I've fallen into the habit of knitting at least two gifts for Christmas. This year I'm considering attempting one knitted gift for everyone because I've gotten a pretty good head start. AKA I've made one hat!
For my mom and dad, a classic hat...
Pattern: A Hat Fit For a Boyfriend
Yarn: Lion Brand Amazing (Joann's)
Cost: Free pattern, Yarn $4-5
ETA: This first one took me a month of knitting on and off
My mother works on a local farm. She is known as Farmer Kit and I think what she does is really cool. While on the job, she does things as varied as driving a tractor to tying fancy bows for wreaths. Since she is frequently outside I decided to knit her a hat that is warm and also easy to spot if she puts it down or loses it.
I use this yarn a LOT, mostly because it is the perfect yarn for the mitten pattern I like to use. I have made 3 pairs of mittens from it. This yarn has great colorways and is also fairly soft for a wool/acrylic yarn. The changing colors with a crazy stripe here and there keep me wanting to knit.
I've found I enjoy knitting very classic styles. They tend to produce great results without a lot of fuss and this hat fit the bill perfectly. It is very well written and easy to make but looks great, and as an added bonus it is a mens pattern that a man would actually wear. The downside is my gauge was a little off and so this hat is a tad short - it doesn't quite cover my earlobes! I'll be adding a brim I guess.
Wool makes my Dad itchy, so he'll be getting a version of it in this yarn and colorway: