With the Back-To-School season approaching quickly, our knitting minds tend to start focusing on our kids. Whether you have a half-skein or six extra balls of yarn to use, there are an endless number of great projects for school- to college-aged kids and grownups that are not too complicated for the newer knitter.
Does your student like to show off his school pride by wearing the colors or logo? Does he or she just want to blend in with the crowd? Is the child in elementary school and just needs something distinctive so he or she can find what belongs to them? No matter the situation, here are some ideas for what to knit for someone heading back to school in the next six to eight weeks:
IPhone, iPad, and laptop covers: These quick and easy square knits can be made in any color, so your coed can either show his or her school pride or just match the day’s outfit. Some great free patterns for these items are the Knitfreedom iPhone Cozy, the Go Everywhere iPad Tote (found for free on the Knit Picks website), and the Lion Brand School Colors Felted Laptop Sleeve.
Afghans: What makes afghans so great is that they become heirlooms the moment the last end is woven in. Some elementary schools allow blankies to be housed at the school for naptime, while many high school and college students will appreciate having an afghan in their school colors decorating the end of their bed. Some great patterns include the Knit Sampler Afghan by Red Heart, and the Quick & Easy Striped Afghan found on the Joann Fabrics website.
Backpacks and bags: Some kids just need a place to throw all of their stuff while they are in between classes. Felted backpacks and bags are an excellent choice because once they are felted, they are extremely durable. Some patterns include the Ayla backpack (found on Knitty.com and calling for Cascade 220, which felts beautifully), and the Valley Yarns Purple Maze Messenger Bag. Also, you can knit your child a Felted Lunch Bag (also found on the Lion Brand Yarn website) so he or she can always find her lunch in a sea of thirty other lunches.
Dorm decor: If your coed wants a coordinated dorm room, you can knit several relatively simple items in the same color pallete including a stool or seat cushion, easy throw, accent pillow, dresser runner, and drink coasters. By using the highlighted set of patterns (or any combination of them), your student will be able to make his or her side of the room theirs just by choosing the yarn color.
If you are looking for projects to make for your school-aged children, now is a good time to start your back-to-school knitting. While the projects do not have to be complicated to be distinctive, ask your child or young adult for his or her input and use durable yarns. Whether your child is going through the age of loving up on you, or the age of refusing to speak to or agree with you, they will all secretly appreciate your efforts.
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