Small projects can return the biggest rewards. They’re quick to make, can use up yarn in your stash, and are a great way to share your craft (we’re talking about gift knits, people!). Today, we offer four small projects that give you the thrill of casting on a new project and the optimism that finishing it is well within reach. Let these small and sweet projects be a palette cleanser between bigger projects, or one that gets you back in the game. Or just bookmark them for a rainy day when you need a quick project to gift to a friend.

Seed Stitch Ribbed Hat Luke Gilligan

Get ready for Winter with this new textured beanie from Luke Gilligan. Inspired by the ever-present hat worn by the main character in the Christmas movie Noelle, this hat is worked from the bottom up with 200-220 yards of Aran weight yarn.

The designer used Kelbourne Woolens Germantown, but you could use Chasing Rabbit Fiber Co’s Merinolux Aran.

Snapdragon Shorties by Madlen Joy Fields

Short in size but big in design, these shorty socks feature a pretty lace panel that travels from toe to cuff. Cast on with fingering weight yarn and work from the top down. Available in four adult sizes, Snapdragon Shorties call for 160-220 yards of yarn.

The designer used Malabrigo Sock, but you could use Ewe Ewe’s Fluffy Fingering.

Ezra by Jared Flood

Nothing says short and sweet like a baby top. Cast on this garter stitch cardigan designed to fit wee ones 0 – 2 years. Choose to knit a long or sleeved cardigan, both of which are worked flat with DK weight yarn and finished with a band of buttons.

This designed use his own yarn Dapple by Brooklyn Tweed, but you another DK weight yarn in your stash.

Blossom Wall Hanging ChiWei Ranck

Deck your walls with your favorite yarn thanks to ChiWei Ranck’s new Blossom Wall Hanging. With any weight yarn crochet this half circle design that combines texture and lace. Hang it one way to reveal a half sunburst or flip it the order to see a rainbow.

The designer showed samples in both worsted weight and bulky yarn, but you can cast on any yarn to create the size wall hanging you prefer.