Dad isn't the type of guy to wear gloves, hats, scarves, or any other accessory for that matter. So this year I thought I'd do a little experiment and see how he does with a pair of knitted socks!
I used the For My Man Socks pattern from Craftsy (note that I used an affiliate link there), and I was knitting right up until December 22nd. The pattern took a while to memorize, but once I got the hang of it, I moved along much faster.
Pattern: For My Man Socks by Laura Nelkin
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine
I think he was shocked to find something handmade in that box, and of course I had to give him and Mom strict care instructions to make sure they don't shrink in the dryer.
Photo by Alex
I know the socks are comfy because I wore 'em myself. I don't know which is sadder: the fact that I can wear my dad's socks or the fact that he can wear mine. (That's me wearing them in the photo above. I guess they are a little big. Yeah?)
But now I'm in trouble. I've set the precedent for handmade gifts, which means I have to come up with something else for next year. AH!
What practical handmade items do you make for dudes who aren't into accessories and sweaters?