Relax While You Knit: 7 Free, Intermediate, & Mindless Knitting Patterns for Christmas Day

Liat amazed by gift!I love it when it’s my turn to open a gift on Christmas! And my family loves to surprise me.

Most of the time, however, I take a back seat and knit while my family plays the Santa Game.*

Yesterday I blogged about 7 Free and Mindless Knitting Patterns for Beginners.

Today, here are 7 free knitting patterns that will be mindless IF you are an intermediate knitter.

Most of them have one spot where you’ll need to pay attention (usually the cast-on), so you may want to do that part before the family comes over.

The great thing about these free patterns is that they are not only mindless but also interesting and unique – I checked. Enjoy!

7 Free, Intermediate, & Mindless Knitting Patterns for Christmas Day

  1. Super-Bulky House Socks by Liat Gat – helpful video: Judy’s Magic Cast-On
  2. Camp Out Fingerless Mitts by Tante Ehm – helpful video: Pick Up and Knit
  3. Age of Brass and Steam by Orange Flower – helpful video: Garter Tab Cast-On
  4. Grrlfriend Market Bag by Laura Spradlin – helpful video: Circular Cast-On
  5. Honey Cowl by Antonia Shankland – helpful video: Infinite Tail Cast-On
  6. Man Hat by Haven Leavitt – helpful video: Italian Tubular Cast-On for 1×1 Rib
  7. Show Your Colors Shawl by Amy King – helpful video: Garter Tab Cast-On

*How to play the Santa game:

Not Just For Santa Hat Knitting PatternAll you need in order to play is a Santa hat.

Usually the youngest family member starts out as Santa. “Santa” has to select a gift from under the tree that is not from him or her and give it to its recipient.

Then everyone watches that person unwrap the gift and does the requisite oohing and aahing and photographing, after which the recipient then becomes Santa and selects the next gift. Don’t have a Santa hat? Why not knit one!

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This week at KnitFreedom is all about relaxing with the family while you knit, and that’s what I’ll be doing this Christmas.

I’ve already ordered and received a skein of Malabrigo Rasta from ImagiKnit in San Fransisco – they even wound it into two balls for me. I’ll be ready to knit my big sister’s requisite super-bulky house socks – the world’s easiest knitted gift (don’t tell her!).

Before you head off to find your Santa hat, tell me about your favorite mindless knitting projects. What are your favorite things to knit that are still interesting but don’t require you to count, look, or otherwise pay attention? Leave a comment below and let me know.

And Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Relax While You Knit: 7 Free, Easy, & Mindless Knitting Patterns for Christmas Day

Liat knitting socks on ChristmasIf your family is anything like mine, you may spend a lot of time on Christmas Day sitting around watching people unwrap presents.

In our family, we like to stretch out the gift-giving as long as possible by playing the Santa game.*

This means that I spend much of my day hanging out on the couch, and you can bet that I’m prepared with a mindless knitting project or two to occupy my hands while leaving my brain free to pay attention to my family.

In case you find yourself in the same boat, here are 7 easy, free, and mindless knitting patterns to keep you happily busy on this special day. Continue reading

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The Ultimate New Knitter’s Toolkit: Needles, Yarn, and Notions to Give to the Beginners in Your Life

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He is really into knitting (he’s learning from KnitFreedom videos), but he’s using old aluminum needles, acrylic yarn, and even plastic shopping bags to hold his projects in.

I decided it was time for him to see how much more fun knitting can be when you have great tools.

So I put together for him what I call the Ultimate New-Knitter’s Toolkit, and now I’m sharing it with you. These are my favorite knitting supplies for promising beginners. Continue reading

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2014 KnitFreedom Holiday Gift Guide Part 3: Stocking Stuffers

Wondering what gift to buy the knitters in your life for the holidays? We’ve taken one for the team and spent the past few weeks shopping (I know, such a hard life!) to find the best knitting gifts – in all price ranges – for your family, friends, and colleagues.

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Wondering what gift to buy the knitters in your life for the holidays? We’ve taken one for the team and spent the past few weeks shopping (I know, such a hard life!) to find the best knitting gifts – in all price ranges – for your family, friends, and colleagues.

Today, we’ve got gifts under $50, and there’s even a yarn for your friend (or you?) who loves Downton Abbey! Continue reading

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