Quick Knit and Crochet “Gifts”

So -I admit it, I am often a last minute shopper AND I love to give something personal and special. I also like to make things. I have grandiose ideas that often overshoot Christmas, but often I can do some small special little thing and still enjoy that little extra touch they can give. Last year I crocheted small flowers and attached them to my gifts. Here are some ideas I have found to try this year.

Dishcloths Facecloths Bath Scrubbies

I know this sounds rather bland, but I honestly find these the softest cotton bath and face cloths ever! I find them really soft on my skin and prefer them over terry cloths for sure. For dishes I can make them to the size of my liking. I like dish cloths small enough to act as a sponge. They dry quick, look cute, match my decor (because i made em) and are much better for the environment than throw away sponges and cloths. For gifts -the small sized ones coupled with some nice soap or bath stuff can make a nice gift and they are very quick to crochet or knit! Have a look at Etsy for inspiration. I looked at Cocoa Beans Shop You could buy some to see for yourself how useful they really are.

Knit and Crochet Dishcloth Patterns

It is hard to fine ones that are truly classic, but if you look at the ones crafty folks have made for sale at Etsy you will see how colour and size along with a simple classic design, can make the difference between kitsch and stylish.

The thrifty knitter
Whip up: mason-dixon knitting: sunflower dishcloth pattern
Day of the week dish cloths (cute)

Simple crochet flower broaches

I think these could be worked up in many different yarns and beads and would make great gift attachments and gifts in themselves. I would take the pattern below as a suggestion and use your imagination with colours and yarns. I like the idea of attaching these to bags and hats or even scarfs for extra interest. I have a friend that laughs every time i suggest that a crochet flower could be a really nice borach or accent. I will prove her wrong!

Knit and Crochet Flower Patterns

Beaded Flower Broach Pattern
Craftzine.com: How to crochet a flower

4 Responses to “Quick Knit and Crochet “Gifts””

  1. Comment by Sarah — December 30, 2008 @ 2:04 pm

    I love crochet “dish” cloths! They are so clean and dry nice and quick when worked a little loose. I love mine and use them all the time. I often get complements on them. I got a pattern from a magazine called Artful Blogging. It was such a great magazine. I stumbled across it in a local shop.

  2. Comment by DOROTHY — September 13, 2010 @ 9:18 am

    I WOULD LIKE THE FREE CROCHET DIRECTIONS FOR THE ABOVE CROCHETED FLOWER. WHAT IS THE SIZE OF THE FLOWER? THANK YOU.

    DOROTHY

  3. Comment by Kristy — December 1, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

    What type of yarn did you use. to make the face clothes?

  4. Comment by 21st Century Girl — December 13, 2011 @ 9:02 am

    Hi Kristy -
    I didn’t knit these ones in the photo -but I do make dishcloths and they do make great gifts and I find they are particularly hygienic as they dry nicely and quickly between washing dishes. You can use any 100% cotton, 4-ply worsted-weight yarn.
    Ones I like include:
    http://www.lionbrand.com/yarns/kitchen.htm
    http://www.sugarncream.com/product.php

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