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  • Holiday Gifts for Knitters

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    Once again it's Holiday gift giving season and 2016 is no different. We're going to check out the best gifts for knitters, the knitting products that will make your knitter dance for joy. This is our fifth year of gift recommendations. For the first time ever we've compiled all of our favorite knitter gift ideas for the holidays to one page, especially since we found ourselves recommending the same gifts every year. Even if you know absolutely nothing about knitting, these gift ideas will help you find something thoughtful without having to go all over the internet. 

    This year we started reviewing products for every letter of the alphabet as well. You won't just find gift ideas, but we also like to explain why a knitter would like a particular gift. That way you will know just how a gift will help your knitter create more beautiful handknits in the coming years. From knitting needle cases to keep a knitter's thousands of knitting needles organized in good order to knitting notion kits that will allow your knitting to easily travel with all their tools in one spot, you'll be able to find just the right present to spoil the knitter you love. 

    Check out our favorite gifts for knitters for 2015 below:

    Knitting Needle Cases:  

    Della Q Interchangeable Knitting Needle Case

    Most of the cases that come with interchangeable knitting needles aren't very attractive. Fortunately, Della Q has a lovely silk knitting needle case that will carry all of your interchangeable knitting needle tips , cables and other accessories to keep your knitting bag well organized.  

    lanternmoonbluesilkcaseLantern Moon Silk Knitting Needle Case

    If you want a truly exquisite way of storing your knitting needles, you must try the Lanter Moon Silk Knitting Needle Case. They carry both straight and circular knitting needles and has a small zippered pocket for knitting notions. It's one of those gifts that makes a knitter feel special.

      

    Interchangeable Knitting Needle Sets 

    knittersprideroyaleKnitters Pride Royale Interchangeable Knitting Needles

    Every holiday season Knitters Pride unveils a new set of luxury interchangeable knitting needles. Interchangeable knitting needles are a large set of knitting needle tips and flexible cable connectors that allow knitters to create a set of knitting needles for just about any project. From hats to afghans, knitters love having a set of interchangeable knitting needles in their knitting bag. In the past, Knitters Pride has offered the Rosewood Deluxe Set, the Karbon Gift Set and this year they have the Paris themeed Knitters Pride Royale.

    The set includes 9 knitting needle tips and 4 cords as well as a very stylish gift box. All for $100.00

    (if the Knitters Pride Royale is too pricey, check out the Knit Picks Caspian Interchangeable Knitting Needle Set, that's a great alternative)

     

    hiyahiyalimtededitionsetThe Hiya Hiya all in one luxury interchangeable knitting needle set

    This metal interchangeable knitting needle set comes in a beautiful purple knitting needle case with all of the knitting accessories and notions you would need for any project. The needle tips on this set are so sharp that you will have no problems with splitting or slipping your stitches. It's a great set for lace knitters that includes stitch markers, tapestry needles, knitting needle tip protectors and more. 

     

     

     

     

     

    addilaceAddi Click Interchangeable Knitting Needle Sets

    Addi Clicks are some of the best interchangeable knitting needles out there because of their proprietary cable connection and awesome ability to easily install a lifeline in your lace knitting projects... and for the first time the price on the complete sets has gone down. Originally $270!!! Addi Clicks are now much more affordable in the $120 range. Now is one of the best times to purchase the Addi Clicks.

    Addi Click Turbos Standard Knitting Needle Set

    Addi Click Lace Long Tip Knitting Needle Set

    Addi Click Natural Bamboo Knitting Needle Set

     

     

     

     

    knitterspridekarbonzsetKnitters Pride Karbonz Interchangeable Knitting Needles

    As much as knitters love their yarn, they love it even more when they can knit with high quality knitting needles. The texture of a knitting needle can enhance the knitting experience and having a complete set of knitting needles ensures that a knitter has a set for every occasion. This year's big set of interchangeable knitting needles for the holidays are the Knitters Pride Karbonz. They have slick metal needle tips with space age carbon fiber bodies. This makes these needles slick, but not so slippery that your stitches fall off your needles.

     

    Knitting Notions Set

    knitkitblackThe Knit Kit

    We always recommend the Knit Kit. After being out of stock for months and switching to a new manufacturer, the Knit Kit is back. All of a knitter's favorite knitting tools in one case, TSA approved and easy to keep in your knitting bag or even your car for those knitting emergencies (yes knitting emergencies exist).

