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Want to learn how to knit? These fantastic at-home knitting kits are all you need to get started — they include high-quality knitting needles, easy-to-read patterns, and all the super-cozy yarn you’ll need.
Kits for Beginning Knitters
Are you interested in starting a knitting project, but not quite sure where to begin? If you’ve never knitted before, you may be overwhelmed trying to figure out what supplies and patterns you’ll need to buy.
If so, keep reading. I’ve gathered up 12 of my very favorite knitting kits that will help you learn how to knit in no time. The kits I’ve listed below are specifically designed with beginners in mind: they include easy-to-understand patterns and all of the required materials.
After you learn to knit and purl, you’ll be able to create cozy sweaters, blankets, scarves, hats, and more. As a bonus, either the kits themselves or the final product would make great gifts for friends and family.
What to Look for in a Knitting Kit
A good knitting kit will include all the materials necessary to complete a finished project. That is so much easier than having to figure out every piece you will need to make various knitting items.
At a minimum, a kit will have:
- Needles in the correct size.
- Yarn in sufficient quantity to finish the project
- Easy to follow pattern with clear instructions. Tutorial videos are a nice bonus!
Some kits may include extra items, like scissors, stitch counters, stitch markers, or a project tote bag.
12 Best Knitting Kits for Beginners
The best beginner knitting kits will all of the essential supplies and materials to learn how to knit.
Beginner Knit Kit Classic Beanie
This kit includes:
- Hand-dyed 100% superwash merino worsted weight yarn
- Knitters Pride Zing 16” circular needles — size 8 to knit hat
- Knitters Pride Zing 32" circular needles — size 8 to decrease using magic loop
- Tapestry needle
- Stitch markers
- Pom-Pom maker
- Printed hat pattern written with step-by-step directions (with links to helpful YouTube videos for additional support!)
- 100% cotton project bag
Learn to Knit Kit: The Dishcloth
These simple dishcloths are a great beginner project. They're perfect for practicing your knits and purls, since they're just simple rectangular shapes.
Plus, in the end, you'll have a set of functional dishcloths that you'll enjoy using day after day!
I love this kit because it includes 3 projects worth of supplies! You'll get 3 balls of cotton yarn, straight knitting needles, a yarn needle, and an instruction booklet.
One five-star review says, "This was great for the beginner knitter. The project is perfect for instant gratification."
Learn to Knit Club: The Scarf
The Scarf Kit from Knit Picks contains everything you need to complete a knitted scarf in four gorgeous colors.
The included instruction booklet will help those with absolutely no experience learn to knit with detailed tutorials with photo illustrations.
Learn how to make a basic garter stitch scarf and change yarn colors to create vibrant stripes or color-blocking.
The kit includes 4 balls of worsted yarn in assorted colors, straight knitting needles, an instruction booklet, and a yarn needle.
Slouchy Hat DIY Knitting Kit
This wonderful hat features a ribbed brim and a smooth knit body to make a classic look fit for any style.
The kit includes a printed pattern, one skein of 100% superwash wool, complimentary pattern support after purchase, and the option of adding US size 6 and US size 7 bamboo circular needles to your kit.
Beginner's Cowl Knitting Kit
This beginner's kit comes with everything that you need to start knitting a textured cowl The only hard part is deciding which color yarn to get in your kit!
If you are a beginning knitter looking for a fast project, I think you'll love this cowl scarf knitting kit.
One 5-star review says, "The tutorial video is a very helpful addition to the clear, written instructions. It was my first knitting project ever, but it's easy enough to follow."
This kit includes 2 cakes of wool-blend yarn, 1 pair of bamboo knitting needles, a tapestry needle, video instructions, and a written pattern.
Triangle Scarf DIY Knitting Kit
This beginner knitting kit is a great place to start for someone who wants to learn to knit.
The "How to Knit" manual included in this kit will teach you how to cast on, cast off, knit, purl, and sew up your knitted scarf. No matter if you don't have a lot of experience with knitting, as long as you're eager to learn, you can create a beautiful project with this kit.
Everything you need to create the snood or triangle scarf is included in the kit. You can choose which color yarn you would like and whether you need to add on the 9mm knitting needles.
This scarf knitting kit also makes a great gift for friends or family!
One 5-star reviewer writes, "Absolutely love this kit, which has got me into knitting! The instructions were clear and easy to follow, and I am thrilled with the finished product!"
Summit Cowl and Beanie Knit Kit
Knit this beanie and cowl using alpaca wool blend yarn! Both designs work up quickly which is perfect for beginners. This kit comes with yarn, needles, and stitch markers.
Elysian Blanket Scarf Knitting Kit
Columns of chevrons and diamonds really shine in this oversized blanket scarf. The use of only knits and purls makes for a pleasant project that is perfect for beginners.
Relèv Throw Knit Kit
This simple project is a classic, and it works up fast with no counting.
Le Bateau Sweater Knitting Kit
Whether you’re strolling the streets, walking a trail, or just enjoying your time outside, Le Bateau Sweater is a wonderful partner for you.
This kit includes yarn, needles, and stitch markers so that you have all the equipment that you need.
Cider Shacket Knitting Kit
This cute shacket has it all -- a comfy yarn, an easy-peasy garter stitch pattern, a hidden pocket, and a lovely look. In this kit you will get yarn, needles, and the pattern.
Cactus Knit Kit
For knitters who are ready to crochet in the round, try out these adorable cactuses! Each kit includes a full-color printed "A Prickle of Cactus" pattern; 3 different green high quality, worsted weight 100% wool yarns (for cactus); yellow and pink high quality, worsted weight 100% wool yarns ( for flowers); polyester stuffing; and 3-2" terracotta pots.
One 5-star reviewer says, "Loved this knitting kit! Everything was included and turned out beautifully! Quick shipping before the holidays was much appreciated and they were done in time for Christmas. Wonderful!!"
More Knitting Patterns
If you love to knit, you’ll definitely want to check out this list of the best free and easy knitting patterns for beginners.
More Craft Kit Ideas
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Tuesday 7th of September 2021
Hi! Thank you so much for this list. What is the stitch called in your hero image - the loose open stitch in the thin multi-colored and white yarn? And do you have a kit to recommend for that? ;) Thank you!
Tuesday 7th of September 2021
Sorry, no kit for that. Though I agree, it's beautiful yarn!
Friday 15th of May 2020
Hi sarah, thank you so much for this article! I'm an etsy person and a stay at home mom and am starting a knit/ crochet kit company. I wondered if you might be willing to review one of my kits. Im launching in june and every bit helps a newbie! I appreciate what you do!
Sunday 13th of December 2020
@Bev Riesner, Www.lambshopkits.com
Tuesday 29th of September 2020
How did your kits work out? I am afraid to try , so am looking at kits. Let me know what you have found works.
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