knitting for him




Since I learned to knit over a decade ago, I’ve made my fair share of knitted gifts. One year, I cast off the final rows of a hat, just moments before midnight on Christmas eve! Nowadays, with limited time, I generally tend to knit things for myself, or occasionally the children. However, when Debenhams contacted me and challenged me to knit something for the man in my life, to coincide with the launch of their new knitwear range, I was happy to take up my needles. In all the years we’ve been together, I’m not sure that I’ve made a single thing for my husband, Dan. My brother has more than once been the recipient of my knitted gifts: hand warmers, wristbands, and a rather memorable cricket jumper tea cosy. As a result, Dan may have felt that he’d had a lucky escape, but I was sure that I’d found just the right pattern to knit for him.

I have had a picture of this manly cowl pinned to my ‘Knitting’ board on Pinterest for months, and I decided that it was the perfect time to give it a whirl. The pattern is the Lovely Ribbed Cowl from the Purl Bee. I chose some yarn from Loop: Madeline Tosh Vintage in the sublimely named shade, Composition Book Grey. It was a dream to knit with, and the cowl grew apace. A good percentage of it was knitted whilst catching up on my current addiction, the Serial podcast. Knitting and podcasts are a perfect combination, and the cowl was finished in no time. If you’re a knitter, and you’re interested, you can find the project details on Ravelry.

With the final ends sewn in, the cowl was ready to be tried on. I think it must have been a success, because I had to practically wrestle it off Dan to photograph it! So much for my secret thought that he might hate it, and that I’d be able to keep it for myself. Perhaps I shall knit more things for him in the future… although I don’t think I’ll be embarking on a Christmas jumper any time soon. Maybe I’ll start by making something else from my inspiration board.

Knitting on Pinterest

{disclosure: Debenhams provided me with the yarn for this project, and gave me a gift voucher for taking part in the challenge. All thoughts, opinions and knitting are my own.}


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