More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts

More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts

by Joelle Hoverson


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When STC Craft published Joelle Hoverson’s Last-Minute Knitted Gifts in 2004, the response was over­whelming and today there are nearly 100,000 copies of this classic in print. Six years later, Hoverson is full of fresh, new ideas for beautiful gifts. So STC proudly presents More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts: an elegant collection of 30 projects organized according to the time it takes to complete them, from less than two hours to more than eight. Among the projects featured are sachets, bracelets, ornaments, mittens, gloves, hats, sweaters, baby blankets, and throws.

Understanding that knitters today love to personalize their projects but also need guidance along the way, Hoverson showcases many of the projects in several colors and yarn weights, and with optional embellishments and creative ideas for gift-wrapping.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435150089
Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date: 08/29/2013
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Joelle Hoverson is the author of the STC Craft books Last-Minute Knitted Gifts and Last-Minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts. She is the founder and creative force behind the yarn and fabric store Purl Soho in Manhattan, the website, and The Purl Bee blog ( She is a former senior style editor for Martha Stewart Omnimedia and holds a master of fine arts degree from Yale.

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More last-minute knitted gifts

By Joelle Hoverson, Anna Williams, Melanie Falick


Copyright © 2010 Joelle Hoverson
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4532-2081-8


personal touches

When I knit a gift, I tend to stick with a classic style that I can personalize so that it will be treasured by the recipient for a long time to come. I find the most effective and elegant way to do this is actually a simple matter of choosing the color and fiber content of my yarn with great care and consideration and sometimes adding a special stitch pattern for texture or embellishing what I've made with a very personal detail.


Anyone who has met me, been to my shops, or read my other books already knows about my passion for color. For me, choosing a color for a gift for someone is in itself a symbol of my affection for them. And you can do the same. For example, if you give your sister and each member of her family a Family Ribbed Hat on page 42 in their favorite colors, or you knit your husband the Men's Zip-Up Vest on page 102 in a man-friendly neutral tone but add a zipper in a color that matches his eyes, you are showing each of them that you know and love them.

Most of the patterns in this book are knit in solid colors, which is usually my first choice since it means weaving in fewer ends (and therefore taking less time to finish!). Of course, stripes are always an easy option to add. Several of the projects are worked in a solid main color with an accent color. The Sideways Fingerless Gloves on page 49 are a perfect example. I knit this pair in two brightly contrasting colors to give to a friend who appreciates a lot of hot color in her accessories. If I had made them for someone who loves vintage style, I might have chosen an antique white for the main color and red as the contrast color (like vintage mattress ticking or antique toweling), or, alternatively, I could have knit them in one subdued color for someone who likes to keep her wardrobe understated.


When designing these patterns, I always used the yarn that was the most inspiring to me, but selecting a yarn that is different than the one called for in the pattern is another way to customize your gift. When changing the yarn in a pattern, keep in mind that it may change the look and feel of the finished piece, but also remember that this can produce equally beautiful results. There are a couple of patterns in this book that are written for more than one yarn weight. For instance, the Beret on page 70 is written for either a fingering- or DK-weight yarn. This means that with a dozen different yarns, you can create a dozen completely different hats to suit a dozen friends, all with one pattern! When I created the hats you see here, I explored angora, wool, and even mohair, among other fibers, and while the hats are all the same shape, they all have a very different look. The instructions for the Family Ribbed Hat on page 42 cover worsted-, bulky-, and super bulky-weight yarns.


If the person you are knitting for is also a knitter, she or he will most definitely appreciate carefully selected stitch patterns. The Soft as a Cloud Cowl pattern on page 99 includes three different mock cable variations, each one a little more ornate than the last. The Dreaming of Spring Fingerless Gloves pattern on page 79 includes a variation with an Aran braid along the top of the hand. Additionally, the women's version of the Toe-Up Socks on page 107 includes an optional baby cable. You can add a cable stitch to just about any pattern, but keep in mind that if your cable is very elaborate or is used across the entire piece, it will require extra yarn and will change the gauge of your piece. For example, a simple cable up the middle of the Kid's Vest on page 74 is an easy addition; all you need to do is work a swatch of the cable pattern to figure out how much it pulls in, then accommodate the difference in your cast-on.


One of my favorite techniques for finishing gifts with a personal touch is duplicate stitch. I used it to add initials to the Kid's Vest on page 74 and to decorate the Holiday Ornaments on page 18.

The Huggable House on page 54 is really just an excuse for embellishment. I customized the one shown with backstitch and French knots. Wouldn't it be sweet to make one to match a good friend's house? Or perhaps to create a replica of the house you grew up in to give to one of your sibling's children? Of course, you don't have to limit your French knots or backstitches to the Huggable House; they are wonderful and easy techniques that you can use to embellish any pattern in this book. For instance, imagine a neutral-colored beret covered in hot pink French knots!


