The month-long series of My-Favorite-Things-inspired knits, knits to bust the stress of the holiday season, has arrived at the lyric "blue satin sashes." While making little knits during the holiday season is common, today's inspiration brings us to what knitted accessories can be made for yourself to further adorn your party outfits this season. Jewelry, belts, and even boot toppers can add some flair to any outfit, and all accessories featured here can be whipped up even before the office Christmas party.
Blue satin sashes
Cable braided necklace: Direct from the Olgajazzy blog, designer Olga Buraya-Kefelian brings us this easy stockinette stitch necklace that is comprised of two easy strips threaded together. The designer encourages the knitter to use yarn with something luxurious in its fiber content, such as cashmere or another equally soft yarn. Available for free, the pattern is easy enough to memorize and portable enough to carry in your bag while shopping.
Twin Cities headband: For only $3.50, Allyson Dykhuizen offers a winter headband with a bit of flair and a button, making it the perfect indoor-outdoor headband. The headband has a seed-stitch border to prevent it from curling around the edges, and there is plenty of flexibility with what yarn and button is used, so it can be tailored to match any outfit.
Quilted lattice welly warmers: Pam Powers and Art Fiber Design bring us the pattern for an easy but classy pair of boot liners with a fancy enough top to leave exposed while at parties. If you feel like not taking a second pair of shoes, have no fear; knit these in a color to match your party dress and go. The pattern is available as a Ravelry download for $7.00, and the majority of the pattern is in the round in stockinette stitch, making it easy enough to put down and pick back up later in the day.
Textured clutch: Knitted on size US 9 needles, this easy-to-follow clutch is knitted in linen stitch and adorned with a button, chain handle, or fancy silk lining to dress it up however the knitter would like. Linen stitch is an easy enough pattern to follow no matter where the knitter is in the middle of a row, and at an average of eight inches by five inches, the bag is the perfect size to carry the essentials to any holiday party. The pattern is available for $5.00 on Ravelry and is designed by Chiaki Hayashi.
Devant le cheminee: This pattern, designed as a pattern for beginners to teach at designer Mona C. NicLeoid's local yarn shop, is for a pair of legwarmers with a mock cable pattern and a ruffle on the bottom. Wearing pumps at the party is still an option with this pattern, and your legs will continue to stay warm whether you are inside or outdoors. The pattern itself is available as a free download on Ravelry, and the pattern repeat is only a few rows, making it simple to memorize.
Waist-cincher: What would be a compilation of knitting patterns inspired by blue satin stashes, without actually including a sash in the list? This wavy-pattern wide belt can dress up any little black dress or body-skimming shirt and skirt, or it can be made in a neutral color to tame a print pattern. Available for download for $7.00 through Jennifer Hansen and Stitch Diva Studios, the dropped yarnovers in the pattern make the item knit up fairly quickly, and using a different yarn with the same relative gauge can speed up the item even more.
Tomorrow's column is dedicated to the ever-popular snowflake, so stay tuned for more knits dedicated to My Favorite Things all throughout December.
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