10 Thoughtful Yarn Gift Ideas for Dad this Father's Day

Father's Day is a special occasion to celebrate your dad, grandfather, favorite uncle, or even a friend who is a paternal figure in your life. For the special person, the gift should be obviously special. If colorful yarns are your creative expression, get ready to surprise him with your knitting needles or crochet hooks and accessories. You can make (knit or crochet) heartfelt gifts for your father or paternal figure to show how much you appreciate their presence in your life.

Choose your projects

We’ve got some ideas you can make, even if you are starting with knitting. You can work them with a pair of single-pointed needles or experiment with DPNs and circulars for seamless round projects. In fact, many of these patterns are ideal, even if you are skilled with a crochet hook. Choose any single-ended crochet hooks or interchangeable Tunisian hooks. Attach the cord only if you are working on Tunisian crochet patterns. While a pattern guides you through all the steps, you can also design with the help of a gauge swatch and some calculations.

Select Yarn for your Gift Projects

As you are thinking of yarn gifts, you need to consider the yarn you choose. Merino wool is an excellent choice as the fiber is natural and is warm in winter and cool in summer, thus perfect for all-season projects. If you choose hand-dyed yarns, you can select unique, vibrant colors and variegated hues.

So, let's get started.

1. T-shirts

Knitting or crocheting a t-shirt for your dad is a personalized gift he will surely cherish. You can follow a pattern or take measurements and plan your own. Go for a simple stripe pattern or work out on colorwork to create motifs of his favorite sports team or hobbies. Polo t-shirts are multi-functional, so maybe you can knit one for him.

2. Vests

Vests can be paired alone or layered over a shirt. Knitting or crocheting with soft fibers will make them a gift to cherish. The versatile garment can be knit with a simple stockinette, ribbing, or textured stitch pattern. The classic V-neck or crew neckline, as well as the humble round neck, looks great. There are beautiful patterns for vests that can be styled according to the weather.

3. Apron

Aprons are multi-functional projects that you can make with your knitting needles or crochet hooks. A durable yarn- a polyamide blend is a wonderful option to make your project practical and stylish. If your dad enjoys grilling, consider making a BBQ apron with pockets to hold grilling utensils or spices. Even if your father has a different interest such as gardening, painting or repairs, consider making an apron according to his needs.

4. Scarf

An adorable way to warm him in the cold plus make him look cool, a scarf is a quick and easy knitting as well as crochet project. Choose yarn that feels soft and snuggly in his favorite colors.

5. Hat

Hats are wonderful gifts. Choose yarn in his favorite colors and knit or a crochet with simple or textured designs. If you are a pro at colorwork then include motifs of his interests and hobbies. You can also work duplicate stitches and write World’s Best Dad.

6. Socks

Socks are wonderful gifts, perfect for every occasion. Knit a pair for your dad. Choose DK-weight or sock yarn such as fingering weight. There’re so many patterns to explore. You can buy a skein or even choose scraps from previous knit or crocheted projects to make a stylish pair.

7. Crossbody bag

Crossbody bags are very much in style if you want to stay up with the trend, and they are practical gifts. You can quickly knit one in a basic stockinette or even the humble garter. Crocheting a bag is also wonderful, as you create a sturdy material that works in various ways. Play with colored yarns, explore colorwork, or add duplicate stitches.

8. Tie

Choose a soft and luxurious yarn in your dad's favorite color or a classic neutral shade. Knit a sleek and slim tie pattern, and your dad will have a one-of-a-kind accessory to wear on special occasions.

If you have stash from previous projects, they can work for a quick knitted or crocheted tie. You can get a skein and create a tie and a matching watch strap or purse.

9. Coffee Cozy

If your dad loves coffee, a coffee cozy is a thoughtful and practical gift. Select a durable yarn and knit or crochet a cozy sleeve that perfectly fits his favorite coffee mug. You can experiment with different stitch patterns or incorporate colors of his favorite sports team to make it even more special.

10. Smartphone Case

If your dad is always on his phone, a smartphone case can be a practical and stylish gift. Choose a soft and protective yarn and knit a case that fits his phone model perfectly. Consider adding a button or a flap closure to keep the phone secure. Simple in construction, you can knit the case with STNs or circulars back and forth with either different yarns or once again with a motif. Get your measurements right and choose a stretchy stitch pattern. You can also crochet the case, but again, work with the right measurements and stitch pattern. Crocheted fabric can be a little textured, so make sure your dad won't feel any inconvenience.

These wonderful gift ideas are ideal for your dad or fatherly figure. Make them feel special by choosing the right yarn. Explore Symfonie Yarns offering four curated hand-dyed yarn lines of DK-weight yarn, fingering-weight and worsted weight. Viva (DK) and Bella (worsted-weight) are pure merino wool with a machine washability feature. Luna (DK) is a merino silk blend, and Terra (fingering) is a merino-polyamide blend. Each yarn range opens up endless possibilities for your crafting sessions. Not only are the yarns soft and snuggly but the base yarns and dyes are Oekotex Class 100 certified and can be worn next to the skin safely.

Get ready to dive into gift making!