September is well under way, which can only mean one thing: It’s time to start your holiday gift crochet projects. Don’t worry, I’m here to save you time by telling you the best patterns for gift giving, so fire up your Ravelry queue, and let’s get to work.

For the beer drinker:

While compiling this list, I learned one thing: I have a #craftycrush on mooglyblog. (Is #craftycrush a thing? Can we make it a thing?) The challenge of making this list actually became to give some options that weren’t from mooglyblog. Moogly has designed the most excellent gift for the beer drinker in your life: the bring your own bag, a crocheted 6-pack carrier. It is the perfect thing to stitch up in a sports’ fans favorite team colors. I made one in Virginia’s orange and blue for my man, who took it to the beer store. The clerk drooled over it and asked where she could get one. It’s awesome.

Advice: This is not a last-minute Christmas gift. While the stitches themselves are not difficult (only single crochet), there is a lot of construction. It will take some careful reading of the instructions, but if you just take it one step at a time, you’ll get it.

Also, I haven’t had a chance to make it just yet, since I don’t have a Q hook (which I plan on remedying this weekend), but moogly also has a wine bottle carrier that I am looking forward to making as another gift!

6-pack carrier

For the golfer: 

Another gift that can be made in your school/team colors: Golf club covers. I don’t need to say much about these, only that I made my dad a lot of them last year, and he was pretty happy about it. This pattern from Repeat Crafter Me is pretty quick and easy.

Golf club covers

For the hat lover:

Let’s face it, not everyone loves hats. But for the hat lover in your life (like me), you absolutely must make them this Checkers and Buttons Cap from Sarah Moss. The pattern costs $5.50, but it’s a worthy investment. I made mine in navy blue with a white band, and I wear it all the time (well, when the weather isn’t 90 degrees).

Advice: Don’t make this hat for anyone who hates talking to strangers, because you will get compliments from strangers constantly while wearing this hat.

For the one with cold hands (but a warm heart): 

When it comes to mittens, they don’t get much cuter than moogly’s Hello Gnome Mittens. Easy enough, (my first attempt at mittens, and they came out looking like mittens!) and surprisingly quick to make, they won’t break the bank, since you can use leftover yarn for most of the colors. Which is how my gnomes ended up with pink hats and purple beards.

Hello Gnome Mittens

For the mom (or organized person) in your life: 

Every mom (or organized person) needs a good basket. Mooglyblog has a super-classy Moroccan basket, which I use to stash yarn. For a more whimsical look, Red Heart yarn offers a free pattern for an owl basket.

Moroccan Crochet basket


For the last minute gift: 

Oops! There will be an extra guest on Christmas morning, and you need a gift, stat! If you’ve got a skein or two of bulky yarn and some buttons, then you’ve got an excellent gift with the Fiona Button Scarf from Fiber Flux blog. The length and width is easily adjustable (depending on how much yarn you have on hand!), is beginner friendly, and quickly stitches up in two episodes of Outlander. (More if you stopped to drool over Jamie. It’s ok. We’ve all done it.)

For absolutely everyone: 

Let me count the ways these owl Christmas ornaments from Hopscotch Lane are pretty much the best thing ever:

  1. They are very quick and easy to make.
  2. You can make them essentially for free with the scrap yarn from all your other Christmas projects.
  3. They’re the perfect thing to attach to another gift.
  4. They’re really, really cute.

Owl Christmas Ornaments


Happy hooking!