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 2016.
1. Knitting or Crochet Classes, Workshops and Videos
One of the hottest 2016 craft trends: online 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. 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:
- Sharon Silverman teaches a class called “Learn to Crochet Ripples” through Annies Catalog. The class is available as a DVD, which is ideal if you want to buy it, giftwrap it and put it under the Christmas tree for a loved one. It’s also available as a digital class through Annie’s online portal, which is ideal if you want to give this as either an early or last-minute gift without needing to wait for postal delivery.
The recipient of this class will learn how to crochet five different chevron and ripple projects including a stylish, practical tote bag measuring 15″ wide x 12″ deep.
I highly recommend this class for a number of reasons which I’ve written about in detail. Click here to view my product review of Sharon Silverman’s Learn to Crochet Ripples Class, or click here to see the course description at the Annie’s Craft Store website.
- Click here to check out more video-based crochet classes at Annies.
- Click here to view video-based knitting classes at Annies.
- Click here to check out knitting and crochet classes at Creativelive.
2. Craft Organizers
- 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.
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 favorites.
Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters is one that I can highly recommend. It’s brand new for 2016, which means the crafter you’re shopping for is less likely to already own it than some of the other stitch dictionaries that have been around longer.
It’s also a useful reference; I’ve used my copy nonstop in the few months I’ve owned it. It includes instructions for shell stitches, lace stitches, cable stitches, post stitches, relief stitches, colorwork stitches, edgings and more. If you were to ask me to name the most useful crochet book I acquired in 2016, it would be a super tough choice, but Melissa Leapman’s stitch dictionary is the one I’d pick.
4. Knitting or Crochet Patterns
Patterns make outstanding gifts for crocheters and knitters. If you’d like to pick up some new patterns for the crafter on your shopping list, we suggest any of the following as being excellent choices right now:
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.
Fantastic New Patterns for Guys Who Crochet — If you’re shopping for a guy who enjoys crochet, Crochetterie by Molla Mills is an outstanding possibility for a gift he might enjoy. It’s also a great gift for ladies who crochet for guys.
Artistic Mittens to Knit — Much like a blank artist’s canvas, you can put just about any sort of image on a knitted mitten. Jorid Linvik’s Big Book of Knitted Mittens includes spectacular knitting patterns for animal-themed mittens, traditional Scandinavian style mittens, and bunches of other colorful, playful and fun styles. There are mittens for everyone: men, women and children.
Mittens make spectacular Christmas gifts too, so if you want to knit mittens for everyone on your gift list, this book should be a high-priority purchase for your own knitting library.
Stylish Tank Tops and Tunics to Crochet — Sandi Rosner’s new book called 21 Crocheted Tanks + Tunics gets my vote as one of 2016’s most stylish crochet pattern book releases. While there were a lot of truly outstanding pattern books published in 2016, this one stands out as having a significant number of flattering, wearable designs that were published in a wide range of sizes. If the crochet enthusiast you’re shopping for wears a size extra-small, 2XL or any size in between, she’ll find projects worth making in this book.
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.
Super Tuff Puff by Knitpicks is another good choice of jumbo-sized yarns. It’s a thicker, fatter version of Knitpicks’ popular Tuff Puff yarn. It’s an affordable yarn, and there are some nice colors available, although the color line isn’t extensive.
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 2017.
I haven’t tried Plymouth yarn’s Baby Alpaca Grande hand dyed yarn yet, but it is at the top of my wishlist.
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 two different weights, both of which are lovely to work with. The only color currently available is a natural off-white called “Marshmallow” that’s both simple and beautiful. The worsted weight version of the yarn is out of stock until January, so if you need this as a Christmas gift, the sport weight version is the way to go.
I haven’t yet tried working with Plymouth Yarn’s Bio Sesia, but I have some of it on the way; I look forward to working with it shortly. The versatile color line offers choices that are both baby-friendly and grown-up, so you’re covered no matter which sorts of colors you think the recipient of your gift would want to work with.
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.
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.
8. 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:
- Options Interchangeable Rosewood Circular Knitting Needle Set
- Options Interchangeable Caspian Circular Knitting Needle Set
9. A Knitting Loom and / or Loom Knitting Instructions and Patterns
Loom knitting can be a faster 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, a knitting loom could be a fantastic gift to consider giving.
If you were to ask me to name the most useful knitting book I acquired in 2016, 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 in 2017; 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.”
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.
11. Knitting Kits, Crochet Kits and Yarn Kits
Kits make fantastic gifts for crochet and knitting enthusiasts.
12. 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 the following online stores as being some of the best places to buy gift cards for knitting, crochet and crafts enthusiasts:
So there you have it: our picks for the best gifts for crocheters and knitters for the Christmas season in 2016. 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!
The suggestions on this 2016 Christmas gift guide were compiled using a combination of three things:
- 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.)
- Bestseller lists at our favorite craft retailers
- 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.