Best Gifts for Crocheters and Knitters: 2019 Christmas Gift Guide

Are you shopping for a Christmas gift for a crochet or knitting enthusiast? If you don’t crochet or knit, shopping for a crafter can be perplexing task. Even if you do, it’s helpful to get updated on the latest popular gift ideas. We’ve posted this list of best gifts for crocheters and knitters that’s brand new and current for Christmas 2019.

1. A Stitch Dictionary

Most knitters and crocheters would appreciate having a brand new stitch dictionary. There are many possibilities; check out this list of best stitch dictionaries posted at crochet-books.com to find our all-time favorites — or read on to see my top pick for 2019’s best new stitch dictionary cd-rom bundle.

500+ Crochet Stitches With CD, published by Annie's Crochet
500+ Crochet Stitches With CD, published by Annie’s Crochet

500+ Crochet Stitches With CD — Booklet + CD Rom Bundle, published by Annie’s Crochet

If your gift recipient likes experimenting with different crochet stitches, this bundle is the absolute best value I know of for empowering future design work. The bundle includes a cd-rom that has 7 crochet stitch dictionaries on CD-rom, PLUS a paperback booklet that covers all the basic crochet stitches. The paperback booklet also includes 2 blanket patterns.


If you’re on a super tight budget but you still want to give an impressive gift to your favorite crocheter, this bundle offers you a whole lotta bang for your buck.

Lovely New Knitting Stitch Dictionaries for 2019

Keiko Okamoto's Japanese Knitting Stitches: A Stitch Dictionary With 150 Amazing Patterns, published by Tuttle Publishing
Keiko Okamoto’s Japanese Knitting Stitches: A Stitch Dictionary With 150 Amazing Patterns, published by Tuttle Publishing

Tuttle Publishing released a whole bunch of amazing knitting stitch dictionaries in 2019. All of them are worthwhile, but my top recommendation for gift giving to other knitters would be Keiko Okamoto’s Japanese Knitting Stitches: A Stitch Dictionary With 150 Amazing Patterns.

Why this one?


Because it has such a compelling mix of different stitches — some that would be appealing to total beginners; some that are more challenging; some with multiple colors and some that are solid; some edgings in addition to allover stitches; and most of the stitches included in the book are exceptionally versatile and useful. PLUS the book also includes some instructions for finished projects in addition to the stitches. This is simply a great book — and it’s also a great value for the money you spend on it.


But if you’re shopping for an advanced knitter whose trademark is super sophisticated, jaw dropping knitwear that shows off her or his knitting talent, I’d make an alternate recommendation. In that case, Hitomi Shida’s newly-released English language translation of her first stitch pattern collection might make a better gift. This book is truly spectacular, but it would take an experienced knitter to get the most from it.

Our Readers’ Top Pick for a Crochet Stitch Dictionary in 2019

Melissa Leapman's Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters
Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters, Published by Quarto US / Creative Publishing International

So far in 2019, the crochet book that sold best through our affiliate links was Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters. I own a copy of this book, and it is one of my most frequently-used crochet references; if you’re looking for a substantial gift to give a crochet enthusiast, one that s/he’s likely to get a LOT of use from, this book is a fantastic choice.

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2. Knitting and Crochet Patterns

Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Christmas Knits

Jorid Linvik's Big Book of Christmas Knits, published by Trafalgar Square Books, North Pomfret, Vermont
Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Christmas Knits, published by Trafalgar Square Books, North Pomfret, Vermont

If your gift recipient would be interested in knitting Christmas gifts for others, Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Christmas Knits is a brand new pattern collection worth considering as a gift to get for her or him. The book includes patterns for knitting cute dolls and toys for children; fun Christmas themed decorations like Christmas stockings; and “giftable” small projects like socks, mittens, hats and cowls. There are patterns suitable for men, women and children included in the book. Many, but not all, of these designs are stranded colorwork knits that have Jorid Linvik’s characteristic and remarkable patterning incorporated; some are plainer designs that are easier to knit, but still attractive and appealing.

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Crochet Afghan Revival book, published by Leisure Arts
Crochet Afghan Revival book, published by Leisure Arts

Crochet Afghan Revival

Crochet Afghan Revival is my top pick for the best new crochet blanket pattern book of 2019. It’s a brand new compilation of ultra-popular crochet afghan and blanket patterns (with a few pillow patterns included, too).


