If your wish list needs a few more items or your loved ones need some hints on what to get the knitter who has everything (you know who you are!!), here are a few of our favourite knitting tools and accessories which are perfect for last-minute gifting - or treating yourself!
Exquisite Needle Sets
The versatility of an interchangeable set can really be a game-changer. Earlier this year, Knitter's Pride introduced the Ginger Deluxe Interchangeable Needle Set and we're smitten! Each faux leather case can be used as a pattern holder in addition to storing a wide range of needle tip sizes. Also included are cords, accessories, and stitch markers which can be stashed away in the handy snap pouch which is also built into the case.
Better yet, there are other sets available for those who prefer single or double pointed needles, and a Tunisian crochet hook set, too.
Trust us, you'll see nothing but smiles when they find a knitting needle or crochet hook set under the tree!
Everyone Needs Stitch Markers
We're firm believers that one can never have too many stitch markers. They have a way of disappearing over the years, and it's important to keep a good stock close at hand for whenever a stitch marker is needed! They're a thoughtful addition to any yarny gift, and also make great stocking stuffers. If you have a large group of knitting friends you exchange gifts with, why not make each person a set of markers in their favourite color for a thoughtful (and affordable!) gift? Here is a fabulous video tutorial to show you how to make your own DIY stitch markers:
Handmade Shawl Pins from JUL Designs
We're big fans of the handmade artisan pieces from JUL Designs and can't think of a better accessory to complement your work of art in Zen Yarn Garden Yarn. Here's we've paired Michelle Porter's Marled Crescent Shawl (free with purchase of a Yarn Bun) with a Filigree Honeybee Shawl Stick from JUL Designs:
And Andrea Mowry's What the Fade shawl looks great with this Celtic Lion Shawl Pin, don't you think? We offer project kits for this pattern here, and the shawl pin can be purchased separately here, and we have a special offer just for our blog readers: get 15% off any online order at juldesigns.com when you enter ZENADORN at checkout!
Project Kits Make Great Gifts
Speaking of project kits, there's nothing like the gift of yarn to elicit a squeal of delight - and when it includes a must-make pattern, you really can't go wrong. Just let them try to resist immediately casting on for either of the project kits featured above, or any of the kits found here on our site. Shown here is the Jacinto Shawl Kit:
A Time-Saving Blocking Tool
Rainbow Knit Blockers from Knitter's Pride are a colorful new way to block out any project quickly by using the combs to secure the straight edges. We were able to block the Itty Bitty Picoty Shawl in record time (you can get the free pattern here with newsletter signup):
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Does this sound familiar?
After spending hours scouring the internet or your local yarn store, you happen upon some hand dyed skeins that sparked some serious inner color cravings.
They made you so weak in the knees, you just couldn't help but make them yours.
You left, triumphant, and wound them with love….
...only to find that staring back up at you were varying levels of color and saturation in each skein.
There’s no such thing as wasted time, the wise ones say.
There is also nothing like being stuck in traffic, waiting to board a delayed flight, or being stuck on a train to make you wonder just how true that is.
A few of our recent patterns use brioche knitting techniques to create a lofty, reversible, ribbed fabric that's oh-so-squishy. Brioche may look complicated, but it's actually quite simple - all you have to do is slip stitches to create yarnovers in one row that are then knit together with stitches in the following rows.
Many patterns use two colours of yarn, which can be easier when you’re first starting out, but you can also knit 1-colour brioche as well.