Friday, January 6, 2012

Gifts for Guys: 3 Takes on Beanies

The guys in our families received crocheted beanies from us for Christmas this year. The basic beanie seemed a little dull, though, so I had fun choosing something unique to each brother.

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In my family we drew names and Nolan got one of my younger brothers. For Mike I made the beanie from a wool/synthetic blend yarn that was really soft and warm, in a gray and black blend. It turned out so nice and thick, and just a little big for him, so he had fun playing with different ways of rolling up the brim.

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Nolan’s sister’s husband is a HUGE Oregon State Beavers fan, so his beanie was made in black and orange. I did the first third in orange, then a single double stitch row in black, followed by two rows in orange, two in black, one in orange, and then four or five in black. Until I added the final row of single stitched orange, it looked a little Charlie Brown to me. He enjoyed wearing it while holding our newest niece who was fast asleep.

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One of Nolan’s brothers is really into the mustache trend. I’m sure he’d like to think he helped start it considering he’s had a mustache for some ten years or more. I followed THIS tutorial for crocheting a handlebar mustache and then sewed it onto the hat. This one was the gift I was most excited to give. I knew my bother-in-law would love it. But, of course, it somehow missed the bag of gifts and we didn’t realize it until we were handing out gifts at Nolan’s parents’, an hour and a half away from the beanie. I had Nolan model it for me (he’s a reluctant model).

I love how I was able to make unique gifts for these guys in a very inexpensive way. I’m loving crocheting!

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