Knitting and crochet may seem like a strictly women’s-only sport, but guys get in on the action too. A number of our fellow Ravelers hail from the boys club and are stitchin’ proud!
For those fellas in your life that haven’t seen the light and crossed over into the world of knitterly heaven, Father’s Day is just around the corner and a perfect opportunity to give something special.
Fathers are acknowledged and celebrated around the world throughout the year. The majority of countries celebrate on the third Sunday of June (or June 15th this year), with our friends down under throwing parties on the first Sunday in September. For a complete list of Father’s Day dates around the world, check out this list on Wikipedia.
Crafting for dad
Gifts can range from simple to complex, hats to aran sweaters, and everything in between. With so many patterns on Ravelry, it’s hard to decide what to make dad for Father’s Day.
Over on the Patterns board, there’s a thread started to come up with Father’s Day ideas. Ravelers are making their Father’s Day pattern suggestions over at Theme Pattern Seekers, and cherryred8 also is scouring the pattern search to come up with an elite list of ideas. Scarves, hats, dishcloths, and socks are pretty popular suggestions.
What have you made for dad? Was their one project that was such a success? Suggest it here, as well as your specific traditions and celebrations. This information will be included at the end of the pattern list to help you out.
There’s a number of places your male crafter can wonder around on Ravelry. Group topics abound: Men Who Crochet, Men Who Knit, and S-M-A-C-K! (aka, Straight Men Also Crochet & Knit), CGOA Men Who Crochet Chapter cater to our other halves.
There’s even a group for our Ravelry Grampa himself, aka Casey’s father, that’s knitting up an afghan after Thom injured himself. Join Thom’s Afghan to help out. Afghans also are being made for S-M-A-C-K founder Joel’s daughters and wife. Information is available in the group Afghans for Joel’s Girls.
Need some ideas on what to make? Knitting For Boys is a great resource. Socks for Soldiers Inc. is whipping up a little something special for a good cause as well.
Give some fiber
If you haven’t made anything yet, there’s still time. And World Wide Knit In Public Day is the day before – prime time to get a lot of craft time in. And don’t forget all the grandpas, uncles, brothers and friends. They need fiber too!
A few more recent threads where folks are talking about dad-friendly patterns.
• Knits for Men: Your Favorite Patterns
• Elegant Mens Scarf, Suggestions?
• Father’s Day Hat Quest
Originally published June 9, 2008 in This Week In Ravelry (issue #19). Photo courtesy of Kate Hamilton