I think my husband was hoping for a pair of socks for his birthday, but with his big feet, me doing the Tour de Fleece and having started knitting my first cardigan I have had to bump those down the queue to be a Christmas present. I have the yarn ready in my stash.
So instead I made him a cowl with the remaining wool from the hat I knitted him last year. I didn’t follow a pattern as such, just used a 4×4 rib and on the side and back I moved the ribbing over 2 stitches so it created a wavy line, then on the front I kept the ribbing in line, so it is not as wide under his chin. Technically he can reverse it and have the narrrow side at the back. He can decide what works best when Autumn arrives. The yarn is from Wool and the Gang and is called Feeling Good Yarn. It is Aran weight but extremely light (Baby Alpaca 70% / Merino 7% and Nylon 23%). It is very fluffy, soft and hopefully warm. For the hat I made him in winter I did follow a pattern.