Valentine's is almost here and that time old question plays on our minds, what should I get for my loved one? Chocolates, flowers, a handy set of ready meals with a bottle of wine? Those ideas are great, but we all know there's nothing better than the gift of handmade, but even that comes with its complications. How long should you wait until you cast on, will they appreciate all those cables or that you've used a one off hand dyed yarn? How much of your precious time should you spend making something? Last year we heard the story of the girl who spent £100 on some very designer yarn for her boyfriend's jumper, knitted it in secret, then before Valentine's day was dumped!
So, this year we decided to put together a handy SL gift guide on what to make based on your relationship status. Not only is it cost effective, but the knits don't take too long either, so whatever you choose to make you'll leave a great impression.
If you've just started dating someone and want to make them a totally unnecessary gift that casually shows off your making skills, our phone cosy is the project for you. These squishy phone holders don't take long to make, consist of just knit stitch and are decorated with a cute animal face. They look like they've taken you loads of time. You can personalise them by coming up with your own felt design. Plus they're knitted using only a ball of super chunky yarn so won't break the bank. Best of all you can download the pattern for free.
Skill level: Easy - You just need to know how to cast on, knit and cast off.
Time to make: 20 - 60 minutes
If your partner has been brave enough to meet your family, with all their quirks and odd rituals then congratulations, you're ready to knit them something they might actually use. Mix and match their favourite colours into a warm hat that they'll cherish forever. If you're feeling brave then why not make yourself one too and achieve the ultimate couple goal: to be completely matching. Find the single kit here and the couples kits here.
Skill level: Easy - you need to know how to cast on, knit, purl and cast off.
Time to make: 1 - 2 hours per hat.