long, we'll be bringing you new patterns for quick projects that make great Thanksgiving gifts for friends and family!

Thankful Thursday Wine Cozy

Free Pattern: Remembrance Poppy

Remembrance Poppies

This November citizens of countries all over the world will be donning bright red poppies as a symbol of remembrance. Whether you're observing Remembrance Day or Veterans Day, crochet this quick poppy to give the symbol your personal touch. You can get a poppy

A Big Gift

Project – Two Strand Jacket
Patons pattern book #500840 Men
Yarn –  Patons Canadiana - the New Generation
Blogger – K1Paula2

As previously discussed on the blog, many of us are busy knitting and crocheting holiday gifts. Since my brother would probably rather read a Corvette blog than a knitting blog, I

On Being an Archeologist

Project – T-Rex Toy (free pattern)
Yarn – Patons Canadiana
Blogger - YoElizbo

I've been thinking a lot about archeology lately I've been knitting my T-rex. Cause like an archeologist on a dig, you start by knitting this in pieces.

The soles of the feet. Little

Quick Hat-FO

Project – Striped Band Hat
Pattern Book – Luxury Knits #500873
Yarn – Patons Classic Wool

When I said in my last post this would be a quick hat, I wasn't joking. This is a very quick hat pattern--and completely perfect for using up those partial skeins of Patons Classic Wool. I love it

New? New!

Project – T-Rex Toy (free pattern)
Yarn – Patons Canadiana

Have you heard? Paton's beloved Canadiana is all New! Here is the picture to prove it:

I've added the arrow just in case you missed the blazing NEW. I had asked to knit this cute

Flip Flop Felting

Project – Moccasins for Him
Patons Pattern Book #500871 – Family Felting
Yarn – Patons Classic Wool in Royal
Blogger – YoElizbo

Before I even tossed my Moccasins for Him into the pillowcase for felting, I knew I had one problem. My gift was being felted here in Seattle, and the pair of

Felted and Fini!

Project – Felted Posy Bag (knit)
Patons free pattern (download here)
Yarn – Patons Classic Wool in Mercury, Wisteria, Currant, Water Chestnut, Royal Purple, Lemongrass, Leaf
Blogger – YoElizbo

After I got the Felted Posy Bag all felted and ready to put together, I started out by trimming off the tails.  I rarely

Mother's Day? Already?

Project – Felted Posy Bag (knit)
Patons free pattern (download here)
Yarn – Patons Classic Wool in Mercury, Wisteria, Currant, Water Chestnut, Royal Purple, Lemongrass, Leaf
Blogger – YoElizbo

Yikes. I looked at the calendar this weekend and realized that Mother's Day is only two weeks away. Panic.

You see in our family,

Monkey Time

Project – Knit Striped Funky Monkey
Patons Pattern Book #500875 – Monkey Business
Yarn – Patons Classic Wool in Water Chestnut, Aran, That's Blue, Leaf Green, and Currant
Blogger – YoElizbo

When I have to sew things together and do the finishing work, I save those sort of tasks for Saturday afternoon. The

Knitting Loudly

I suppose my new moniker says it all. YoElizBo. I am here and I am ready to knit. And I will do so loudly with anyone who shares my love of sticks and yarn. You'll have to excuse my brash enthusiasm, but I live in a house full of boys--the DH included--so when I have a chance to get down

First Time Felter

I have never felted anything before. It's not because I haven't wanted to try, but I never wanted to badly enough to pay $2 at my apartment building's laundry room to run one thing through the wash. I recently moved however, and my new place has a washer/dryer. (I'm still giddy with excitement over doing laundry for free whenever I

Holiday "Spirit"

Here is my completed Version A Wine Bottle Bag from the Classic Holidays book:


In searching for something to put in it for the picture (my house being curiously absent of wine bottles) I discovered yet another use for these gift bags - bath products!

The final frontier

Pattern: Felted Mitten Garland
Yarn: Classic Wool
(4 new heathers: moss, cognac, plum, jade, and old gold)

Remember the Wicked Witch telling these pretties that they were going in? Well, she followed through on her promise.


These took no more than 10 minutes

Nearly there


(Notice I did a couple pair with seed stitch cuffs and another with a rolled cuff - not sure if this will show after felting): Mitten Garland

Get ready for a violent hot water bath and the impending transformation. Whoot! I can’t remember if I’ve shared how much

Oh Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches?


This has been such an enjoyable knit. The pattern suggests US size 8 (5mm) needles using Patons Classic Wool but my gauge calls for using US size 10s and I’m so happy about that. I am able to knit one mitten in a matter

Let it snow?

Happy Augtober! Did you have a great Juvember? If you live anywhere near my part of the world (Toronto) you may be wondering what happened to summer. Cool temperatures and far too much rain have been a cruel plague on us northerners that enjoy such a short summer to begin with. The upside? Great knitting/crochet weather!

No matter what the


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