Six best Father’s Day knitting and crochet patterns

Father’s Day is coming up, and we’re all searching for the perfect gift for Dad. If your dad is like mine, he’s notoriously hard to shop for. That’s just another reason handmade gifts are the way to go! I have a few knit and crochet patterns in mind for this Father’s Day, but I haven’t quite decided which one to make. Take a look, and let me know which one is your favorite!

Caddy Cables

I LOVE crocheted cables, and my dad loves simple and comfortable clothes, so the Caddy Cables Vest would make a great gift. My dad’s not a golfer, but he could wear this casual and handsome piece to the movies, out to a restaurant, or just about anywhere. Take your dad out for a nice meal, and he’ll have just the occasion to wear it!

Amber ale

For an even more casual look, the Amber Ale Vest would be a cool layer for Dad to wear when he’s hanging out with friends or family. The hood is a fun detail, and the quarter-zip style makes it classic and comfortable.

Harrison

If your dad works in an office, a sweater is a fabulous go-to gift. The Harrison Sweater features an easy basketweave crochet pattern and button closure, making it a timeless cardigan he’ll wear for years.

Nottingham

For a knit cardigan, you can’t beat the Nottingham Sweater! Classic cables and a zipped front make this piece an awesome choice for dads of all ages. I like how there’s just a hint of a contrasting color along the edges.

Harbor Vest

The Harbor Vest is a handsome Tunisian crochet pattern that would make a wonderful Father’s Day gift. The subtle diamond stitch pattern gives it a hint of style without overpowering the simple design many dads love.

Fair Isle on the Fairway

Finally, if your dad is into color, the Fair Isle on the Fairway Vest will be the perfect gift! Choose your dad’s favorite colors for a thoughtful personalized present he’ll always treasure. As a bonus, we also have a FREE pattern for matching golf club covers!

Which one of the patterns above is your favorite? We’d love to hear what you’re making Dad for Father’s Day this year, so leave us a comment below and let us know!

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Help! I’m crazy for crocheted cables!

Have you ever found a technique or stitch that absolutely steals your heart? Right now, I’m smitten with crocheted cables, and I can’t get enough of them! There are so many variations to try, so I keep making swatches to test them out.

Crochet cableI usually make my cables using post stitches because there are so many ways you can work them. Check out this swatch I whipped up using front post double and treble stitches. I can’t decide what to make with this stitch pattern, but I’m head over heels for it!

I also wanted to play around with other ways to crochet cables, so I swatched up this variation using an easy technique of crocheting into skipped stitches. I love the diagonal ridges it creates, and this stitch would make a warm and cozy blanket worked in a bulky yarn like this one.

Rattan wrap cable

bubble gum twistIf you want to give crocheted cables a try (careful – they’re addictive!), take a look at these inspiring patterns. The Bubble Gum Twist hat from the Crochet More Issue is a fantastic way to test the waters because it can be stitched up in a day. These cables are created with front post double and half double stitches,  and they really make this hat stand out.

Simple cabled cardi

The Simple Cabled Cardi from the Winter 2013 Issue uses post stitches to create the ribbing and the stunning cabled design on the back. This would make a great everyday cardigan, and you can wear it all year round. I’m thinking basic black for mine, but what color would you choose?

Rattan wrap

Finally, the Rattan Wrap from the Fall 2014 Issue is the pattern that inspired my bulky swatch above. The cables on this design are created by crocheting into a skipped stitch to the right of the stitches just worked. On this wrap, the cabled pattern is worked in a lace weight yarn to create a more delicate look that still has plenty of texture. This design screams fall to me, and I’m dying to try this stitch pattern in a finer yarn.

Have you ever tried crocheted cables? Did you use post stitches, crocheting into a skipped stitch, or a different technique? If you haven’t taken the plunge yet, the Winter 2013 Issue has a super helpful Stitch Dictionary that will introduce you to three fun cabled stitch patterns. Give it a shot, then tell us about your experiences with crocheted cables here or on our Facebook page!

Cables aren’t just for knitters!

LOC Winter cablesIf you haven’t tried crocheting cables yet, make 2014 the year you learn this versatile new skill! In our Winter 2013 Issue, you’ll find a helpful Stitch Dictionary, written by Lorna Miser, that will walk you through the process of learning 3 different cable patterns. All of these patterns are worked using post stitches, which truly are simple once you know where to insert your hook.

We’re in love with crocheted cables, and we especially enjoy using them in warm winter sweaters. What do you like making with them, or what would you like to make? What are some of your other favorite ways to use post stitches?