Gifts for Girls and Guys

It may be bright and sunny in Colorado, but the season of holiday knitting is upon us! If I were a more organized person, I’d be busily working up a stash of unisex gifts for spontaneous giving.

Here are two of my favorite projects from the Winter 2012 issue of Knits. Both show off one classic technique in a timeless accessory. Plus, they’d look great in masculine or feminine colors, making perfect choices to squirrel away for a last minute present.

First off, Charles D. Gandy’s Hallgrim Hat and Mitten Set. I love the simple elegance of twisted stitches, and the architectural look they have twining across a reverse stockinette ground. I’d make these for myself in a poppy fuchsia, but they’d make a great men’s gift in a rich brown or blue.

Filatura Di Crosa Sportwool in 1672 Dark Orchid Heather and 1676 Dark Taupe Heather, distributed by Tahki-Stacy Charles Inc.

Next is Professor Jackson’s Scarf. The classic houndstooth pattern is knit in the round for simplicity and warmth. Knit up in luxurious Koigu in a sophisticated teal and taupe, it has a richness that looks great on men and women. Personally, I’d go for a mushroom and cream or blush pink to add some lightness to my winter coat.



Koigu KPM solids in 0000 (cream), 2393 (mushroom), and 1101.5 (blush). Photos, Jimmy Beans Wool.

What gifts are on your list?

Happy knitting,

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