12 last-minute Christmas gifts to knit or crochet

Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

12 make-in-a-day gifts

There are only 12 days until Christmas! How are your handmade gifts coming along?

If you’re crunched for time and still want to give something handmade, here’s a roundup of last-minute handmade Christmas gifts. With six quick, easy crochet projects and six quick-knit projects, you can make one every day between now and Christmas.

Don’t forget that most books purchased at ShopMartingale.com also come with a free, immediate download of the PDF eBook. (With so few days until Christmas, you’ll want to get started right away!) A knitting or crochet book also makes a great gift.

6 Make-in-a-Day Knitted Gifts


Left to right: Quick fishbone lace cowl from Ocean Breezes by Sheryl Thies, simple travel pouch from Knit Pink by Lorna Miser, two-at-a-time caps from Easy Knitting for Baby by Doreen L. Marquart.


Yea-Big Yeti from 50 Yards of Fun Monster bookends from Knit a Monster Nursery Rolled Caps from Knit Bright
Left to right: Yea-Big Yeti (and dozens of other cute creatures) from 50 Yards of Fun by Rebecca Danger, monster bookends from Knit a Monster Nursery by Rebecca Danger, rolled caps from Knit Bright by Kristin Spurkland.


6 Make-in-a-Day Crocheted Gifts

From Crochet from the Heart From Contemporary Crochet From Amigurumi on the Go
Left to right: Kitty bed from Crochet from the Heart by Kristin Spurkland, chunky hat and scarf from Contemporary Crochet by Sys Fredens, apple cozies from Amigurumi on the Go by Ana Paula Rímoli.

From Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet From Modern Baby Crochet From Crochet Pink
Left to right: Wrist warmers from Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet by Sheryl Thies, planetary mobile from Modern Baby Crochet by Stacey Trock, slippers from Crochet Pink by Janet Rehfeldt.


What’s your go-to make-in-a-day handmade Christmas gift? Tell us in the comments!


5 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Knitted or crocheted cotton wash cloths.

    —Patricia D. Roberts on December 12, 2014
  • This was fun! Thank you for your efforts!
    Merry Christmas!

    —Donna Talipsky on December 12, 2014
  • One year as I visited a Christmas home for dinner she did not have enough hot pads for her hot food dishes. Now I make quilted pad sets of long ones and smaller ones that match, Christmas on one side, Thanksgiving on the other to give. If you are really in a hurry make them "like a pillow case", you know, make and turn outside in, close the opening and run a few lines of quilting across them. They are very appreciated. And if you know the décor/dishes/theme, go with that. The hostess will love ya.

    —Elizabeth schnelle on December 12, 2014
  • textured bath cloths and coasters.

    —Lynne on December 15, 2014
  • What – have to make a choice- first would love to try the fishbone lace cowl – who couldn’t use another neck warmer- and the chunky hat and scarf- then the kids would love the fruit cozies- what a way to start getting ready for the cold seasons – for ones you love and want to do something a little different for – thanks

    Martha Hood on July 15, 2015

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