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Holiday Gifts for a Knitter

Updated on December 15, 2014

What do you give a knitter for a gift?

Knitters like me love creating knit gifts for Christmas and other gift giving occasions. I frequently get asked, what kind of gift would a knitter want? Like many hobbies, the gift you give has a lot to do with the personality of the recipient. However, you can give a personal gift without knowing much about knitting.

So what do you give a knitter? There are obvious items that make a perfect gift for a knitter, such as yarn and knitting needles. There are less obvious knitting accessories, like yarn swifts and chart holders that make gifts any knitter would enjoy. There are knitting gifts that cannot be used in the craft, like earrings, ornaments and more. And finally, knitting books make an excellent gifts for knitters. Don't know what the knitter likes to knit? There are some great novelty books that will make a fun read.

Let me help you select the perfect gift for the knitter in your life!

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Luxury Yarn

One Skein Wonders

Every knitter always wants more yarn. You find some that you think feels great, and looks cool... but how much yarn should you give? You likely won't have a project in mind when you are selecting yarn as a gift. If you do have a project in mind (say a sweater), make sure that you check some patterns to get a sense of how much yarn is required.

There are many projects that require only one or two balls of yarn. Give a "One Skein Wonders" book along with the yarn to help inspire the project.

Handpainted Yarns

Handpainted colorways make a very special gift. No two skeins are ever identical, so each project you make will have its own unique character.

Handspun Yarn

Handspun yarn has a similar unique quality to handpainted yarn. Frequently the wool has been hand painted before it is spun into yarn, which creates a very unique stranded look. When monochromatic, the yarn still contains a unique character that your knitter will love. Not only would you be supporting your knitter's craft, but you would be supporting the craft of another.

Cashmere Yarn

A desirable luxury fiber. Give your knitter something that they will be unable to stop touching.

Knitting Accessories

Skeins to Balls and Back

When you buy yarn, it is either in the form of a wound ball, or an unwound skein (which is a circular loop of yarn that can become tangled easily). Yarn swifts are umbrella like structures which rotate to help you wind a ball (by hand or with a ball winder) without getting tangles.

There are times when you have a ball of yarn and then need a skein. A niddy noddy is a small object which helps you wind up a skein. (I do this frequently before I dye yarn in my kitchen)

Knitting Needle Storage

The longer you knit, the more needles you accumulate. This means that you will continuously need new ways to organize and store them.

Other Knitting Accessories

Needles and yarn are enough to get your started knitting, but there are many other items that can be helpful to a knitter. Your loved one may not think to pick up one of these themselves. Yarn needles are always getting lost and are valuable for finishing projects. A crochet hook can be used to help fix mistakes even if your knitter doesn't know how to crochet. Pompom makers are great for making whimsical finishing details. There are some other ideas below!

Great Reference Knitting Books

Great Knitting Reference Books

If you don't know what kind of patterns your knitter likes the most, give a stitch dictionary. These books give examples of many different patterns, including cables, lace and ribbing. Looking at these stitch books is great as a source of inspiration, and no knitter can have too many on the bookshelf.

Novelty Knitting Books

Novelty Knitting Books

Want something spicier than a reference book? The following books are an interesting read, even if you don't want to create the patterns. Receiving one of these will absolutely make your knitter smile.

Recycled Silk Yarn

Recycled silk yarn is spun from silk remnant scraps from weaving mills in India and Nepal. Each skein is unique and very beautiful.

Knitting for the Holidays

Have I left anything out? - Leave your comments and suggestions or just say hello!

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      LissaKlar LM 7 years ago

      This is great! Now I have some ideas for my sister.

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 7 years ago

      @poutine: And gift ideas for me ;)

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      poutine 7 years ago

      Excellent ideas for gifts for your knitter friends.

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      catbehaviors 7 years ago

      I love to knit, and I love these ideas for knitters. They're really cool, and I love the idea of pattern books.

      Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Tonie Cook 7 years ago from USA

      These are great gift ideas for the knitter.

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 7 years ago

      @Sojourn: I really like the punk knitting book (I happen to own it!) This lens was fun to make because I got to look through the stuff that I own and love, and the stuff that I really really want! You definitely give fiber crafts another chance ;)

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      Sojourn 7 years ago

      Beautiful yarns! And that punk knitting project book makes you stop and stare, doesn't it? ;) Really neat stuff! I don't knit but I've often thought about taking it up. I loved to crochet when I was younger. Might be time to return to some yarn crafts. Nice job!

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 7 years ago

      @hotbrain: Thank you! I'm hoping that some friends might accidentally come across this ;)

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 7 years ago

      @JackieBlock: That is definitely my next step! Today I had fun choosing some of my favorite knitting items. Future updates are all going to be based on fleshing out some descriptions and definitions. I always appreciate feedback, so thank you for stopping by!

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      hotbrain 7 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      Great ideas for giving gifts to knitters!

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      Jackie Block 7 years ago from SE Michigan

      I see a few things that are going on my christmas list! Very nice, but you may want to provide a little information about each category for any non-knitters out there who may be overwhelmed.