“Allison, help me! My niece has been bugging me to teach her how to knit. What should I get her? Also, I hate teaching, and don’t know what to do?”
Remember The nOOb Hat? Print that puppy out and give it to your niece along with:
-1 skein of worsted weight yarn in her favorite color (I like wool, but acrylic will do. Plant fibers like cotton and linen aren’t recommended, since they’ll sag and make the hat a little sad after a while)
-1 pair of size 8 needles
-1 tapestry needle (or 1 pack, if you can’t find them sold singly)
-1 pair of tiny scissors (you can skip this if you think your niece already has scissors)
-1 project bag (if you sew, might I recommend the Fat Quarter Project Bag?)
In theory, that’s enough to get her going on a knitting adventure of her own, but be ready to answer questions. Sometimes photos and written instructions aren’t enough to learn something. Anyway, knitting the n00b hat together will give you a chance to hang out with your super-cool niece. Win-win.