2015 Knitter’s Gift Guide- With Giveaways!

Looking for some gift ideas for a fellow knitter? Or maybe you want to just email a link to this page to your family and friends, and let them know what you want this year.
Here are my top 20+ picks for knitterly gifts this year, at every price point!
(a note on the items: I chose all the items on this page, some of which are from the shops of KB sponsors over there on the right, and others who have no idea they are even on this page or that I even like their stuff. Surprises abound! All items are available to purchase online,  therefore all items will have additional charge for shipping. Prices are shown in US funds.)

A special gift- you’re probably besties or related: $75-$48

A a project kit complete with everything you need to kick-start a knitter’s creativity, gift bundle for a fledgling indie dyer, a big and cozy cowl kit,  gift bundle for a fledgling indie dyer and the perfect project bag for every knitter. Who wouldn’t love to unwrap gifts like these?!
2015 Knitter's Gift Guide | knittedbliss.com
Top left: Gift Bundle, from $80
Top right: Magnanimity Cowl Kit (available in many colour choices), $60
Bottom left: Greener Shades Dye Kit, $57.63

Hooray for gifts! $47-$25

Here are some ideas for a knitter who loves their craft- a beautiful silver and freshwater pearl stitch marker necklace, a lace knitter’s toolkit with everything needed for polished lace knits, a wonderful shawl kit, and a sweatshirt that tells it like it is:
2015 Knitter's Gift Guide | knittedbliss.com
Top right: Lace Love Kit, $41.48
Bottom left: Blood of my Blood Shawl Kit, $47

Something for Every Knitter you know and Love: $24-$12

Every knitter needs more tote bags and project bags, and this one helps declare exactly what they are all about.  Or what about a kit that is very beginner-friendly to create a hand knit bracelet studded with beads? Every knitter needs a gleener to help protect and care for their knits, and the gleener 2 go takes up no room at all and the edges are perfect for refreshing every type of knit. Or what about a new pattern book?
2015 Knitter's Gift Guide | knittedbliss.com
Top left: The Knitter Tote, $20
Top right: Stereo Cuff kit (8 colours to choose from), $17
Bottom left: Gleener on the Go, $12.99

Stocking Stuffers- $15 and under

Stitch Markers 

If the knitter you are shopping for is anything like me, they always need new stitch markers. Whatever the knitter’s style, there are stitch markers to suit:
2015 Knitter's Gift Guide | knittedbliss.com
  Top left: mini cupcake stitch markers,  set of 6 for $8.50
Bottom left: silver plated acorn stitch markers, set of 5 for $9.99
Bottom right: simple gold plated snag free rings, set of 10 for $3.11

Other Stocking Stuffer Ideas: 

A mug purr-fect for a cat loving knitter,  a row counter that you probably can’t live without,  heavenly scented sheep soaps and perfect, timeless scissors. You’ve got this stocking thing sorted!
2015 Knitter's Gift Guide | knittedbliss.com
 Top left: The Great Catsby Mug, $8.00 each
Top right: Digital row counter, available in 15 different colours, $4.00 each
Bottom left: Sweet Sheep All Natural Soaps, $6.00 each
Bottom right:  Stork Scissors in gold finish, $5.00 each

  To give your gifting a jump start, I have two awesome gifts from above for a giveaway!

 A Gleener gift pack- enter to win a Gleener on the go travel kit, as well as one tote bag of the winner’s choosing (and they are seriously awesome tote bags- thick, high quality cotton and the images are both screen printed and embroidered), either the cat, small dog, or owl.  And the awesome folks at Gleener have offered a 10% discount code – BLISS10 – valid until December 25th on everything at gleener.com.


2015 Knitter's Gift Guide | knittedbliss.com

The other is a beautiful Magnanimity Cowl kit from Bromfields. The kit comes complete with the yarn, pattern, circular knitting needle, tapestry needle, and stitch marker.  The kit is available in the following colours: Fisherman, Oatmeal, Gray Marble, Charcoal, Wheat (shown below) and Barley.

2015 Knitter's Gift Guide | knittedbliss.com

So, how to enter! Considering how soon I’m due to have the baby, I’m going to keep this really simple. Please leave a comment letting me know what you most need- a gleener to take care of your knits,  or a warm and cozy cowl kit!  Bonus entries for tweeting about the gift guide and giveaway, too (please tag me in your tweet so I know about the entry: knittedblissJC).  Winners will be announced on Friday, November 27th!


