Quick Gift Ideas To Impress Your Dad This Father’s Day

Gifts make everyone happy and handmade gifts make everyone the happiest. The best thing about handmade gifts is that they speak volume of the love and care with which they are made. The gift has a personal touch which makes it special. Gift your father something special this Father’s Day. Vardhman Hand Knitting Yarns brings you ideas which are quick and easy to make with yarns.

Socks
Gifting your dad knitted socks would make a very thoughtful gift. You can also make the socks using crochets.

SocksLaptop/iPad cover
Use vibrant colours to make the laptop cover. It would make him smile every time he takes his laptop out of the bag. This is the apt gift for all the tech-savvy dads!

Laptop SleeveMuffler/Scarf
Knit or crochet your favourite pattern to make a muffler and a classic gift for your dad is all set by tomorrow. It will feel like your warm hug all throughout the winters.
MufflerHeadbands
Headbands are both fashionable and functional. Make a simple striped pattern with a good colour combination and voila! within an evening the perfect trendy gift for your dearest daddy is ready.HeadBand

Wrapping with yarns
Lastly, if you are too late to knit and have already planned to gift him something else, you can use yarns to decorate your gift to make it look warm.
Gift Wrapping

 

 

This father’s day, earn brownie points by making extra effort to surprise your dad with special handmade gifts. It is the gesture that always counts and expresses much more than words ever will.

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Famous Celebrities Who You Cannot Believe Love Knitting.

Gone are those days when only grandmothers around the world used to knit sweaters, today Hollywood celebrities are bringing the cool back to knitting. Don’t believe us, here are a few celebrities who find knitting a pleasure to indulge in, whether as a relaxation technique or to pass the time on movie sets.

 

Julia RobertsJulia Roberts
An avid knitter for years, Roberts is known to gift her hand knitted creations to her fellow crew members. Celebrity A-lister Jennifer Aniston has been spotted wearing many of Roberts’ pieces.

 

Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling
For those who think knitting is still a female pastime won’t believe Ryan Gosling has been bitten by the knitting bug too! Apparently, it all started on the sets of Lars and the Real Girl. The hours waiting in between taping scenes were endless, so Gosling got an all-day lesson from the females on set and he’s been hooked ever since.
Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
Not only does Streep spend her time knitting between takes, but she is also known to introduce her co-stars to the knitting world.

 

Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica ParkerWhile on the set of Sex and the City, Parker picked up the art of knitting back in 2005. She apparently knits whenever she finds the time.

 

Kate MiddletonKate Middleton

Reportedly Middleton is very fond of knitting and wanted to knit a blanket for her royal baby.

 

Ashton Kutcher
ASHTON KUTCHER
Yes, Ashton Kutcher reportedly knits too! It even got him a spot in the Lenovo commercial.

So next time somebody tries to tell you that knitting is for oldies or ladies, pull out this list and nicely tell them they’re wrong.

 

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Knitting Begins With Knowing Your Yarn.

The entire purpose of this very elementary knitting information is to teach the basic differences in yarn types and packaging available in the market. Yarn is packaged (or put up) in different forms, although the differences in yarn packaging shouldn’t have much effect on the yarn you choose, but the shape does determine how you work with them.

BALL
Balls are rounder and shorter, and are not wound to have a center pull end. Many of the popular yarns are sold in balls. If you try to pull from the center of a ball you will get a tangle.
Knitting Ball
HANK
A hank is a long loop of yarn that is twisted into a bundle. You cannot knit directly from a hank, you need to wind hanks into a cake or ball before you can use them.
Knitting Hank
SKEIN
A skein is similar to a ball, but it’s formed into a tubular shape. It’s the typical shape that most people think of when they think of yarn. Most of the yarn brands sell in this form Skein form as it is ready-to-use. It’s very common to hear the word ‘skein’ used to refer to ‘a unit of yarn’.
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DONUT BALL

Donut Ball is center-pull, which distinguishes it from ‘balls’. It is used for packaging slippery luxury yarn that needs to boast its luster. The Donut Ball often depends on a label piercing its open center to give it structure, hence it falls apart once you remove the label and start knitting with it. Donut Balls need to be rewound into balls, without stretching the yarn, and then knit with it in that form.
Knitting Donut Ball
CAKE
A cake is what comes off of a ball-winder, a cylinder with a flat top and bottom. These bundles are center-pull, which means that you can pull the yarn from the center for knitting.
Knitting Cake

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Elegant Turquoise Pullover

Yarn: Vardhman Butterfly Knitting Yarn
Needle No.: 8
Quantity: 480 g

Front: Cast on 112 sts and knit 2X2 border of 1.5”. Then start with pointal and box pattern and in every 8th row decrease 1-1 sts from both the sides till 11”. Knit for 1” then in every 8th row increase 1-1 sts from both the sides till 7”. Later, start shaping the armhole in 3-2-1 manner. Knit for 3” and shape the neckline round in 4.5”. Keep 26-26 sts for shoulder.

Back: Knit same as front but the shape for the neckline to be round in 1” only.

Sleeves: Cast on 44 sts and knit 2X2 rib border for 1.5”. Then start with pointal and box pattern and in every 6th row increase 1-1 sts from both the sides till its 19”. Decrease 3-3-3 sts for armhole shape and cast off all the sts in 3”. Knit the other sleeve likewise.

Neck: Pick neck sts and knit 2X2 rib border for 1.5” and cast off.

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Who Says Kids are Too Young for Knitting?

Knitting is an excellent activity that comes with many benefits for adults and children alike. If you and your children are crafty, or want to be, and are looking for new ways to pass time, knitting should definitely be on the top of your list!  We have listed a few benefits of knitting for children below:

1) Math! Math! Math!
Math is an inherent part of knitting as patterns usually include counting, skip counting, multiplication, division, subtraction, addition, etc. It helps in understanding both basic and complicated math.

2) Improves reading and analyzing
Knitting requires reading and understanding a pattern/instructions. It also enhances reasoning and visualization skills to make the finished product.

3) Nurtures problem-solving skills
While knitting, mistakes happen very often and they are a great opportunity to look back at how the error occurred and figure out how to fix it. Not to forget, this will also make you and your kids more patient.

4) Develops fine motor skills
Knitting, a craft done with both hands, helps children develop an essential skill that connects the right and left brain. This skill is required for overall coordination and everyday errands like writing, putting on socks or hitting a ball with a bat.

5) Boosts Creativity
There is so much that can be made and done with knitting! From choosing the colours to patterns and then customizing the patterns as per your needs, there is endless scope in knitting.

6) Gives a sense of achievement
Since knitting includes a finished product that your child can use or wear (or gift to somebody), it has its own built-in reward system that boosts self-esteem and self-confidence.

Knitting is a purposeful and tactile way to improve all of the above skills and abilities and that in itself is priceless!

Happy Crafting!

 

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