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What do you get the knitter who has everything? If you’re looking for a unique gift idea for the knitter in your life, we’ve got you covered. From luxurious yarns to unique knitting accessories, here is a list of the best gifts for knitters.
Finding the perfect gift for a knitter is no easy task, but no worries – our list of the best gifts for knitters has lots of creative and unique ideas. Whether you’re looking for unusual yarns, clever knitting notions, or helpful knitting books, we’ve got something for every knitter (and every budget!). Keep reading to find a great gift for your crafty friend or family member.
Tips for Choosing the Perfect Gift
Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you shop.
- Think about their current knitting projects and interests. Do they prefer to knit sweaters, hats, home decor projects, or something else? Do they prefer to knit for themselves, or do they prefer to knit for others? Knowing what kind of projects they like to make can help you narrow down your list of possible gifts.
- Consider their experience level and favorite techniques. Are they a beginning knitter, an experienced knitter, or somewhere in between? Do they prefer simple projects, or are they open to trying more challenging techniques? If they are a brand-new knitter, they might prefer some beginner-friendly tools or a how-to book. If they are experienced, they might enjoy something else, like a few skeins of hand-dyed sock yarn or a niche knitting gadget.
- Think about their favorite colors and materials. Do they have a favorite color? Do they like to knit with thin or thick yarns? Do they prefer natural fibers or synthetics? Answer these questions, and you’re sure to choose a gift they’ll love.
- Ask them what’s on their wishlist. And finally, you can always ask them what they would like! If you don’t know enough about knitting to make a confident decision, just ask, and they’ll let you know exactly what sort of gift they’d like.
Gift Ideas for Knitters
So, without any further ado, here is our list of the best gifts for knitters:
A Knitting Reference Guide
For the beginner knitter, a knitting reference guide is a must-have item. A helpful book will teach them the basics and beyond. Our top pick? The Ultimate Knitting Book by Vogue, which features easy-to-follow illustrations and in-depth sections on techniques such as brioche, entrelac, double knitting, mosaic knitting, and more.
More experienced knitters might like a book like Patty Lyon's Knitting Bag of Tricks. This handy guide will help any knitter fix their yarn-related problems and better understand the "whys" of knitting.
Audible Audiobook Subscription
For the knitter who loves to listen while they knit, audiobooks make a great gift. Plus, with a subscription to Audible, they can choose from thousands of books and podcasts - so they'll never run out of audio material to keep them entertained while they craft.
A Yarn Swift
An essential tool for any knitter, a yarn swift holds hanks of yarn in place while you wind yarn into balls. We like this wood version from KnitPicks, which mounts to a tabletop, and folds away when not in use.
A Yarn Winder
Another must-have item is a yarn ball winder. This tool makes winding balls of yarn so much faster, so you knitter can spend more time knitting.
We like this wooden version, which winds yarn into center-pull cakes.
Yarn of the Month Club
With this subscription, you will receive eco-friendly yarn every month! It's so exciting to open a new yarn to try for the first time, and this package comes with even more than that!
Darn Good Yarn comes with a free pattern to choose from every month and access to a community of other crafters.
A Project Bag
Every knitter needs a good project bag to keep their WIPs safe and organized. When shopping, choose a big enough bag that there's no doubt about holding all the yarn and supplies for their projects.
This roomy project bag has six interior compartments, an exterior pocket, and adjustable straps.
Stitch markers are a must-have for any knitter, beginner or experienced. These cheery rainbow stitch markers have much more to offer than the markers you can get in the basic craft store kits. They are made from enamel and come with their own convenient storage case, so you can toss them in your project bag and take them with you on the go.
For the knitter who enjoys making garments like shawls, sweaters, or lace projects, blocking mats are necessary for their collection of supplies.
This set of premium blocking mats fits like a puzzle. They're made from thick foam and printed with handy measurement lines, so knitters can easily block their projects to the correct size.
Knitters can keep yarn from rolling around and getting tangled by using a yarn bowl. We like this yarn bowl made from maple wood, which has a wide opening and a spiral cutout to hold the yarn.
But if you'd like something a little more special, then Etsy has some other beautiful handmade yarn bowls on Etsy.
Interchangeable Needle Set
Sure, your knitter has a few needles already. But do they have an interchangeable set? The beauty of interchangeable knitting needles is that you can easily switch out needle sizes and cable lengths to suit almost any knitting project.
