This is always dangerous territory for me. I try to write about gifts for knitters…and I inevitably end up tempted to buy it all. It can be justified, though, right? It’s not really for me. It’s for me to make nice things for everyone else. I’m a giver. A sacrificer. And if I must buy some personalized knitting needles (I mean, come on…how cool are those??), it’s just so I can serve everyone else better. You’re welcome.
With that in mind, here are a few ideas for the knitter in your life – even if that person is you.
10 Gifts for Knitters
It says “likes to play with sharp sticks,” with a picture of a skein of yarn and some knitting needles. I have this shirt, actually. It’s very comfy, and runs true to size – I ordered my normal size and it’s not tight, but not super-baggy. A Goldilocks shirt that’s just right. Available in 5 colors.
250 different stitches for everyone from beginners to advanced knitters. This book has simple knit-purl combos to fancy textured and color patterns and lovely cabling as well. There’s also a photo glossary at the back that shows each pattern so you can decide which ones to knit. I love a good stitch dictionary because you can take the patterns shown there, multiply or combine them, and come up with a scarf or hat or blanket that’s completely unique.
A DVD that shows you step-by-step how to knit. It shows everything beginners need to know in quick, bite-sized chapters with clear demonstrations. The instructor also pauses after teaching a new skill, so you don’t have to mess with the remote while you’re trying to follow along. You’ll learn to cast-on, knit, purl, add yarn and change colors, bind off, increase, decrease, rib knit, measure gauge, finish a project, and how to fix mistakes. Even if you already know how to knit and purl, there are useful skills on this DVD, along with access to bonus features on their website.
An adorable Knitting Survival Kit tin that includes a retractable tape measure, mini scissors, a digital row counter, cable needles, needle point protectors, stitch markers, a yarn needle, a stitch holder, and more!
Such a cool idea! Personalized knitting needles – and nice, bamboo ones at that. You get to pick the wording and the font for the needles, so you can celebrate somebody special (who presumably loves to knit)
I shared this on my Facebook page…and in the newsletter, I think…because it’s so stinking cute!! What I didn’t realize at the time was that it’s also available in adult sizes! Yes! You can have one of these! Or, even better, you could make matching mother and daughter ones for little girls who aren’t old enough to be embarrassed by you yet!
I’m not much of a wrap knitter – I just don’t wear them often. But they are a wonderful way to practice new knitting patterns and handknit wraps look just lovely. This one can be worn as either a wrap or scarf, and the kit comes with five hanks of gorgeous Alpaca Silk, plus instructions on how to knit the wrap. The difficulty is rated as a 2 out of 3.
I like knitting kits because you get everything at once and can just get started. Also, you know the yarn is going to be the right size for the pattern you’re following (yes, you should still check the gauge, but you’re pretty much assured it’s going to work out.) This Square Within a Square pattern is a nice change-up to regular basketweave squares, but it only requires knowing how to knit and purl so it’s a great blanket for beginners. The kit includes a physical printed pattern, a downloadable PDF pattern, 7 skeins of yarn in the color you choose, and the “Getting Gauge: The First Step Toward Stitching Success” downloadable eGuide. You do have you purchase your own needles, however.
This vest is adorable, with floppy bunny ears attached to the hood on top and a kangaroo pocket in front! It would be such a sweet present for a daughter or granddaughter – I know my daughter would love it! Sizes go from 12m-10yrs, so you can fit almost any child. It requires basic knitting skills, plus the ability to sew a seam (if you’ve never done that – you can! It’s not difficult). You get the printed pattern, a downloadable PDF pattern, either 2 or 3 skeins (depending on the size you purchase) of a main color plus 1 skein for an ear color, and the “Getting Gauge” eGuide. Again, you do have to provide your own needles.
Ohhhh, this yarn is so pretty! It comes in a gorgeous array of colors, it’s a beautiful merino superwash and it’s currently on sale! I’d snag some for hats or scarves or cowls – the comments say it’s not itchy (I HATE itchy hats!) and it makes a wonderful yarn for winter outerwear.
Craftsy has some other great sales going on all month long, so if you’re inspired you can find more ideas here!
Are you working on any good knitting projects now?