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Christmas Knitting, Gifts and Free Knitting Patterns

free knitting pattern | Evie's Dream Scarf | faerwear

It’s no secret amongst my friends that I’m also an avid knitter, and there’s nothing like finding good free knitting patterns that endure. I’ve paid for plenty of patterns – I can tell you from personal experience that a LOT of work goes into one, even if it’s just formatting it for standards so you can post it on your own blog.

I had a crazy year though, and my knitting time was basically taken up by designing faerwear (that’s fine too – I love to knit and make jewelry, but knitting is one of those things that i do strictly for gifting and enjoyment as I am slow at it) – but it’s now the holiday season, and so I am knitting like crazy).

This is exciting because it offers the periodic excuse to visit a yarn shop (or Webs, or Jimmy Beans Wool, my two favorites for finding deals on commercially-produced yarns), have soft fluffy things in my hands for hours, watch a lot of period pieces (my favorite for knitting) and also because it means I just get to be creative, without worrying about whether something will sell.

Christmas gifts from me are generally hats, dishcloth sets and cowls – they’re all quick, easy, and always useful 🙂

That being said, I actually have several of my own patterns available, some of which are free and found right here on this website! If you’re on Ravelry, you can peruse all of my patterns together right here.

And yes, I do knit a lot of my own hat patterns as gifts – but I wanted to mention, also, two of my other favorite go-tos: the classic Felicity hat pattern, and Graham from Nutty Irishman Knits – both of these slouchy beanies knit up quickly and easily.

Eventually I will tell my very sweet and romantic story (the one that left me single-parenting all year) – but suffice it to say, that part of our lovely modern day love story saga is now over and my Canadian partner was granted a marriage visa this very morning! We will all be together as a family again in just a few short weeks – I’m so excited about the new life we are about to embark on, and all the creativity that is about to pile out of this household.

I have two more craft shows happening before Christmas – one this Friday and one this coming Monday evening (a “sip and shop” – lord help me, because I think that “sip” might mean “wine”, but that’s always a good thing when it comes to shopping). So I’m busy writing, making earrings, knitting, and mothering all at once right now and just reminding myself that January is going to be a big sigh of relief.

Happy Holidays!

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Free one-skein hat knitting pattern – Arrow Hat

Arrow hat | free knitting pattern | faerwear

Arrow: a quick favorite hat

Please note – this is and has always been a free pattern – i shared it only because I loved my own results, but there’s no gauge, there aren’t any row counts, and I am crap for support questions (you get what you pay for, lol – Ravelry forums are *awesome* though). If anyone wants to have a go at that, by all means, it just can’t be me. I was nesting like crazy when i knit this hat (I was 7 or 8 months preggo in the photo above), and the egg is now a lanky seven year old with teeth everywhere.

Arrow’s a quickie and uses less than 200 yards of yarn. The stitch pattern is simple enough for a beginning knitter who feels comfortable working in the round.  The pattern starts at the twisted-rib brim.

To get the cool stripey thing, i used Plymouth Encore’s Colorspun worsted in “Emeralds” (colorway 7148) and had about a third of a skein left over. Feel free to use whatever worsted weight yarn you want, preferably a wool or wool blend.

The Ravelry pattern page is here if you wanna queue it up, add it to your faves or any of that fun stuff. There’s also a “print friendly” button at the end of this post – click it, and you’ll have a nicely-formatted, printable option for, well, printing, or PDF.

Note: Make sure you’re doing “k1-tbl, p” for the twisted rib.


  • Yarn: Plymouth Colorspun Worsted, 75% Acrylic, 25% Wool; 100g/200 yards; 1 skein
  • US8 dpns
  • US8 16″ circular needle (optional)
  • Stitch marker (1)
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Stitches & Abbreviations:

  • k: knit
  • p: purl
  • k1-tbl: knit one stitch through the back loop
  • k2tog: knit two stitches together
  • yo (increase): yarn over
  • sl1: slip one stitch from left needle to right
  • psso: pass slipped stitch over
  • M1-F (increase): “front” raised increase: insert your left hand needle from front to back under the running thread between your left and right hand needles then knit the stitch.*
  • eor: End Of Round

* I made this abbreviation up – in a “normal” situation, you knit into the back of this stitch in order to tighten this stitch and lessen a “hole” – however, I’ve knit into the front specifically to make this hole visible as a design element.


Using the long-tail cast-on method, cast on 78 stitches, join for working in the round and place marker for end of round. Knit 12 rows of “twisted rib” as follows:

*k1-tbl, p1; repeat from * to eor.

When you’ve knit twelve rows of twisted rib for the brim, knit the increase round:

*k2, M1-F; repeat from * to eor. 117 stitches.

Knit 10 rows straight and begin stitch pattern:

Round 1: *k2, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k5; repeat from * to eor.
Round 2 (and every alt row): knit
Round 3: * k3, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k4; repeat from * to eor.
Round 5: *k4, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k3; repeat from * to eor.
Round 7: *k5, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k2; repeat from * to eor.
Round 9: *k2, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k2, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k1; repeat from * to eor.
Round 11: *k1, (yo, sl1, k1, psso) twice, k2, yo, sl1, k1, psso; repeat from * to eor.
Round 13: *k2, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k2, k2tog, yo, k1; repeat from * to eor.
Round 15: *k5, k2tog, yo, k2; repeat from * to eor.
Round 17: *k4, k2tog, yo, k3; repeat from * to eor.
Round 19: *k3, k2tog, yo, k4; repeat from * to eor.
Round 21: *k2, k2tog, yo, k5; repeat from * to eor.
Round 23: *k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k1; repeat from * to eor.
Round 25: *k2tog, yo, k3, (yo, sl1, k1, psso) twice; repeat from * to eor.
Round 27: *k1, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k3, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k1; repeat from * to eor.

When you’ve completed these twenty-seven rows, knit 2 rows. If you’d like a longer/slouchier hat you can knit more rows here. Otherwise, continue on:

Round 30: *k7, k2tog; repeat from * to eor.
Round 31: knit
Round 32: *k6, k2tog; repeat from * to eor.
Round 33: knit
Round 34: *k5, sl1, k1, psso; repeat from * to eor.
Round 35: *k4, sl1, k1, psso; repeat from * to eor.
Round 36: *k3, sl1, k1, psso; repeat from * to eor.
Round 37: *k2, sl1, k1, psso; repeat from * to eor.
Round 38: *k1, sl1, k1, psso; repeat from * to eor.
Round 39: *sl1, k1, psso; repeat from * to eor.
Round 40: k2tog around.

Cut yarn and with tapestry needle, thread through remaining stitches on the needle. Weave in ends. I didn’t block my hat since it’s mostly acrylic – but you can make that choice depending on what you use for yarn, personal tastes, etc…

As always, this pattern is for your personal use and, as with everyone else on this weblog, is protected by copyright. If you like this pattern and choose to knit it, I’d really love it if you’d add it to your Ravelry projects. It’s been fun seeing this hat continue to pop up over the years.

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