Find Your Go-To Crochet Gift Pattern

OK, I don't want to alarm you, but it's September 20. That means there's about three months until holiday gift-giving. Less, actually, because those holiday parties start early and you might need to bring a gift. And you'll see some folks at Thanksgiving who should really get their gift then.

Yes, it's definitely time to get the gift act together.

For me, the hardest thing is deciding what to make. Once I figure that out, I just crochet everywhere all the time until I'm done.

When I find time has crept up on me again, I like to find a go-to gift, one that I can make for several people in different ways to suit each person's personality. For me, it's the Boteh Scarf by Kathy Merrick. This swervy thing of beauty can suit just about anybody. The yarn choice makes all the difference. In light mohair, it's just right for my friend Daun, who is very stylish. Laceweight is great for Beverly, who just loves laceweight! A self-striping sockweight suits Sarah, who has an advanced sense of fun. A sportweight is good for Christine, who goes on long walks in the woods with her dog. I haven't tried anything heavier for this scarf, but a worsted would work up quickly and be great for friends in Maine. I like this scarf because it never gets boring. After I've made the final swerve, I'm ready to start another scarf.

But the Boteh is not a great present for a guy. For my husband, who wants a sweater (finally!), I searched for another pattern.

The Eagle Pullover by Robyn Chachula is a rugged sweater that looks really great in tweed. Its loose neck is perfect—he hates a tight neckband. The fabric has enough openness to keep him from overheating. The contrasting color at the neck and cuffs gives just enough interest without being too fussy. He doesn't do fussy. And this sweater is suitable for playing outdoors or going to the farmer's market or one of those early holiday parties. This is definitely a contender.

The Tunisian Vest by Kathleen Power Johnson is a smart-looking vest! The texture is really fabulous, with two colors worked in two Tunisian stitches (knit and purl) to create a honeycomb pattern. Worked in a lightweight yarn, it's great over a button-up shirt or T-shirt. My guy would love it. But he works outside, hiking and biking for a living (I know! We should all be so lucky!). So he would wear this only for his occasional go-to-meeting vest. I think I will save this for his second sweater. It looks like a lot of fun to make.


The October Vest by Tracy St. John is rugged, warm, and good-looking. The yarn selection is perfect: a lanolin-rich wool that repels water–just right for a guy who spends a lot of time in the woods tromping around. The vest is crocheted in one piece, so when it's done, it's pretty much done, except for the zipper. And no sleeves! Which means I could actually get it done in time!

I think we have a winner.

So, what go-to patterns are on your list?







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