Patterns, Tips

Last minute Father’s Day knits

It’s Father’s Day this Sunday – but don’t panic there is still time to produce a quick knitted gift. And what can be nicer than a personalised, handmade present.

Here are our suggestions for the perfect Father’s Day knits.

fathers day knits

June might seem an odd time to produce a woolly hat. But think about the British summer – that hat will come in very handy on that walk in the country or coast when the howling gale descends or sitting up late in the garden when the temperature drops suddenly. And if not, it will come into its own for gardening in the autumn.

There are dozens of free beanie patterns on Ravelry like the Man Hat pictured above – click here to find them.

Also perfect for sudden summer temperature drops and autumn outdoor tasks are fingerless gloves. Be careful in your choice here – many experienced gift knitters have found that some men make a big distinction between fingerless gloves (with the cut off fingers) and mitts (no fingers at all). Only the former like the Sunrise Gloves (top right) are acceptable. Fingerless mitts may be regarded as too girly!

For some of us socks would take a bit longer, but we know some of you are really speedy knitters and could turn a pair out by Sunday. Our top tip here is to go for a plainish pattern with a lovely self-striping yarn rather than complicated cables for a last minute gift. Or how about a tie – you can find a free pattern from Sirdar here.

And if your dad isn’t a fan of wearing wool (we accept there are people like that!), how about a phone or iPad cozy. You could go for something like the Cabled iPad Sleeve (pictured) or go for a ribbed sock-style cozy along the lines of the Snitty iPod Sock and use up some remnants of smart sock yarn.

You will probably have a suitable pattern on your shelf and some suitable yarn in your stash, so there’s plenty time to create a lovely gift. If you don’t have the right pattern why not take a look at what some of our members have to offer in men’s knits – Designer YarnsKing Cole, Thomas B. RamsdenRowanSirdar and Stylecraft. You can also find a list of free men’s gift patterns on All Free Knitting.

Share pictures of your Father’s Day gift on our Facebook page or tweet us at @UKHKA

Also pictured:
Time Traveler Socks
Carmichael Fingerless Gloves 

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