Crafty types, those who like to give homemade gifts, tend to start thinking about the holiday gift giving season a little earlier than most people. I have something that may offer some help.
The Knitster, 20 Patterns For Hip Knitters by Robbie Dulaney. This photo heavy book has the retro look that hipsters love to love, and the patterns will not look good on your grandma.
The first part of the book includes basic knitting instructions, good if you need a refresher or are planning to gift the book to a new/would be knitter. From there the book is divided into two sections, Projects To Wear, and Projects To Share. The Projects To Wear include
a Poor Boy Sweater,
a Tank Top, mittens, hats, and even
ties. How cute is this bow tie?
The Projects To Share include totes, bags, straps,
a very cute bracelet, and
a giant floor pillow. If you share your house with a furry friend this will become their lounging spot of choice.
My favorite aspect of this book is that all of the patterns are unisex. The sweaters work on boys or girls, and the accessories do not include any lace or ruffles or any other features that might make someone wonder what you were thinking.
The book itself has nice thick pages and a binding that lies flat, both nice features. And did I mention the photos? Photos galore!
If you are knitting for a hip person, there is a good chance you will find something here to make them squeal (but not too much, that would be decidedly unhip). If you know a hip person who likes to knit, they will love everything about The Knitster.