This is the first of Solo Living‘s twelve-week series in the For The Love of Christmas Gift Giving leading up to the Christmas season. With days becoming shorter and colder, and considering the time it takes to create some of these fabulous gifts, we’re kicking off week one of twelve with a lens on KNITWEAR. The time invested to create and make some of these handknits means starting now.
Handknits are truly a luxury item to gift and to receive. The texture and craftsmanship are evident in every item, and every beautiful piece will be completely one-of-a-kind, with both tiny nuances in the piece and a general essence of the maker’s input, handcrafted with time and dedication.
Colours can be custom selected and opportunities for bespoke touches enhance the singularity of each gift. These gifts will become heritage items.
With the Knitwear gift-giving week there are a couple of options and ways to work this – get the kit and knit the knit, or gift the kit and knit together….options are always nice and it is good to have choices in our current day to day situation.
Can you imagine receiving this hand-knit oversized cardigan as a gift? Looking at all the colours, you may even receive an ask for another for the following year!
Or this sweater where you can play stylist with the colours to suit your gift recipient for a totally different look.
The great thing about both of these wearable gifts is the idea that sizing will be very open in each. However if sizing is a concern then this lovely colourful blanket could be just great with all the cozy knitwear benefits putting to bed any sizing worries.
Or for a more minimal look, you might not want to give away these gorgeous blankets once created!
For the traditional hat and scarf combo, which is also not impacted by sizing, these two Merino pieces have a lux oversized feel and you can opt for a wide choice in colours for the scarf.
And the Odd Balls Hat, also in Merino, uses wool from excess yarn and so you have the joy of knowing your hats will be on a sustainably used upcycled approach with each hat being completely unique.
For little friends this beautiful baby hat in superfine merino is totally adorable and a timeless keepsake.
For fun, and to round out your statement knighting gifts these are great stocking fillers or little add-ons. These really cutie decorations would be perfect keepers and reminders to your loved ones every year, which is a great sustainable decorating option.
Knitwear as a gift will mean so much to the receiver. The time, effort, thought and sense of heirloom in a handknit cannot be overstated. As a gift, it can also be a beautiful, unintended gift for the giver. Allowing for the development of a new craft and skill. The meditative possibilities of knitting and the power of creating a gift of such depth and care is a worthwhile endeavour. Making creates a great focus for the coming weeks – for the mind and spirit as we spend more time at home.
To support all new knitters out there we have found some helpful guides to inspire your knitting journey.
This Wool and the Gang book really shows what can be done!
Even before that, some step by step beginner guides are useful support here in this stylish little guide:
and more step by step:
Finally, a Vogue guide to round off future plans and inspiration around the possibilities.
Next week check in for some more bespoke gift giving ideas and please update us on your Knitwear gift giving journey, ideas, challenges, and discussions.
Week One of Twelve complete – cheers!
Just letting you know there are affiliate links contained within this post which means if anything takes your fancy and you decide to buy after following links, Solo Living will receive a small but gratefully received commission.