As a knitter who happens to work in a knitting store, I think knitting gifts for me are often over looked. So, you can think of this as my ‘wishlist’ and I hope it may help some others in their gift giving too.
All knitters enjoy good notions and accessories. For the non-knitters that may have been forwarded this, a ‘notion’ is an item that helps with the knitting process. A knitting accessory would have a similar definition but may not be as essential to the knitting process itself. Some common notions and accessories that are always appreciated are:
Stitch markers essential tools to crocheters and knitters alike. They can be used to mark a certain number of stitches, the beginning of a round, where to make a particular stitch, and more. Patterns often call for stitch markers with the abbreviations “pm” (place marker) and “sm” (slip marker).
Stitch markers come in a variety of sizes, shapes and prices from the practical and inexpensive ones pictured above, to the more elaborate handmade ones pictured below.
Stitch holders are tools that are used by knitters to hold open stitches when not being used by the needles. For example, when shaping the neckhole of a sweater, the stitch holder is placed on the group of stitches used to make the neckhole, and the needles are used to continue to make the stitches on either side.
Row Counters are a tally counter for counting rows or courses worked, for counting stitch pattern repetitions, or for counting increases or decreases of the number of stitches in consecutive rows. A handy tool for any knitter or crocheter on your gift list.
Knitting bowls and bags help a knitter by holding a work in progress. They can super fun and come in nearly every pattern imaginable to fit your personality. Below is a great example of what a knitter would refer to as a ‘project bag’.
Ball winder and swift – these two tools work together to wind a skein of yarn into a working ball/cake of yarn. Yes, it is true that some skeins we buy as knitters are not functional to knit from directly. Therefore, these tools save precious knitting time by making the ball winding process much faster. Please note: if you a are husband/significant other who is frequently asked to hold a skein of yarn while the knitter in your life winds it into a ball, this could be a gift to yourself as well!
Lastly, when in doubt, a gift certificate to your local yarn store can be a fabulous gift and will most certainly be well-used by the knitter in your life!
Best wishes for a Happy Holiday season,