We love this set from Chiaogoo, which includes 13 pairs of hollow, surgical stainless steel lace tips in sizes US 2-15
Plus, it comes with a zippered case for easy storage and transport.
Intarsia Bobbin Set
Does your knitter like to knit intarsia, or would they like to learn? Intarsia is a type of colorwork technique that uses multiple colors in one row. Intarsia bobbins are a great way to keep all the different colors organized and tangle-free. We like this set of multi-size bobbins from KnitPicks, which come with their own handy storage case, a tapestry needle, and a chart keeper.
Gleener Fabric Shaver
It's an unfortunate fact that knits can get pilled and fuzzy. But with a fabric shaver, your knitter can quickly and safely remove pills from sweaters, hats, scarves, and other knit items.
This version, called the Gleener, is well-reviewed and works without batteries.
Have you heard of skein sleeves before? They are a neat little product that helps to keep skeins of yarn neat and tidy. They're called by different names, such as skein sleeves, skein coats, or yarn cozies.
But whatever you call them, they're a great gift for the knitter who likes to keep their yarn stash neat and tidy.
Wool wash is a must-have for knitters who work with natural fibers. This no-rinse wool wash is an excellent choice, and you can get it in a variety of yummy scents from Soak.
Soak wash helps to keep yarns soft and beautiful by cleaning and conditioning wool yarns.
If your knitter loves to make shawls, perhaps they'd like a handmade shawl pin to go with them. A shawl pin is an accessory that helps to keep a shawl in place and adds an extra bit of style.
Knitters can use this magnetic chart keeper to hold onto their pattern and keep track of their progress.
Knitters really need to take care of their hands with lotion. Yarn can make hands so dry, so knitters need to make extra efforts to moisturize and nurture their hands.
L'Occitane makes this nice hand cream that is enriched with shea butter.
Rechargeable Neck Reading Light
For knitters who need a little extra light on their projects, check out this neck reading light that is rechargeable. This particular model is lightweight and surprisingly comfortable to wear. The ends are adjustable, so you can position the light exactly where you need it.
Custom Project Labels
Aren't these so cute? Custom labels like these make any hand-knit project look super professional. We like these faux leather tags, which come with metal rivets. Bonus: they're washable!
A clothes steamer may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a gift for a knitter, but trust me, it would be greatly appreciated. A clothes steamer can help block projects quickly and easily and none of the frustration of we-blocking.
Check out this garment steamer that is useable in both vertical and horizontal positions.
These acrylic sock blockers are perfect for finishing a pair of socks. They're made of sturdy acrylic, so they'll last for years. They come in three different sizes -- so be sure to think about which size is best for your knitter.
Spinning Yarn Holder
If your knitter works with skeins of yarn, they might appreciate this spinning yarn holder. It spins around on metal ball bearings as you pull yarn from the outside of the skein. This keeps the yarn clean and avoids excess twist.
This particular model is heavy and sturdy, so it won't tip over easily.
Yarn cutter pendant
Your knitter needs something to cut their yarns. Because misplacing scissors is far too easy to do, check out this yarn cutter pendant. It's a pair of scissors that knitters can wear, so they always bring them around and pack them in travel project bags.
If you're thinking about giving this as a gift, then keep in mind that it doesn't include a chain.
Pom-Pom Maker Set
Knitters can add some extra flair to their project with pom-poms. Clover makes this pom-pom maker set that helps to make it so easy--they just have to snip the yarn after wrapping it around the arms of the tool.
This pom-pom maker set comes in 4 different sizes, depending on the type of size that they want.
Bonus: A Gift Certificate to a Local Yarn Store
When in doubt, check out your local yarn store for gift card options. Gift cards to yarn stores provide some additional flexibility so that they can pick their own supplies and materials. Check out your local yarn store where knitters can shop in person, or consider an online yarn store like KnitPicks or Lion Brand.
Looking for More Ideas?
If you are a knitter yourself, then you may find some inspiration from one of these posts:
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- 25 Free Scarf Knitting Patterns for Beginners
- 27 Free & Easy Sock Knitting Patterns (Great for Beginners!)
- 27 Free Loom Knitting Patterns for All Skill Levels
- 25 Free & Easy Sweater Knitting Patterns (Great for Beginners!)
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