Total Time: 5 hours 6 mins 17 secs
Do the holidays always seem to sneak up on you? Start your knit and crochet projects in July to stay on top of your handmade gift game! As Christmas rolls around this year, you'll be weaving in your ends, ready to enjoy a stress-free season.
Cabled Christmas Stocking
Marly Bird
Get into the holiday spirit with this classic knitted Christmas stocking.  Knitwear designer Marly Bird shows you how to construct this oversized stocking, which features a gorgeous centered cable flanked by seed stitch. The stocking is created in two pieces, and then the edges are crocheted together to create a tube. Add decorative tassels and pompoms for an extra dose of holiday cheer.
Mini Holiday Hat Garland
Maggie Pace
These miniature hat ornaments are a perfect project for new knitters looking for a quick and easy holiday craft. The scale is perfect for learning colorwork, including striping. Maggie shows you how to add color and carry it up the side, as well as gathering and seaming the hat. And she finishes by offering a range of darling embellishments that will add cheer to any holiday décor.
Knit a Reflective Hat
Maggie Pace
If you love working with vibrant colors, then this quick-to-knit hat pattern is perfect for you. The design not only features neon pink and yellow stripes, but the yarn used for the stripes is reflective, so when you wear it out at night, the hat will reflect light from cars, street lamps, and flash photography. A great option for nighttime walks or bicycle rides! Maggie shares excellent tips for working jogless joins in the round, so the stripes will line up seamlessly. The beanie is finished off with a giant pink fluffy pompom—after all, this hat is not about subtlety.
Holiday Mitten Garland
Maggie Pace
Instead of a store-bought holiday garland, whip up a set of these hand-knitted mini mittens. Cute as can be, these mitts are great for learning intermediate knitting techniques, including thumb shaping, decreases, and ribbed cuffs. Make several to string together, or use single mittens instead of bows on your holiday presents. 
Crochet a Southwestern Throw
Marly Bird
Learn how to crochet this vibrant, textural throw with acclaimed designer and teacher Marly Bird. This blanket takes its inspiration from the Southwest, combining bold colors to create a design with major graphic punch. The throw is made with a mix of simple stitches and textural stitches, like Post Stitch Vine Pattern, the Puff Pattern, the Ripple Pattern, and the Post Stitch Boxes Pattern. Throughout the class, Marly provides lots of tips, showing you how to hide your yarn ends as you work, add a border, plus great ideas for making this blanket in other colorways.
Cabled Afghan
Edie Eckman
Over the course of 12 parts, knitting pro Edie Eckman takes you on a whirlwind adventure exploring the wide world of cables. In each class, you will learn new stitch patterns with a variety of twists and turns, and at the very end, you’ll put all of the blocks together to make a gloriously textured, cozy afghan. Edie presents this afghan in one neutral shade, but you can use whatever colors float your boat for your own unique design.
Prima Shrug
Maggie Pace
This lovely shrug is knit all in one piece so there is no seaming. The back is knit from side to side to take advantage of the distinctive color gradation of the yarn. Its unique construction means that you can size as you go, ensuring a perfect fit and a ballet-inspired shrug that you can customize to fit your own body and style.
Granny Squares Baby Blanket
Edie Eckman
Learn how to make this cheerful baby blanket alongside crochet expert Edie Eckman. Two easy crochet squares are repeated over and over to create the design, and the entire blanket can be made with just three skeins of yarn. This four-part course is perfect for beginners who are eager to expand their knowledge as well as more experienced crocheters who want to brush up on their pattern-reading skills.
Arm Knitting: Make a Cowl
Anne Weil
There’s no better gift to give at the holidays than a cozy, oversized cowl. In this class, Anne Weil shows how to make a simple arm-knit cowl using nothing more than super-bulky yarn and your arms. She even shares a fun variation, perfect for the holidays – a bulky scarf with festive pompom adornments. In about an hour, you can whip up this luxe accessory for the ultimate in handmade gift-giving.
Arm Knitting: Make a Throw Blanket
Anne Weil
Who doesn’t love cuddling under a big squishy throw blanket on a cold winter night? Learn how to make your very own oversized garter stitch throw – no knitting experience required. In this beginner friendly class, arm-knitting expert Anne Weil shows you every step of construction, from cast on to bind off. Since you’ll be using your arms instead of knitting needles, all you need is yarn to get started.
Arm Knitting: Make a Throw Pillow
Anne Weil
Arm knitting is a simple process that yields luxurious results. Using super bulky yarn, knit designer Anne Weil shows you how to create a color-blocked pillow cover. As a finishing touch, you will also learn how to sew a simple pillow lining. This plush pillow can be made in a day and enjoyed year round. 
Knitted Pom Pom Socks
Wendy Bernard
Here's a fun, portable project for intermediate knitters – create multicolored footie socks with Wendy Bernard. This project is great for learning the basics of sock knitting. You will learn how to expertly turn a heel and shape a gusset, and then you’ll see how to graft the toe stitches together with Kitchener stitch. Wendy provides a written pattern with three different size options, and she also demonstrates how to make perfect pom poms to attach to the heels.


