tabata

looking for a last minute gift you can pull out of your back pocket to save the day? forgot all about stocking stuffers this year, maybe? just heard about a kid at school whose christmas won’t be so warm and bright?

here’s the magic answer to your wish

seriously fast (especially in the littler sizes), seriously fun, and mindless enough to knit anywhere (i tested mine out at the movies this afternoon—totally rockin’).

these are the most fun things i’ve knit this holiday season—hands down my new favorite. i knit two child’s sets between the time we left home yesterday morning and lunchtime today, what’s not to love??

besides the fact that they are cute as all get-out on the kids, they are practical as well—they stay ON, haha.

the earwarmer is written for nine sizes and the mitts for seven, to span every age from toddler to large adult—that should cover just about any size family in enough cozy to last the year.

the earwarmer is shaped with simple short rows to provide more coverage over the ears and back of the neck.

the fingerless mitts have a longer cuff that is sculpted through the thumb gusset for a nice smooth look without bulk—perfect for deskwork, commuting, shopping, or texting.

shown above, the adult medium size in spirit trail holda, a soft, slightly fuzzy lambswool/cashmere/angora blend in colorway fig.

shown below, the medium child’s size in fearless fibers MCN luxury DK in colorway earthenware—a great choice for kids, since it’s machine washable, yet soft, lush, and beautifully dyed.

to purchase pattern or view complete pattern information, please click here to visit the product page in the knitspot pattern shop.

thank you to jen at spirit trail fiberworks for the delicious holda yarn that inspired this design and to deb at fearless fibers for providing a great alternative choice that is beautiful and practical for those active little ones.

much gratitude as well to debby and barb, who test knit the pattern sizes for their own grandchildren and gave me such valuable feedback. thank you to little dorsey and clary, who took time out of their very important visit with grandma debby to help me out with a little modeling—how cute are they??

(i can try to do the same but, i just can’t compete with those two!)

ok, that’s it for me—the last of the patterns to come out before the holidays. i’m visiting with my family this week and i may be back with more, but it will be all fun and knitting from now to the 25th—enjoy!

28 Responses to “tabata”

  1. Hattie says:

    Love them! I can totally see my daughter in that first pic and I could see her wearing this set.

  2. Barb Mueller says:

    Adorable!! I see some for my granddaughter plus me and my daughter-in-law and . . . maybe my son too since he works outside!

  3. Torre in MD says:

    Those kids are adorable! They look so sweet! Love the pattern – can’t wait to try it!

  4. Susan in Guelph says:

    Purchased, downloaded and printed off….what a great pattern (as ever). Thanks, Anne! Now, how many earwarmers can I knit in the next 3 days????

  5. CambriaW says:

    I think my little guy might just be getting a new pair of these! He’s a big fan of handwarmers. And maybe I can make his little girlfriend a matching pair ;)

    (p.s. they’re kindergarteners in love, lol.)

  6. Robby says:

    Thank you! I don’t think I’m fast enough to get this done by Sunday (and cook two big dinenrs), but I can whip them out soon and they can go back to college or in care packages for two young ladies. Happy Holidays!

  7. Kathleen says:

    Love the pattern, and the range of sizes. And, sorry, Anne, but you have unleashed models who are cuter than you :)

  8. Kim says:

    Love these Anne! They’re so simple yet gorgeous. . . .love the shape too. Thanks for being such a diligent designer for us all! Have a great time with your family!

  9. josiekitten says:

    Such super-cute models! What a great pattern too. That purple Holda is just a delight. Happy Christmas to you and Mr Knitspot. Enjoy your family time.

  10. Such cuteness!

    Thank you for another great pattern.

    Have a wonderful visit with your family and enjoy your knitting!

  11. Susie says:

    Just darling….the girls, the ear warmer, the mitts, the pictures, the designer! You are too much! Merry Christmas David and Anne, and a healthy and happy New Year to both of you!

  12. Elizabeth says:

    thank you for getting this pattern written up so quickly– and in multiple sizes!! off to your shop to buy right now. Have a lovely Christmas with David and the rest of your family. And to paraphrase what Susie says– here’s to a happy and healthy year for you and for all of us!!

  13. Jody says:

    Merry Christmas Anne and David!! And here’s to lots of wonderful knitting in 2012. :-)

  14. Cathy says:

    You look pretty adorable in your set, Anne! Merry Christmas to you, David and your family.

  15. stashdragon says:

    Merry Christmas to all the Knitspot family, and best wishes for 2012!

    (ps: that purple is wonderful on you – I hope you’re keeping that set for yourself, not just modeling it!)

  16. KatJ says:

    Too cute! I’ve got to get my pattern and maybe crank out a few last minute gifts.

    Hope you and David and your whole family have a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy new year.

    I so appreciate both you and David and am very thankful for the friendship.

    Holiday hugs all around.

  17. Eva says:

    So pretty! I love the pattern! And all the pictures are just adorable! :)

    Merry Christmas and a happy & healthy New Year!

  18. Maureenreads says:

    But where are Clarey’s wings?????

  19. Vanessa says:

    What beautiful little models! I love these, and thank you so much for publishing the pattern just in time for Christmas. They would be perfect for my little ones as a little surprise under the tree. Hoping to squeeze these in!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  20. Bobbie in AK says:

    Those little kiddos are so cute. Thank for another wonderful last minute holiday pattern. :o )

  21. JoAnna says:

    I really like all the effort you put into even things that could be simple patterns like an earwarmer and mitts. Yet another beautiful pattern.

  22. Sara says:

    Oh thank you for the range of sizes, particularly the larger ones! My boyfriend and his family have huge noggins and he is constantly frustrated with the lack of options both in retail and patterns for headwear. Its too late this year (I just mailed gifts!) But this is definitely on the list for next year!

  23. Beth Z says:

    EXACTLY what I needed – exactly. Off to your pattern shop. Love the little leather wrist band too. Thanks for the reliable quality patterns.

  24. Kim says:

    The little girls are SO precious!! I will be starting my pair tonight and if I have enough time, I will make another set for one of the kids…yay!

  25. Ann says:

    Love the ear warmers. Happy holidays to you & David.

  26. Melissa says:

    Yay! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Merry Christmas!

  27. Maureen says:

    Love the mitts for kids! If I may make a request…please give us a hint of patterns to come (I didn’t know this one included children’s sizes) as I recently ordered “Handsies” – I haven’t started them yet and need to fiddle with the math for three different sizes – and have them all finished by Christmas!
    Merry Christmas, Ann – the models are TOO cute for words!

  28. Carol Lynn says:

    Oooh, I need a nice pair of simple mitts. That purple on the adult size you knit up is especially awesome! :) I hope you and David had a wonderful Christmas, and a Happy New Year to come!