Greenista Homemade Holiday Gifts: Part 2

Soft, hand-knit scarves are one of the best homemade gifts to give – and receive!  Though they require some hands-on time commitment, the end result is always appreciated and treasured.

Never knitted a stitch?  Knittinghelp.com has easy-to-understand videos to get you started.  When purchasing yarn, go for thicker, chunkier wool that will cut down on knitting time and require larger needles, which are more beginner-friendly.

Photo and Design Courtesy of TenTenKnits.com

Experienced?  Infinity scarves are de rigueur this season.  Super versatile and fashionable, they can be worn long or stylishly wrapped around twice.  I’ve been busy working on the pretty 5th Avenue Infinity Scarf pattern by TenTenKnits, while a few women from my local knitting group have been enthusiastic about the free, downloadable Honey Cowl pattern by Madeline Tosh.

The quality of yarn, however, can make or break a scarf.  To make sure the wool feels luxurious – not scratchy – when worn, hold up the skein of yarn to your neck and the inside of your wrist for 20 seconds to see if there is any irritation.  ImagiKnit in San Francisco has an incredible selection of high quality yarn, including locally made and naturally dyed options.  Don’t live in the City?  Purchase consciously made and spun yarn online from Sincere Sheep.  Cast on!

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