If you can’t be there every minute of every day to offer a hug, this warm shawl is the next best thing. The simple pattern calls for a basic stockinette stitch; it’s just the kind of project you can work on while you relax and watch a movie at home.
For the contrasting border, use the recipient’s favorite color. You can also make it in smaller sizes, as a neckerchief or head scarf.
Cashmere cardigan, in Pink, $155, makieclothier.com
Alpaca-blend yarn, by Lion Brand for Martha Stewart Yarn, in Pussy Willow, $10 a skein, lionbrand.com
Merino yarn, by Madeline Tosh, in Pop Rocks, $19.50 for 210 yd., purlsoho.com
13 stitches equal 4 inches in stockinette stitch.
Make 1 left: Insert left tip under horizontal ladder between last stitch worked and next stitch from front to back; then knit this lifted stitch through back loop. Make 1 right: Insert left tip under horizontal ladder between last stitch worked and next stitch from back to front; then knit this lifted stitch through front loop.