yaRRnthings: Quick #Crochet or #Knit Gifts

Say it Rah-shay, yaRRns By Nov 10, 2013 26 Comments

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In my family we celebrate Christmas and there are only 44 days until the big event. This year I have not been quite as stressed about holiday giving because I decided that I would make a lot of my gifts. Without conceit I feel like I have gotten better at yarn crafting and I am proud to be able to share the items that I have been making to warm someone up this holiday season.


Here are my favorites to share:

Chunky knit cowls.

I have been working up the Drop Knit Cowl pattern from Spider Woman Knits for a while. I love the way it comes out. It’s warm and toasty and looks so fly (yes. I said fly). The green was at the request of Pop but the selfish part of me thinks I should have kept it. For this project I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Pine and Clover Takumi Bamboo Circular 16-Inch Knitting Needles, Size 15







Below is a seed stitch cowl. I made up a pattern to see how it would come out. I like! For this scarf I cast on 47 stitches and then did seed stitch (knit, purl in the round). For this projectI used BBernat Softee Chunky Yarn (28247) Eucalyptus By The Each and Clover Takumi Bamboo Circular 16-Inch Knitting Needles, Size 15  I think it’s a little loose and I would probably cast on fewer stitches or use a smaller needle.

seed stitch


Ruffle scarves are my favorite. They can be either knitted or crocheted and can be completed in a few hours. For this project I used Red Heart Boutique Sashay Sequins Yarn-Phlox
and Boye 16-Inch Aluminum Circular Knitting Needles, Size 10.


Fingerless gloves are good for teens and tweens. Add a button to personalize and boom!

These were made with plum yarn (red Heart I believe) and size 8 straight needles. I also created some fingerless gloves using a crochet pattern.


wrist warmers


The Strawberry Jam Neck Warmer pattern can be found on the blog Fiber Flux…Adventures in Stitching. I have to say that I love Jennifer’s suite. Her patterns are so beautiful and simple and come out well.  This pattern The Bee and I were having a bit of some fun and, well, here is just one way to wear this pattern.






Other favorites:

Phlight of Phancy by Nangellini. This is another quick and easy pattern for a scarf.

Basic Beanie

Slouchy Hat by Gleeful Things


Shameless self promo: I can make your yarnthing! Check out my Etsy shop (very small but big in my heart!) or drop me a line at rachee@sayitrahshay.com

Happy Stitching!




I am mom, daughter, sister, yarn lover, word lover, crazy cat lady and library chick. Find me with book or with hook and a hot cuppa.


  1. Terry says:

    Look at all of those pretties you have made. I think I like the ruffle scarves best too, but the cowls are what I would go for since they look so much warmer.

  2. Crystal Green says:

    I love the fingerless gloves, and I'm not a teenager. 🙂

  3. Anita Breeze says:

    Is there really only 44 days till Christmas!? I better get started! I love those cowls, they are so pretty and I bet they are warm too. Very nice gifts!

  4. Liz Mays says:

    I'm officially jealous that you have the ability to whip up such lovely treasures and gifts. Beautiful work!

  5. Michele says:

    I have never been adapt at knitting or crocheting-I left that to my Mom! Right now she is busy knitting things for her great grand baby–now if I can convince her i need a sweater—I di like the cowls you made and may mention to her that she make one of those for herself.

  6. Amberlee says:

    I wish I could knit like that. Every time I try it goes horribly wrong! I will have to try these though!

  7. I love that you can whip up such fabulous things like that. I can’t knit to save my life and have to rely on you fine ladies on Etsy to get mine.

  8. Those are really cute. I know how to crochet but haven’t done it in ages. I can’t knit though.

  9. I love cowls! Yours look amazing. They make me want to learn to knit!

  10. Kay Adeola says:

    The fingerless gloves are great,i would never be able to knit anything like this lol.

  11. I love those gloves!! I don’t knit, but I do crochet! And often times those are the most loved gifts I have given to my kids, when I crocheted them scarves a few year back.

  12. Theresa says:

    These are all some very pretty items! I envy your talent for knitting. I wish I had the ability to make such beautiful things!

  13. Rosey says:

    The scarves you made look great! I got my first ever ruffle scarf from my MIL last year for Christmas, and it instantly became a favorite.

  14. Karen says:

    Very cool, I like the cowl and will probably make this for my niece

  15. Okay I had to laugh when you said a scarf can be completed in a few hours, obviously you have never knitted or crocheted with me. I am horrible and it would take years to complete something and it would still not be as beautiful as what you have done.

  16. Pam says:

    All of those projects are lovely, but I would never be able to complete that scarf in a few hours. Maybe a few years…. my knitting skills are not that good.

  17. Sarah Bailey says:

    I always think crochet looks amazing – sadly it’s not something I have been able to master maybe one day 🙂 x

  18. Pam says:

    I love everything but especially the fingerless gloves. Those are so cute. I use to crochet but it was along time ago.

  19. Pepper says:

    I like how you added the button to the fingerless gloves, and the chunky cowl is amazing!

  20. I love homemade gifts and these are adorable!

  21. Melanie says:

    Oh I love the green one, how wonderful! I like the hand warmers/gloves too. Great job

  22. I love the pink scarf, and the purple hand glove! It is so cool that you can do that!

  23. patricia says:

    You are so talented. Beautiful gifts and I always loved things homemade.

  24. Ashley Gill says:

    I really wish I knew how to crochet! These look amazing! The gloves look really warm too!

  25. These are all so pretty! My favorite is definitely the ruffle scarf. I’ve been meaning to make one of these – will have to make one for a Christmas present. 🙂

  26. Great work and I love the fingerless gloves, I bet they would keep my joints very toasty warm when I have a RA flare… I haven’t crochet in years, maybe I should try again… thanks for sharing

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