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kdfrazier
06-26-2007, 07:41 AM
could anyone please give me any suggestions about a graduation gift to make for a young man off to college? And yes, I'm late in getting this to him :rollseyes:

i once saw a knitted book cover that looked great (online) but the directions weren't well suited for someone like me - an advanced beginner :)

I would appreciate any help!

marykz
06-26-2007, 09:37 AM
maybe a big pillow for the bed to lean on and do homework on? There are some easy book covers too... or a nice roomy (simple) raglan sweater? or a great big "market" type bag to put laundry in?

BostonBecca
06-26-2007, 10:21 AM
Where is he going to school?

If somewhere cold, then a hat and scarf or mittens would be nice. Or they make those coffee cup holders http://www.magknits.com/warm04/patterns/java.htm . Those would have to be in les girly colors.

I think a hat is really the way to go however, if they are going anywhere that has a real winter. It's still "manly" in a way that a lot of things might be considered "manly" and the first year is the year you make a lot of friends and are self conscious about how you appear to others in college.

kdfrazier
06-26-2007, 10:25 AM
Thanks very much for your suggestions!

There are some easy book covers too...

Where would I find a pattern for an easy book cover? I know that this fella is a bookworm :)

redheadrachel
06-26-2007, 10:31 AM
I think all the suggestions so far are good. Hand-knit hats/scarves/gloves are always super nice and extremely useful for colege students, as are the coffee cup holders, etc. I also liked the idea of the huge pillow and stuff to lay on, because we can always use extra seating and stuff like that in a dorm room.

And, since a lot of guys are knitting these days, and it's actually getting more common on college campuses, you could get him some needles, yarn, and a couple free lessons :)

marykz
06-26-2007, 12:27 PM
I saw a cute one on craftster:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=156789.0
its adjustable, and looks really easy to make. it isn't felted, but it looks durable.
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I also had bought a couple simple patterns from e-patternscentral.com but I can't seem to find them right now... one was striped, one was cabled and one had a pocket for glasses. basically rectangles, folded over and sewn at the edges...

Kaydee
06-26-2007, 12:56 PM
Hmmm, well I didn't know anyone in college (and I just graduated last year) that used book covers. So IMHO that might not be the best way to go. Plus I'm not sure how willing a boy would be to put a knitted cover on his book.:shrug: If I were you I'd go for a hat or scarf of some type. Just my opinion.

Orangeus
06-26-2007, 02:19 PM
I vote for a beanie too. I can't think of very many guys that hate beanies. Unless he's going to like, Arizona or something, hahah.

kdfrazier
06-26-2007, 02:31 PM
Ummm... good point about the book cover. See how out of it I am ???

So since I haven't knitted a hat yet, what would be the simplest way to go? I CAN knit a scarf :cheering:

Thanks so much for everyone's help!

Stiney
06-26-2007, 02:32 PM
I vote for the hat and beanie, too. Like Kaydee, I've never seen anyone use a book cover (except those book socks, and even then people only used them because you HAD to cover your textbooks in grade school/high school). Scarves and hats are easy and functional, and most people use them, if they live in the right climate. :thumbsup:

(Scarf Pro: Doesn't have to fit. Scarf Con: takes longer to knit. Hat Pro: Fast knit Hat Con: has to fit.)

Braden
06-26-2007, 03:17 PM
I would knit an oversized sweater, machine washable. Or, a hat/scarf/mitten set.

BostonBecca
06-26-2007, 03:22 PM
Ribbed hats are a great way to make sure that the hat will fit without measuring the person, because they are so stretchy!

http://kisknit.wordpress.com/2006/08/31/fo-second-chemo-cap-plus-the-pattern/

You can just make it to the standard male head size or thereabouts and it should stretch to fit the person's head.

Jeremy
06-26-2007, 03:33 PM
I vote for a beanie too. I can't think of very many guys that hate beanies. Unless he's going to like, Arizona or something, hahah.

I wear a "beanie" every day.:roflhard:

knitwit88
06-26-2007, 03:41 PM
http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/PATTsatchel.html
http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/PATTmanlymitts.html
http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/PATTtychus.html
http://www.morehousefarm.com/Original/Pattern/duJour/17/
http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATTleo.html

Sanibelle
06-26-2007, 04:00 PM
Knitwit88 posted a link for the knitty satchel. That was going to be my suggestion too. I think that would be a great laptop case if he has one.

DeAnzaJig
06-26-2007, 07:31 PM
I know you haven't mentioned colors, but I think it would be cool if you knit his scarf or hat or whatever you end up knitting in his school colors.

kdfrazier
06-26-2007, 10:36 PM
Yes, I think using the school colors would be the best way to go! Blue & gold here I come!!