December 2023: Table of Contents

As I’m writing this, the first snowfall of the season is happening outside. Winter has officially arrived in the Midwest! And if it hasn’t reached you yet, it’s just around the corner (along with the holidays). To help ease the stress of prepping for a new season and never-ending holiday gift lists, this new issue of I Like Knitting has plenty of inspiring projects to start you off on the right foot. Closet need a refresh? Start by knitting yourself some cozy and ultra-trendy sweaters. From a bright pink faux-cabled number to a gorgeous fair isle cardigan perfect for holiday gatherings, you’ll discover timeless pieces to treasure all year long. Psst! My personal favorite is the stunning Frosted Window Pane Plaid Sweater. This pullover showcases a plaid windowpane pattern that mixes horizontal knit stripes with surface crochet vertical lines. The end result is a captivating, textured motif! From new knit accessories, cozy projects for the home and more, no matter where you start, this issue has something for everyone this holiday season.


This adorable companion is designed to bring warmth and comfort during the chilly months, making it the perfect cuddly friend for both the young and the young at heart. With its sweet, dreamy expression and soft, huggable form, this reindeer is sure to become a cherished part of your holiday décor. Read More 

Crafted using traditional techniques, this cardigan features a bottom-up, seamless construction that ensures a flawless finish. Cleverly utilizing Steeks for the front opening and armholes, the design seamlessly blends functionality with fashion. Despite the array of captivating colors, you'll only work with two at a time, simplifying the colorwork process. This thoughtful design choice ensures that your knitting experience remains enjoyable and approachable. With its longer length and oversized fit, this cardigan is a versatile addition to your winter wardrobe. The generously sized shawl collar adds an extra layer of coziness, while the belted closure offers a chic finishing touch. This cardigan is designed for effortless layering, making it a must-have for any cold-weather ensemble. Read More 

This lovely hat features an all-over cable pattern that is embellished with seed beads for extra glamor. The project begins with a tubular cast-on for a polished look. After joining in the round, 1x1 ribbing is worked for approximately 4 inches to create a foldable brim, then the ribbing smoothly transitions into the beaded cable pattern. A small crochet hook is used to place a bead at the center of each cable, so there is no need to pre-string any beads in advance (and the design may of course be worked without any beads as well). The cables are an adaptation of Barbara Walker's “Coin Cables” motif, modified to be worked with twisted stitches and left-crosses. The crown shaping of the hat uses strategic decreases to continue the cabling on a smaller scale. The size of the hat can easily be modified by adjusting the number of pattern repeats in each round or by working additional vertical repeats for a longer, slouchier hat, if desired. Read More 

Meet your new wardrobe staple. This sweater combines minimalist style with flowing sleeves gathered at the wrist, creating a look that's simple, but never boring. Dress it down for a fun day out, or dress it up for an elegant evening, this timeless piece will go with anything and never go out of style. Read More