slow gifts for your loved ones
I am still a bit in shock that November has arrived so soon, but arrived it has. And it brings with it gifting season. Or, it does if you are a knitter, and are planning on making your gifts. Even with lots of time, figuring out what to make for loved ones can be a challenge. We’ve pulled some of our favorite patterns, from sweaters to socks, that we think are great ways to show someone you care.
Aren by Jerusa Neely
Aren is knitted in Crane, our soft mohair and merino blend. The seamed, raglan construction makes it easy to fit and to wear, like a favorite sweatshirt, but even more luxurious. The happy recipient will find themselves reaching for it daily through out winter. To get a perfect fit, measure the chest of one of their favorite pullovers and choose the size that most closely matches.
Butte by Pam Allen
Its doesn't get much better than a bulky sweater, and with a pleasing knit and purl pattern on its raglan yoke, we think Butte is sure to delight any loved one. Knitted in squishy Puffin, this sweater will fly off your needles. To make the dress version be sure to order an extra skein.
Kepler by Pam Allen
Extra-fine merino Phoebe is such a dream to knit with, and Kepler makes the most of the subtle shifts in color with a combination of cables and knit and purl texture patterns. With a deep brim and slouchy fit, Kepler is an on trend hat. You might find you like it so much you have to knit a second one for yourself.
Valdres by Kate Runnings
This sweet hat features a strong color contrast and crisp floral design. With so many shades of Chickadee and Chickadee Organic Heathers, there are endless color combinations to suit whomever you might have in mind for this special hat. Try Honey and Clay for a bright combo, Twig and Shell for a muted option, or Gingerbread and Bird's Egg for something unexpected.
Desafinado by Veronik Avery
Desafinado uses lace weight Piper for a stunning colorwork hat. The soft halo of the yarn gives the pattern an appealing glow and a unique, painterly quality that’s hard to come by in yarn. Any combinations of Piper’s soft shades would be eye catching in this special hat.
Daymark by Bristol Ivy
Knitted in Chickadee in Honey, Daymark is a large triangular shawl for your loved ones to wrap up. Daymark features garter ridges, and a geometric, textured chevron pattern, for a subtle, but fun to knit piece that can worn as a shawl or a scarf.
Alva by Sarah Pope
This enormous shawl is perfect for wrapping up for winter morning walks and evenings sipping cocoa by a fire. Featuring cartridge rib and beautiful knit and purl motifs, Alva is a perfect gift for your closest friends and relatives. Knitted in Chickadee, our springy sport weight yarn, (shown here in Chanterelle) choose the hue that your friend loves most for a gift they’ll never forget.
Hands and Feet
Sunday River by Bristol Ivy
Originally published as part of the Lodge collection, Sunday River is a cozy pair of socks knitted in Phoebe in Saturn. The deep, purple toned blue provides a perfect field for the twisted stitch texture in Sunday River, mimicking currents along the water.
Vane by Carrie Bostick Hoge
These sweet mitts feature an all over cable motif for a subtle and attractive texture. They’re a classic winter staple in Finch in Egret, but would be lovely in a bright pop like Nasturtium, or a deep jewel tone like Malbec.
Abbey Road Socks by Ann Budd
Ann’s delicately cabled socks are knitted in and silk and wool Tern, making them a luxurious gift for tired feet. Tern’s combination of wool and silk, and its multi-ply structure make it a soft and stretchy yarn, perfect for sock knitting. Any shade from Tern’s vintage inspired palette would make a beautiful pair of Abbey Road Socks, but we are especially partial to Rose Quartz, Wheeler Bay, and Kelp, as shown here.
We hope you find the perfect project for anyone who hopes to gift a knitted piece from this list of our favorites. Knitting for others is a special, loving thing, and can help us feel close in this time of social distance and long separation. We wish you all the best this holiday season.