A knitted birthday gift, or something to celebrate that time of year... These are quick links to knitting patterns, to knit something fitting for the occasion.
Buying an Easter bunny or chick is a great alternative to yet more chocolate, and you could even get one with the aim of adding your own finishing touch to it, to make it a special gift. Or just decorate one of your old favourite friends!
How about adding these knitted bows to the handle of an Easter basket?
From 1 Hour 20 Minutes Each Knitted Bow
Celebrate Easter by knitting some of your own little Easter eggs. This egg knitting pattern shows various designs and also ideas on how you can make these into a nice little handmade Easter gift. How about some brightly coloured ones to help with learning colours or counting?
1 Hour Each Knitted Egg
Something to add to a play kitchen or toy picnic set, or a knitted gift for your ice-cream-lover friend. Amend the yarn colour to choose your ice cream flavour and add a couple of toppings to make your knitted ice cream the perfect unique gift.
2 Hours Each Knitted Ice Cream (as shown above right)
With my daughter Ellie turning 3 years old, I wanted to make her a little keepsake present. She loves playing tea-sets with her toy kitchen and so I felt a cake would integrate nicely. And to be honest, who doesn't like cake!
2 Hours 40 minutes Each Knitted Cupcake
A springtime favourite! I gave this to my mum for Mothers' Day, but it would be great for cheering someone up or showing your support for the Marie Curie Daffodil Appeal. This daffodil knitting pattern also has details of variations to halve the time taken than this one shown.
6 Hours 30 minutes Each Knitted Daffodil
With a friend having her baby christened, I wanted to give a nice little something that was handmade and unique. I thought this would make a nice little keepsake to hang on the door, drawer or a toy box.
2 Hours 30 Minutes Each Knitted Plaque (add extra for detailing)
Raising money to support vulnerable people and communities in the UK and abroad. This year, however, has seen more people opting for a more environmentally friendly option to the traditional red nose, instead of single-use plastic. And of course knitting a red-nose is a fantastic alternative!
2 Hours 20 Minutes Each Knitted Red Nose
This space scene picture knitting pattern was made to say welcome to the world to my new nephew. A nice little keepsake that can also be used to help children with learning colours, geometric shapes, and also counting stars.
5 Hours 15 Minutes Each Knitted Picture
With steel being the symbol for the 11th wedding anniversary, I opted for a stainless steel bucket and designed a cover. With this fitted cover knitting pattern you can find any old bucket/flask/plant pot and be shown how you can make your own knitted cover - the exact size to fit.
1 Hour 50 minutes Each Knitted Cover
Give an old headband a new lease of life and scrabble together a last-minute homemade Halloween costume, with this quick Halloween knitting pattern. Some Knitted devil horns to make even the cutest little devil ready for the occasion!
2 Hours 15 minutes Each Knitted Devil Horn Headband
Great Halloween activity for children! Get them to have a go at knitting a leg, or help design a spider face; great for inspiration as well as a fun challenge for them. Red eyes, extra fangs, or just a happy smiley spider!
1 Hour 40 minutes Each Knitted Spider
Wondering where you can fit in the time?
Often it's about making time, and if you really want to do it there is always a way. However, even with work, household jobs and children's busy schedules, here's how you can squeeze in that half an hour. (Opens in new tab...)
Here is some more encouragement!
"Don't just think about the destination, enjoy the journey." Read more on how knitting itself is great in a lot of ways. (Opens in new tab...)
I aim to have a new pattern up on the website every few weeks (children and their busy schedules permitting!) and I'll let you know as soon as the next one is up and ready to go...