Perfect gift knitting: Am Meer hat & mitts

I know, I know, it's rude to mention the C-word in October. But... October is sort of December for gift knitting, no? These things take time. And planning. So forgive me, please, because I really think this new pattern is exactly what you need to start whipping that gift list into shape.

It's a hat AND mitts

…and, like many of my designs, it's sized from toddler to adult. Which is handy, because a number of my testers said that as they finished up, the orders were piling in from daughters, nieces, mothers… So it's just as well that they knit up FAST and use only a little yarn (100-150g of aran weight).

There's a little bonus with this pattern. It's the first of my designs (but certainly won't be the last) to include tutorials. THREE of them. Okay, so you may well already know how to do a crocheted-on provisional cast-on. But how about a sideways edge cast-on – a way of adding stitches to the long edge of a sideways edging as you go, instead of picking them up afterwards? (This way is not only easier, it also makes for a neater, more flexible "seam".) Or a picot cast-off – that doesn't curl?

You don't have to buy the pattern to get these tutorials, actually. I'll be publishing them right here over the next week or so. But making the mitts and hat will give you a great chance to practise those new skills, and by the way they're 20% off until Sunday, so, y'know... why not?

It's nearly Christmas, after all.