12 Awesome Gifts that Crocheters and Knitters REALLY Want (and Why)
What kinds of gifts do crocheters, knitters, and crafters really want that they may not buy for themselves? Tons of things!
A lot of these gifts are things we crocheters and knitters tell ourselves we’ll get “someday.” We tend to tell ourselves that premium yarn, yarn winders, yarn bowls, etc. are luxuries, but when we need to produce better quality and save time, they’re really necessities. We’re always hunting for lost crochet hooks (often found in our hair or between the seat cushions) and other things, so extra hooks, a yarn cutting pendant, and other tools are pretty safe bets.
Surprise your favorite crocheters, knitters, and crafters with these thoughtful gifts that show them that you appreciate their creativity and that you’re really thinking about what they’d love to have. Wouldn’t it be fun to give someone their first handmade yarn bowl?
Designer crochet hooks, stitch markers, cases, and more by Carola Geiser of Polymer Clay Shed. Both of the most popular crochet hook brands – Boye and Susan Bates – are available.
Carola has been involved with arts and crafts all her life, and she loves designing the polymer clay canes that she uses in creating these designer craft tools. She’s been selling her designs for years, and they’re very popular on Facebook, Etsy, and elsewhere. Carola is also a member of Crocheters Anonymous©.
Looking for an eclectic gift with a sense of fun? Check out these custom-made yarn bowls by Lucky Stradley. This popular Nebraska artist loves playing with mud and making faces. She makes kitchen and home decor items in addition to her funny yarn bowls. What conversation pieces these are!
Crocheters and knitters use yarn bowls to keep the yarn from rolling around, twisting, and knotting and keep the tension even for more even stitches. We tend to think of them as luxuries until we have one, and then we wonder how we did without for so long!
Note: if you decide to order one of Lucky’s creations, it’s best to do so as early as possible. The last time I shared her works, she was already backed up for weeks. One person can only do so much!
Whimsical Watches sells these detailed, unique watches made just for crocheters, sewers, nurses, and more.
Extra crochet hooks are always welcome because we often misplace or lose them and then go nuts because we don’t have a backup hook in that size. Before buying hooks for a crocheter, though, it’s important to find out what brand and sizes he/she uses. If you can get ahold of his/her hook, that’s all you need: the brand name and size (look for a letter) will be on the hook 90+% of the time.
The most common crochet hook sizes (letters) for afghans, shawls, sweaters, and most other projects are D-K.
Gift cards are the easy way if you just don’t know what to get. If you don’t know the recipient’s favorite places to shop, then the Amazon gift card is the safest bet. Many cities have a Michael’s or a Joann’s, and for Webs (yarn.com) the best bet is the eGift Card.
Serious crocheters, knitters, and crafters often buy yarns by the hank. Premium yarns especially come in hanks.
Here’s what a hank of yarn looks like. It’s yarn arranged in long loops (about the width of your hands when stretched widely apart) to make one big loop that’s twisted then tied:
Crocheters joke a lot about their yarn stashes. They even sharing photos of their yarn, whether it’s neatly organized in cubbies or in a pile on the floor. Crocheters, knitters, etc. LOVE yarn!
One of the nicest things to have is some premium yarn to work with. It’s soft, luxurious-feeling, and it gives the crocheter an opportunity to make something extra-special. When buying yarn for someone, get them at least 500-750 yards (each hank usually runs between 100-250 yards) of worsted weight (worsted weight – afghan-size – yarn is the most popular weight sold, according to Lion Brand) yarn.
Premium cotton or merino are the best choices if you’re not sure what kind of premium yarn to get someone.
Premium Yarn Types:
Alpaca and baby alpaca: yarn from the alpaca is soft and fuzzy and usually hand-washable only.
Merino wool: merino wool is smooth, plush, and it’s not scratchy like regular wools are. It’s often machine-washable, too. Merino is one of my two favorites – second only to ultra pima cotton – because it’s so spongy soft, easy to work with, and easy care.
Ultra pima or pima cotton: soft, shiny, premium cotton that’s usually machine-washable. Cotton shows off stitches well, so if your crocheter or knitter does lace work (finished pieces have lots of openings rather than being solid) or uses lots of different stitches, this is an excellent choice.
Silk: soft, smooth, shiny, and usually hand-washable only.
Angora: light, silky soft, and very warm, angora comes from soft, fuzzy angora rabbits.
Cashmere: extremely warm and fuzzy with a beautiful, cloud-like halo effect. On the downside, it doesn’t breathe well and it tends to pill easily.
