Handmade Gift Guide: 15 Easy Free Knitting Patterns

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As many people know Christmas is coming up and I’m super super excited, I love all the presents, baking, traditions, and family. So I’ve decided to start a series of gift guides both handmade ideas and buy-able things leading up to the holidays.

We’ll start with what I kind the easiest and fastest Arm Knitting Patterns.

1. Color Block Wrap from All Free Knitting.com

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Because this is arm knit it’s super fast to make as a last minute gift and the cost is just a few skeins of extra bulky yarn. The color blocking also gives the wrap a very modern look.

2. Arm Knitted Fringe Scarf from Simply Maggie

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I love the fringe on this pattern and once again because it’s arm knitted it’s super quick.

3. 15 Minute Infinity Scarf from Simply Maggie

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This maybe the fastest pattern on the list (only 15 minutes) and still would be a great and fashionable gift.

4. Arm Knitted Blanket from Mamabee

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If you don’t kind spending a little more to buy extra yarn this would be a wonderful gift, and a quick one.

5. Giant Arm Knit Bunny from Sweet Paul

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I love this project so much it’s just so cute and would be perfect for any kid (or an adult who’s a kid at heart). Like most arm knitting it’s also very easy.

6. Arm Knit Mermaid Blanket from Simply Maggie

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These mermaid blankets have been everywhere this season and now you can make one as a gift or a gift for yourself with arm knitting. The colors used on this pattern are also just precious.

7. Arm Knit Pet Bed from Be Cozi

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This would be a great gift for any pet lover in your life or a cute gift for your own pets.

8. Arm Knit Market Bag from Yarnspirations

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This would be a great gift for a friend who loves farmers markets and all things eco-friendly.

Now onto regular knitting patterns.

9. Hot Mess Headband from Ewe Ewe

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These are really cute and use so little yarn you could make a bunch of them for sisters or any awesome girl gang.

10. Easy Fingerless Mitts from Roxanne Richardson

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I’ve made this pattern before and I love it, it’s easy fast and can be made with many types of yarn.

11. Emerald Green Handwarmers from Creative Yarn

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Another variation on the handwarmers with a little more texture.

12. Harry Potter Phone Sweater from Pattymac Knits

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A cute and fast gift for Harry Potter Fan in your life.

13, 14, and 15 (plus a few more) 5 Hat Patterns from Nature Whispers

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Make up a bunch of different hats and they’re a perfect gift for pretty much anyone.

Thanks for reading and happy knitting,

Monty.

 

Super Easy Vegan (or not) Cinnamon Rolls

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As stated in my previous posts my brother is vegan and a few weeks ago I made non-vegan cinnamon rolls making him a little jealous so I promised him I’d make him vegan ones, thus after a bit of perfecting this recipe. Note this takes a little time but it is super easy.

Ingredients:

Cinnamon Rolls:

  • 1 packet instant yeast
  • 1 cup almond milk (or any other non dairy milk)
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 3 cups flour (divided into 1/2 cup measurements)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • dash of vanilla
  • dash of salt

Glaze:

  • 1 cup powered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp almond milk
  • dash of vanilla

First heat and mix 3 tbsp vegan butter and 1 cup almond milk until butter is melted.

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Let it cool until you can dip your finger in and it feels warm but not hot, pour into a mixing bowl and add yeast. After letting it set to activate for 10 minutes add salt and 2 tbsp of sugar. Then start adding in your flour 1/2 cup at a time kneading your dough into a ball. Once all your flour has been added take the dough out of the bowl coat sides with oil and put dough back in bowl. Cover with a wet cloth and leave to rise for about an hour (I went to the store and shipped some etsy orders then came back to check on mine). Once it has doubled in size roll it out into a flat rectangle.

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Melt the rest of your vegan butter, mix in your dash of vanilla, and brush over the dough. Then sprinkle your cinnamon and the rest of your sugar over the rectangle. Roll the dough up and then cut into 1-2 inch pieces.

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Grease a 8 by 12 pan very well then put in all your cinnamon rolls.

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Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes. While these bake prepare the glaze, mix the powdered sugar, 1-2 tablespoons almond milk, and vanilla. I like to pour the glaze on as soon as the cinnamon rolls get out of the oven because it makes them extra gooey and yummy. Enjoy.

Thanks for Reading,

Monty.

Super Easy 3 Ingredient Nutella Turnover

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As it’s getting closer to the holiday season I get more excited about holiday baking (my pinterest board already has 100 plus Christmas cookie recipes). One of the key parts of holiday baking for me is making delicious breakfast foods for my extended family when they’re all staying over; so I made this super easy turnover recipe you can make without getting up extra earlier.

Ingredients:

  • Jar of Nutella
  • Pastry Puff Sheets (each sheet makes 4 turnovers)
  • 1 egg

To start you’ll want to let your pastry puff sheets thaw.

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Once it can easily be bent and unrolled cut into four pieces and lay out on parchment paper. Put a little nutella in each turnover then hold over and use a fork on the edge.

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Heat your oven to 400 degrees, then beat your one egg and brush the egg wash over each turnover. Line a pan with parchment paper and once the oven is completely heated bake for 12-15 minutes.

Then you’ll have super yummy and super easy turnovers that you don’t have to get up extra early to make.

Thanks for Reading,

Monty.

DIY Perler Bead Cactus Magnets

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So this one is a little late, because of my crazy Halloween weekend (not really I was on my little cousins birthday trip, taking her to American Girl, and high tea). That being said I just found out my big craft cabinet is magnetic so of course I had to make some perler bead magnets for it. I always miss summer and plants and bright things so I decided to make these little cactus plants. Without further ado lets make them.

Materials:

  • Green Perler Beads
  • Red Perler Beads
  • Yellow Perler Beads
  • Orange Perler Beads
  • Magnets
  • A Strong Glue

To start simply lay out all your perler beads in the pattern of your choice (or make all three like I did). Here’s all three patterns:

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Then iron your design with ironing paper. After letting it cool take your magnets and strong glue and attach them to the back and let dry (I left mine for about 12 hours). I love how they turned out bright and colorful, exactly what I need as we head towards the winter.

Thanks for Reading,

Monty.