     

     

     

     

     

    Knitting Bags

     

    TheBagsmithBag1The Bagsmith Bag

    We've said it before and we'll say it again, the Bagsmith crafting bag is one of the best craft bag out there for knitters. It's a flat bottomed bag with a cross strap that allows you to just drop in your knitting project and knit directly from the bag. This, plus the awesome exterior clear plastic compartments makes finding every knitting notion a cinch! Use the Bagsmith Bag as a base for a knitting gift basket by adding in some yarn, a set of interchangeable knitting needles and the knit kit and your knitter will be sitting happy this holiday season.

     

     

    Knitting Books

    Tudor Roses

    A few years back our favorite book for knitters was Kaffe Fassett's Dreaming in Color. This year it's Alice Starmore's updated Tudor Roses, which features knitting patterns inspired by Tudor England (and Henry the VII's many brides). It is a true test of a knitter for them to knit a Starmore design and it's something that every serious knitter should tackle in their lifetime. Tudor Roses is the book to help your knitter dream this year.

    Other books we recommend for knitter gifts: The Principles of Knitting, Knitting Nature, and Weekend Knitting. These are all classics that deserve a place in any knitter's library.

     

    knittingyarnsbook2Knitting Yarns - Writers on Knitting

    You won't just see professional knitters on the author list of this book. World famous writers such as Ann Pratchett and Barbara Kingsolver share their experiences knitting, some of them for the first time.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Stay tuned later in the season for more great gift recommendations, or check out around our site. We have ideas for stocking stuffers for knitters and even non-knitting gift ideas for knitters. Happy shopping! 

     

  • Holiday Gifts for Knitters 2013

    redknitkitThe holidays are upon us and if you're here you might be wondering what kind of fantastic holiday gift to get for a knitter this year. Perhaps you've been the recipient of one of your knitter's thoughtful hand made gifts and you want to return the favor. One thing you can always get a knitter is spoken appreciation of the gifts they have knit for you (and to wear them), but if you wish to take your appreciation to the next level, check out these holiday gifts for knitters that will no doubt thrill them for 2013.

     

     

    Tudor Roses

    Last year our favorite book for knitters was Kaffe Fassett's Dreaming in Color. This year it's Alice Starmore's updated Tudor Roses, which features knitting patterns inspired by Tudor England (and Henry the VII's many brides). It is a true test of a knitter for them to knit a Starmore design and it's something that every serious knitter should tackle in their lifetime. Tudor Roses is the book to help your knitter dream this year.

    Other books we recommend for knitter gifts: The Principles of Knitting, Knitting Nature, and Weekend Knitting. These are all classics that deserve a place in any knitter's library.

    knittingyarnsbook2Knitting Yarns - Writers on Knitting

    You won't just see professional knitters on the author list of this book. World famous writers such as Ann Pratchett and Barbara Kingsolver share their experiences knitting, some of them for the first time.

    Another Notions Kit

    We love the Knit Kit, it's the best knitting notions kit around, so portable and easy to pack (and TSA compliant!), but every knitter knows that you can never have too many knitting notions kits (they always seem to go missing at just the moment you need them). In case you're looking for something different this other beginning notions starter kit will ensure that your knitter always has tapestry needles, stitch holders, needle protectors and more.

     

     

     

    The Go-Knits Bag

    I know you must think it's crazy how many knitting bags a knitter can have, but the small project bags do in fact serve a very practical purpose. Project bags protect your knitting within a knitting bag. If you don't use a project bag, your project can become entangled with other projects, with your knitting notions, other yarns and all of your other everyday stuff that you carry in your knitting bag. This can create holes in your knitting, and rough up the yarn you're using.

    The Go Knits bags may seem pricey, but that's because they're super durable. Traditional cotton bags

     

    lanternmoonbluesilkcaseLantern Moon Silk Knitting Needle Case

    If you want a truly exquisite way of storing your knitting needles, you must try the Lanter Moon Silk Knitting Needle Case. They carry both straight and circular knitting needles and has a small zippered pocket for knitting notions. It's one of those gifts that makes a knitter feel special.

     

     

    knitterspridekarbonzsetKnitters Pride Karbonz Interchangeable Knitting Needles

    As much as knitters love their yarn, they love it even more when they can knit with high quality knitting needles. The texture of a knitting needle can enhance the knitting experience and having a complete set of knitting needles ensures that a knitter has a set for every occasion. This year's big set of interchangeable knitting needles for the holidays are the Knitters Pride Karbonz. They have slick metal needle tips with space age carbon fiber bodies. This makes these needles slick, but not so slippery that your stitches fall off your needles.

    If you wrap a few of these gifts for knitters together and create a little knitting gift basket your knitter will be blown over with useful luxury knitting gifts that will keep him or her knitting for years to come.

  • Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Knitters

    Time is ticking down and only a few more days left to get a great gift for a knitter for holiday 2014. We've made a lot of recommendations this year from knitting inspired porcelain to the world's best knitting notions kit. Here's what we've written for Gifts for Knitters Holiday 2014:

    We also shared our favorite gift for knitters for holiday 2014, the Knitted Fabric Converse lowtops!