Mohair: light, extremely warm, somewhat elastic. Can be difficult to work with – hard to see the stitches through the fuzz.
Most of the yarn I buy (usually cotton, merino, or alpaca) comes from Craftsy, and I like to watch for deep discounts from Webs (yarn.com). Ice Yarns (iceyarns.com) has good prices, too, but watch the shipping costs. Yarns I’ve received as gifts (really nice alpacas) were purchased from Etsy and Amazon, both of which I like to shop, too, but I’m always careful to check the reviews and shipping costs first.
The Knit Kit is, according to its website, a TSA-compliant toolkit for knitters and crocheters that contains scissors, stitch markers, a needle gauge, tape measure, a crochet hook, etc. in one little, self-contained kit.
Crocheters in various Facebook groups (including the Crocheters Anonymous© members) have all but raved about these Crochet Lite lighted crochet hooks. They’re great for working in dim light, but they’re really wonderful to have when working with dark yarns. Until they’ve worked with darker yarns, a lot of people don’t realize how difficult it is to see the stitches and where to place the hook.
Yarn Winding Tools:
Before any crocheting, knitting, or crafting can be done, those yarn hanks have to be transformed into skeins or balls, otherwise they’ll end up with lots of knots! To do this by hand, the crocheter (or knitter, weaver, or crafter) has to find a way to keep tension in the hank – often by wrapping it around a chair or using a helper who holds the hank wide apart for them while winding, or else it’s a mess.
Here’s how a hank is wound into a ball without a yarn swift or yarn ball winder:
Imagine having to do that 2-5 or more times or more for every single thing you make! It can take at least 20-30 minutes or more to roll one 220-yard hank. That’s where yarn swifts and yarn ball winders are handy if not essential.
If you know someone who crochets or knits a lot and buys yarn by the hank, a yarn swift and/or yarn ball winder is/are the #1 bodaciously awesome gift to give. Don’t be surprised if the recipient weeps joyous tears!
9. The yarn swift holds the hank and rotates so that a ball can be rolled by hand.
One reviewer stated,
I read the reviews and wondered if this Swift was as good as the reviews. I can honestly say – the reviews are spot on. I was able to wind 4 hanks (@420 yards each) in about 8 minutes. Construction was effortless & easy to assemble without instructions – common sense. The box the Swift came in makes a great storage box. (Source: Amazon)
10. The yarn ball winder is a separate tool that works with or without the yarn swift and rolls the yarn so that it doesn’t have to be rolled by hand.
It has another advantage in that it creates a center pull yarn ball, which most fiber artists prefer because the ball doesn’t roll all over the place when they’re working.
Many crocheters and knitters block their granny squares and finished pieces so that they lay flat (more info here). The piece is dampened, stretched or squared into its proper form, and pinned to a board to dry. Having real blocking squares with guidelines makes a big difference. These blocking mats (these are the same ones I use) with grid patterns fit together like a puzzle for larger pieces then break down into a much smaller unit for easy storage.
If you want an awesome, no-brainer, they-will-LOVE-this kind of gift that it’s doubtful anyone else has thought of, here it is: a yarn cutting necklace! It’s got a 5-star review rating, too; what a winner of a gift!
This yarn cutting necklace is the coolest thing: it’s a yarn-cutting blade that’s housed in a design meant to protect your fingers. It’s about the size of a silver dollar, and it comes in antique silver or antique gold. Some crafters just loop yarn through it to only wear when they’re crocheting, knitting, crafting, etc., but it’s nice enough (not to mention a conversation piece) to wear with everyday outfits.
Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Crocheters, Knitters, and Crafters
Tools for crocheters and knitters are especially handy when organized into a single case. You can buy pre-made toolkits or put together your own with a good crochet hook case, scissors, measuring tape, stitch markers, etc.
Measuring tape is used to determine gauge (making sure your quantity of stitches per inch is correct). Some crocheters use measuring tape on every piece where others don’t as much.
Stitch markers are used to mark where you started and stopped a section or motif, every x number of rows, etc. Again, more experienced and prolific crocheters and knitters are more likely to use stitch markers, although they’re recommended at every level.
Embroidery needles are another commonly-used item. They’re used to weave in the ends of the yarn when there’s a color change and/or when the piece is finished.
If you happen to know of a certain pattern that your favorite crocheter or knitter has been wanting, you can purchase it for them as a gift. Crocheters and Knitters often purchase and download patterns from Ravelry, Etsy, Craftsy, or find them on various websites via Google search.
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