Another way to personalize a knitted gift is to present it with a little something extra—such as a favorite hot beverage recipe to go with the Cozy Coasters on page 53, or perhaps a collection of embroidery supplies presented with the Soft Baskets on page 30.

Wrapping It Up

Once you've put so much thought, effort, and affection into your gift, you may not have much time leftover to think about an original way to wrap it. If this is the case, be sure to check out Wrapping Handknit Gifts on page 121.


less-than-2-hour gifts

Reusable Hot Coffee-Cup Sleeve
Holiday Ornament
Pointy Elf Hat
Pyramid Sachet
Seed-Stitch Bracelet
Linen-Stitch Bookmark

reusable hot coffee-cup sleeve

Anyone who has ever moved knows how important a good cup of coffee is on the first morning in the new place (and how challenging it can be to find the coffeepot). To lessen the drama, show up at your friend's new home with some steaming lattés in these little cozies. I used Manos del Uruguay's Wool Clásica Naturals for these because the colors reminded me of coffee with various amounts of milk. Each sleeve takes about an hour to complete.


8" circumference, at narrowest point
9 ¾" circumference, at widest point
3 ¼" high


Manos del Uruguay Wool Clásica Naturals (100% pure wool; 138 yards / 100 grams): 1 hank #701, #702, or #703

Note: One hank will make at least 4 sleeves.


One set of five double-pointed needles (dpn) size US 6 (4 mm)

Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.


Stitch marker


18 sts and 26 rnds = 4" (10 cm) in Stockinette stitch (St st)


CO 36 sts. Join for working in the rnd, being careful not to twist sts; place marker (pm) for beginning of rnd.

Knit 1 rnd, purl 1 rnd.

Change to St st (knit every rnd); work even until piece measures 1¼" from the beginning.

Shape Sleeve

Increase Rnd 1: K1, M1, [k9, M1] 3 times, k8–40 sts. Work even until piece measures 2 ¼" from the beginning.

Increase Rnd 2: K1, M1, [k10, M1] 3 times, k9–44 sts. Work even until piece measures 3" from the beginning. Purl 1 rnd. BO all sts loosely knitwise.

holiday ornament

These festive ornaments will brighten up any home during the cold and colorless winter months. Each ornament takes about 90 minutes to knit and 30 minutes to decorate.


3" diameter


Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 (100% pure new wool; 220 yards / 100 grams): 1 hank #8010 (MC). Note: One hank will make 4 ornaments.

Alchemy Yarns of Transformation Haiku (60% kid mohair / 40% silk; 325 yards / 25 grams): 1 hank each #44F Cherry Tart (A) and #52E Boo's Garden (B)

Alchemy Yarns of Transformation Silken Straw (100% silk; 236 yards / 40 grams): 1 hank each #39A Fuschia (C) and #50E Sour Grass (D)


One set of four double-pointed needles (dpn) size US 6 (4 mm)

Crochet hook size G6 (4 mm); polyester stuffing


20 sts and 28 rnds = 4" (10 cm) in Stockinette stitch (St st)


Bottom Half

CO 48 sts in MC. Divide sts evenly among 3 needles. Join for working in the rnd, being careful not to twist sts.

Rnds 1 and 2: Knit.

Rnd 3: *K6, k2tog; repeat from * to end–42 sts remain.

Rnds 4 and 5: Knit.

Rnd 6: *K5, k2tog; repeat from * to end–36 sts remain.

Rnds 7 and 8: Knit.

Rnd 9: *K4, k2tog; repeat from * to end–30 sts remain.

Rnds 10 and 11: Knit.

Rnd 12: *K3, k2tog; repeat from * to end–24 sts remain.

Rnd 13: Knit.

Rnd 14: *K2, k2tog; repeat from * to end–18 sts remain.

Rnd 15: *K1, k2tog; repeat from * to end–12 sts remain. Break yarn, leaving a 6" tail; thread tail through remaining sts, pull tight and fasten off, with tail to WS.

Top Half

With RS of Bottom Half facing, beginning at cast-on tail, pick up and knit 1 st in each caston st–48 sts. Work Rnds 1-15 as for Bottom Half. Break yarn, leaving a 20" long tail; thread tail through remaining sts, but do not pull closed.


Stuff ornament to desired firmness. Pull tail tight and fasten off, but do not break yarn. Using crochet hook and tail, work crochet chain 4" long. Insert crochet hook into top of Ornament, just below first loop of crochet chain, chain 1, slip st into last st, fasten off.

