Knitting a gift for someone you love takes time and some planning, so we hope you'll pardon our haste in mentioning St Valentine's Day (though it is less than a month now). Today we've decided to talk about gifts for men. These are all tried and tested This Is Knit patterns which have appealed to knitters and their menfolk over the last year or so. They're fast and fun to knit, they're very wearable and they're warm when February is cold and damp. First, there's our Bobblehead Ray hat pattern, which will work up in a few hours in lovely chunky Noro Kogarashi. One skein of Mirasol Ushya (and a few buttons) is all you need for Lisa's Squshya Cowl - again, this is an evening's work, so it's ideal for the time-pressed: And if you have a little more time, our two-colour brioche scarf will provide subtle colour variation, warmth and elegance in the softest yarn: As for that divine print in the top photograph, we found it in Article. Isn't it beautiful? Oh, and did you see the article in the Irish Times last Saturday about knitting? It was very nice to see This Is Knit get special mention, and so exciting to hear about the yarny groundswell going on all over the country. If you missed it in the print version, you can read it online at this link.