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tajhia
« on: December 04, 2007 04:07:25 PM »

I have had it sprung on me that I have to take part in a Christmas Present swap just before Christmas...  basically everyone makes one present takes it to the event and receives one in return.

I want to do something knitted but can't work out exactly what...

The main problem is that while the majority of the people there will be women there will be at least one man and I can't guarantee who will get my present.  Also the ages of the participants range from late teens up to folks approaching retirement age.....  oh and I would like to be able to use yarn out of my stash if at all possible and only have 2 weeks to knit it in (along with finishing a sweater for my eldest daughter for Christmas day!)

Sooooooo

any suggestions for a pattern to make something that is gender neutral, suitable for any age range and very quick to knit?  It probably will have to be a pattern that I can find online too as I doubt I will have time to get out to a shop to buy a pattern.
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sassy-pants
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2007 04:13:03 PM »

An entrelac scarf is easy, quick, gender-neutral (so long as your colors are) and quite impressive looking.  Oh!  And you can use out of your stash.  They're awesome Smiley

Check out this tutorial:
http://wolfandturtle.net/Yarnpath/index.php/Yarnpath/comments/all_aboard_the_entrelac_express/
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2007 04:24:05 PM »

Hows your weather?
Im thinking fingerless gloves or mittens in a dark color. Like dark green or something.
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2007 06:38:31 PM »

You could do a basic hat in a rib pattern...gender-neutral knitted items are hard to come by!  I feel for you!
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mpower4
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2007 10:33:50 PM »

Christmas ornaments!!  You could knit a few of them.  Or you could knit a stocking and fill it with trinkets (candy) that all ages and genders can enjoy!  This page has a bunch of christmas patterns:

http://knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/christmas.php

There's also this tree, which is cute, but you'd probably have to buy yarn specifically for it.

http://www.monster-yarn.com/fun-fur-xmas-tree-pattern.html
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akneedler
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2007 03:57:35 PM »

I'm all for that two-button scarf that was on here a while ago.  I've made three (doesn't take much yarn) for gifts and for a fund-raiser.  In a gender-neutral color they're sophisticated and stylish. (and easy and cheap and quick but no one else has to know that!) Here's a link to the pattern and the original posts I read about it...

http://www.software4knitting.com/pinteractivepatterns/demo.htm

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=197489.0

Hope this helps!
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HomekeepingGran
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2007 01:31:53 PM »

Perhaps some neutrally colored washcloths with a similarly neutrally fragranced bath soap?  In a gender-neutral basket, of course! 

(Yes, I'm new, but haven't found an "Introduction" area yet.  What am I missing?)
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knit_north
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2007 01:44:34 PM »

how about a cabled hat? this one is v basic and *in my eyes* would be cool for male/female ..  teenager or retiree: http://www.stitchcafe.com/freepatterns.html

oh and HomekeepingGran welcome!
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