Gift ideasWhat better way to show someone how much they mean to you than to make something for them with your own hands? OK, I'm sure there's an answer to this question somewhere out there, but you get the idea. As a recipient of presents that have been knitted or crocheted, I cherish these items because I know the time my friends spent creating them. One of the great things about this craft is that there are a number of free patterns available on the Web for you to choose from. To give you an idea of the range of things you can make as gifts, I've selected some patterns that I thought were especially nice.
Downloadable patternsI LOVE this baby hat. It's listed at my current skill level (easy) so I'm going to try and make it for a friend's daughter. I'm also going to see if I can find a way to make it for myself! Lion Brand
Click here to download the pattern from the Lion Brand web site. Another pattern from Lion Brand, they call this one the "Celebrity Scarf: Linda Evans." I've seen similar scarves in stores and thought they were a bit costly but, as you can see, a great accessory for a plain black dress. Now I can make my own.
Click here to download the pattern. This pattern comes from the Yarn Forward site. A nice gift for either men or women, it's one of those versatile pieces that can complement any wardrobe. Yarn Forward is a crafts supply site with a nice collection of patterns in the Free Stuff section. They've even got a pattern for Golf Club Covers.
Click here to print out the pattern for the Knitted Bomber Jacket pictured. Misty McLaughlin designed this baby blanket and made her pattern available for free on the Web. I think the design has such a classic simplicity that this blanket can be passed on for generations. The pattern is available on Barbara Breiter's Knitting on the Net site (of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Knitting & Crocheting fame).
Click here to download the pattern. Check out the Additional Resources page for links to sites with free patterns.