As penguin's seem very popular this Christmas due the phenomenal success of department store John Lewis' Christmas advertisement about penguins falling in love (youtube #MontyThePenguin), I thought this was very apt. The pattern is from Lion brand yarns and the link is here. You do have to have a login to get access to patterns but it is free.
You can never have too many bears around the place, so this little fellow has to be included. He is from Red Heart yarns and the pattern is here.
This very bright garland is also from Red Heart yarns and the pattern is here. I am thinking this would make a good advent calendar.
This is one the children might like to try, the yarn is wrapped around some cardboard shapes. It is from Lion Brand yarns and the instructions are here.
If you want something to keep you warm while you construct it, there are plenty of nice blanket/throw patterns out there to try, including this one from Red Heart yarns here.
Have fun with these. Please come back again next week as I putting up posts on simple gifts you can make within a short amount of time.