Clothing like sweater, scarves, mittens, and caps are often the first thing that comes to mind when the subject of knitting comes up. A long time knitter has certainly created their share of such items. While these clothing are considered the staple creations among the knitting community, why not spice it up a little?
With enough experience and the right combination of yarn, you can add a touch of flavor to your knitting. Adding designs can boost sentimental value, especially if you intend on giving them away as gifts. This will make it far less likely for the recipient to throw it out or give it to the Goodwill if they ever grow out of it.
The design can emphasize your relationship with the recipient. For instance, if knitting a sweater as a gift for a teacher, then weave a design of an apple into the sweater. It could be a whole apple or a bitten one. If you really want to get creative, then make it a bitten apple with a worm sticking out.
Such designs can also be incorporated to suit the occasion. Adding words like “best mother on Earth” on a sweater will have your mother in tears when presenting it to her as a gift on Mother’s Day.
Perhaps you have an uncle who served valiantly in Vietnam and loves to reminisce about his days in the service. In this case a sweater with an American flag or a military insignia would be appropriate.
Aside from designs, it’s also a terrific idea to think completely outside the norm and knit items besides the usual sweater and socks.
If you can’t think of any unique knitting ideas, just think about what is hip and trendy right now. We live in a portable digital age, how about a case for a labtop or a Kindle reader?
What about going green? Why not knit a shopping bag? This will prevent grocery bags from being needlessly wasted. This would be a great gift idea for that environment loving friend of yours.
Everyone is also trying to find an economical way to stay warm these days. There is a popular item that should pop in your mind right now: the Snuggie! Instead of buying one for twenty bucks, why not knit your own?
Here’s one more suggestion. What about pet owners? I have come across pet owners who treat their dog or cat as if it were their own children. Don’t you think they would love a doggie or cat sweater?
These are just a preview of ideas to give you an idea of what’s possible. There really is no limit, so take your knits and craft to the next level!