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Old 06-26-2007, 07:41 AM   #1
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Ideas for Graduation Gift for young man?
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!
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Old 06-26-2007, 09:37 AM   #2
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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?
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Old 06-26-2007, 10:21 AM   #3
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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.
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Old 06-26-2007, 10:25 AM   #4
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Thanks very much for your suggestions!

Originally Posted by marykz View Post
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
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Old 06-26-2007, 10:31 AM   #5
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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
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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...
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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. If I were you I'd go for a hat or scarf of some type. Just my opinion.
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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.
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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

Thanks so much for everyone's help!
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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.

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