Sunday, January 4, 2015

Hand Knit Christmas Socks for Dad

My dad is finally getting a mention on the blog! I'm ashamed to say this was the first Christmas I'd ever given him something handmade.

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?


  1. These socks are great! At least you had them done by the 22nd… I was up all night long on Christmas Eve (into Christmas Day) sewing pajama pants for my nephews and niece.

    I tried making my dad a knit hat once, the same year that I knit hats for my brothers, but I think his wife ended up wearing it. Then, I know he is always cold, so I made him a minky backed throw… which his wife put onto the spare bed in the grandkids/spare toy room. *sigh* So, hmmm…

  2. wow-those look great!
    i can never get past the 1st sock,lol ; )

    ~~happy new year~~


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