Ah, knitting — the great American pastime. With 28.8 million Americans taking up the pursuit and its sister craft, crocheting, as of 2016, it’s one of the most popular hobbies around. Appealing to everyone from stars such as Meryl Streep and Vanna White (the Wheel of Fortune star has her own yarn line!) to DIY-ers young and old, knitting is an art form we’re all familiar with. Shopping for a knitting aficionado can be tough, however, if don’t know the particulars of the craft. To clear up any confusion, we’ve gone ahead and put together a handy list of all the best gifts for knitters that are sure to leave your giftee in stitches.
How to Shop for Knitters
If you’re shopping for a knitter but not sure where to start, these helpful tips will make sure your next gifting soiree is a success. Read on to learn more about how to shop for your favorite knitter.
Gift them something useful: Knitting is a hobby that takes practice and skill, so if you’re looking for a gift that will help them excel in their endeavors, go with someone useful this holiday season. From classic knitting guides ($23.47, Amazon) to ceramic yarn bowls ($19.99, Amazon) that will hold their yarn and make sure it doesn’t get tangled, there’s a wealth of options that can aid serious knitters in taking their creations to the next level.
Gift them something fun: If you’re someone who opts for fun gifts over practical ones, there are plenty of exciting finds to be found, from cheeky knitting-inspired socks ($7, Hotsox) to subscription boxes overflowing with supplies (From $10, Darn Good Yarn) that will deliver new treats to their door like clockwork each month.
Gift them something classic: When it doubt, go back to basics with tried and true knitting essentials. From a great ball of yarn ($8.99, Wool and the Gang) to a sofa arm caddy ($35, Uncommon Goods) or stylish storage container ($29.99, Michael’s), these classic picks ensure you can’t go wrong.
Best Gifts for Knitters
Ready to find your perfect gift? We rounded 10 stellar gifts the knitter will want to unravel, stat. Keep scrolling to shop FIRST for Women’s picks for the best gifts for knitters.
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Best Knitting Caddy — Couch Arm Knitting Caddy
Where to buy: $35, Uncommon Goods
If the couch is your giftee's ultimate knitting zone, they're sure to delight in this couch arm knitting caddy from Uncommon Goods. It's got an array of storage options to neatly organize everything they'll need for their next masterpiece, including deep storage pockets for needles of varying lengths and accordion-style storage for skeins of yarn.
Best Knitting Guide — Vogue Knitting
Where to buy: $23.46, Amazon
First published in 1989, Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book instantly became a beloved resource for everyone from beginners to seasoned knitters looking for a refresher on complex techniques. This updated version offers 65 additional pages and more than 1,600 photos and hand-drawn step-by-step illustrations for tons of fun designs that any knitter will cherish for years to come.
Yarn T Shirt
Best Knitting T-Shirt — Yarn Heartbeat
Where to buy: $15.95, Amazon
Let your giftee show their knitting pride with this adorable yarn heartbeat T-shirt. Made from a comfortable cotton that comes in five fashionable colors, this shirt is emblazoned with an EKG pulse line and a ball of yarn with knitting needles embedded into it. All in all, it's the perfect way to show the world where their passion lies.
Merino Wool Yarn
Best Merino Wool Yarn — Super Trouper Wool
Where to buy: From $4.51, Wool and the Gang
Though it's a staple in any knitter's kit, a top-notch ball of yarn can be hard to come by. Thankfully, Wool and the Gang, a company well-known for its high-quality skiens, is here to help. Pick up a ball or two of its Super Trouper wool for your favorite knitting junkie: It's made from100-percent merino wool, an incredibly soft yarn they'll adore working with.
Best Yarn Storage — Loops & Threads Yarn Storage Stand
Where to buy: $29.99, Michael's
If your favorite knitter is drowning in yarn, help them tidy up their collection with this Loops & Threads yarn storage stand. Resembling an old-fashioned magazine rack, this black-and-white polka dot piece is perfect for keeping yarn and accessories in one place thanks to four convenient spaces for knitting needles, yarn, patterns, and looms.
Best Yarn Soap — Knitted Heart Glycerin Soap
Where to buy: $5.19, Etsy
For a knitting-inspired gift, we love these mini knitted heart-shaped soaps from Etsy. These glycerin cleansers come in five different colors and more than two dozen customizable scents. They're also made with nourishing ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil, and safflower oil, that will soothe and moisturize your skin, making them every bit as useful as they are beautiful.
Knitting Subscription Box
Best Knitting Subscription Box — Yarn of the Month Club
Where to buy: From $10, Darn Good Yarn
Looking for a knitting subscription box? Yarn of the Month Club has you covered. The perfect way to provide your knitter with supplies on a monthly basis, each box comes with a skein of premium, eco-friendly yarn, a new knitting pattern, and a special secret gift that changes from month to month. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving!
Best Yarn Bowl — Ceramic Brown Yarn Bowl
Where to buy: $17.99 (Originally $29), Amazon
For a gift that doubles as a stunning décor element, check out this ceramic brown yarn bowl from Abhandi Crafts. These handcrafted ceramic pieces are designed to help keep yarn from tangling or bouncing and rolling mid-stitch, making for a gift you can feel confident your knitter will use for years to come.
Best Knitting Socks — Hotsox
Where to buy: $7, Hotsox
Whether you're picking out a stocking stuffer or a kitschy gift accompaniment for your favorite knitting aficionado, we think they'll get a kick out of these yarn and knitting needles socks. Knitted from a premium blend of yarns, they're the perfect mix of style and comfort. They're also machine washable and fit women's sizes 4 to 10.5.
Best Arthritis Gloves — Dr. Arthritis
Where to buy: $15.95, Amazon
While we're clearly big fans of knitting, it's a hobby can take a toll on your hands — especially if you're already dealing with arthritis. Rather than letting swollen joints and hand pain keep your loved one from doing what they love, gift them a pair of Dr. Arthritis' compression arthritis gloves. Offering up continuous compression, these hand covers, which are made from a cotton nylon and spandex fabric, enhance blood circulation, reducing arthritis pains and swelling and allowing for hours of comfortable knitting.