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Handmade Holidays: Unfinished Gift Letters

It’s that time of the year.

Time for knitters and crocheters to start kicking themselves for not starting their gift projects earlier.

Time for bleary eyes and strained wrists as they stitch frantically into the night trying to finish up that last hat or a second sock.


Don’t let the stress ruin your holiday or lead to injury!

In keeping with my annual tradition, I offer you these Unfinished Gift Letters to include in the box as a way of explaining just what happened.

Click on the image of the version you want (knit or crochet, or both!). This will change the screen so you see a bigger version. Print the letter as you normally would. (They look really small on a mobile device, but they’ll be the correct size on a normal computer.)

This one is for knitters.

Knit version

Knit version

Print it out and fill in the blanks!

This one is for crocheters.

Crochet version

Crochet version

As for those unfinished gifts…you can start earlier next year!

Please Accept This Unfinished Gift

My Dearest [insert loved ones name]:

Enclosed please find the [scarf/hat/socks/gloves/sweater] I’ve been making for you. The yarn and project were carefully selected with you in mind.

It isn’t finished because my ambition outstripped my [knitting/crocheting] time.

Please know that I’ve spent many evenings of late, thinking of you fondly, as I worked on this project. There is love in every stitch.

I know you are disappointed that you won’t get to start using it right away. Believe me so am I! There is nothing that makes a [knitter/crocheter] as happy as seeing the [scarf/hat/socks/gloves/sweater] they made put to good use.

Now that you’ve admired your present, please return it to me so I can get back to work. I can’t tell you when it will be done, but I promise it will be soon. Definitely before next [insert gift giving occasion]!

All my love,

[your name here]


  1. It’s not that my ambitions outstripped my time, it is all those requests/demands/pleas from other sources that negatively impacted my knit/crochet time. Not to mention those assorted germs people are sending their children to school with …..

  2. You should be flattered to be in such demand! I guess.

    I don’t think “I was slowed down by cooties” would work as well in my letter, but you can always adjust it for yourself. 😀

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