If you don’t knit, then finding gifts for knitters probably baffles you. Which is why I’m here!
As a knitter, I know what I need, what would be nice to have, and what’s just pretty freaking cool whether you use it or not.
This list contains all of those things.
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I LOVE knitting kits. A kit is a pattern that comes with a box of yarn–enough to complete the pattern. You can find all kinds of websites offering kits. My favorite sites for finding kits are Knit Picks and Annie’s.
Here are some great kits:
- Learn to Knit Kits – In case you’re gifting to someone who hasn’t actually start knitting, but has developed a hobby of buying yarn.
- Beginner Blanket Kit – A beautiful blanket with 3 color combinations. A great first project!
- Hue Shift Afghan – Unquestionably their most popular kit. I’ve made a few of these myself and loved every minute of it. Watching the colors come together is so fun and the results are beautiful!
- Mini Kitty Pouf Kit – Great for any cat lover who wants a quick, plush project. They also have an option to use furry yarn!
- Persian Dreams Throw Kit – For the knitter who wants to try more challenging colorwork, this throw is STUNNING (and has been on my own personal wish list for quite some time).
- Annie’s Knit Striped Afghan – This is a great pattern for learning various stitches, and it comes in so many beautiful colors!
- Annie’s Love to Knit Club – Don’t know what kit to buy them? Sign them up for Annie’s club instead! Each month, they will receive one kit, complete with all of the yarn needed, links to video tutorials, and an exclusive pattern. The membership can be canceled at any time.
If you’re worried about a kit not coming with enough yarn, Knit Picks is a great choice because, if you run out of yarn, just send them an email and they will send you an additional skein for FREE!
As for their yarns, there are SO MANY to chose from. Need help? Their customer service is top notch and willing to walk you through any purchase.
In general, knitters will have most of the things that they need. So buying specific supplies is unnecessary…unless you find something unique.
Here are some cool tools your knitter is either unlikely to have or can never have enough of:
- This beautiful onyx yarn swift so they can ball their own skeins easily.
- And a ball winder to go with it, so they can start the fun part of knitting a lot faster.
- These cool lighted needles, in case they are frequently working in dim rooms. Or just for fun.
- A mini tool set that they can keep on hand easily, without needing to dig for each individual tool. Bonus if they have enough of them to keep with every WIP, if they’re like me and have a different WIP in each room.
- Blocking mats to give their knits a nice, finished look. This set also comes with the pins they need.
- A pom-pom maker set, so they can ditch the homemade cardboard version and really up their pom-pom game.
- A yarn cutter pendant, for the knitter who can never find their scissors.
- The Knit Kit, for keeping notions on hand at all times. I bought one of these for myself a few years ago and it is one of the best purchases I have ever made. I could use another (or two) for keeping with each project. It comes loaded with measuring tape (built-in), knitting cable needle, crochet hook, collapsible scissors, needle gauge (built-in), row counter (built-in), thread cutter (built-in), darning needle, and stitch markers. Everything a knitter needs to have within reach!
3. Interchangeable Needles
Interchangeable needles are the most versatile needle set out there. They are also more expensive than your typical needle set, because they are made to mix and match needles with cables. This makes them more complicated to produce, but VERY convenient to use.
There are TONS of different interchangeable needle sets out there, so I will break down the top loved ones.
- Best budget set – Knit Picks Interchangeable Needles. I have multiple versions of these and I stand by them. They come in so many colors and materials, and additional needle points can be purchased pretty cheaply without needing to buy more cables. I have square needle points, round wood needle points, and round steel needle points and they all work beautifully within the system. The only complaint I’ve seen is that they can come unscrewed as you knit, but if you use the included pin to lock them in place, you shouldn’t have that issue. The foursquare set is great for anyone who experiences hand fatigue. The square shape makes them more ergonomic and smoother to use.
- Best overall set – ChiaoGoo Stainless Steel Interchangeable Needles. This is the most commonly recommended set that I see in every knitting group I’m in. And for good reason! I have a couple normal circular needles from Chiagoo and they are a dream to use. They are very smooth, great for lace, and quick to knit with. They are also way more expensive than other sets, but the price tag is well-earned.
- Best for lace work – addi Click Rocket Lace. These can be used for more than just lace, but they are well-loved by those who enjoy knitting with light fibers.
The number of tools needed for knitting can get out of hand and make it difficult to find what you need. For that reason, I love the Knit Picks cases. Here is a quick breakdown of what each one is for:
- Interchangeable needle cases – I ADORE my interchangeable needle case. It has special spots for each needle point, with room for crochet hooks or other tools I might need. It also has pouches on each cover. I use one to old the cables and the other to hold various other tools (scissors, pins, measuring tape, etc.). It fits easily in a purse or bag, so I can have my tools on hand when I travel.
- Fixed circular needle case – This case is for needles that are permanently attached to the cable. Each section zips up, so you don’t have cables falling out and getting tangled in other sets.
- Options Needle Binders – These can be used for all kinds of things, but they’re bulkier than the other cases. They can hold interchangeable needles, circular needles, straight needles, crochet hooks, and other tools. You can also buy refill pages, for the knitter who never stops collecting tools.
- Everyday Tote Bags – For the knitter who like to knit on-the-go. These are good for smaller projects like scarves, and perfect for road trips because they are so easy to wipe clean. For larger projects, like afghans, the clear project bag is a good choice.
- Yarn Tote with Front Pocket – For something larger, this tote will do! It holds enough yarn for a large project and all of your tools can easily slide into the front pocket.
Finally, for the perpetual learner, classes are always a great gift. Knit Picks offers a wide series of classes to help you learn to knit, broaden your knitting skills, or learn techniques for various new techniques to make knitting easier.
Do any of you knit? Is there anything in particular you think would be really cool to have? Leave it in the comments!
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