6 Handmade Gifts That I Want to Get for Father’s Day (Or Any Day)
I have the privilege of working every day in an environment fueled by brilliant, creative women. As one of the few men who work at Interweave, however, I also hold the perilous responsibility of representing the half of the species with a Y chromosome. Sometimes this means sticking up for a blasé perception around color (we really do wear more colors than gray and navy blue). Sometimes it means trying on the hottest sweaters in the world (Fahrenheit hot and style hot). With this blog, it means representing the Fathers of the world (sorry, dudes) and revealing the 6 handmade gifts that I want to get for Father’s Day (or any day).
Why I want it: Baldness is a real thing and this hat is stylish enough to wear all day long. The model here has it pushed back on his head, which I can’t get away with because my hairline is receding faster than the Antarctic ice shelf, but it looks good worn like a regular 40-something Dad, too.
About the pattern: Use a stitch pattern that alternates color placement to create an irresistible crocheted hat. Complete the whole pattern to make the hat or stop once the body is finished to create a nice headband or ear cover.
Why I want it: Bow ties are coming back. It’s true. And while tying them is remarkably simple, few of us actually know how to do it. So, after you make this beautiful tie, really impress him by looking deep into his appreciative eyes and showing him you know how to tie it! Check out this YouTube vid that shows you how. And if you want to knit that bow tie rather than crochet it – follow this link to a free pattern.
About the pattern: Size 10 thread keeps the fabric of this bow tie sleek enough for even the fumbliest of fingers.
Why I want it: What do you get when you combine a massive mug of coffee, the NY Times Sunday Crossword and a roaring fire? You get the perfect opportunity to use the log cabin blanket. Staying inside never looked or felt so good. By the way, the only reason we really use an afghan like this is so that you’ll sneak in next to us and solve the hard clues. Plus, it’s got the whole ‘Merica thing going. Giddy up!
About the pattern: Work in a worsted-weight yarn on a large Tunisian hook to crochet this afghan. Enjoy the interpretation of the traditional Log Cabin quilt design in this blanket that will work up quickly.
4. Chemex Cozy
Why I want it: I’ve spent hours working on my pour-over skills and a small fortune on locally roasted beans but the coffee cools faster than I can drink it. I was lamenting this fact at the office and Sarah dreamt up this brilliant cozy for my Chemex. Hint: knit it in brown and the stains don’t show as quickly.
About the pattern: Sarah Rothberg, Assistant Editor Extraordinaire, explains how she freestyled this cozy, “I knit the cozy flat because first and foremost, it needed to be easily removable. I would suggest using the yarn’s recommended gauge and needles and using that to determine how many stitches to cast-on. I decreased every other row (using ssk on the RS at the beginning and k2tog at the end of the row) to follow the shape of the Chemex and just secured it in back with safety pins. Instead of working colorwork flat, I used duplicate stitch to create the bicycle pattern from AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary. ”
Why I want it: Put this in a gift box with some craft whiskey and tin cup and he’ll love you forever. And if he calls you a blue ox, just know he means you’re a total babe. I’ll admit that I’m not quite lumbersexual enough to wear this in public, but this is some top shelf loungewear.
About the pattern: The checkered patterning is created by working two colors in one row and working over the nonworking color. There are no floats or pesky yarn ends with this color-changing method. The pattern is written in a wide range of sizes so it can be worn by both men and women.
6. Pint Glass Coozie
Why I want it: There are so many reasons that this is a stellar idea. Not only is it practical (it absorbs condensation and reduces potential slippage), but it is also noble (I like my crochet like I like my beer: hand crafted). Furthermore, shaker pint glasses are fantastically ugly as far as glassware is concerned. This coozie not only ups the style points, but it covers the ugly logo of that half marathon I ran 9 years ago where I came in almost last and couldn’t walk down stairs for a week without muttering obscenities. It makes me happier than a pig in…
About the pattern: Once again, I got to benefit from the fact that the team I work with can come up with something like this on the fly. Sara Dudek, Editor of Interweave Crochet, explains her approach, “I used center extended single crochet, and worked the number of stitches needed to fit around the pint glass. I fit the coozie around the glass as I was working from the bottom up and used that to determine when to increase (about every 4 rounds). I would increase about 2 stitches per increase round, usually on either side of the pig motif. I used the “Poopin Pig” motif from Alterknit Stitch Dictionary, one of many wonderful motifs in that book!”
Thanks again to Sara and Sarah for pandering to my passions for this upcoming Father’s Day.
What will you be making for your favorite dad?
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