5 Quick Projects to Make for Dad (Plus a Free Pattern!)

Holidays tend to sneak up on me. I always intend to buy or make presents early, but then somehow the weeks slip by, and before I know it it’s 5 days before Christmas and I haven’t bought or made a thing. This year I was determined to be better about Father’s Day, but here we are, a few days before June 18, and I have no gift. So, what projects for Dad would be quick enough on short notice that he doesn’t already have and would actually like and use? Then it hit me: a knitted gift.

A handmade gift is (almost) always better than a store-bought one, and a small project wouldn’t take much time to make. As I scoured my collection of back issues for dad-friendly projects, I came across a bow tie pattern from knit.purl Fall/Winter 2015. Perfect!

This pattern was part of a yarn review in knit.purl Fall/Winter 2015: then-assistant editor Hannah Baker created a bow tie pattern, then knit up 7 bow ties in different yarns. They’re super snazzy, as you can see, and each yarn creates a slightly different look. If, like me, you’re in need of a quick Father’s Day gift this year, look no further. Here’s our bow tie pattern—our Father’s Day gift to you!

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Bow tie

With needles appropriate for your yarn, CO 16 sts. Next row *K1, sl 1 pwise wyf, bring yarn to back between needles; rep from * to end. Rep last row until piece measures 4 ½” (11 cm) from CO. Set-up Row: Note: The yarn is not worked in this row. *Sl 1 st onto first double-pointed needle (dpn), sl next st onto 2nd dpn and hold in back; rep from * to end—8 sts on each needle. Break yarn, leaving a 10” (25.5 cm) tail. With tail threaded on a tapestry needle, graft sts using Kitchener st. Pinch center of piece and wrap with a long piece of yarn to gather. Weave in ends.

If your dad isn’t a bow tie kind of guy, we still have you covered. These 5 projects work up fast and are certain to put a smile on Dad’s face this Father’s Day.

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1. Bias-Knit Tie by Shirley Paden

Is your dad more of a regular tie than a bow tie kind of fellow? Knit him the fun, striped Bias-Knit Tie from Interweave Knits Winter 2005! Adjust the width and colors to suit his style.

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2. Rist Canyon Beanie by Meghan Huber

The Rist Canyon Beanie, originally published in knitscene Handmade 2016, features a variation in the ribbing pattern that keeps things interesting for you but is subtle enough for a picky guy. Pick a classic neutral like gray or navy blue for a hat your dad can wear for years to come.

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3. Mason’s Scarf by Carol Feller

Mason’s Scarf from Interweave Knits Holiday 2016 features beautiful cables in a tweed yarn for a classic look. Sophisticated and masculine, this scarf can take your dad anywhere, from the office to the pub. (If you’re a super-fast knitter, make the companion Mason’s Hat from the same issue for a handsome set!)

4. Daddy & Me Hats by Fatimah Hinds

Make matching hats for you and Dad! The hip beanie shape and classic cables of the Daddy & Me Hats from Love of Knitting Winter 2016 are perfect for dads who like to show a little style; try it in a bold color like green or orange to help your dad stand out from the crowd. Knit a matching beanie for yourself, or try making a larger version of the child’s hat for a different (but coordinating) look.

5. Stout Scarf by Felecia O’Connell

The easy slip-stitch pattern in the Stout Scarf from knitscene Fall 2014 creates a striking menswear look. Select yarn that matches his favorite sports team’s colors for a great game-day accessory, or choose a muted color combination like red and gray for a classic look.

I hope you’ve found some inspiration here for a handmade gift to give your dad this Father’s Day! Of course, one of the great things about dads is that they love whatever you give them, but a handknitted gift is a great way to show Dad how much you care.

What are you making your dad this Father’s Day? Let me know in the comments!


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One Comment

  1. Melissa F at 12:24 pm June 14, 2017

    Rachel, these are great projects however I live in the Southern US and it’s HOT this time of year and my dad works IT. Do you have any quick knits for the man’s office? I would love so make something for him to use at work. Thanks!

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