This book includes some of the loveliest crochet blanket patterns I’ve ever seen. They’re designed by popular crochet pattern designers including Melissa Leapman, Sharon Silverman and many others.


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Delicate Crochet by Sharon Silverman

Delicate Crochet Book by Sharon Hernes Silverman, Published by Stackpole Books. This book would make a fantastic gift for crochet enthusiasts.
Delicate Crochet Book by Sharon Hernes Silverman, Published by Stackpole Books. This book would make a fantastic gift for crochet enthusiasts.

If you want to either crochet gifts for the ladies on your gift list, or give a pattern book to a lady who enjoys dressing well, this is the book for you. The patterns in this book were contributed by a group of extraordinarily talented crochet pattern designers including Kristin Omdahl, Robyn Chachula, Marty Miller, Vashti Braha, Sharon Silverman and others.

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Arne & Carlos Favorite Designs

Arne & Carlos Favorites, published by Trafalgar Square Books. This book features Scandinavian style knitting and crochet patterns for Christmas ornaments, Easter eggs, dolls, doll clothes, adult clothing and accessories and more. Click the photo to shop for this book on Amazon.
Arne & Carlos Favorites, published by Trafalgar Square Books.

If you’re in search of knitting patterns you can use for making gifts for your loved ones, definitely check this book out. The book is heavy on patterns for small, gift-worthy items like embroidered slippers and unique dolls. You’ll also find patterns for stunning wearables like sweaters, mittens, a hat and a scarf.

One of the highlights of the book is the excellent selection of knitting patterns for ball-shaped Christmas ornaments adorned with fun Scandinavan design motifs — heart motifs, angels, squirrels, pigs and many others.


Knitting patterns comprise the majority of the content in this book, but there are other types of craft projects, too. Crochet enthusiasts are sure to enjoy making a couple of spectacular blankets — one of which is an unusual granny square butterfly design. Another is an intricate design made up of wildly colorful floral motifs. There are also a few really cool embroidery projects too.


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3. Lace Knitting: 40 Openwork Patterns, 30 Lovely Projects, Countless Ideas and Inspiration

Lace Knitting book by Denise Samson, published by Trafalgar Square Books
Lace Knitting book by Denise Samson, published by Trafalgar Square Books

This book includes some of the most spectacular lace knitting patterns I have ever seen including blankets, sweaters, accessories and more. If you want to knit lace projects suitable for women, children and babies, this book is likely to be of interest to you.


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60 Quick Knits for Little Kids

60 Quick Knits for Little Kids -- This is a knitting pattern book featuring children's blankets, sweaters, dresses, ponchos, hats, scarves, mittens and many other accessories.
60 Quick Knits for Little Kids — This is a knitting pattern book featuring children’s blankets, sweaters, dresses, ponchos, hats, scarves, mittens and many other accessories.

This book is an excellent purchase in several different situations:

  1. You want buy a gift for a knitter who enjoys crafting baby blankets, toddler clothes or kids’ clothes for either girls or boys.
  2. You want to knit a gift for a toddler you love.
  3. You want to make charity crochet projects for babies and toddlers at Christmastime or any time of the year.

This book is a fantastic value, offering you a whopping SIXTY patterns in a slim, 176-page book. I highly recommend this title — it’s an excellent buy.

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Crochet Snowflakes Step-By-Step by Caitlin Sainio, published by Quarto Books

 Crochet Snowflakes Step-By-Step by Caitlin Sainio, published by Quarto Books / St. Martin's Griffin.
Crochet Snowflakes Step-By-Step by Caitlin Sainio, published by Quarto Books / St. Martin’s Griffin.

Dazzling Crochet Snowflake Patterns — If you need a gift under $20, check out Crochet Snowflakes Step-by-Step as one fantastic possibility. If the crafter you’re shopping for would enjoy crocheting snowflakes, this fun pattern book could introduce plenty of inspiration into her (or his) life. This is also a great gift to give yourself if you enjoy crocheting, because you can use the patterns to crochet snowflakes for wrapping the gifts you give to others and also for decorating your Christmas tree, mantelpiece, front door, windows, desk at work, holiday table, etc.

3. Yarn

Yarn is a gift that any knitting or crochet enthusiast will find useful. The trick is in picking fibers and colors that s/he’ll adore. The following yarns are a few of my top picks for this season’s most desirable yarns. These are either yarns I’ve personally tried and can recommend, or yarns that are at the top of my wishlist to try out next.