     

    You're cutting it down to the very last minute, but here's a few more gift recommendations for knitters:

     

    theknitkit200The Knit Kit

    We love the knit kit and you might be able to find one at Michaels or at your local yarn shop. It's TSA approved and has all the things that your knitter might need while on the road. It's good to keep one in the car!

     

     

     

    woodlandknitssmallKnitting Books

    Whether from your local yarn shop or your local independent bookseller, choosing a small selection of knitting books will delight your knitter this holiday season. Some of our favorite new knitting books for 2014 include the following:

    Woodland Knits

    Some of the most adorable forest-inspired knitting projects you've every seen.

    Knockout Knits

    Thoughtful knitting projects from the designer who makes the best beaded knitting kits.

    Magpies Homebodies and Nomads

    Cirilia Rose's entree into the land of knitting books.

    Rustic Modern Knits

    Modern knitting patterns with natural motifs including flowers and shells.

     

     

    knitterspridedreamz2014The Knitters Pride Symphonie Dreams Interchangeable Knitting Needle Set

    Get your knitter a complete set of interchangeable knitting needles. The Knitters Pride Dreamz offer good quality with affordable prices, and cute color coded knitting needle tips.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    TheBagsmithBag1The Bagsmith Bag

    You cannot go wrong with the bagsmith craft bag because it stands up on its flat bottom, maintains an open top, so that you can knit directly from the bag and has see-through external pouches for your knitting notions -this makes finding the right tool for your next knitting project much easier than scrambling around your yarn stash.

     

    Keep it simple, any of these gift recommendations will make your knitter happy, or you can buy one of each to offer the ultimate knitting gift package for holiday 2014.

  • Our All Time Favorite Gifts for Knitters

    There are some gifts for knitters that are so good that you cannot go wrong buying them for your favorite knitter -even if they have one already. We like to think of these knitting gifts as the "All Time Favorite Gifts for Knitters". Even if you haven't got a clue about knitting these are the gifts that you can just go ahead and purchase to impress your favorite knitter:

     

    namasteharlowbagKnitting Bags

    When you think of a knitting bag, you might be reminded of the old school knitting basket but today's knitting bag styles have come a long way from those old woven origins. You can find knitting bags that rival the designs of high end fashion houses for just a quarter of the price. Our favorite knitting bags for 2013 include the Namaste Harlow (shown in aqua at left also available in black, brown and pumpkin), the Jordana Paige Cezanne and the brand new Knitter's Pride Bags. All of these bags will hold everything a knitter may need to knit on the go while also holding their everyday essentials.

     

     

    knitkit2The Knit Kit

    It's true knitting requires a ton of tiny little tools -tiny little tools that are easy to lose. That's why knitter always have extra sets of knitting notions -one for the home, one for each knitting bag and even one to keep in the car. You never know when you might need a pair of little scissors, stitch markers, or a measuring tape and these items can even be helpful for non-knitting problems. The Knit Kit puts all of those notions in a compact for easy transport by car, bus and even plane -it is a TSA compliant knitting notions kit.

     

    addilaceInterchangeable Knitting Needles

    One of the fanciest knitting gifts you can offer your favorite knitter is a set of interchangeable knitting needles. These are complete sets of knitting needles that allow your knitter to build the needles they need for any project; but which set to buy? There are so many to choose from that people have written entire guides on the subject, but we've been able to break it down simply for the non-knitter:

    The Luxury Set of Interchangeable Knitting Needles

    Wanna blow the mind of your beloved knitter? Give him or her a set of Lantern Moon's Interchangeable Knitting Needles in either Rosewood or Ebony. They are well worth the price as a set of handmade heirloom knitting tools. Both woods feature a highly polished satin finish which makes any yarn glide across your needles with ease. Both sets come in gorgeous silk carrying cases that are as beautiful as the needles themselves.

    The High End Set of Interchangeable Knitting Needles

    If you're looking for a set of extremely well designed interchangeable knitting needles with a generous exchange policy to boot, check out the Addi Click Interchangeable Knitting Needles (see photo at left). They feature a patented twist and click system that connects the needles to the cables which makes it very difficult for them to come apart. These needles are available especially for lace knitters, in bamboo, metal, in long tips and short tips. The most popular sets are the long tip metal or the bamboo -either of  these kits will delight your knitter -they'll know you went the extra mile to make them happy this holiday 2013.

