I get this question all the time: “I don’t knit, but my buddy does. What does he want for Christmas?”
My usual response is: “Well, what does he like to make?”
And their answer is usually: “I donno.”
Super. Really helpful.
Obviously, if you know the kind of project that your knitting friend likes to make, get them a gift that speaks to that interest (sock yarn for a sock knitter, lace weight yarn for a lace knitter… this isn’t rocket science).
But, if you really don’t know, here’s my standard answer, because every knitter can find a use for it:
-2 or 3 skeins of NICE medium weight yarn in the recipient’s favorite color, or a color that they wear a lot. (Go to a fancy, independent yarn store, if there’s one in your area. Spend 10 or more dollars per skein. Pick out something pretty and soft. Bonus points if the label says “mohair,” “cashmere,” or “merino”)
And then, if you have extra money burning a hole in your pocket, pick one or more of the following:
-Fancy knitting needles (get the size that is recommended on the yarn’s label)
-Buttons (6 or more in a coordinating color to go with the yarn, no smaller than a half inch, no bigger than an inch and a half. Tiny and gigantic buttons are harder to find a use for.)
-A project bag (These are usually draw-string or zippered fabric bags about the size of a piece of printer paper, and they’re used to carry around half-finished projects. I’ve yet to meet a knitter who has enough project bags, me included) If you sew, might I recommend the Fat Quarter Project Bag?
-A pattern printout or flier that uses the yarn you picked out (but make sure you buy enough yarn to complete the project, if you do this.) Or, a knitting book. Take a few minutes to look through the knitting section at the book store, and pick out one that has patterns that your knitter friend might wear.
-Other fancy notions (decorative stitch markers, fancy scissors, a cute measuring tape, etc. Knitters love pretty things. We’re like magpies.)
Wrap up everything you bought, and be the king (or queen) of Christmas!