Sunday, May 9th, is Mother’s Day! Do you know why moms are the best people to give hand knitted gifts? No, not because moms are obligated to like whatever homemade craft their child gives them. Moms are the perfect recipients for a knitted-by-you gift because it’s something you made, with them in mind. Regardless of what it may look like, the mere fact that you put time, love, and care into making something unique is gift enough.
What to knit for Mom
Here are five knitted gift patterns you can make to honor the mom, mother-in-law, grandmother or anyone maternal in your life. Most of these patterns are easy and/or quick to knit, which is ideal due to the short time we have to finish.
Flowers that won’t wilt
Flowers are a traditional Mother’s Day gift. Let’s face it, mothers or not, women love getting flowers. Knitted flowers are great because they last forever and are simple to make. Flowers for Mom This super easy pattern is for knitting flowers you can put in a vase. All you need are double-pointed needles, and to know how to knit, purl, increase and decrease. Use old knitting needles for the stems and pick out a beautiful vase to display your bouquet. Your “mam” is sure to enjoy these knitted blooms. Rose Corsage This pattern makes a wearable corsage that is both intricate and lovely in appearance. All this project needs, besides the usual yarn and needles, is a brooch back. You can purchase one at your local crafts store. This pattern may be a bit challenging for newbie knitters, but not impossible. The result is a delicate rose mom can wear with pride all day. Also, check out the article, Learn to Knit Flowers for more floral ideas and tips.
Cozy gifts that aren’t cozies
Perhaps you want to knit your mother something she can wear that is cozy, cute, and reminds her of how much you appreciate her. Slippers: Mary Jane anklets This pattern is extra cute and remarkably quick and easy to knit. The total project can be made in roughly 30 minutes. It is knit on two needles and the only extra item needed is the button detail. This is a cool project for newbie and seasoned knitters, as well as, a delightful gift for mothers of all ages. Triangle Garter Stitch with Splash Collar Shawl This colorful shawl will warm any mother’s heart. Don’t let its size deter you. Knit the shawl using mainly Garter Stitch, hence the name, so it should be relatively easy to make. This pattern also offers four alternative yarn color schemes so you can choose the one that best suits your mom. That is, the one that makes her look younger.
The inkless “Mom” tattoo
Tattoos, mothers, and knitting three words not often found in the same sentence, yet they best describe this next knitting pattern. This gift is likely to bring out the youthful rebel in mothers everywhere. Not only is this my favorite pattern for Mothers Day, it is also surprisingly easy. Mom Tattoo Bag If your mom were anything like my mom, she would take the tattoo bag over a real tattoo any day. Knit this purse in Stockinette Stitch, and sew the handles on later. The “mom” tattoo chart is worked mostly in intarsia. You will need different balls of yarn for each color block. This knitted tattoo bag is a painless way to show mom just how much you care. Not to mention, like a real tattoo, the Mom Tattoo Bag should also last forever.
Mother’s Day for moms in need
Many mothers are in need. A great way to give them a gift for Mother’s Day is by knitting for charity. Several charities help mothers by providing knitted blankets and clothes to them and their children. These charities need charitable knitters to knit items that they can distribute to families in need. If your mom knits, then this year for Mother’s Day you both can knit something for a less fortunate mother and her children. Your mother and you will get to spend time together, and another mother will receive much needed clothes or blankets. Knitting a gift for your mom is a great way to remind her of how much she means to you. Whatever way you decide to celebrate this year, make sure you and your mom have a happy Mother’s Day.