It shouldn’t be hard to find gifts for knitters and crocheters, right?
After all, you can always buy them yarn, right?
Knitters and crocheters love yarn by definition, but they’re also fussy about it. Not just colour, but merino vs alpaca vs silk and worsted weight or worsted spun, and don’t get me started on nylon in sock yarn.
It’s better to leave the yarn buying to the knitters and crocheters.
Still looking for something to give? I’ve rounded up the best gift ideas for knitters and crocheters, just in time for the holidays.
I’ve added in approximate price ranges (in US dollars) so you can skim this list and not click on the perfect thing which is a million dollars.
Heads up – a lot of links in this post are affiliate links. If you click on something, then buy something, I might get a few cents. This helps me out, obviously, but these links are just suggestions. Etsy and your local bookshop are great places to shop too!
21 clever gifts for both knitters and crocheters
Sometimes we talk about knitters and crocheters as if they’re miles and miles apart. But there’s a huge overlap between the crafts. I mean! Sticks + string = fabric, right? Anyway – these are gifts for knitters and crocheters and bicraftual folks.
A voucher for more yarn
Price range: the more the better, really
Your knitter or crocheter really wants yarn, but they want the right yarn. Trust. You do not want to get this wrong.
Instead, pick up a voucher to their favourite Local Yarn Store or online shop. They’ll thank you later. Not sure where to find a local yarn shop? Login to Ravelry (you’ll need a free account) and click the Yarns tab. There you can search the yarn stores directory.
A wrist ruler so they know when to stop
Price range: from $20
“Work in pattern until 5 inches…” What the heck does that mean? Get your knitter or crocheter some really functional jewelry like a ruler they can wear on their wrists.
If it were me, I’d go with this silicone ‘snap bracelet’ style option, both because it’s more likely to be more accurate longer and because it’s a snap bracelet style (90s kids forever!).
Stitch markers to mark their place
Price range: less than $10
Stitch markers are good for marking the beginning of your round, for holding a dropped stitch in knitting or a live crochet stitch.
Here’s the thing about stitch markers: you keep losing the damn things. When I first went yarn shopping, I picked up a pack and said, “How handy, I won’t have to buy these ever again.” HAH. Now I add a pack to every online order of yarn I do, and can still never find any. A pack of 200 will last out the year, just.
This one is a chain, which is very cool, but will only work for knitters – not crocheters (it’s a shape-of-the-sticks thing).
Or, there are a bunch of row counting apps. Download one and show them how to use it. This will cost you $0, although it’s harder to wrap up for the holidays.
Blocking mats for the perfect finish
Price range: $20 – $50
Before a piece of knitting or crochet is ‘finished’ it needs to be blocked: that is, washed and dried into shape. Although some people who work mostly with acrylic do skip this step. Not sure? If your crafter has ever made a sweater or something with lace, they’ll like this.
Pieces can be blocked on the floor or a spare bed, but the best is blocking mats: they’re easy to pin into and are easy to store (unlike a spare bed!).
Have you ever spotted your crafter wearing a lace shawl? Then they need blocking wires. Sweater and scarf makers like them too. These hold the edges of a finished piece in shape as it dries. It’s the sort of tool you might skip buying for yourself, then use All. The. Time.
Yarn swift for faster yarn winding
Price range: $20 – $50 and up
Um, excuse me, Rachel, what is that thing? Well, when you want to yarn a skein of yarn into a ball ready to work with* you can slide it over your swift and wind it a lot more easily.
Look for an umbrella swift, which folds down much like uh, an umbrella. I like this wooden swift, but I currently own a metal one like this. It’ll set you back about half the cost of a wooden one, but they just aren’t as fancy.
This is the sort of thing that can last years and years and years. Someone gave me my metal swift as they were upgrading (“It’s a bit crap, but it works,” she said, generously). I thought I’d upgrade myself when it died, but here we are years later, and it’s still going strong.
Match this gift with a ball winder, if you’re feeling generous. Any crafter that works with yarn will appreciate this: they’re perfect gifts for knitters and crocheters.
*Yarn is often sold in skeins, but if you try and knit or crochet from them without winding into a ball first, you get a huge mess.
Ball winder for the perfect ball
Price range: $20 and up
A ball winder is a device which makes it easy to wind yarn from a skein into a, well, ball. Winding a ball of worsted weight yarn by hand might take half an hour. Winding laceweight takes all day (no kidding).
You can get fancy ball winders, but most crafters will be delighted with a cheapie. If you have to choose between a ball winder and a swift, I think I’d choose a ball winder.
Yarn bowl to defeat the cat
Price range: from $20
So a yarn bowl holds your ball of yarn and stops it flying all over the place. This would be a good gift for crafters who mostly craft on the couch (vs their commute or at Stitch and Bitch night).
And it’d be an especially good gift if you have a cat.
This is something your crafter probably doesn’t already have. And there are lots of good options on Etsy if you prefer to buy local.
Project bags for every knitter and crocheter
Price range: from $5
You can’t just leave a knitting project lying about. Okay, well, I obviously do, but it’s nicer to pop it in a bag. It keeps the dust/cat off it and makes it easy to grab for your commute. And that’s why they’re great gifts for knitters and crocheters.
