One of our favorite holiday gifts for knitters, especially for holiday stockings are sock knitting gifts. Sock knitting needles and sock yarn are just small enough to stuff into a holiday stocking and it's always fun to see whether the knitter gets the humor in such a gift, stuff to make socks packaged in a sock itself! Knitters love that kind of humor. You can't just buy any yarn or needles for socks. Sure, you could knit a pair of socks out of the same yarn you use for sweaters, but those are going to be some very thick socks! Check out some great sock knitting gift ideas for your knitter's holiday stocking:
Yes sock yarn is different than other yarns. It is thin and designed for durability since of course it's meant to go on your hardworking feet. Sock yarn usually comes in a merino/nylon combination. The merino for softness and the nylon for extra strength. This makes sock yarn excellent for other heavy duty garments like snow hats and gloves. Oftentimes, the merino is superwash treated to avoid shrinking, so you know these hats gloves and socks will carry you through a rough winter. Check out some of our favorite sock yarns:
It can be tough picking out sock knitting needles as a gift because every knitter knits at a different gauge and has a particular size knitting needle that they prefer to knit socks. We recommend buying a set of double pointed knitting needles because a knitter will find a use for all of them. The 1 and 2 sizes are typical sock sizes. The 3 and 4 sizes can work for hats and 5's work for heavier gauge sock yarns. Many different manufacturers offer double pointed knitting needle sets. Check the type of needles that your knitter prefers. Keep a keen eye the next time you see him or her knitting. Are they knitting with metal, wood or bamboo? When in doubt, metal double pointed needles are better because over time metal needles rarely snap, while most wooden and bamboo double pointed needles will weaken from use. That said, wood and bamboo needle producers often will replace broken needles, but then you're still waiting many days before you receive that needle replacement. However, the softness of wood and bamboo can be easier on the wrists than the rigidity of metal.
The cool thing about sock yarn and sock needles is that you don't always have to knit socks with them. You can knit hats and scarves and cowls and fortunately there are quite a few books dedicated to projects to make out of sock yarn, mainly because nearly every kniter has a substantial stash of sock yarn. Check out some of these great sock yarn knitting books:
It's always fun to identify another knitter in the wild from a funny knitting related bumper sticker. That's one of the secrets of knitters, that we also love knitting because it gives us an easy way to talk to other people. When you find another knitter in the world suddenly small talk is not nearly so painful.
Knitting project bags are just large enough to hold one knitting project. They're a great way to keep your knitting projects from getting tangled up in each other within your larger knitting bag. GoKnits makes durable and portabler project bags that make it easy to knit socks while standing or walking. Check out a few of their sock knitting project bags.
If you pick a few of these sock knitting stocking stuffers for your knitter this holiday season they will be one happy knitter indeed. Knitters love when the people that love them think to buy knitting presents.
Stay tuned for more gift recommendations for knitters throughout the holiday season!
Once again it's Holiday gift giving season and 2015 is no different. We're going to check out the best gifts for knitters in the past year, the knitting products that will make your knitter dance for joy. This is our fourth year of gift recommendations. You can check out our ideas from 2012, 2013, and even 2014. Be sure to check out all around our site. 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.
Check out our favorite gifts for knitters for 2015 below:
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)
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.
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).
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.
Once again we're celebrating the best gifts from knitters from A to Z and we're at the letter E. Today E stands for Everything Mary. Everything Mary is a crafts brand that came out in the last couple years, making affordable knitting accessories including knitting bags, yarn caddies and even needle cases in bold graphic prints. Each piece is under $30, making it a great gift that still leaves room to add some yarn or even a knitting book.
Knitting can be an expensive hobby, but these are some of the most reasonably priced knitting accessories available and make fantastic gifts for the holidays, and even the knitting needle case could fit in one's Christmas stocking.
One of the coolest things about profiling the best gifts for knitters by each letter of the alphabet is getting to highlight not just yarns and needles, but also knitting book writers and designers. Today with the letter D we're going to showcase Deborah Newton, who has a brand new knitting book out Good Measure: Knit a Perfect Fit Every Time. Debroah Newton has been writing knitting pattern books for decades. Her books all have a very heavy focus on technique. Good Measure is no different. One of the hardest things to learn as a knitter is how to properly measure your body and match those measurements to those on a knitting pattern. If you knit the wrong size, it doesn't matter how well you follow the instructions it's still going to look bad on your body. So check out some of the greatest hits from Deborah Newton, pick one of these books and your knitter's skills will improve by leaps and bounds.
Finishing School: A Master Class for Knitters is another must-have for any knitter's library. It's one thing to cast on and knit a project all the way through, it's another thing entirely to finish that project with correct seaming, cleanly woven ends and consistently picked up stitches. Deborah Newton reviews all of the tools and methods that will help your knitter end up with well-fitting hand knit.
If you want to go the extra mile and your knitter aspires to becoming a knitwear designer, then check out Deborah's out of print work, Designing Knitwear, which is from 1992, but still has important information about best practices in designing your own handknits.
Keep checking Gifts for Knitters for more great gift ideas for the knitter in your life. There's 22 letters left in the alphabet and thus 22 more articles coming to you just in time for holiday 2015. Next up is letter E!