Looking for knitting book gift ideas for kids? Here is a round up of wonderful knitting-themed books for kids in a wide variety of age groups.

And if you wanted to check out the Knitter’s Gift Guide from 2014, you can see all the items here– there was lots of great stuff!

Modification Monday: Still Panda

Modification Monday: Still Panda | knittedbliss.com

Original Patterns: Still Light and Panda 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Heidi (Ravelry ID, blog )

Mods:  For this modified knit, Heidi combined the intarsia panda pullover pattern with the tunic dress pattern for a whole new result, as well as lengthened sleeves. Great details can be found on her  project page, which can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: I’m so in love with this mod- the intarsia panda face is done so well, understated and perfectly balanced within the over overall design. To effectively pull this off, Heidi began with the panda sweater design (as both patterns are top down), and once past the panda design began working the pattern as in Still light. I love the final effect – it looks really modern, and opens up all sorts of great potential with the tunic pattern- think of all the great combos that could be worked, like fair isle across the bust or other intarsia designs.

Modification Monday: Still Panda | knittedbliss.com


Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

The winner of the Laura Nelkin ornament kit is…… Sandi! Congrats Sandi! I’ll send you an email soon to get your address.

My Favourite Articles & Links This Week

This made me laugh so hard I actually cried. An accurate, very hilarious, recounting of what all maternity clothing stores are like.

I know how often we are all plagued by a nagging, doubting voice, but what if it all worked out? 

The cold weather is coming! Or maybe it has already arrived where you are…. regardless, here is a great roundup of 29 ways to enjoy the colder months. I loved this list- rather than dreading winter, I feel like there are lots of things to look forward to!

My Favourite Pins This Week


Pin Ups and Link Love: Apple Cream Cheese Appetizer | knittedbliss.com

This caramel apple cream cheese spread is the perfect fall party appetizer- sweet, different, and involving fruit (so it’s practically healthy, right?!)  And maybe you don’t need a party, just a weekend family treat. Because you know everyone is going to love snacking on this! Pinterest link is here, and original recipe link is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Pumpkin Swirled Mashed Potatoes | knittedbliss.com

Mashed potatoes can get a little blah, but not this beautiful pumpkin swirled version. The pumpkin can be prepped a couple days in advance, so the extra step doesn’t’ add hardly any time to putting this dish together. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Paper plants DIY | knittedbliss.com

Are you one of those people that can’t keep plants alive for more than a couple of weeks? Then maybe this DIY is just right for you. I am seriously in love with these brightly coloured paper plants, potted in tiny containers using rice as ‘soil’.  Wouldn’t these be fun at your desk, or in a corner where the light is never quite right but you want to have a pop of something bright? Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here. 

Pin Ups and Link Love: Cardamom Hot Chocolate | knittedbliss.com

Longtime readers will know that I love cardamom, so this cardamom hot chocolate recipe is right up my alley. I’m pretty much always game for hot chocolate , and I especially love it from scratch- there’s something magical about the subtle alchemy of combining milk, chopped chocolate, and a handful of ingredients that make the hot chocolate that little something special. In this case, the cardamom is a lovely, spicy touch. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Crocheted Ice Cream Cones | knittedbliss.com

I’m smitten with these little crocheted ice cream cones- if you know any little kids that like lay food, I think these would be a perfect gift for them! The post has full instructions for making them. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

I don’t generally like to wade into politics or current news events here on Knitted Bliss (I like keeping it positive!), but  since last Friday, it has felt hard not to talk about the tragic events happening all around the world, and the different ways we feel affected. this is pretty much what I think. And it’s okay if you don’t agree, there is room enough in the world for varying opinions.

Fear is the enemy. And we fear what we do not know, what we do not understand. I believe that the horrible tragedy that happened in Paris was perpetrated by individuals acting out of anger because they have lived sad lives filled with fear and violence and do not know how to rise above it. They have used religion as a tool for creating even more violence and fear, and that is never okay. Nothing justifies their actions, nothing at all.