If you’ve got kids in your life who love your crafter, why not buy a few plain totes and get them to decorate them? If my niece did this I would be beside myself with joy and basically never use anything else.
11 gifts for new crocheters
So you have someone new at crochet – congratulations! You are going to be given so very many warm things over the coming years. These gifts will make someone who has only been crocheting a year or less very happy indeed.
A crochet hook set which they’ll use for years
Price range: from $10
“Oh, no you’re not listening – they already crochet!” Sure sure, but they they have a set of hooks? It’s just as likely they only have one or two. A set will let them branch out a little (you match the hook size to the wool) and work on multiple projects at once (you can leave the hook stuffed in the project bag).
Japanese crochet books are so, so different, I can’t even begin to tell you. They aren’t just a different language (although they’re not always translated), but the whole concept is different. Your crocheter may not make a whole lot of things from a Japanese pattern book, but they’ll be so inspired.
Don’t worry about too much about the language – Japanese crochet pattern books always contain charts.
One thing to note: Japanese garment patterns often aren’t graded, but are written in a single (tiny) size. Clever and determined folk can usually size things up, but it’s safer to stick to books on motifs and lace in case you accidently insult your crocheter.
An amazing blanket-to-be
Price range: $40
Repeat after me: it’s not a great idea to buy yarn for people. But… we can make an exception for this exceptional yarn pack.
Welcome to the flock, new knitter! You are going to have so much fun. If you have a new knitter in your life, these gifts will make them very, very happy.
A knitting needle size gauge they’ll use forever
Price range: from $2
What size is your knitting needle? Good question, we’ll never know. Knitting needles often have their size printed real small on the side of the needle. You can squint, or you can pull out your handy needle gauge!
There are hundreds and hundreds of different knitting needle options. Straights, circulars, DPNs. Confession time: I only use HiyaHiya interchangeable needles. I bought them when I was a little baby knitter, and have never needed anything else.
Interchangeables work like this: you attach the needle size you want to the length needle you want. So if you want to knit a hat on 4mm/30cm length, you can do that, then unscrew the same 4mm tips and knit a jumper on a 100cm cord… they make so much more sense than having needles in every size and length.
Okay, first things first: don’t buy yarn for other people. Not unless you know them well enough to buy them underwear. But here’s an exception: if they like hats and are new to knitting, buy ’em a topper.
Cable needle to push your knitter to the next level
Price range: from $2
Here’s a secret: cables are the easiest dang thing, yet they look so complex. Empower your knitter with a cable needle (another secret: you don’t really need a cable needle to cable, but beginners like them a lot and they’re nice to have).
Okay, those are less than $3, so maybe throw in a book? I haven’t read this book, but it’s got easy in the title, and I promise the project on the cover looks easy easy easy.
Knitting pattern books to inspire new-ish knitters
Price range: from $10
Here’s a tip: any book with ‘one skein’ in the title will be great for a newer knitter. One skein is not very much yarn, so one skein projects by definition lean towards the quick ‘n easy.
What’s an advanced knitter? Well, if your knitter has knitted lace (pretty patterns made out of holes in the fabric) or things with shapes (like sweaters or socks), they’re ‘advanced’. If your knitter likes making scarves or dishcloths, the things in this list probably won’t excite them as much as the previous category.
A stitch dictionary for original designs
Price range: from $15
Once your knitter has been knitting for a while, they’re going to want to experiment with stitches. A stitch dictionary is a handy thing to have. You can plug them into a plain scarf and end up with a unique pattern you made yourself: extremely satisfying.
A yarn guide for the most fashionable colourwork sweaters
Price range: from $5
Colorwork takes a little less concentration with a yarn guide. Worn like a ring, you can thread the colours through the little guides, keeping colors in perfect order. Okay, I’ve never tried one, but that’s because I like to live dangerously. A lot of people swear they make colorwork faster and more precise.
4 gifts for knitters and crocheters (that aren’t knitting and crochet related)
Yarn-this and yarn-that! Your knitter or crocheter is a whole person, dang it! They don’t need everything in their life to be yarn-related. Hey, I hear you. But you ended up on this page for a reason no?
Here’s a list of things that your knitter or crocheter is likely to love – and not a stitch in sight.
Voucher to their Stitch and Bitch cafe
Price range: from $5
This one requires a little research, but if your crafter goes to a Stitch and Bitch (Knit and Natter, Stitching Circle etc), find out where it is and buy them a voucher for a few beverages or slices of cake. My group meets in Starbucks. If someone got me a Starbucks gift card, I would buy the fancy seasonal lattes instead of the regular ones. Faaaancy.
Something to listen to
Price range: from $20
I’ve had an Audible membership for years, and it’s helped me deal with chores, commutes and long plane rides. It’s also good for sitting and knitting. You can gift a trial Audible membership for not very much – or send them a link to their first book for free!
A board game to play together
Price range: from $35
Wish your crafter would put down the string for once? Try a board game. It’s not knitting, but it is sitting quietly, which, let’s face it, we like a lot.
Patchwork is for two players (very nice for small families) and is fibre-related. I have this game and I like it.
For two or more players, Azul is delightful. It’s not fibre-related, but it’s got a lot of pretty colours. I also own this game, and highly recommend it.
Phew! That’s enough gifts for knitters and crocheters. I hope I’ve inspired you to tick something off your list.
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