When my Grandma was here, visiting for the holidays, she gave me a scarf that was my father's when he was little. His Aunt made it for him. She was apparently a great knitter. It's a little grey woolen scarf with a textural triangle design at the hems.
In our cedar chest, we have four small handknit sweaters, all knit by my great grandmother. First are two striped pullovers that were made for my Dad's cousins, twin sisters. I'm sure my great aunt handed them down to my mother when she had twins, too. There is also a pair of cardigans, gray with green trim, that belonged my father and uncle. (I love the style and hope to use this pattern to make similar ones someday.)
Shortly after I started knitting, my father gave me a sweater and hat set that my Great Grandmother knit for him when he was a teenager. It's the inspiration for a new pattern I've been slowly but surely working on and will hopefully share more about it next month.
Do you have any old knits that have been handed down?