I always find the men in my family the hardest to buy gifts for, which is probably why I enjoy making them! Below is a a summary of my favourite crochet patterns which I have gifted to (and designed for) men.
This round-up includes patterns from my own catalogue, my top picks from around the web and some garment patterns for those crocheters with a bit more time!
I hope this gives you some inspiration and ideas for gift making for those impossible to buy for people!
To clarify – this post is not intended to be in any way exclusive of any gender. All the patterns are unisex and can be made for men or women.
Gift ideas for men – Dora’s gender neutral crochet patterns
My Brother’s Beanie Hat (Free Crochet Pattern)
This one I designed specifically for my brother’s birthday last year. I must have made at least 5 for the rest of the family since then!
I found it interesting that when I googled crochet patterns for men, about 80% of the results were beanie hats! I’m not going to include any more hat patterns in this round up as it will just turn into a beanie hat selection which is another post in itself! I want to get a little more creative!
The Studio Stripe Scarf (Free Textured Crochet Scarf Pattern)
This is a simple free scarf pattern which makes use of extended crochet stitches to create a deep warm ribbed texture.
Suitable for beginners with a little experience, it is free scarf pattern which you can easily customise in colours and yarns of your choice. The version you see here has no stripe!
Building Blocks Cushion (Crochet Pillow and Throw Pattern)
Homewares are clearly not gendered, but the Building blocks cushion is a great accessory for an industrial style interior. This one would make a great house warming gift. Make it in neutral colours or a burnt orange or dark red for that brickwork look!
The pattern also includes instructions for a throw!
Snowfall Socks (Crochet Sock Pattern)
When you don’t know what to get Grandad…. go for socks! They are such a classic Christmas or birthday gift and never go out of style!! (I mean these days it even seems ok to wear them with sandals!!!)
The snowfall socks have a novelty snowball bobble element but can easily be made without the bobbles.
Another favourite sock pattern of mine is the unisex Riley and Saunders pattern from the crochet project which can be made using sock yarn or as slipper socks using chunkier yarn.
Mighty Mitts – Fingerless Glove Crochet Pattern
Confession time – I’ve never crocheted a full pair of gloves with fingers… it just seems like too much of a faff to me!!
However, I love a set of fingerless gloves because they are so practical. The Mighty Mitts are a simple set of unisex fingerless gloves (available in 2 sizes) which can be easily customised.
Easy Men’s Crochet Gift Ideas – Patterns from around the web
Classic Ribbed Scarf
If in doubt, keep it simple and just like a classic ribbed beanie never goes out of style, neither does a classic ribbed scarf! This free pattern from ombawka designs is super straightforward and effective
If you’re not ready to if you don’t have the time commitment to try socks, then slippers make a great timeless alternative. I love these Monticello Slippers from Pattern Paradise (free pattern).
Something completely different
If you want something a bit out there, how about these Crochet Braces / Suspenders – a free pattern pattern from Vincent of Knot Bad.
Crochet Garment Patterns for men
If you want something a little more challenging, I have thrown in a couple of crochet clothing patterns – there are only so many beanie hats and scarves you can make your husband / dad / grandad / boyfriend / brother / friend right!!!
A textured crochet sweater
I have a couple for you here:
The Adult Crochet Crew Neck Pullover – a great, simple free sweater pattern from Yarnspirations.
I love this Dude Pullover in Adult and Kids Sizes if you want to double team kids with Dad’s!
The classic crochet cardigan
Whether it’s a traditional grandad cardi or a younger man’s version, cardigans for men are often underrated!
The Cosy Coed Cardigan from Heart Hook Home is super versatile and can be worked with buttons or a zipper!
For some cablework, check out the Temescal Cardigan which is going right on my to-make list!
I hope you find these ideas useful and would love to hear if there’s anything that goes down well with the men in your life too!
So please feel free to pop your suggestions or feedback in the comments below or catch me on my socials – I’ll be adding to this post as I come across more awesome crochet gift ideas!