While we are on the topic of knits for dads, I thought you might like to have a look at an object I finished a few weeks ago. This is a nice warm scarf that I made as a gift for my dad.
I made this using a free pattern by Monika Steinbauer (Ravelry info). The pattern uses alternating knits and purls to produce a simple woven plaid effect. It is interesting to knit, but also very wearable in a typical neutral mens wardrobe.
Here’s another shot against a darker background:
I used Berroco Blackstone Tweed for the first time in this project, and I discovered that I love it. It is a wool, mohair, and angora blend, so although it has that roughspun, tweedy look, it is actually quite soft and lofty. I think that this will end up being a very warm and durable scarf because of the unique yarn blend. I think a sweater in this stuff would be amazing.
I also found that a little of this yarn goes a surprisingly long way. I used about 3.5 skeins to yield a scarf that is 9″ x 64″.
Further notes are on my Ravelry project page.