Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

© Fiona Rogers

I know I’m not alone in saying that I owe my fiber love to my mother. I first picked up a pair of knitting needles around age twelve when she brought home a do-it-yourself knitting guide. My curiosity peaked and before I knew it, I was sitting alongside her, needles in hand. I didn’t know at the time, but the afternoon project would grow into a life-long passion. This Mother’s day I hope to thank her with some luxurious hand-made knits. We’ve got some great project ideas and gifts for mom this Mother’s day.


As Spring creeps in, and trees sprout fresh, luscious leaves, I’m thinking about open, airy shawlettes and cowls that mom can wear in air-conditioned restaurants and breezy summer nights. Not to mention, an open lace stitch will grow quickly on the needles and Mother’s day is only two weeks away!

© Swans Island

I’ve had my eye on Swans Island Lace ever since we featured it in the Eastport Ruana kit. I’m determined to knit with it while I still can. (Swans Island Lace has been discontinued and we’ve got the last of it in stock!) Juliette Scarf (photo above) is a single-skein shawlette that will grow quickly on the needles. I’m also loving this dreamy Coastal cowl (photo below) with its sea of stockinette and simple eyelets. Both of these beauties would be equally beautiful in Shibui Knits’ Lunar.

© Swans Island

When it comes to shawl patterns, Janina Kallio’s designs often float to the front of my mind. Ardent (first photo on blog) and Parasol (image below) have both been on my to-knit list for some time. Ardent, is an elegant triangular shawl, and Parasol a soft, classic half-circle, I may just want to make one of each! They’re dying to be to be knit with subtle hand-dyes such as Alpha B’s luscious, Sexy B. At 437 yard, one skein will be just enough to knit either of these shawls. Two skeins of Shibui Knits’ Reed or Three skeins of Twig would be a great alternative to wool, to keep her nice and cool.

© Janina Kallio 

If you feel intimidated by Lace, have no fear, these projects are simple enough for a beginner, but have enough variety for an entertaining knit. If you’re local to Portland, consider joining us at our upcoming Beyond The Basics: Beginner Lace class on May 13. You’ll leave the class with confidence to take on any of the projects above, and more. Seating is limited.

© Knit Purl

If your mother is the knitter in your life, you can still bring her the gift of luxurious hand-knits with a project bag filled with beautifully useful tools and accessories. I fell in love with Okubo’s felt Dumpling Bags (photo above) the moment I saw them. Fill one up with some gorgeous knitting supplies such as the lovable Pudgie and Putford scissors, elegant Jul Twig shawl pin, a wooden Pom Pom tool and my favorite Knitting Row Counter and Colored Ring Stitch Markers from CocoKnits.


I wish you joy and quality time with your mothers, aunties or grandmas this Sunday. I’m sending out a huge thank you to all of you strong, courageous, loving mothers out there. Soak in all the love on your special day.

May 01, 2017 by Charli Barnes
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