Over the holidays, I hosted a dinner party/Christmas get-together for some amazing girlfriends of mine. We had decided that we wanted to give each other homemade gifts and well, the only thing I am remotely crafty with is knitting so obviously I wanted to knit something for each friend (7 of us in all.) But as you knitters know, knitting is time consuming�??especially when you want to knit something cool that you know your friends will want and that is not boring and platonic. I searched and searched�??in all my pattern books and online. Then one day…I found it. It was beautiful. It is…the Panta!
I found it on Craftster.org when searching for headbands and really thought it was a great, quick knit for gifts. It is a headband that gets larger in the top so you have a nice wide part covering your head and ears. So cute. I was seriously obsessed with Pantas for the three weeks I was making them. Honestly though, after the 6th I grew a little tired of the Panta. I struggled with the drive to knit myself one. I had to give myself a good couple of weeks before I was ready to knit it again but now I am also the proud owner of a Panta. I highly recommend this knit for anyone who wants to make a gift for a friend.
You want to see all my pretty pantas? Well okay:
The picture is a little fuzzy but you get the point. I had so much fun with this pattern. Anything from sport weight to bulky yarn, 4 to 6 inches wide, varying colors and yarn content. And I think they all liked them. The difficulty for me was figuring out what size to make each one. I have one friend who has an abnormally small head so I had to make a kid-sized one for her. But I think they all worked out, except for maybe one that I made a little too big.
I need to update all my albums and such so when I do that I will post a close up picture of the panta. You know the best thing about this knit? How much fun is it to say “Panta”?
The following 5 comments were originally left at blogspirit:
Aren’t they fun?! I’ve only done one, but I will definitely be doing more, also for gifts.
So cute! Sounds like a good idea to use up small(ish) amounts of yarn! What lucky friends you have : )
I have the Panta pattern, but I haven’t started making mine yet. It was great to see your gallery of them! 🙂
love it. saw it on craftster too, and really want to make one. how cool that you were able to make one for each friend!
Love your Pantas! I have been wanting to make one for so long but the Craftster link confuses me. Did you work your own pattern out? Any suggestions? They really look great!