View Full Version : Need recommendation for a gift to make for my brother

12-29-2010, 05:58 PM
Does anyone have a recommendation for a knitted gift for my 12-year-old brother? I'm still a beginner at knitting, but I'm solid in what I know (knit, purl, cast on, bind off, seaming, decreasing).

Can anyone tell me what a good present would be, and possibly provide a pattern?

12-29-2010, 09:25 PM
My first suggestion (because of what you already know) would be to try your hand at a hat. There are some great yarns out there that would be sure to please a boy. And at least in my area, knitted hats are the rage for boys and girls.

Here is one:http://www.knitting-crochet.com/cap.html

and if you are on www.ravelry.com there are LOTS more simple hats.

Good luck!

Jan in CA
12-29-2010, 11:09 PM
Let's see..it kind of depends on what he's into and what's in style of course, but here's some easy patterns that might be good ideas.

Fingerless mittens (knit flat and seamed)

Hat (knit flat and seamed)

12-30-2010, 09:23 AM
Unless you are specifically wanting to make garments/accessories, I suggest trying amigurumi. Knitted toys are great for ANY age and make everyone smile. I have the book KnitWit: 20 Projects for Beginners and Seasoned Knitters by Katie Boyette, you can buy it on Amazon. Or search for the word Amigurumi on Ravelry and you get loads of pages of great stuff.

I made a cool dark brown octopus jelly looking thing for my 12 yr old nephew. He LOVES it and thinks it's so cool. You can check it out on my Ravelry page or http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=102115. This was fun and super fast to make, less than 24 hrs for me and I'm still a beginner. You can use any color stash and any round/oblong objects for eyes.

01-04-2011, 12:07 AM
Thanks everyone! I'm going to keep all of those patterns bookmarked for future gift ideas and general projects!

01-05-2011, 10:02 AM
Go on knitty.com and look at their patterns. Knitty is a knitting e-zine. The main site you go to will have the current "magazine" with the current patterns for it. You can also search for older patterns or articles from their previous "magazines". I love the stuff you can make off the patterns from knitty... they're so different and just cool! They have everything from the normal hats, scarves, socks, sweaters, etc. to breast prosthesis, a sling to help you carry your Starbucks (or whatever else) coffee cup, a felted mancala board, angel wings, etc. I've made some stuff from there for Christmas presents and they were always a hit! I did three knitted wristwarmers (beaded) two skull scarves (Yorick pattern) two scarves that looked like cherry blossom tree brances with a few flowers on them (Nagano Sakura pattern) the coffee sleeve pattern (Slingshot pattern) and many more! Lionbrand.com also has some nice patterns but I generally find I have to weed through them to find what I like.