With November 1st right around the corner, now is the time we start obsessing over gift knits. Or the lack of gift knits we have accumulated. It’s officially crunch time so we need projects that are easy, quick, and smile-inducing. We rounded up four new patterns that make the perfect quick gift knits – they use heavier weight yarn, are cool, and just so happen to be free.

“Easy & Free” by Carina Spencer

From designer Carina Spencer, “Easy & Free” is a bulky weight cowl available in two style options. Knit one single loop or a double loop that layers over itself for a cool, cozy effect. Cast on with a US 10 and 200-400 yards of yarn.

“October Hat” by Sloane Rosenthal

With crisp, modern cables, the October Hat is made for almost any head and one that you can wear with almost any outfit. Worked from the bottom up and in-the-round, this hat uses 220 yards of aran weight yarn. Why not give Kelbourne Woolens’ Germantown a try?

“Big Good Wool Blanket” by Purl Soho

A blanket is not a typically a go-to gift knit, but when it’s knit on size US 17 needles and with two skeins of bulky weight yarn held together it is. Knit it in a solid color or follow Purl Soho’s lead and choose an ombre color palate. Available in a small and large size, this blanket calls for 1240-2570 yards.

“Summit Chic Crochet Hat” by Marly Bird

With a worsted weight yarn and a size G hook, this hat is full of texture thanks to the trendy bobble element and horizontal “stripes.” The brim is worked flat in a cool rib and then pick up stitches to work the body of the hat in-the-round.