Embellish Ornament with Duplicate stitch (see page 130), following photo and chart, working Rnd 5 of chart on Rnd 3 of Top Half so the repeats work out evenly.


pointy elf hat

This whimsical hat, made with a deliciously soft, naturally dyed yarn from Hand Jive, will suit any child—or adult—who dreams of being a winter elf. Even in the largest size, this project takes less than two hours from cast-on to bind-off.


Baby (Toddler, Child/Adult Small, Adult Large)


14 ½ (16 ¾, 19 ¼, 21½)" circumference


Hand Jive Nature's Palette Thick/Thin Bulky Merino (100% merino wool; 168 yards / 5 ounces): 1 hank Snow, Amber, Rosebud, or Sandstone. Note: One hank will make 2 hats in sizes Baby and Toddler.


One set of four double-pointed needles (dpn) size US 13 (9 mm)

Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.


10 sts and 14 rnds = 4" (10 cm) in Stockinette stitch (St st)


Since this pattern is knit entirely on double-pointed needles, you don't necessarily need a stitch marker to tell when you're at the end of the round; just look for your cast-on tail to remind you.


CO 36 (42, 48, 54) sts. Divide sts evenly among 3 needles. Join for working in the rnd, being careful not to twist sts; place marker (pm) for beginning of rnd. Begin St st (knit every rnd); work even until piece measures 4 ½ (5, 5 ½, 6)" from the beginning, with brim unrolled.

Shape Crown

Decrease Rnd: [K2tog, knit to end of needle] 3 times-33 (39, 45, 51) sts remain. Knit 1 rnd.

Repeat Decrease Rnd every other rnd 7 (10, 10, 8) times, then every rnd 3 (2, 4, 8) times-3 sts remain. Break yarn, leaving a 6" tail; thread tail through remaining sts, pull tight and fasten off, with tail to WS.

pyramid sachet

These pyramid-shaped sachets are a wonderful gift, especially for knitters who need to protect their yarn and handknits from moths. I figured out how to construct them—by double-knitting a square pouch, filling with dried lavender, and then stitching shut in a pyramid shape—by taking apart and studying a pyramid-shaped teabag. One sachet takes less than an hour to complete.


3" wide at base × 3" high


Farmhouse Yarns Bonnie's Bamboo (100% bamboo; 200 yards / 3 ½ ounces): 1 hank Ivory, Buttercup, or Gecko. Note: One hank will make a whole drawer-full of sachets!


One pair straight needles size US 2 (2.75 mm) (optional)

One set of five double-pointed needles (dpn) size US 2 (2.75 mm)

Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.


Few handfuls lavender (see Sources for Supplies); tapestry needle


15 sts and 21 rows = 3" (7.5 cm) in Double-Knitting Pattern. Note: When determining your gauge, count only the knit sts, not the slipped sts.


Double-Knitting Pattern (multiple of 2 sts; 1-row repeat)

All Rows: *K1, yf, slip 1, yb; repeat from * to end.


Using Long-Tail CO, CO 30 sts. Begin Double-Knitting Pattern; work even until piece measures 2 ¾" from the beginning, ending with a WS row, with both tail and working yarn coming from the same end of the work.

Next Row (RS): *Slip 1 st to front dpn, slip 1 st to back dpn; repeat from * to end. Redistribute sts as follows to prepare for finishing: K7 from front needle onto new dpn (Needle 1), k8 from front needle onto second new dpn (Needle 2), k7 from back needle onto Needle 2, k8 from back needle onto Needle 1.


Fill sachet with lavender.

Using Kitchener st (see page 128), graft sts together, leaving a 10" tail.


Cut four 7" strands of yarn. Using a tapestry needle, thread strands through st just below tail from grafting, leaving a 3 ½" strand on either side of st. Gather strands together and wrap tail around strands for ½" from point of Pyramid. Secure tail through center of tassel and into Sachet. Trim excess yarn.

seed-stitch bracelet

If you've got 30 minutes to spare, you can whip up one of these bracelets for your best friend, mother, sister, or even yourself. One hank of Koigu's Mori will make at least eight bracelets (not including the stripe, of course). Every woman at our photo shoot requested a bracelet to take home, so I already know they're crowd-pleasers.


6 ¾" wide × 1" long


Koigu Mori (50% merino wool / 50% mulberry silk; 185 yards / 50 grams): Small amount of #M2360 (MC). Note: One hank of this yarn will make about 8 bracelets.

Koigu Premium Merino (100% merino wool; 175 yards / 50 grams): Small amounts of color of your choice (A)


One pair straight needles size US 1 (2.25 mm)

Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.


