I completed all these this week (yes, I’m knitting round the clock!) This hat and scarf set is a perfect men’ gift – both patterns are from the book Closely Knit, the scarf is in Noro Silk Garden (3 skeins, color #47) and the hat is in The Fibre Company Organik (two skeins, color chocolate brown).
The pillows are knit from a local yarn, ShibuiKnits Merino Kid (wool and mohair blend) in colors pagoda and seaweed – the pattern (Cable & Twist pillows in Interweave’s Knitted Gifts book) called for bulky yarn, so I knit with double strands. The cables and the twists weren’t too difficult, but just interesting enough to get me through knitting a 32-inch rectangle.
The gloves are knit in a wonderful yarn, Rowan Purelife (color bluefaced liecester marl), made from 100% undyed British wool. The pattern is out of the book One Skein, but because I used a different yarn than the pattern recommends, it took two skeins instead of one to do the size medium gloves (unfortunately, I barely got started on the second skein – now I need another project to use up the leftovers . . .)
This scarf is double stranded Ozark Handspun Opulent – this color is Polar Wind. It’s knitted on US 36 needles (like knitting with tree trunks!) It’s a great last-minute project because it knits up in about an hour. The pattern can be adapted to any bulky yarn, and it’s available for free on Purl Bee’s website.
I just finished this hat – one of my favorite projects (probably because it’s knit with six-ply cashmere yarn, which is about as luxurious as you can get). It takes two skeins (really one and a half) so it’s not a cheap project, but well worth it because of how wonderful it looks and feels. The dimple pattern gives it depth and texture (although it’s a little hard on the fingers because of the twisting and turning in the pattern). This yarn is Jade Sapphire zageo 6 ply cashmere, color twilight, and the pattern is available for free on Purl Bee’s website.