10 Great Gifts to Give a Knitter

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No matter what the occasion, most knitters appreciate getting knitting tools and supplies as a gift. Whether you're looking for a special something for a fellow crafter or want to provide a few hints for your loved ones, here are some great ideas for knitting-related gifts.

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    Of course, the most basic and wonderful gift you can get a knitter is yarn. Whether you go for one perfect skein of luscious wool or cashmere, a fun novelty yarn or enough balls to make a big project, more yarn for the stash is always appreciated. You might even get your gift back in the form of a knit scarf or another fun knit item.

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    Build Your Own Kit

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    If you're a knitter shopping for another knitter, a fun idea is to make a knitting kit. It is basically a knitting project in a bag.

    Find a book with a pattern you like (or choose a pattern you find online), and buy all the materials required to make it—the yarn, needles, notions, etc. Throw in a copy of the book or print out the pattern, put it all in a pretty bag or basket, and you're done.

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    Knitting Bag

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    There are so many different options for knitting bags. It also seems like every knitter can use another bag when the old ones get filled with unfinished projects. It's a gift that will definitely be appreciated.

    A knitting backpack or purse is great for on-the-go people who want to knit wherever they are but still need to have room for all their necessities in the same bag. Little project bags such as the Boye Yarn on the Go Bag are great, too. And, if you're the crafty type yourself, you can always make a bag.

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    Interchangeable Needles

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    If you want a really special gift for your favorite knitter, consider interchangeable needles. They are a dream to work with, though some frugal knitters may be reluctant to buy a set for themselves.

    Whether you go for the Boye Needlemaster, Denise, Knit Picks Options, or one of the many other needle sets out there, you're sure to make a knitter happy.

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    Yarn Swift

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    For the knitter who seems to have everything, think about getting a yarn swift. This handy tool makes winding a ball from a skein of yarn much easier. The swift acts as your hands while you wind the yarn into a ball with the help of a ball winder.

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    Ball Winder

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    The perfect gift to go along with a yarn swift is a ball winder, which makes quick work of getting the yarn off the swift and into a ball. If you have other crafty friends who want to go in on a gift together, getting someone a swift and winder is a very thoughtful gift.

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    Knitting Needle Case

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    A sewn roll-up knitting needle case is a great gift for any knitter because everyone seems to have more needles than they know where to store them. This DIY project is easy enough even for those without a lot of sewing experience, and it holds up to 24 pairs of knitting needles. As an alternative, there are premade needle cases available at yarn shops.

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    101 Stitches to Knit

    Knit Stitch Dictionary book


    Almost every knitter can use a stitch dictionary. This set of cards is a great choice because you can pick a stitch pattern to work from and then just carry that one card around instead of a whole book. It's great for people who like to knit on the go.

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    Lace Knitting to Go

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    Another great box of stitch patterns is Chronicle's Lace Knitting to Go. It includes 25 cards with lace knitting patterns that can be the basis for your own lacy knitting projects. The cards include written instructions and charts, so they're great practice for knitters who aren't that comfortable with chart reading.

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    Gift Certificates

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    If all else fails, no knitter will turn down a gift certificate to his or her favorite yarn shop. If the knitter you're shopping for lives nearby, you could also sign the two of you up to take a class together and buy the supplies. If you're still not sure what to buy, a gift card to a craft store is always a good option.