6 Ways Knitting Can Liven Up Your Apartment During Winter

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Knitting has made a comeback in recent years, shedding its reputation as an “old people’s hobby” to something that younger generations are eagerly turning into a form of street art. Luckily, it doesn’t need to be restricted to the outside. In fact, renters can get a lot of mileage out of decorating their apartments with colorful and expressive designs that are easy to stitch on and remove without damaging one’s furniture. And with winter still making us shiver in our boots what better way to keep warm from the bitter cold than by picking up a ball of yarn and some needles and getting into the DIY spirit?

So, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced knitter, here are six ideas to try out this winter season to dress your house for the cold.

Wrap Up Your Door Handle

Cold door handles during the winter months are a real nuisance. Not only are they uncomfortable to touch, but they also bring just a little bit more of that characteristic gloominess that we have to deal with once snow settles over. Fortunately, there’s an easy solution for that: Knitting a little “sweater” to keep your door handle warm. Plus, decorating your door handle with a playful and colorful pattern will make coming home that much more appealing because you’ll get to see your handiwork every day!

Knit Yourself a New Friend

For those living alone, the post-holiday months can seem extra daunting — but they don’t have to be! Instead, fight the winter blues and fill your house with a few little visitors of your own. In particular, Norwegian gnomes, reindeer, squirrels or, polar bears can make for adorable little mascots to hang around your apartment. What’s more, not only are they the ideal quiet and pleasant roommates, but you can also gift them to friends or family when they show up for a visit.

Dress Up Your Flowerpots

Winter can be a challenging time for plant parents who want to keep their plant alive and thriving. The low amount of sunlight is bad enough, but don’t underestimate the freezing temperatures. To that end, moving cold flowerpots isn’t all that fun, either. That’s why yarn bombing your flowerpots can be a fun and creative way to complement your plants’ look, whether they’re indoors or outdoors. As a bonus, little sun-themed warmers for your pots can lighten up the mood almost instantly!

Art It Up

For bookworms, winter means one thing: Sitting in front of a roaring fireplace with a good book. Of course, there’s just something about those hardcovers that make for amazing deécor, but you can take it one step further and knit yourself a sleeve! After all, beautiful sleeves are a must-have for any literary aficionado. And, knitting it yourself is not only easy, but also an incredibly rewarding DIY project to pick up while waiting for the next installment in a long-awaited series. You can even go wild and knit some as a gift for your fellow book friends — just make sure to keep them free of any spoilers!

Comfort Trumps All

Chair covers are a must for any dinner party as they bring a touch of class and help protect the material of your chair from getting stained. Moreover, picking the right cover can make or break your interior design. But, when it comes right down to it, there’s only one perfect choice as far as comfort — knitted chair covers! A cute pattern can make an afternoon spent lounging on a sofa that much more pleasant, while bold colors bring about a splash of personality to any apartment. The best part is that they’re also easy to remove so you can cycle through them depending on your mood.

Give Your Mug a Hug

You can’t go wrong with the classics! A knitted mug warmer is a fun way to bring a little bit of whimsy into your life, while also giving your home an aesthetic, rustic look. Not only are they surprisingly easy to make but they serve a practical role, too: During the winter months, warm drinks are a must, and a mug warmer is one of the best ways to ensure that your drink stays hot.

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Adina Dragos is a creative writer at RentCafe, with a passion for reading, research and cats. As a fellow renter, Adina's articles cover various topics such as the state of the real estate market or how creative interior design choices improve the experience of living in a rental. She also enjoys exploring subjects like urbanization, green living and historical buildings. Adina has a BA in English and Norwegian Language and Literature.

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