· How to turn a sock heel and pick up stitches for the gusset

· How to shape the heel gusset and the toe

· How to use Kitchener stitch to graft the toe stitches together

· How to make a yarn pom pom using a pom pom maker
Knitted Polar Bear
Megan Kreiner
Learn how to knit this very hungry polar bear and  his little fish friend with cute critter expert, Megan Kreiner. The bear and fish are made with chunky yarn, so the knitting is fast and easy. Megan shows you how to make every little bit of this 8-inch bear—from tousled head to whip-stitched toe—and also demonstrates how to stuff and assemble. Best of all, you'll learn how to add a safely secured magnet to both critters so the bear can carry the fish wherever he goes.
Knitted Mug Cozy
Liana Allday
Keep your mug toasty warm this winter with a sweet knitted mug cozy. Liana Allday shows you how to knit this tri-colored cozy in linen stitch. Along the way, you’ll learn how to keep track of right and wrong sides and which color you’re using, and how to create a button loop by chaining with a crochet hook. The resulting cozy makes for a great holiday gift, especially when paired with a special mug.
 
Mosaic Knitting: How to Make Placemats
Edie Eckman
Mosaic knitting is a slip-stitch pattern that allows you to work interesting and complex-looking geometric designs using only one color per row. While it can seem tricky to understand, once you get the basics, you can do any mosaic pattern under the sun. Edie Eckman will teach how to read mosaic-knitting charts, demonstrating four different stitch patterns on swatches. After you take this class, you'll be ready to make placemats (PDF pattern included) or any other mosaic project you choose.
 
Crocheted Unicorn
Twinkie Chan
Have you ever dreamed of having a unicorn pal? Now you can create your very own magical pet. Crochet designer Twinkie Chan shows you how to make your unicorn with simple crochet stitches, then how to assemble it by stuffing and whipstitching the pieces together. Finally, you will use a simple latch-hook method to add a colorful mane and tail.
Crocheted Sloth
Twinkie Chan
Crochet designer Twinkie Chan teaches you how to use simple crochet stitches to create your very own loveable, huggable sloth pal. Every bit of this toy is worked in the round, and Twinkie demonstrates how to whipstitch it all together and hand-sew a super cute face. Best of all, you’ll stuff the toy as you go, so you’ll be snuggling your sloth in no time at all.
 
