Gift knitting can be a tricky thing. Stephanie Purl McPhee (aka the Yarn Harlot) has a wonderful blog and has published a number of very funny books in which she describes in detail the importance of knitting only for friends and loved ones who are “knit-worthy”. These are people who can appreciate the time you’ve invested in creating the gift; and perhaps more importantly, can properly care for the gift, ensuring that it doesn’t become a felted lump of wool.Even among the knit-worthy on your holiday gift list, you may have a gentleman who is as finicky as my husband, and trying to find a pattern that he would want to wear can be close to impossible. This hat is one that fits the bill. This is Haven Leavitt’s Man Hat. Dawn knit up our shop sample with a bit less than a single skein of Swans Island’s Natural Colors Merino Bulky. This is one of our favorite organic yarn options, in part because the story of the yarn paints such a romantic picture:“This is a 100% organic merino wool dyed in a 1790’s farmhouse located in Maine using only natural dyes. The subtle variegations of tone are achieved by using time-honored traditions of natural dying. Small batches of skeins are dipped by hand into vats, with each distinctive lot being carefully crafted by our dyer. Since each batch is unique, the colors will vary slightly from lot to lot.”This FREE pattern is a great option for a manly gift idea. It can be knit up in an afternoon for last minute additions to your gift list. We have some beautiful colors of yarn for you to choose from.And for those of you eager to gift this to someone not likely to hand wash it, the hat looks great when knit up with Berocco Vintage Chunky. This superwash option will make the hat machine washable, and at just $9 a skein it is an easy investment.Give us a call at the shop at 970-407-1461 and we can get several skeins on their way to you right away.