We’re pretty excited in the Prima office today because we’ve just realised it’s only a few weeks until Christmas!
London Craft Week celebrates the “magical combination of imagination, individuality, passion and skill found in the best-made of things,” so what better time to channel this creativity into making a Christmas gift for a loved one?
Edward Griffith, CEO and Founder of LoveCrafts says, “We really believe crafting makes the world a better place to be. Science has proven the positive impact crafting has on both our physical and mental wellbeing, and there are hidden benefits too!
"Being part of a global community and making new friends through a shared passion. Altruistic opportunities, using your craft for good by knitting or crochet for charity. And of course, there’s the joy of keeping age-old traditions alive, passing skills down through the generations."
Here are the first three ideas to get you started, and we’ll update you each week with a new idea – so make sure you come back next Monday!
Week One: Cosy Slipper Socks
A pair of cashmerino chunky slippers makes a beautiful gift for someone you love. Knitted flat, in easy flat garter, these slippers work up in a wink. Garter stitch keeps all that gorgeous warmth in, with a deep ribbed cuff to fold over at the ankle. When they're such a speedy knit, you'll want to make several pairs to gift this winter.
Week Two: Embroidery Patterns
There's nothing sweeter than a hand-stitched gift and this bumper pattern pack, designed by Thread Honey for Paintbox Crafts, will have you personalising cute gifts in no time. Stitch them on to a t-shirt, or set of linen napkins. Or if you want to go the extra mile why not sew a simple tote bag or pencil case for the ultimate handmade gift.
Week Three: Afghan Crochet Blanket
The Paintbox Snugly Fall Afghan is a cosy blanket perfect in autumnal colours. It's crocheted in squares that are joined using single crochet stitches and is the perfect blanket for snuggling up on the couch or taking with you on campfire adventures under the stars. Whoever the lucky recipient, one thing's for sure, it's a blanket that will be treasured year after year.
Week Four: Patchwork Cushion
We love this colourful patchwork cushion. Make use of your scrap fabric, or choose some fabulously festive material to sew up this gorgeous piece in no time! If you’re a newbie to the patchwork craft, this is the perfect first project to put your skills to the test.
Week Five: Crochet Beanie
If you're a beginner crocheter, or you're looking for some satisfyingly quick projects to tick everyone off your gift list, this hat is for you! There's a helpful step-by-step video by Jess Coppom, from Make & Do Crew that will teach you how to make this gorgeous knit-look beanie topped with a cute pompom! We'd opt for warm muted colours like rust, mustard and washed blues.
Week Six: Knitted Headband
Cosy cables are a winter wardrobe staple, and these headbands make the perfect stocking filler! Read the handy how to cable knit guide before you start. Grab yourself a hot chocolate, your knitting needles and snuggle in. There's also a helpful video for more instructions before you download the free cable knit pattern.
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