We all have had teachers that have left a strong positive impact on our lives. National Teacher Appreciation Day is coming up on May 6th, and what better excuse to show thanks to the teachers who have impacted our own and our children's lives than with these lovely handmade knit ideas for teachers?
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Teachers love their hot drinks, be it coffee or tea. Knit in worsted weight yarn, this cozy will knit up in no time. It's also a great way to show off a special button you have been saving for a special occasion. Consider knitting one of these cozies and gifting it with a mug or gift card to the teacher's favorite coffee shop!
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In my neck of the woods, students go outside as long as the windchill isn't below 28 degrees. This means there are teachers out there keeping an eye on them. A pair of fingerless mitts would be a great gift to keep your favorite teacher's hands warm but still let them use their keys or access the first aid kit. I might also add a tube of my favorite hand cream or a fun nail polish to match these easy-to-knit mitts.
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At the beginning of this blasted winter, I lamented aloud that my feet were cold and one of my ever-so-sensible students asked if I was wearing my warm socks that day (I wasn't), and then suggested I start wearing warmer socks to school! What I wouldn't have given for a cozy pair of socks like these. Knit in DK weight yarn, they will fly off your needles. A big cable runs the length of the leg and foot and will keep a knitter's interest as you make an otherwise stockinette sock. And really? What is a better gift than a pair of handknit socks? No need to add extra goodies to this gift. Handknit socks say it all.
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If you're determined to be teacher's pet, and you have a little extra time on your hands, this cowl is a real showstopper. It's knit in fingering weight yarn using a two-color cable technique that has you cabling in the contrasting color while knitting the background in the main color. This great pattern comes with a photo tutorial on this technique just in case you need the support. Cowls area a great accessory to carry from fall straight through winter and into spring. You will be gifting your teacher an accessory that they can use all school-year long!
No matter what handknit item you decide to make the lucky teachers in your or your children's lives, they will surely appreciate the time and thoughtfulness of a handmade gift.
Tomorrow on the Craftsy blog, we'll share our favorite crochet patterns to make for Teacher Appreciation Day!