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Doesn't your mom (or mother-in-law, or any other special mom in your life) deserve something really nice for Mother's Day (or her birthday, or Christmas, or whenever)? Why not make her day by making her something nice? This time around it won't be macaroni picture frames, but a hand knit gift that says you want her to relax, get cozy and enjoy.

Mom Tattoo Bag

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This simple bag features a "Mom" heart motif inspired by the popular tatoo image. It's great for carrying around toys or other necessities for your kids, or just to show off your mommy pride.

Knit "Mobius" Scarf

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My "mobius" scarf (not a real mobius, but really easy) is consistently one of the most popular knitting patterns on the site. It's relatively quick and easy and also a really pretty project that goes with just about everything.

Ribbed Lace Market Bag

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This lovely linen bag is a great way to tote home purchases from the farmer's market. Or the yarn store. Or wherever your mom or other special lady likes to show. There's no judgement here.

Fair Isle Bottle Cozy

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The weather is getting warmer, so help keep mom's favorite beverage cool with this cozy that works for bottles and cans. Throw in a six-pack of her favorite drink for an extra-useful gift that's sure to be appreciated.

Two-Color Coffee Cup Cozy

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Here's another great cozy for keeping coffee travel mugs warm. Work it in mom's favorite colors to make it more personal. Again, you can always throw in some coffee or a gift card to her favorite coffee shop if you like.

Water Bottle Carrier

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If mom is the outdoors type, encourage her to stay hydrated on her adventures with an easy mesh water bottle holder that she can carry like a purse.

Graceful Shawl

grace note shawl
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This lovely shawl features the Grace Note stitch, a pretty, lacy knitting stitch pattern. This piece can be worn as a wrap, shawl or scarf, or even tied around the waist as a belt with mom's favorite little black dress.

Loopy Washcloth

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A washcloth might not seem like a very exciting gift, but the point is to pair this quick-knitting project with a really nice bottle of bath gel. The loops in the washcloth act like a bath sponge, but a washcloth is much more reusable, thus better for the environment.

Dropped Stitch Soap Sack

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If mom is more of a soap person, the same theory applies with this super-speedy soap sack pattern. Knit up one or two and fill them with a nice big bar of some great scented soap (for aromatherapy purposes). Give this gift alone or add it to a spa basket full of bath salts, bubble bath and more if you like.

Cabled Pillow

cabled pillow
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This sweet little pillow doesn't take too long to knit and looks really nice as decoration on a bed or couch (you could also make a bigger version that would actually be appropriate for resting the head). If mom likes to decorate with pillows or loves to knit herself, she'll enjoy this texture-filled cable pattern.

Women's Stockinette Stitch Sock

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If mom's a knitter, she'll appreciate getting hand-knit socks for Mother's Day or any other holiday. If not, maybe not so much, at least until she puts them on. This sock pattern is super-basic, meaning you can whip up a pair quick, even with a holiday deadline looming.

Small Gift Bag

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If you're buying mom a tiny gift, say, a piece of jewelry, you can still deliver it in this homemade gift bag. It's a tiny project that won't take any time at all to knit, and mom can use it as a candy dish or to hold her paper clips when the gift giving's over.
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