December 27th, 2013

On the bookshelf this week: Cozy Knits

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Cozy Knits from Tanis Grey has 50 projects to keep you knitting all winter long. Whether you need a quick birthday gift, a new hat to match the coat you got over the holidays or you are determined to get a head start on your gift knitting for NEXT year, you’ll likely find what you’re looking for here.

With projects that range from hats and mittens to simple sweaters and adorable pieces for baby, you’ll find yourself knitting up colorful and interesting projects in no time.

Leave a comment below and tell us about your favorite quick and cozy knit project and you could win a copy! All comments must be posted by 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, Dec. 31. Please make sure to leave us a way to contact you if you win! The winner will be drawn randomly and posted here.

Edited, Monday January 6, 2014:

And our Winner is –  Debra who said, “Of the four projects on the cover, I can see making all four (and there’s 46 more to explore!). Hats and mitts are always needed and fun to work up quickly.”

Congratulations Debra! Keep an eye on your inbox, we’ll be contacting you soon.


Marketing Coordinator at WEBS - America's Yarn Store
Sara learned to knit and crochet as a child and added spinning and weaving to her skills after being hired at WEBS in 2007. While crochet is her #1 love, she is also very fond of her husband and 2 daughters.

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  • Carmen N

    I discovered late in 2013 that I love making hats! They’re so quick and stylish!

  • Carol H

    My favorite quick and cozy knit or crochet project would be a hat as they are useful for gifts even here in Florida.

  • Connie Kline

    Quick would have to be dishcloths – but cozy? that would be scarves. Everyone loves a soft, squishy scarf when the wind is cold.

  • Almost American

    I made my DD a hat that was quick and easy a couple of winters ago and she still loves to wear it. Other than that, scarves & cowls are my go to quick and easy and very portable projects.

  • Chris Peter

    Matching cowl and fingerless mitts in bulky wool makes everyone happy in a hurry!

  • Leanne

    I especially like the climbing vines cabled leg warmers!

  • beverly

    i love knitting cowls

  • Katie Connell

    I designed a matching hat and fingerless glove set that is made from one skein of lion brand homespun-nice and cozy and quick :)

  • suburbancorrespondnt

    Any cowl or fingerless mitt pattern will do!

  • Suzanne

    My quick knit, go to project this season has been cowls. I do love a cozy hat or a cozy pair of mittens, but I’ve been obsessed with cowls lately.

  • Connie Johnson VanKleeck

    A cozy cowl!

  • Chanda Kim

    Drop stitch cowl with a boucle yarn. They knit up so fast and have such a pretty lazy look. I made a bunch of them as Christmas presents this year

  • Janet Jones Melcher

    What a great way to get next years Christmas knitting done!

  • Karen Cesarz

    My favorite projects of late are, cowls, mittens and hats & recently slouch hats. Knitting has never been by forte, but I can honestly say it is becoming less intimidating, more relaxing & enjoyable. You can teach an old dog new tricks:)

  • Susan Jacobowitz Krisch

    i love hand warmers because my hands are always so cold

  • Jessie

    I love making hat. I have a few days off, I already make four hats for the family, quick and easy, and fun too!

  • aglass5

    My favorite quick and cozy projects are hats knit with bulky yarn – the stitches just fly off the needles. ( at gmail)

  • Donna Gerber

    Cowls and scarves are a great quick project to stay cozy and warm!

  • Taddy

    I just made the Quick Slip Cowl. Love the Berroco Brio yarn and the instant gratification of a quick project.

    (Taddy on ravelry)

  • Stacey Melquist

    I love making hats as a quick and cozy project

  • Lou

    I love making scarfs, hats, cowls. I just love to knit.

  • Kerry

    I made a cowl late last winter in Cascade Eco+ that I’ve been wearing a lot lately. Very soft and warm, and the shade of blue is beautiful.


    I have enjoyed making cowls this year in a variety of yarns and colors ordered from Webs. I had lots of happy friends with the handknit cowls that I gave them for Christmas. And I even kept a lovely one for myself.

  • GinaC

    Cowls are my favourite cosy project – and often make for a quick gift, esp since winter seems to last so long here :).

  • Marrinan55

    Mittens and gloves

  • Ginny Czuprynski

    Hats and mittens for kids who need them :)

  • Cheryl Leader

    I love making baby items because they are always soo cute! I also love making cowls and fingerless mitts for me.

  • Kimberly Butler-Gilkeson

    I love knitting up a pair of baby booties! So fast so easy…especialy in a bulky weight yarn! ♥♥♥♥

  • Shannon Y.

    I think cowls are a nice quick project and what could be cosier than something you wrap around your neck?

  • Happy M

    I love the hat on the front cover! It would be fun to learn how to make it! :)

  • Deb Holbrook

    I love knitting hats and mittens (my ears and hands are always cold!) :)

  • Debby

    Hats 7 Scarfs or cowls are my quick projects!

  • Pam

    Hats are definitely my fun quick projects!

  • Brenda Barnes

    Hats, FTW! @Brenda Barnes on Twitter.

  • Catherine Kahrs

    Wrist Warmers. Basically just a tube with a hole for the thumb. Quick, cozy and they make great gifts.

  • Sue Higgins

    For me its been fingerless mitts.

  • Judy11

    Mittens and hats have been m go to quick knit gifts. But I would love to get into cowls and the one in here looks perfect. Fingers crossed!!

  • Maryellen C

    Hats are the best quick project.

  • Connie

    I love making fingerless gloves and wristers. They knit up quickly and they have maximum fashion impact :)

  • Sara O.

    I love knitting hats and mittens!

  • Susan Harrison

    I made 4 hats for Christmas presents this year – just started three of them the Sunday before Christmas – quick knits are the way to go!

  • Karen Grauman

    The green cowl pictured would look lovely in a bamboo blend I have stashed!

  • chris

    My absolute favorite quick knit is a hand warmer pattern I’ve adapted over many uses. The original is knit flat and seamed but I prefer to knit them in the round, and I also added a detail of a thumb (rather than just a thumb hole- thumbs get cold, too!). It’s simple to adjust the cast-on and rib to any yarn. Knitting up a pair is an easy couple of hours and a sure-to-please gift!