Alpaca Yarns and Alpaca Blends — If you were to ask me which yarn I’d most like to receive as a gift, I’d have a hard time answering you. There are so many wonderful choices. But after a lot of dithering and waffling, I’d be likely to finally settle on Cascade’s Eco Duo yarn. It’s a heavenly soft blend of 70% baby alpaca and 30% merino wool. The yarn is undyed, but despite that the color line is stunning; it’s comprised of gorgeous natural colors which are all lovely and wearable.

There are many other outstanding alpaca yarns available. Overall, alpaca is a lovely choice of yarns to give as a gift; it’s a soft, warm, lightweight fiber, and it doesn’t have wool’s reputation for being an irritant. Of course, it also doesn’t have the resilience wool has — so blending it with just a bit of wool can be ideal for adding a bit of “memory” into the mix.

Smooth Wool Yarns Suitable for Fair Isle Knitting, Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet and Tapestry Crochet — Fair Isle knitting is a hot trend right now. Fair Isle Tunisian crochet isn’t as well-known, but it’s well worth learning about if you’d rather crochet than knit (and a brand new book about the technique makes another outstanding gift for crochet enthusiasts). For knitters and crocheters who enjoy either Fair Isle or tapestry crochet techniques, smooth wool yarns are some of the best gifts you could possibly give. If you aren’t sure which yarn(s) the intended recipient prefers for this purpose, I recommend Cascade 220 yarn and Cascade 220 Superwash merino wool. The Cascade 220 is ideal for felted projects, and the Superwash is ideal for projects that need to be machine washable.


Bulky, Chunky and Jumbo Yarns — Lately one of the hottest trends has been knitting and crocheting with big, hefty, chunky yarns. There are some really fantastic options out there. I haven’t tried all of them to give you honest input about all your options. Of the ones I have tried, so far my favorite is Cascade’s Magnum, which is deliciously soft; it’s an excellent value for the money you spend on it. The available color line is outstanding, and it’s an all-around fantastic yarn.

Splattered and Speckled Yarns — Colorful variegated yarns make fantastic gifts. Right now, splattered and speckled handpaints are some of the trendiest variegated yarns.

Of all the splattered yarns I’ve tried, my hands down favorite is Cascade 220 Superwash Effects. The available color line is spectacular, and I had a hard time choosing which colors I like best. I went with the Pinks and the Pastilles for my first experience working with the yarn, and they were great choices; I love the way the colors complement each other in the swatches I’ve created so far. If all goes according to plan, I’ll be posting at least one lovely new pattern with these yarn colors in 2019.

I haven’t tried Plymouth yarn’s Baby Alpaca Grande hand dyed yarn yet, but it is at the top of my wishlist.

Hawthorne Speckle Yarn by Knitpicks
Hawthorne Speckle Yarn by Knitpicks

If your gift recipient likes to knit socks, there’s a fingering weight speckle yarn s/he might appreciate; it’s Hawthorne Speckle Handpaint by Knitpicks. There are quite a few beautiful colors in this yarn; my favorite is the Berry Smoothie, and the Blueberry is delightful too. If you’re having a hard time choosing a color, take a look at this Hawthorne Speckle Kit for a good deal on multiple color options.

Organic and Eco-Friendly Yarns — Organic cotton yarn makes a great gift for crafters who have sensitive skin or knit / crochet for babies or small children. Knitpicks Simply Cotton is a fantastic choice. It’s available in three different weights, a worsted weight, a sport weight and a fingering weight. The only color currently available is an unbleached, un-dyed, natural off-white called “Marshmallow” that’s both simple and beautiful. You can click here to find the sport weight version of the yarn.

4. Crochet Hooks

Selecting hooks for a crochet enthusiast can be hit or miss, as the hook you crochet with is a largely personal choice; all hooks don’t work equally well for all crocheters. This is an area where I’d encourage you to use caution unless you already have a good idea about what kind of hooks your gift recipient wants. Having said that, I do have a couple of suggestions for crochet hooks that most crochet enthusiasts would be likely to appreciate:

  • Crochet Lites are wonderful gifts; they enable crocheters to see their stitches more easily, particularly when crocheting in dim light or with dark yarns.
  • Having a new jumbo-sized crochet hook would enable the crocheter you’re shopping for to use the new jumbo-sized yarns that are now coming onto the marketplace. It used to be that a size Q hook was the biggest one I could find; I just discovered that “S”, “T” and “U” hooks are now available. I haven’t tried them yet, but they’re at the top of my wish list to try soon. I have my eye on the Chiagoo hooks, which have racked up more than a hundred fantastic reviews from the crocheters who’ve tried them.

