There’s noting better than giving a meaningful gift your recipient will use with pleasure. Most knitters will start with the basics, but as their skill grows, additional pieces of equipment become increasingly useful. The following items are welcome and suitable gifts ideas for knitters.
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Must Have Gift Ideas For Knitters
1. Stitch markers
Some patterns suggest marking your place in the pattern through the use of stitch markers (for example to keep decreases in line). These simply hang on the needle and are slipped from the left hand needle to the right as you work the row. There are many decorative stitch holders available. They are fun to own.
A ruler is also a useful piece of equipment. For smaller pieces it can be easier to handle than a fabric tape measure. It also has an additional purpose: it is possible to view the thickness of yarns by using the “wraps per inch” measure. Although it is no substitute for gauge when combining or substituting yarns, the wraps per inch can act as a useful guide for compatible yarns.
3. Stitch holders
With many patterns, there is no need to cast or bind off your work, as (for example with necklines) the stitches will be knitted on further. In this case, stitch holders are a useful thing to have.
Simply thread the stitches onto the holder, and then slip them back onto the needle when they are needed again. For small numbers of stitches, safety pins work very well. While it’s not necessary to buy these items, slipping stitches from rigid holders rather than threads is usually easier.
When working with more than one color (for example when knitting Fair Isle patterns), it is often easier to wind small amounts of each yarn onto bobbins. These then can hang loosely at the back of the work. Leaving yarns on the balls is possible, but you’ll spend a lot of time untangling them as the work progresses.
5. Needle gauge
Many needles have their sizes marked on the shaft, but not all. A needle gauge is usually a flat piece of plastic or metal with a series of holes in it, enabling you to see what size your needle is.
6. Cable needles
These are short, double pointed needles used for holding stitches when knitting cables. Often they are straight, but sometimes they have a “v” shaped bend which make the stitches less likely to slip off. Ordinary double pointed needles can be used for cables, but they are normally twice the length of cable needles and therefore more cumbersome to use.
7. Crochet hook
Even if you’re not thinking of taking up crochet, a hook is a useful tool for any knitter. It can be used for certain types of casting (binding) off, and is very helpful for picking up a dropped stitch.
Knitting magazines often give away pieces of knitting equipment and so it is possible to build a reasonable collection of kit through giveaways. However, these things also make great gifts for the knitter and can usually be found at any yarn store.
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