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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  • mary12345

    My favorite quick knit project is always a hat. Hats are perfect for my friends and family of any age….and something my teenage children actually ASK me to make for them! This book looks like a great reference. I am bergamom on Ravelry. Happy New Year!

  • Kate

    I knit three pairs of fingerless mitts this year, which were very well received. They’re quick and easy with worsted weight yarn. I love the projects in this book – some things I could definitely see myself knitting!
    chalimar16 on Ravelry

  • Melissa

    If I need something in a hurry, my default is generally a hat. They go up fast, and chances are, it will fit.

  • Joan

    My quick and cozy project is baby socks.
    People always love getting them.

  • Jen

    I love to knit mittens and hats. This would be right up my alley!

  • drae

    the Cabled Knit Tam is my favorite.

  • Michelle McMillen

    Fingerless mitts are my favorite quick-knit project to make, give and wear.
    mmcmillen AT macnet DOT com

  • cheryl

    Definitely a hat…….quick and fun. cmhopson on Ravelry.

  • Kathy

    Hats and fingerless mitts for me.
    conradk on Ravelry

  • Susan

    Mittens out of chunky yarn. Also the Toboggan Noggin, which can be a hat or a neck warmer. I made several of these (both mittens and the TN) for preschool teachers a couple years in a row. They were all a hit!
    madtownmama on Rav

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  • Christine Lima

    When I need something fast and cozy I knit up a hat – usually something with fair isle or some stitch patterns to keep it interesting.

  • JudyAnn

    A hat, hopefully out of Aran weight yarn!

  • Sheila

    Fingerless mitts for me.

  • Martje Hague Bryce

    I love making cowls as a quick gift! Need them here in Buffalo, NY. LOL!

  • Barbara Kluver

    My go-to quick knit is usually a cowl. I love trying different patterns! I end up giving them all away, so I never have any to wear when I need one :>( …

  • mz

    Chunky cowl :) from soft and squishy chunky yarn. or loosely spun thick-thin is nice too.

  • Dawn Marie Hughes

    Any scarf pattern is my quick knit fav! I am a scarf junkie!

  • Mandi N

    A simple knitted hat done on circular needles, with a dense ribbed cuff that’s long enough to be folded up to make double coverage for keeping the ears warm.

  • donaldsg

    Fingerless mitts, for sure. No fiddly fingers to knit or kitchener closing.

  • Doris Moran Dempsey

    Cowls, scarves and mittens are my go to cozy knits. Cozy for 2 reasons: knitting small things while sipping tea and watching a good movie, and the 2nd reason is the recipient will have a “cozy” knit gift to wear!

  • Carolyn Brown

    My favorite quick project is a cotton knitted hand towel with a buttoned handle for hanging from an oven door! bojo6978 AT gmail DOT com

  • Barbara MacIntosh

    I just love making hats when I need a quick project, especially when I can make it in a baby or toddler size!!!

  • Jacqui Talotta

    Snoods….relatively quick to make, very popular in my family. I am currently
    Knitting my third one this Winter.

  • Pam

    Hats or cowls! I love the hat on the cover!

  • Carolyn Kotlas

    My current favorite is cowls. They work up faster than scarves and everyone I’ve given one to loves them.

  • Michele Hawn

    I would have to say cowls also, but also hats for the grand babies. I just have to have something going on the needles all the time!!

  • Tammy Ross Mattson

    My favorite quick knits are cowls and fingerless mitts. Add in a hat and you’ve got a great set! One of these days I might even make a set for myself… If I had this book to use :-)

  • Diana C.

    I LOVE to knit cowls and infinity scarves, and that mint green cowl pictured above is looking yummy!

  • peggy bergman

    The quickest project fo rme is a hat. But I must admit that my favorite is a scart, with a simle lace repeat.

  • Amy Williams

    I love to knit hats and cowls as gifts.

  • Ellen

    Gauntlets, cowls, and hats!

  • Lisa R

    I’m really glad cowls are so popular lately. I whipped up my own simply pattern to give my youngest girls for Christmas at the last minute! I’ll be making several hats in the next week as I travel with another daughter…quick, cozy…and easy to carry.

  • Wendy Farmer

    I love knitting mittens! They are cozy and always a welcomed gift!!

  • Tracey

    I love knitting them all – hats and mitts especially though. So satisfying when you can knit something quick and useful that looks like it took HOURS, and as a bonus they are always welcome gifts to people..

  • AnnP

    Cowls or even “neckwarmers” ( which are smaller) are what I choose for a quick and cozy knit

  • Dianne

    Hats are my easy and quick go to. I also love cowls. The deep, warm cowl that I knit for my daughter this Christmas has been repurposed as a skirt!

  • Lisa

    I enjoy knitting scarves, but I must admit hats are starting to become a close second. mrsbudda on Ravelry or mrsbuddasattic at gmail dot com

  • Martha

    I knit several tams this Xmas for my closest friends! Poodlesread on ravelry.

  • KnitterKitter

    Cowls and hats are my go to quick and cozy knits. Thank you for the chance to win :)

    KnitterKitter on Ravelry

  • Tracy H

    Hats are my go to quick knit…you can never have too many

  • Laura

    Hats are always cozy to knit AND keep recipient’s head warm.

  • BK

    Hats, mittens, and scarves. These are a few of my favorite things!! :-)

  • Laura

    Oops, contact info: whimZknits on Ravelry. Sorry.

  • catherine leonard

    Love boot toppers out of bulky yarn. So quick, easy and fun! Reach me on twitter @CatcatLeonard

  • thebockster

    I love making scarves- the cozier the better! thalia . bock @ gmail . com (no spaces)

  • MaryJo

    My favorite cozy knit is a pair of mittens. My go-to pattern has a cable on the back. These mittens are quick and cozy too.

  • ana

    Hats for sure!

  • BarbOutsideBoston

    Thick soft mittens made from Valley Yarns Valley Superwash!

  • ereader2012

    Hats and cowls. Great for everyone!