But the result is a challenge, a challenge for all of us- we must rise above it. We must not let the fear they have given us twist our minds into thinking that there is any country or religion out there where everyone is the same.  There are damaged, violent individuals belonging to all races, all religions, all countries. To then link this fear to the horrible humanitarian crisis that is affecting many countries now with the millions of refugees fleeing this very same sort of terror in their home country… seeing on the news what happened in Paris in one night and then realizing that’s what happens almost every night to the men, women, and children in Syria gave me a fresh perspective. What if that was where I lived? It’s disappointing to hear so many places want to close their borders to a group of people desperate to avoid the same violence we have all found so horrible.

Review: Brooklyn Tweed Capsule Collection

Brooklyn Tweed’s latest offering is a beautiful capsule collection entirely designed by the very talented Olga Buraya Kefelian. This collection has 8 patterns with a lot of diversity in them- a pullover, poncho,  cardigan, dress, cowl, fingerless mitts, hat, and a lace wrap- you can check out the full lookbook here, or view them on Ravelry here. Olga’s knits feature a lot of clean lines that draw inspiration from architecture and art, with each one does feel like  a mini masterpiece.

Here are my favourite four from the collection:

Review: BT Capsule Collection Olga Buraya-Kefelian | knittedbliss.com


A stunning, high-drama cardigan with lots of drape and a split v at the nape of the neck. The worsted- weight cardigan is worked flat from the bottom up, and is all about the angles and asymmetrical hem. Design is fully charted.

You Should Totally Knit This If: You love lace and cables together, have no problem with charts, and can handle when you need to decrease in lace stitch.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You aren’t sure how you feel about taking on a more advanced knit, or if you wanted to watch anything with subtitles while knitting this. Although the sleeves should be an easy bit!

Review: BT Capsule Collection Olga Buraya-Kefelian | knittedbliss.com


This worsted weight poncho/pullover is a great layering piece for the cooler months. Worked from the center out for each side, it’s unique construction and gorgeous cables create a beautiful design that is sure to get compliments.

You Should Totally Knit This If: You love cables,  knitting from the center out even at large circumferences, and wearing ponchos.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: The idea of knitting (or wearing) a large knitted circular garment isn’t appealing to you.

Review: BT Capsule Collection Olga Buraya-Kefelian | knittedbliss.com


The fingering-weight Jujika Cowl features ultra modern colourwork that is sure to look good on everyone. It’s long enough to be looped around the neck twice for added warmth, or worn singly as a striking accessory.  There are two options for closing the fold, so it can be more advanced for a seamless look (grafting) or a simpler bind off (joinery). Instructions for both are included in the fully-charted pattern.

You Should Totally Knit This If:  You love modern colourwork motifs and knitting in the round. And if you are a cowl lover, this gives you the best of both the long cowl and short cowl worlds!

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If:  stranded designs are not something you enjoy, you never wear cowls, or if modern motifs are not your thing.

Review: BT Capsule Collection Olga Buraya-Kefelian | knittedbliss.com


This fingering- weight scarf/wrap  comes with instructions for three different sizes so you can customize just how big you want it to be. Featuring an intriguing geometric lace motif, the pattern is knitted on both right and wrong side rows, and is fully written and charted.

You Should Totally Knit This If: You adore lace, especially lace scarves and wraps that are rectangular. You don’t worry about needing ‘resting rows’ on the wrong side of your knitting.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You are looking for something to knit while watching tv. Or if you find knitting rectangular anything too repetitive.

It’s been a busy week here at Knitted Bliss- don’t forget to check out this weeks’ Modification Monday,  the awesome goodies from the Meet the Sponsors post, or the giveaway for a Laura Nelkin ornament kit from the Holiday Knitting Roundup!

Round Up: Knitted Holiday Decorations

It’s that time of year- decorations are coming!!  Don’t worry, you still have time to knit something. Maybe you have an ornament swap with people from work, or maybe you want to up the knitted goodness in your home for the holiday spirit. These fantastic knitted ornaments are sure to knit up quickly, and possibly even help tame the stash- or maybe you needed an excuse to get some fun new yarn?


Holiday Knitting: Knitted Ornaments| knittedbliss.com

Top row, left to right: These little bear ornaments (free pattern) are highly adaptable into other animals- it’s worth clicking through the projects to see how cute they look as bunnies and cats, too! These fair isle mini mittens  (pattern $4.99) are perfect for stash busting and for fair isle lovers. And how adorable is this tiny seal and little Inuk (free pattern)? It’s the kind of miniature  ornament that is sure to delight.

