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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 pointers to your loved ones (just direct them to this page), here are some great ideas for knitting related gifts.

1. Yarn

Yarn Storage Bins
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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 a 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 just even get your gift back in the form of a knit scarf or another fun knit item. Check out my yarn reviews for some great options, or browse the yarn shop on your own.

2. Build Your Own Kit

If you're a knitter shopping for another knitter, a fun idea is to make a knitting kit. Find a book with a pattern you like (or choose a pattern you find online) and buy all the materials required to make a project -- 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!

3. Knitting Bag

Boye Yarn on the Go Bag
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There are so many different options for knitting bags, and it seems like every knitter can always use another bag when the old ones get filled with unfinished projects. I like the idea of a knitting backpack or purse for on-the-go people who want to knit wherever they go but still have room for all their necessities in the same bag. Little project bags like the Boye Yarn on the Go Bag are great, too.

 

4. Interchangeable Needles

knitpicks options
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If you want a really special gift for your favorite knitter, consider interchangeable needles. Whether you go for the Boye Needlemaster, Denise, Knit Picks Options, or one of the many other options out there, you're sure to make a knitter happy.

5. Yarn Swift

yarn swift
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A yarn swift is a handy tool that makes winding a ball from a skein of yarn that much easier. The swift is your hands while you wind the yarn into a ball with the help of a ball winder (see below)

 

6. Ball Winder

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 (and maybe your friend will even let you use them).

 

7. Knitting Needle Case

knitting needle holder
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A sewn roll-up knitting needle case is a great gift for any knitter, because we all seem to have more needles than we know where to store. This project is easy enough even for those without a lot of sewing experience, and it holds up to 24 pairs of knitting needles.

8. Chronicle Sock Knitting Kit

sock knitting kit
Chronicle Books.
This kit includes yarn and knitting needles as well as a small book of six patterns for knit socks (one of which can be made with the enclosed supplies). While this kit may not be the best for someone who's never knit socks before, it would be appropriate for a newish sock knitter.

9. 101 Stitches to Knit

101 stitches to knit
Interweave Press.
Most every knitter can use a stitch dictionary (or two, or more), and this set of cards is a great choice because you can pick a stitch pattern to work from and simply need to carry that one card around instead of a whole book to work from.

10. Lace Knitting to Go

lace knitting box
Chronicle Books
Another great box of stitch patterns is Chronicle's Lace Knitting to Go, which includes 25 cards with lace knitting patterns that you can use as 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.

11. Gift Certificates

If all else fails, no knitter will turn down a gift certificate to her favorite yarn shop. If the knitter you're shopping for lives where you do, you could also sign the two of you up to take a class together and buy her or his supplies. Or go for a gift card for one of the big chain craft stores if your friend doesn't have a local yarn shop.
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