One 3/8" button; sewing needle and cotton thread (for attaching button)


32 sts and 44 rows = 4" (10 cm) in Seed stitch


Seed Stitch (multiple of 2 sts + 1; 1-row repeat)

All Rows: K1, *p1, k1; repeat from * to end.


Using MC, CO 55 sts. Begin Seed st; work even for 4 rows. Change to A; work even for 1 row.

Buttonhole Row (WS): K1, p1, k2tog, yo, work to end.

Next Row (RS): Change to MC; work even for 5 rows. BO all sts loosely in pattern.


Block if desired. Sew button at opposite end from buttonhole.

linen-stitch bookmark

I've always been a huge fan of linen stitch; in fact, the finer the yarn, the more I love it. But linen stitch is time-consuming, so I usually reserve it for small projects like these bookmarks. In beautiful shades of green, they're a perfect gift for a gardener who reads and dreams about plants all winter. The yarn is Juniper, a fine, washable merino from Alchemy. When I look at these colors, I can tell that Gina Wilde (Alchemy's owner and amazing master dyer) spends a lot of time in her garden.


1 3/8" wide × 7" long


Alchemy Yarns of Transformation Juniper (100% superfine merino; 232 yards / 50 grams): 1 hank #21E Green Plum, #95M Mica, #65E Dragon, #17E Sweet Lime, or #23E Good Earth.

Note: One hank will make at least 8 solid-color bookmarks.


One pair straight needles size US 4 (3.5 mm)

Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.


16 sts and 30 rows = 2" (5 cm) in Linen stitch


If you want to make a multicolored Bookmark, simply change colors as desired.


Linen Stitch (multiple of 2 sts + 1; 2-row repeat)

Row 1 (RS): K1, *slip 1 wyif, k1; repeat from * to end.

Row 2: K1, p1, *slip 1 wyib, p1; repeat from * to last st, k1. Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for Linen Stitch.


CO 11 sts. Begin Linen St; work even until piece measures 7" from the beginning, ending with a WS row.

BO Row (RS): K1, *p1, pass last st over, k1, pass last st over; repeat from * to end. Fasten off.


Block if desired.


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Table of Contents


Personal Touches,
Less-than-2-Hour Gifts,
2- to 4-Hour Gifts,
4- to 6-Hour Gifts,
6- to 8-Hour Gifts,
More-than-8-Hour Gifts,
Wrapping Handknit Gifts,
Finishing Techniques,
Other Techniques and Abbreviations,
Sources for Supplies,

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More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
KnitOrDieTrying More than 1 year ago
When I saw numerous negative ratings without comments, I felt compelled to write a review outlining briefly why I've enjoyed using this book. The instructions are easy to understand and follow. I've made several of the items for myself (e.g., fingerless gloves, cowls) and have had friends ask for replicas; thus, the gifting. For me, a useful feature in the book is the use of chapters showing the estimated time required to complete a project. Relying on the estimated time, I whipped up the Pointy Elf Hat one evening for a dear friend. In the more than eight hour chapter, I selected items I planned to complete over a couple of days. I've made three of the Soft as Clouds Cowls and plan to make another using the yarn shown in the book. The book is a "Go-To" book for making quality gifts for family members and good friends. It is a knitting book that I appreciate and use quite often.
catwelker More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book! The pictures alone inspire you to tackle any project in the book. I have made a few things from this book and Last Minute Knitted gifts. I reccomend both of them. They make wonderful gifts as well wrapped in brown paper, and yarn :) .
bearette24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful photos; hopefully the patterns will be a pleasure to knit.
AnastaciaKnits More than 1 year ago
This is a nice addition to your knitted books library. There's a variety of projects & skill levels, though the 2 hours or less category was my least favorite and a little lacking in originality (this is very hard to do, admittedly! Coming up with something to knit in that amount of time is not easy. Personally, I would have preferred more original patterns with maybe a five hours or less time frame). The projects in the last chapter I definitely wouldn't consider last minute gifts, and considering I've never even knit my own husband a sweater, I don't really consider a men's knitted vest a last minute knitted gift idea, but everyone is different, and I appreciate the variety of projects and ideas!  The book is well photographed and well laid out, patterns are easy to follow, read, and understand. My only real complaint about the book - and why I'm giving it four stars and not five - is that the patterns, for the most part, are just very simple, like ribbed hats for the family. There are a million ribbed hat patterns already; I understand, it makes for a very fast, easy gift, and the ribbing makes it easy to "guess" a size for your intended giftee, but couldn't we have mixed it up a bit? Done broken rib? just as fast, just as easy for fitting, just as easy to design in multiple sizes (and at least there's half a million patterns out there, instead of a full million!) -- I received a free copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion & was not paid to write this review.
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