Middle row, left to right:  This pattern includes how to knit five different snowy characters (pattern $4), perfect for  decorations! And if you like beading (or would like to try) then look no further than this delicate snowflake ornament, which is part of a 5 pattern e-book ($12) for different beaded snowflakes and baubles. Or how about this super cute- and sort of startled looking- penguin ornament (free pattern)?

Bottom row, left to right:   For those that love their traditional Christmas pudding, this is the perfect ornament (free pattern). And if you like traditional Christmas balls, I think you’ll find this one satisfying (free pattern). Finally, what knitter wouldn’t love a little knitting basket (free pattern) to hang from their tree?

And for extra special knitted ornaments, pick something that your friend or loved one is absolutely crazy for- do they like unicorns, or Star Wars? See if you can find a little toy pattern that would be just right shrunk into ornament size, for the fan in your life!

***There’s a kit giveaway at the end of this post, scroll down for entry details!***


Any of these beautiful garlands could also easily convert to individual ornaments, or you could start them off as ornaments, and as you add to the collection, create your own garland!

Holiday Knitting: Knitted Garlands | knittedbliss.com

Clockwise from top right: This advent style garland  (free pattern) features 24 individual mini ornaments, each delicate and lovely.  These mini Christmas stockings (free pattern) are completely in my queue, and I have some mini skeins that are just right for them- I can’t wait to get started! I have visions of knitting 24 of them to use as a little advent calendar for my little ones.  I love these old school Christmas light bulbs (patter is $3), I bet they would look wonderful just about anywhere. Then there is this absolutely darling garland of little tiny elf clothes (pattern $3.99)- I can image kids going crazy for this! Finally, we have a classic and lovely garland of mittens (free pattern) that would be perfect for stash busting. You could knit them solid, striped, or use your own designs on them.


A knitted stocking would be a wonderful keepsake for so many years to come. No matter what your style- simple and sophisticated, or colourful and a bit wild- there are stockings that would be just right for you and your family.

Holiday Knitting: Knitted Christmas Stockings| knittedbliss.com

Clockwise from top right: Spindleknitter’s Stockings (free pattern) are a colour option with lot sof choose-your-adventure style charts to mix and match. For those who like their Christmas with a side of minimalism, these simple striped stockings (free pattern) are just right. Another colourful option are the Cascade Christmas Stockings (free pattern), which also have mix and match elements (perfect for using up odds and ends!). Then we have the Falling Snow Stocking (free pattern), classic with snowflake fair isle motifs. Last is the Arlo Stocking (free pattern), personalised and simple with a light touch of stranded work around the cuff.

Home Decor

Seasonal home decor is best when it’s meaningful and easy to incorporate into your home- I think some of these projects would be just right!

Holiday Knitting: Knitted Christmas Decor| knittedbliss.com

Top row: Are you a wine lover? If so, I bet you have corks. and what better way to honor your love of wine then to dress them up? You could dress them up as adorable elfin korknisse (free pattern), or as little pint-sized pine trees (free pattern). Middle row: And if you are an animal lover, this knitted deer (free pattern) would be so lovely- knit in different gauges, you could have a whole family of deer! Add some beans or rice to the feet to help weigh them stand up on their own.  Or maybe you would prefer something smaller? How about this trio of super sweet holiday mice (free pattern), that would look lovely on a tablescape or a mantle, or even as ornaments. Bottom row:  why wear an itchy fake fur Santa hat when you could be wearing a beautifully made, handknit Santa hat (free pattern)? And finally, this simple and chic snowman (free pattern) would look love hanging from a door, or perched on a mantle or table.


Laura Nelkin, the designer of the beautiful beaded snowflake ornament featured at the top, has offered one lucky winner a kit (which includes the pattern, beads/supplies and directions) for either the stars pattern or the lights pattern (see below). As someone who has made one of Laura’s kits before, I can assure you that even if you have never tried beaded knitting, the kits are super straightforward and really easy to learn from.  To enter please leave a comment on the blog letting me know which kit you would most like – stars or lights- and where you would like to hang the finished product. this giveaway will be open until Thursday, Nov. 19th at midnight (EST), and the winner will be announced on Friday’s post. Good luck!

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