For the Graduate

Every year when graduation time rolls around I can't believe these little babies I've known since day one are graduating from high school (or college!).

When I graduated, I got lots of checks, which was great, but I also got a handknitted blanket. I still have that blanket, and every time I see it, I remember so fondly the great-aunt who knitted it for me.

So I send a check to my graduates, but I like to include a little knitted goodie as well. I haven't knitted a blanket for anyone yet, but I'm sure I will at some point. Here are some ideas for knitted gifts for the graduate in your life:

Plein Air Tote
By Amanda Scheuzger

Every girl needs an oversized tote, and this one is really special.

Counterpane cables make up the sides of this knitted tote. The bag features a dense knit in a blend of llama/wool yarn, great structure, a fabric lining, and leather handles.

It's perfect for carrying large, heavy objects—like school books!

Knit this for a high-school grad, and she'll be the envy of all of her college buddies with their boring backpacks.

Professor Jackson's Scarf
By Ivete Tecedor

A blown up houndstooth pattern is classic made modern in this knitted scarf.

It's also the perfect customizable gift. Make it in your grad's college colors and he'll wear it constantly!

It's fun to knit, too—you'll want to keep going to see the pattern emerge.

The stranded colorwork scarf is knit as a tube with seamed ends so there's no messy wrong side.

Saffron Cables
By Kathy Zimmerman

Wrap your grad in a giant hug with this beautiful knitted afghan.

Kathy scaled her striking arrangement of cable crossings to the generous proportions of this cozy blanket.

Ropelike strands weave in and out on a background of reverse stockinette stitch, and seed stitch forms a deep border around the edges.

A cushy blend of wool and alpaca will keep your grad warm on chilly mornings.

This one would be great in school colors, too!

Friday Slippers
By Kristen TenDyke

This is a super-fast easy knitting pattern. They're unisex and easy to size, too, so you can knit a pair for all of the grads on your list.

Short-rows shape the instep and the button closure keeps the slippers snugly on the feet!

Recipients will love these cozy slippers.

I hope you'll knit one of these fantastic projects for the graduates in your life. There are lots more projects in the Knitting Daily Shop, too.


P.S. What was your favorite graduation gift that you gave or received? Share it with us in the comments!

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Kathleen Cubley

About Kathleen Cubley

Hello daily knitters! I'm the editor of Knitting Daily. I've been obsessed with knitting for about ten years now and my favorite projects are sweaters. I like the occasional smaller project, but there's nothing like yards of stockinette with a well-placed cable or a subtle stitch pattern here and there. I crochet a bit now and then—especially when I need to produce a baby blanket in time for the baby shower. I've been in publishing for 20 years and I'm finally exactly where I want to be: at the crossroads of knitting and communication. I live in Spokane, Washington and when I'm not knitting I enjoy gardening, snuggling with my dogs, swimming, reading, and playing in the snow in the winter. But, really, I'm pretty much always knitting!

4 thoughts on “For the Graduate

  1. I wasn’t a knitter when I graduated, but I still have the necklace that my grandparents gave me.
    by the way, there is a spinning conference at Whitworth College May 30, 31st June 1, 2 if Karen C is interested in stopping by. There will be open spinning and a vendor area in the Hixon Union Building on Friday and Saturday.
    Kalita Benway
    NwRSA 2013 Conference Treasurer

  2. I beach towel. I’d never had one and all my friends did – we used them at the pool, not the beach. I’m 66 years old and I still have that beach towel.

  3. When my kids graduated from high school, I sent them off with a Flower Power afghan (Spud & Chloe) for one, and with the Counting Pane Afghan by Woolly Thoughts (the other). They were well received – felt like wrapping them up in my love to send them off. That said – a blanket is such a big commitment — definitely a mom or grandma gift.