Are you wondering what to give that special knitter in your life? For the outsider, it can seem impossible to pick the perfect gift for someone who knits, but don’t worry! I’m here to help.
In my last gift guide, I shared some really great ideas for knitting gifts, and all of those things are still relevant, but this year I want to take my guide to another level. These gifts will inspire, motivate, and excite the knitter who receives them.
If your recipient is like me, they’ve got just about every knitting do-dad they need. So what knitting related gift would I love to get?
1. Workshop at a Local Yarn Shop- Most yarn shops offer classes and workshops for all skill levels. You can call your local yarn shop to see what’s available, or if you’re unsure, you can get a gift certificate that covers the cost of a class. The recipient can also use the gift certificate for yarn, so it’s impossible to go wrong with this one! Click the link to find a yarn shop in your area.
2. A Craftsy.com Class- Craftsy.com is a website that offers online classes and products for all sorts of different crafts. This link will lead you to a page where you can purchase a class for your recipient that they can choose later. It’s great because you can select a date in the future (like Christmas) for your gift to arrive in their inbox.
3. Tickets To a Knitting Event- This is a gift idea that can be simple, or elaborate. There are all kinds of events that knitters love to attend, from local fiber festivals to national sock knitting conferences. There are even knitting cruises that sail to exotic tropical locations! An amazing gift (in my opinion), would be to arrange a trip to a Vogue Knitting Live event. The gift could include a 2-day pass to the event, a plane ticket to the city it’s being held in, and a hotel near the event. I would squeal if I got this gift.
The ideas above are very thoughtful, but maybe you’re looking for something more tangible than an emailed gift certificate or a trip itinerary. Knitting is a wonderful hobby because you really need very little equipment to get started. But once initiated, there are endless gadgets and supplies that make it so much more fun.
1. A Pattern Book- There are always new books coming out, and I love filling my library with new sources of inspiration. MY book isn’t coming out until September, so in the meantime here are some of my favorites that have been recently published:
• Scarf Style 2 by Ann Budd: This is a great book for gifting because it has projects for every skill level and style. Full disclosure, my design is the one on the cover!
• Metropolitan Knits by Melissa Wehrle: This book is full of contemporary, sophisticated knitwear. The author, Melissa Wehrle is also one of my favorite designers.
• Knitting Architecture by Tanis Gray: This book has a little bit of everything. The styles are all interesting and wearable.
Also, if your recipient has a favorite knitwear designer, try to find their latest book and arrange to get a signed copy.
2. A Stocking Full of Knitting Supplies- This is a fun idea that I would love to get. You could fill a stocking with all kinds of little things. Here’s some ideas that you can get online or at a local yarn shop:
• A little bottle of Eucalan Wool Wash- I tear through this stuff!
• Some yarn (usually 2 balls is safe for a small project)
• $20 gift certificate to a local yarn shop
• Stitch Markers- I don’t know where they all go (I’m looking at you, vacuum cleaner…)
• A Cute Measuring Tape
• A Yarn Cutter Pendant- This is great for knitters that travel.
• A Netflix subscription- I love to watch movies and knit.
• A Knitting Periodical- They sell knitting magazines at most major bookstores. You can attach a note saying that you also got her a subscription. My favorites are KnitScene and Interweave Knits.
3. Subscription to HollaKnits- I wasn’t sure where to put this in my post, but it’s definitely worth including. HollaKnits is like a knitting magazine subscription, but it’s all in a digital format. The patterns are all created by indie knitwear designers and have a very hip aesthetic. The creator of HollaKnits, Allyson Dykhuizen, is doing some really cool things with this new format.
Do you have some of your own ideas that other readers would find helpful? Please share in the comment section below!