    The Reliable Mid Range Set of Interchangeable Knitting Needles

    Knitter's Pride makes a very affordable and well made set of interchangeable knitting needles in a variety of materials -and shapes! If your knitter prefers cubic knitting needles (square shaped instead of round) Knitter's Pride is the interchangeable knitting needle set for them. They can get cubic knitting needles in both metal and rosewood. The most popular set is the wooden deluxe where each needles size comes in its own beautiful color

    The Well-Made Entry Level Set of Interchangeable Knitting Needles.

    Denise makes a wonderful set of plastic interchangeable knitting needles. They are the most affordable interchangeable knitting needles, but you don't necessarily suffer on quality with them. The cords stay connected to the needles with their well designed click system. The only problem with these needles is that the cords are very thick and so these needles aren't the best for lace knitters. If your loved one knits thin lace on very tiny needles, the Addi Click lace interchangeables are the best set for them. Beginner knitters will love the Denise interchangeables.

     

    Amazon Gift Cards

    There are a ton of knitting items available for sale from smaller yarn shops all over the country. Giving your knitter an Amazon gift card gives them access to thousands of knitting books in digital and print, knitting videos, and even yarn.

     

    Cashmere Yarn

    Cashmere is the most sought after type of yarn for knitters to use in their knitting projects. Some knitters even go so far to collect used cashmere sweaters from thrift stores to re-purpose the yarn. They go to the trouble to unravel the sweaters, steam the yarn and rewind the yarn into balls. It's far better to be able to buy your own cashmere yarn, but it can be an expensive proposition. Your best cashmere yarn gift for knitters would be the Pepperberry Knits Cashmere Hat kit. You get one skein of yarn and a hat pattern, which includes three different hat styles to knit. It's about $40, but that's nothing when you realize that it will take about 10 hours for your knitter to knit the hat and then will have hours of enjoyment wearing the hat once it's finished.

     

    This marks the beginning of the holiday gifting season for knitters and right now knitters everywhere are starting to think up their holiday knitting projects. Make their jobs a little bit easier next year by choosing one of these knitting gifts and you just might end up with a hand knit sweater next year!

  • Stocking Stuffers for Knitters 2013

    eucalangetawaygangSo many knitting items can be categorized as stocking stuffers. Knitting notion kits, project bags and skeins of yarn can fit nicely into your knitter's holiday stocking, but what are some of the more interesting unusual things that would delight a knitter on Christmas Day?

    Eucalan Wool Wash - Getaway Gang

    When knitters spend so much time and care hand knitting their beloved projects you can bet that they will take that same love and care to choose a soap to clean those cherished handknits. Eucalan Wool Wash is an old favorite of knitters and they have recently come out with new scents which you can try in their handy Getaway Gang kit.

    Small enough to fit perfectly into a holiday stocking, the kit, which retails only $14.29 on Amazon contains six mini packets of Eucalan meant for traveling as well as their mini wipes which have saved many a handknit from an unexpected spill stain. The perfect gift for the  knitter on the road, it also contains a mini sewing kit, nail file to keep your knitter prepared.

    theknitkit200The Knit Kit

    We will never stop mentioning the Knit Kit, It has all of the notions you need in a tiny package that will surprise your knitter when they pull it from their stocking.

    Chibi Set

    A Chibi is a little tapestry needle holder and they are made by Clover in Japan. This sweet little set which contains three tapestry needles will ensure that your knitter can weave in her yarn ends.

    Ball of Cashmere

    You want to see a knitter ooo and ahh at the holidays? Buy a skein of cashmere. We love the Pepperberry Knits Cashmere, which is plied in Idaho and provides a strong and soft knitted hand. One skein is enough to knit a lucious hat that your knitter will adore for years to come.

    Small Knitting Book

    The Yarn Harlot books are all small enough to hide more than one or two in a holiday stocking.

    Fancy Scissors from Bagsmith

    There are scissors and there are scissors. Bagsmith is the distributor of exquisite French embroidery scissors. They may be pricey, but they are scissors that will be treasured for years if not generations.

    knittersprideshawlpinShawl Pins from Knitters Pride

    Who knew that Knitters Pride, the interchangeable knitting needle company also made shawl pins? They have a small selection of wooden shawl pins that will help your knitter keep even the smallest shawlette on their shoulders.

    Sock Blockers from Knitters Pride

    What the heck are sock blockers and why would anyone need any? If your knitter is a sock knitter the only way to get a nice traditional finished sock shape is to use a sock blocker. When a knitter is finishing knitting a pair of socks, they place the socks on the sock blockers and wash the socks in wool wash (see the Eucalan wool wash above). Once the socks dry on the blockers, they come out even better than machine made socks.

    That completes our list of great stocking stuffers for knitters for 2013. Stay tuned for more gift recommendations for knitters!

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