This is the latest installment in our series of recommendations of the Best Gifts for Knitters. We've been recommending books, chairs, and even sheets with cute little sheep on them. We can recommend knitting gifts six ways to Sunday, but how do you know which knitting gift is the right one for the knitter in your life? Here are a couple of ways to figure out what kind of knitter you have in your life and the gifts that will make their holiday bright.
Think about what they like to knit
Do they make a lot of sweaters or do they prefer smaller projects like socks and hats? If they like sweaters that's important to know because it takes a lot more yarn to make a sweater than it does a pair of socks. Also, knowing if they like a particular genre of knitting can making shopping for a gift much easier -just get a knitting book that specializes in their favorite garment.
Think about their favorite colors - even check out their stash
There's nothing worse than getting yarn in a color that a knitter hates. Your knitter will be stuck with that color for the duration of a knitting project and that project will never get finished if they hate the color.
Remember whether they have any allergies
If you think wool is itchy and scratchy then you can imagine how much worse it is for someone if they are allergic to wool. Knitters with these kinds of allergies prefer to knit with cotton, silk, bamboo or acrylic blends.
Ask knitting friends and relatives
Some knitters operate in packs. They're bound to have a buddy that shares their knitting obsession. They can tell you which yarn they have been lusting after for years, or which colorway has them drooling.
Rifle through their knitting magazines
If you're lucky your knitter has used some sort of system to mark which patterns they like. You can even see what yarn those patterns require and the needles and give them the project as a kit. That's one way to go above and beyond for your knitter. Be sure that the magazine is from the last year or two to ensure that the style is still current. Some knitters even mark ads of products that interest them.
Your loved one is a sock knitter if:
Recommended gift for a sock knitter: Membership in a sock yarn club.
The knitter in your life is obsessed with lace shawls if:
Recommended gift for a shawl knitter: laceweight cashmere yarn
Your friend is a hat knitter if:
Recommended gift for a hat knitter: a big mixed bag of yarns with a few balls of each.
You've got a bag knitter on your hands if:
Recommended gift for a bag knitter: 5 skeins of Cascade 220 in various colors
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