Father’s Day is this weekend! But there’s still time to make something and there are lots of patterns out there to appeal to the men in your life. The key is to keep the colors masculine and stitches non-lacey. Here are 10 ideas and 15 free patterns that should fit the bill.
- Beer / Soda Cozy – Whether he drinks from a can or bottle, the perfect accompaniment to a special six pack is a quick and easy beer or soda cozy. For a bottle cozy, check out the Beer Cozy How To from Killiecrankie Farms. For those who prefer cans, you can go with the Father’s Day Drink Cozies pattern from Lion Brand.
- Dopp Kit - A Dopp kit is a small bag that is used for storing men’s grooming tools for travel. And it’s one of those traditional Father’s Day gifts, especially when filled with luxury shaving cream and a brand new razor. This Make Up Bag pattern from Coats and Clark might be billed as a women’s pattern, but it’s the same shape as a traditional dopp kit, and worked up in the right colors and filled with the right products, it makes a great gift for the dad on the go!
- Golf Club Covers – If you’ve got a golfer in your life, then you know how much they love their clubs and golf accessories. Keep those pricey clubs safe with custom golf club covers! There are two patterns I found that I had to share. These Golf Club Covers from Lion Brand are fun but classic and easy to customize. On the other hand, these Gopher Golf Club Covers from Red Heart are for the dad who’s love of golf includes a certain Bill Murray film.
- Golf Tee Keeper - This one is via the WayBack machine, so try to keep the snickering to a minimum – after all, it’s not like we hookers don’t have a fair bit of innuendo to deal with! Filled with his favorite brand of tees, the Tee Bag pattern by Priscilla Hewitt is a quick project that’s sure to please the man who likes everything in it’s place.
- Golf Cap / Flat Cap / Scully Cap – These go by many names but their distinctive shape is timeless and transcends trends. Perfect for punk daddies, rude boys, and the most traditional of business-oriented men’s men. This Guy’s Cap pattern, by the brilliant Priscilla Hewitt, is a great interpretation.
- Traditional Ties with a twist – Giving a tie for Father’s Day is an easy go to, but to really show you care you can make it yourself! There are lots of patterns out there, but some of my favorites are the Simple Tie on Crochet Me… the Casual Necktie from Pierrot… and the Crocheted Bow Tie on Louie’s Loops (a perfect warm weather alternative to “the scarf” for Doctor Who fans)!
- BBQ Apron – If the dad in your life is into barbequing, then this BBQ Apron from Sugar’n Cream could be just the thing. This version is a little Fourth of July, but there’s no reason you can’t customize the pocket portion to fit your own recipient’s personality. This site does require registration to access the patterns, but it’s free!
- Running Armband – If the dad you’re crafting for is a runner, he’s sure to appreciate this Running Armband from Cult of Crochet. It’s adjustable and has room for both his phone and his keys. Make it to match his favorite running shoes!
- Remote Control Caddy –
For the slightly more sedate dad (or the runner who needs a break!) this Remote Control Caddy from Cylinda Mathews keeps all his clickers organized and at the ready.Sad news – this pattern’s site has disappeared! For an alternative, check out the Remote Control Caddy by Tink Edwards, a Ravelry download! Unlike the one pictured above, this one is only one sided – so make two and sew them along the top for the same effect!
- Socks – Almost as traditional as the proverbial tie, socks and Father’s day go hand in hand. But handmade socks aren’t just for knitters! With special stitches and lightweight yarn, you can make a pair of Father’s Day Crochet Socks from Lion Brand… or these fancy Crochet Entrelac Socks from Knitter’s Row.
So don’t just head to the big box store – head to the craft or yarn store! Or if you’re like me, your stash should have something. And by Sunday you can have the perfect gift for a special dad in your life – whether he’s your own father, the father of your kids, or someone who you want to honor on this day in a special way.
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