7. Loop Tools for Faux Crochet

Loop tools have a couple of unique selling points that might make them of interest to needlework enthusiasts:

  • You can use them to create fabric that looks crocheted, but the technique you use in the process is far gentler on your hands than crocheting with a traditional crochet hook is.
  • You can use them along with canvas to create projects that are different than traditional crochet projects.

I wouldn’t recommend this as being the best gift for crocheters whose hands are healthy and who are already completely satisfied with their craft. Instead, I’d recommend this as being a good gift for crafters who have given up on traditional crochet as being too strenuous. I’d also recommend it as being a good gift for inquisitive crafters who love learning new techniques and are hungry to learn everything they can about needlework.

5. Knitting Needles

Knitting needles, like crochet hooks, are challenging gifts to select unless you’re knowledgeable about the intended recipient’s tastes. However, most knitters would be likely to appreciate having interchangeable needle sets like the ones available from Knitpicks:

6. A Knitting Loom and / or Loom Knitting Instructions and Patterns

The CinDWood Round Knitting Loom Makes an Ideal Christmas Gift for Knitting Enthusiasts
The CinDWood Round Knitting Loom Makes an Ideal Christmas Gift for Knitting Enthusiasts

Loom knitting can be a faster and less strenuous alternative to hand knitting, but it requires a different set of equipment and a different skill set. If you know a crochet enthusiast who wants to learn how to knit, or a knitting enthusiast who complains about how long her (or his) knitting projects take, or a knitter who suffers from arthritis, a knitting loom could be a fantastic gift to consider giving.

If you were to ask me to name the most useful loom knitting book I acquired lately, it would be challenging to choose just one, but Nicole F. Cox’s Round Loom Knitting in 10 Easy Lessons is the one I’d pick. It’s both a technique book and a pattern book, the combination of which makes it more than worth its ultra-reasonable asking price of $24.95 US dollars (although you can find this book for sale online for even less; Knitpicks and Amazon were both discounting this title when I just checked prices.)

The author of the book, Nicole, is multi-talented. Her pattern designs are genius for their simplicity and eye appeal. Nicole was the photographer behind the inspiring color photographs presented in the book.

I don’t have a recommendation for which knitting loom is the best; so far the only one I’ve tried is an oddball vintage loom I acquired at a thrift store. If all goes according to plan, I’ll be trying out bunches of knitting looms and posting extensively about the topic of loom knitting soon; I invite you to sign up for my free knitting and crochet newsletter if loom knitting is a topic that interests you.

In the meanwhile, I’ll pass along Nicole F. Cox’s recommendations for CinDWood looms and Cottage Looms. If you aren’t sure which sort of loom would be the best to give as a gift, Nicole praises those looms as being “a joy to work with.”

7. A Hairpin Lace Loom

If you need an inexpensive gift idea for a crochet enthusiast, a hairpin lace loom is a fun possibility. Hairpin lace is a vintage crochet technique that contemporary crafters have revived and modernized. It’s currently a popular technique for creating shawls, wraps, edgings, and bunches of other types of projects.

8. Knitting Kits, Crochet Kits and Yarn Kits

Kits make fantastic gifts for crochet and knitting enthusiasts.

Click here to see bestselling knitting kits, crochet kits and yarn sampler packs at Knitpicks.

