If you’re struggling to think of a gift to give your husband for Christmas, then a homemade gift could be the perfect solution. Last year I made my husband a scarf to give to him and he loved it. This item was hand-made, and so shows my love for him and willingness to make it, and it’s a functional item that he can use all winter long. Here are some simple instructions to help you to make your husband a scarf that he’ll love.
Crochet hook (the size hook you use is down to personal preference, the yarn that you pick, and the appearance that you want. I used a fairly large hook.)
Yarn (two colors of your choice; I used soft orange and brown wool and needed several skeins of each.)
Time to crochet (not really a material, but you should be aware of how quickly or slowly you crochet and allow yourself enough time to complete the project. I did a lot of crocheting while watching TV, talking, etc.)
1. The first thing that you’ll need to do is decide whether you want to surprise your husband with his gift, or let him know about the scarf in advance. If you want to surprise him, then you’ll need to figure out how long you want the scarf to be. I recommend basing it off of a scarf he already has that you know is a good length on him. You’ll also need to pick out which two colors you want to use; it’s a good idea to pick out colors that he often wears. For example, black or brown with a brighter accent color usually works well for men. Finally, if you make the gift as a surprise, you’ll need to work on it when he’s not home and keep it hidden.
I told my husband about my project in advance. This way, he helped to pick out the colors, and I could measure the scarf on him as I worked on it to get the exact fit that he wanted. It also meant that I didn’t have to be as sneaky.
2. Buy yarn. I used a chunky knitting wool similar to this. As I made quite a large scarf, I needed about six skeins of the main color (orange) and about four of the accent color (brown). We picked brown as my husband’s coat is brown and we wanted it to match, and orange to add an infusion of color. The yarn is chunky and very soft. Make sure to keep the labels of your yard so that you can get the same kind again if you run out.
3. Measure the width. Because of the horizontal stripes in the scarf, I had to crochet the scarf width-wise rather than longways. This means that there are far more rows (and more possibilities for mistakes/uneven rows). Determine how wide you want to the scarf to be and make sure to count your stitches! I made my scarf fifteen stitches wide (about six inches with the edging to be added later).
4. I double crocheted the whole scarf to make it go faster, and also to get a bigger, looser, more masculine feel to the scarf. Also, make sure to keep crocheting from the same side of the scarf (if you flip it over, you’ll get indented stripes).
5. Crochet five rows of the accent color (brown), then cut off the yarn and tie to the main color (orange) and crochet another twenty rows.
6. Crochet one row of accent (brown); one of main (orange); five of accent (brown); one of main (orange); one of accent (brown).
7. Crochet another twenty rows of the main color (orange). Repeat the stripe effects (step six).
8. Repeat step seven (twenty rows of the main color followed by the accent stripes) until scarf has reached the desired length. For my husband’s scarf there are twelve sections of the main color.
9. Finish the length with five solid rows of the accent color (brown).
10. Add a border around the entire scarf with a single hooked row of the accent color (brown). (This gives it a more even appearance.)
11. Make sure to tuck in any loose ends and smooth down the yarn.
12. Wrap and give to your hubby for Christmas. Enjoy watching them wear their beautiful new scarf.