Editor’s choice: Knit a nifty gift for teens!
Merion sang the praises of Nancy Ricci’s Audrey Gloves in the last Editor’s Choice post – so what else has she found to knit ahead for teenagers for Christmas and Thanksgiving?
This week I’m thinking about teens. Long ago, hats were very uncool and messed up teenage hair styles all over the world, but this is no longer the case. Teenage boys feel naked without some form of hat and teenage girls love hats almost just as much!
I have many nephews, all very cool and handsome (as all nephews are) – and I could knit them all jumpers for Christmas when they were small, but now that they are strapping young men, there’s no way I could knit five MAN-sized jumpers before Christmas! Hats are a fabulous knitted gift – they don’t take too long to make, and you can splurge out on yarn you love without breaking the bank.
What do teens wear?
From my current research, there are three basic hats that teenagers like to wear: the beanie, the slouch, and the bobble.
Beanie hats can be simple, or include anything from bands of colour to geometric colourwork or fair isle patterns. Slouch hats need to be softer, and longer, to allow for the “slouch” and generally textured patterns work better to aid the slouch, than colourwork.
Bobble hats are combinations of combinations of any hat with a fabulous pom pom on the top!
I love this Intertwined Slouch Beanie by notenoughneedles. It comes in seven sizes, from little one to adult, and takes less than 100g DK yarn! This is slouchy enough for the teenage bed head, with a very simple cable that is a wonderful introduction to anyone who hasn’t yet tried knitting cables!
Your favourite DK yarn will work very well here – whether in bright acrylics (try Paintbox Yarns Simply DK), semi-solid luxury (hello Fyberspates Vivacious DK) or eco-warrior style undyed wool (gorgeously sheepy, West Yorkshire Spinners Blue Faced Leicester Naturals DK).
Ah, the slouch. Now here is a fabulous pattern for a classic slouchy hat, which uses just knit and purl. A simple rib followed by some alternating texture between garter bands and stocking stitch – and this texture helps to weigh the hat into its fabulous slouch! It’s knitted in a worsted or aran weight yarn, so it’ll work up fast too!
For zingy hipsters, perhaps some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in Lime (502) or Copper (80) – this brilliant blend is fabulously warm (the injection of cashmere makes a big difference!), for rule breakers, the latest yarny craze for speckles might be fun with Cascade 220 Superwash Splatter and for those crazy nephews and nieces who just hang about outside in the cold being cool, choose some neon brights with ONline Linie 20 Cora!
Introduce some fair isle technique with this stunning Snowlight hat by Katie Flora. Slightly beret shaped, but with beautifully simple colourwork, Snowlight is possibly my favourite yet! I love the pom pom too! If you haven’t yet tried this kind of colourwork, making a small project is the best way to start.
You’ll need some aran weight yarn – Katie suggests Cascade 220, which comes in an outrageous 141 shades, but you might also love MillaMia Naturally Soft Aran, which has a tight twist that creates great stitch definition for colourwork.
Bobbles are wonderful fun to make – and a pom pom maker will make short work of them! I love this design by Clare Devine – the cables work beautifully with the semi-solid yarn. Malabrigo Worsted would be wonderful here, with its squishy softness and thrilling shade palette, but this would knit very nicely in Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran too, in one of the 60 colours in the range!
A perfect beanie! This is a fabulous stash buster to use up DK yarn, but Buzybee has made it here in King Cole Merino Blend DK. Knitted flat, it’s a simple rib that is an ideal first beanie, and it’ll be such a quick knit, you’ll be able to make a few easily before Christmas!
Explore our wonderful hat patterns – you’re bound to find the right one! We’d love to see your pictures too! Don’t forget to upload it to our Community!
Last updated: December 8th, 2016.