9. Craft Organizers

Craft Organizers by ArtBin
Craft Organizers Make Fantastic Christmas Gifts for Crocheters and Knitters. This Photo Shows Some of My Favorite High-Quality, Gift-Worthy Craft Organizers by ArtBin. Click the Photo If You’d Like to Shop for ArtBin Organizers at Createforless; the Links Below Take You to Our Product Reviews Featuring More Details About Each Organizer.
  • Artbin Super Satchel 1-Compartment, Item#: 6955AB (Pictured at top left) — The recipient of this high-quality organizer can use it for storing yarn, crochet thread, patterns, hooks, needles, or just about any other type of craft supplies you could think of.
  • Artbin Yarn Drum (Pictured at upper right) — The recipient of this excellent organizer can use it as either a knitting / crochet project bag or a yarn and crochet thread storage unit.
  • ArtBin Thread Storage Tray, Item#: 6820AG (Pictured at center left) — The recipient of this handy thread storage tray can use it for organizing various sized spools of sewing thread. It’s a useful, heavy-duty piece that can either be mounted on a wall, placed on a shelf or tucked inside a craft organizer.
  • Artbin Solutions Storage Cabinet, Item#: 6994AB (See center of photo for picture) — If you’ve heard the crafter you’re shopping for grumble about losing track of her (or his) buttons, beads or other bead crochet / bead knitting supplies, this craft organizer could be the perfect solution to the problem. Gift this organizer and s/he’ll have plenty of space for storing these sorts of items.
  • ArtBin Mini Sidekick, Item#: 6815AG (Pictured at center right) — If the crafter you’re shopping for enjoys using yarn scraps to make granny squares, appliqués or other small projects, this organizer makes a great gift; it’s a good size for storing leftover bits of yarn and crochet thread. It’s also handy for storing just about any other type of craft supplies you could think of, so it makes an excellent gift for crafters in all media.
  • Artbin Hook & Needle Nook (This is the translucent gray container pictured at lower left) — The recipient of this handy case can use it for storing double pointed knitting needles, pairs of knitting needles, traditional crochet hooks, ergonomic crochet hooks, or Tunisian crochet hooks measuring less than 12 inches long. This is an affordable gift idea if you’re on a tight budget. If your budget isn’t so strict, you can fill the Nook with hooks and needles before gifting it to the crocheter or knitter on your gift list.
  • ArtBin Solutions XL Craft Storage Box, Item#: 3901AB — If your gift recipient needs a compact and versatile multi-purpose craft supplies organizer, this one is an excellent choice. If you’re buying it for a knitter, s/he can use it for storing circular knitting needles, which is one of the main reasons you might want to choose it instead of the popular Hook & Needle Nook mentioned above. If your gift recipient doesn’t use circular knitting needles, the Hook & Needle Nook is probably a better choice, as the rigid dividers can make it easier to keep hooks and needles from getting mixed up.

10. Knitting or Crochet Classes, Workshops and Videos

Learn How to Crochet Ripples With This Video Class Taught by Sharon Silverman.
Learn How to Crochet Ripples With This Video Class Taught by Sharon Silverman.

One of the hottest 2019 craft trends: video classes. Some classes allow knitters and crocheters to learn new skills and interact with a knowledgeable teacher through a class portal — all without leaving home. Others are pre-recorded video classes that teach new skills without any direct interaction with a teacher. Some are available on DVD. Either way, video-based classes are outstanding gifts because they allow crocheters and knitters to improve their skills intuitively by watching and imitating a knowledgeable instructor.

If you’d like to give a video class to a crafter on your Christmas shopping list, check out some of the offerings that are currently available:

11. A Multi-Purpose Yarn Store or Craft Store Gift Card

If you know where your gift recipient likes to shop for craft supplies, you can’t go wrong getting her a gift card for that store. If you aren’t sure where s/he likes to shop for craft supplies, we suggest Createforless.com as being one of the best places to buy gift cards for knitting, crochet and crafts enthusiasts:

I recently bought some beads from their store and was impressed by their fantastic selection, fast shipping and helpful service. They stock many of the craft organizers mentioned above, and they also have a wide selection of hooks, needles and other craft supplies that knitters and crochet enthusiasts use.

So there you have it: our picks for the best gifts for crocheters and knitters for the Christmas season in 2019. We hope you’ll find this list helpful for selecting the perfect gift for the knitters and crochet enthusiasts in your inner circle. Happy holidays!

Methodology

The suggestions on this 2019 Christmas gift guide were compiled using a combination of three things:

  1. Feedback from our readers via polls and emails; we asked readers which gifts they wanted most for Christmas, and they answered us in droves. (We invite you to post additional suggestions for best gifts for crocheters and knitters in the comments area.)
  2. Bestseller lists at our favorite craft retailers
  3. Our own personal experiences with searching out and reviewing the hottest new yarns, patterns and products as well as high-quality, time-tested classics that have been available for years.
  4. This page was last updated on 12-8-2019.

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