Crochet Shawl Workshop: Crescent Shawl
Marly Bird
In this class, Marly Bird shows you how to make a classic crescent shawl that begins with a fanciful trim. Once the trim is complete, she shows you how to gradually create the body of the shawl by working short rows, attaching it to the trim as you go. This shawl construction is ideal for customization—you can use any stitch pattern you like and make it your preferred length. The version Marly shows here is a stunning wide shawl with a shallow depth, perfect for wearing like a scarf.
Crochet Shawl Workshop: Side-to-Side Shawl
Marly Bird
Side-to-side shawls can appear daunting, but it’s actually one of the easiest shawl styles to construct. Using simple increases and decreases and basic crochet stitches, Marly Bird shows you how to create a mesh-like stitch pattern, keep track of your shaping as you go, and customize the size of the shawl by working more or less shaping rows. When the shawl is finished, you’ll learn how to weave contrasting tassels through the mesh stitches to create a must-have fringed accessory. 
Crochet Shawl Workshop: Triangle Shawl
Marly Bird
Learn how to make a classic top-down triangle shawl with a fabulous multi-color trim. This shawl gets its iconic shape from a series of center and wingspan increases, so it grows in length and width as you go. The super-fun trim features an array of textured stitch patterns and pop colors, which will keep you on your toes. Marly encourages you to get creative with customization—you can swap out colors or stitch patterns on the trim and make the shawl as big or small as you like. Wear this shawl over your shoulders in traditional shawl style, or wrap it with the point dangling over your shoulder like an oversized kerchief.
 
Gaga for Granny Squares
Cal Patch
Granny squares are a must for any crochet repertoire. Whether you choose to make your grannies multi-colored for a vintage look or a solid for a more modern take, Cal shows you how to crochet these classics. She also teaches different ways to join the squares for different projects so you’ll be a granny square evangelist in no time.

 
One Skein Crochet Scarf
Debbie Stoller
This project proves just how well a few easy crochet stitches can yield an impressive-looking result. Even if you've never crocheted before, you can take on this wonderful, simple project, with Debbie’s expert guidance. You'll be amazed at how quickly you can complete it – with just a single ball of yarn. Pattern included!
Fair Isle Mitts and Mittens
Edie Eckman
Learn how to make cute and cozy Fair Isle mittens with knitting teacher extraordinaire, Edie Eckman. With this timeless, wintry design, you have the option to make standard mittens or a shorter, fingerless mitt version. The Fair Isle knitting is the same on both versions, making it easy to customize. This is a great introduction to stranded knitting and chart reading, ideal for intermediate knitters.
 
Circular Knitting Basics: Hats in the Round
Joy Macdonell
When it comes to knitting in the round, there are lots of ways to get the job done. Joy Macdonell teaches all of the essentials, including how to work with circular needles, double-pointed needles and with the Magic Loop method (to name a few). She demonstrates all of these techniques on two different knitted hats—a slouchy beanie with I-cord accents, and a pompom hat with I-cord edging—both of which are ideal for putting all of these techniques to use.
 
Knit a Linen Stitch Glasses Case
Wendy Bernard
Tossing your eyeglasses into your bag without protection is never a good idea. Wendy Bernard's eyeglass case is a great project for beginner knitters ready to try a new stitch pattern, and for anyone who needs a quick gift idea. Wendy's pattern even includes three different size options, so you can create a case for slim reading glasses, standard eyeglasses, or oversized sunglasses. Using lovely hand painted yarn, Wendy shows how to knit Linen Stitch in the round for the body of the case then work the flap of the case flat. Finally, learn how to make a buttonhole and add a button.
Loom Knitting: Make a Cowl
Michele of Simplicity
Learn how to create a luxurious, chunky knit cowl on a rectangular knitting loom. Michele Muska shows you how to create cozy double Stockinette stitch fabric, then finish it off with a button closure. There are many variations you can make with this deceptively simple knitting tool, and you and your family and friends are guaranteed to love them all.
 
Knitted Lace Mitts
Wendy Bernard
Wendy Bernard teaches you how to knit fingerless mitts featuring a gorgeous Nested Fans lace pattern in this handy tutorial. Fingerless mitts are great for cross-season warmth, plus they’re ideal for typing away on your electronic devices while keeping your hands toasty. In this action-packed class, you’ll learn how to start with a simple ribbed cuff, read a lace chart, shape a thumb gusset and more. The mitts call for very little yarn, and are a great opportunity to use that precious skein you’ve been saving for a rainy day.
Knitted Seed Stitch Slippers
Wendy Bernard
Whip up a pair of cozy slippers in no time at all using bulky yarn and large knitting needles. Worked in a nubby Seed Stitch pattern, these slippers come together quickly and are topped off with a cute button accent. This satisfying project is great for beginning knitters who want to practice shaping and stitch patterns, as well as seasoned knitters who simply want a break from a bigger project.
 
