Oct 18, 2010

Quick Holiday Knits: For Men

Men can be the hardest people on your list to gift hand-knits. Unlike women – who love the wide variety of colors, textures, and patterns hand-knitting can provide – most of the men I know want something simple, classic, understated, and able to go with anything and everything they already own.

Thankfully, in recent years knit designers have begun to design for men with these very ideas in mind, and our pattern stashes have been able to reap the benefits. Here are my top five patterns for the men in my life – each one of them tested and loved by a man I treasure!

Cigar Mitts. Men don’t want fingerless mitts like women do, one giant hole for all their fingers to fit through. They want something that makes them feel like they’re wearing gloves, but with their fingers free for typing on their computers and working in the yard. The Cigar Mitts pattern from Knitty has hands-down been a favorite amongst the men in my life. I knit all five fingers open at the top, and have yet to have any complaints!

Vancouver Hat. The simplest of hat patterns, perfect for just about anyone on your list. I’ve worked it up in both wools and acrylic yarn, and have had lovely results every time.

Basic Ribbed Sock. While this one calls for you to know their foot measurement, you can work up a pair of what is bound to be their new favorite socks thanks to this wonderful pattern. And now that sock yarns are being made in solid and semi-solid colors from most larger companies, you’re sure to find a color any man on your list will love to wear.

New York Scarf. Perfect for those who take mass transit to work, spend time outside shoveling snow, and in general need to keep their necks warm in style. This scarf has been on my list several times, and I have several friends who don’t leave home without their very own on cold winter days!

Peter Easy. Sweaters may be a bit of a challenge to finish in a weekend, but you can add a vest to your list without too much worry. I’ve got a few friends who love to rock a sweater vest in colder months, and this pattern is the perfect one – easily customizable, tons of sizing options to fit any man on your list, and once you pick the perfect neutral this vest can be worn with anything.

Next Monday we’ll discuss Quick Holiday Knits for women – trickier than you’d think!

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