How to Knit Twisted Rib Socks
Edie Eckman
Learn how to make beautifully textured socks featuring a twisted rib stitch. These “faux” cable stitches are twisted without the use of a cable needle, and the ornate design runs along the cuff of the sock and down the instep of the foot. Edie will be with you every step, showing you how to work in the round using “Magic Loop,” turn the heel flap, and finish the socks with a Kitchener stitch closure.
Knit a Custom-Fit Dog Sweater
Wendy Bernard
Wendy shows knitters a quick and easy way to whip up a personalized sweater for your dog using two knitted rectangles. Using nothing more than your dog’s measurements and a gauge swatch, you’ll do a little math and then start casting on. This class is a perfect stash-buster — simply use yarns in a similar gauge to make a fun, striped motif. The sweater can be customized for any size dog by adjusting the number of cast on stitches and the quantity of yarn.
Make a Reversible Double Knitted Cowl
Lynne Barr
In this technique-intensive class, knitting master Lynne Barr demystifies the art of double knitting. She begins by explaining what double knitting is and the fundamentals of how it is worked, and then she demonstrates how to read a double knitting chart to create multicolored reversible pieces that have different designs on the front and back. She also provides a valuable lesson on how to create your own double knitting charts using any stitch patterns you please. To put the lesson into practice, she shares instructions for knitting an adorable double knit cowl in the round with a striped design on one side and dots on the other. To give the cowl lovely rounded edges, she works a tubular cast on and bind off—both very handy techniques to know for your future double-knitting projects.
Falling Leaves Lace Scarf
Debbie Stoller
Love the look of lace but intimidated by knitting it? In this workshop, Debbie demystifies knitting lace by showing you her favorite cast on, how to read a lace knitting chart, and most importantly – how to really understand what you are knitting so you can fix any mistakes with confidence. The result is this graceful, lacey scarf and a lot of knitting knowledge. Pattern included - a $6 value!
Chop Wood Carry Water Mittens
Jill Draper
Learn the ancient — and very cozy — art of thrumming with these mittens. Jill shows you how to add wisps of wool roving to the mittens to create a super soft and warm interior. You'll learn tips for handling the thrums, as well as how to lock them into the fabric as you knit. This thrummed mitten workshop will have you looking forward to bundling up and staying cozy all winter long. Pattern included - a $6 value!
All Day Beret
Debbie Stoller
This lace beret won’t take all day to knit but you’ll want to keep wearing it all day long to show it off. Debbie shows you how to cast on with smaller circular needles and create the ribbed band, then switch to larger circulars and create the lace pattern. You’ll learn left-leaning diagonals and right-leaning diagonals to create this sweet zig-zag pattern, as well as decreasing at the end. Pattern included - a $6 value!
Knit Baby Owl Hat
Maggie Pace
This precious hat functions as a stitch sampler class, since you learn cabling, adding color, the linen stitch – and a whole lot of techniques along the way. The linen stitch creates a look that appears as if you have done complicated colorwork – but you don’t have to carry colors across the back. Maggie covers everything from reading your work to stay in pattern, picking up stitches, and easing in as you seam. The result is a darling, gender-neutral hat and a lot of new knitting knowledge.
How to Knit Dishcloths
Wendy Bernard
A dishcloth knitted with pure linen transforms an ordinary rag into a luxurious textile. Wendy Bernard demonstrates how to work with linen yarn to create a washcloth with an i-cord loop for hanging. The linen fiber resists mildew, is great for scrubbing, and gets softer with every use. This quick knitting project is a fun way to try out new stitch patterns—several of which are included in the PDF. Make a stack to give as a gift, or keep them for your own daily use.
 
Knitted Robin
Megan Kreiner
Learn how to knit this adorable English robin, complete with a cherubic little body, wings, tail, and pointy beak. This red-breasted bird is knitted in pieces and comes together quickly. Megan Kreiner not only shows you how to knit the bird, but also demonstrates how to assemble all of the bits and pieces and attach it to a twig.