Knitting is the best hobby! It is a way to stay occupied at home, but it also a social activity. Knitting circles, knit-a-longs, and so many more types of knitting communities have emerged which have enriched the knitting hobby and made it a "tight knit group." (See what I did there?)
If you have participated in knitting circles or if you frequent knitting websites, you have undoubtedly come across the concept of knitting kits.
What Are Knitting Kits?
Before we dive into why we love knitting kits, it may be helpful to first talk about what they are. A knitting kit is a complete knitting project packaged neatly in a bag. There are different types of knitting kits. Knitting kits designed for beginners will contain all of the essentials including:
a pair of needles
1-2 skeins of yarn
a tote bag to store the project
More advanced kits will assume that you are already stocked with knitting notions and basic equipment and will include the supplies to create the specific project. Knitting kits are available for hundreds of projects ranging from beginner level to advanced. Beanies, baby blankets, sweaters, and socks are all available as knitting kits.
One of our favorite knitting kits is the River Cable Pullover. This kit includes everything you need to knit a classic funnel-neck pullover with mesmerizing cables.
Why Do We Love Knitting Kits?
Knitting kits are a staple within the knitting community. There are so many reasons why. If you follow us on Instagram and have seen a bunch of beautifully packaged knitting kits on your feed, you may have wondered what the hype is all about.
Knitting Kits Are Ideal for Beginners
Are you just getting started and still a bit confused about what weight yarn you need or what size needles to use? Knitting has a learning curve. The best way to make sure that you have the right tools and yarn for your beginner project is to purchase a knitting kit. At Zen Yarn Garden, we pair hand-dyed yarn with the perfect pattern in all of our knitting kits. There is no need to sift through hundreds of patterns and try to figure out what type of yarn to use. Knitting kits make projects simple, especially for beginners.
Knitting Kits Ease the Stress of Knitting Events
If you are part of a laid back knitting group where everyone brings their current project and hangs out with a glass of wine- Great! We love these types of social hang outs. But, if you are hosting a knit-a-long and there will be instruction involved, knitting kits are your new best friend. Imagine hosting a book club, but everyone is reading a different book. That won't work very well. The same applies for knitting. It is important that everyone has the same pattern and supplies if the purpose of the knit-a-long is to knit together. Knitting kits make this easy. Select a new knitting kit before every event and set the expectation that all group members purchase it.
Knitting Kits Prevent Paralysis by Analysis
Although we love our local craft stores, wandering around the aisles unable to decide on yarn is exhausting. Knitting kits solve this problem. Choose the garment you want to knit and everything else is already decided in the knitting kit. If you want to select a different colourway, reach out to us and we can hand dye something different for you.
There are so many more reasons why knitting kits are so popular within the knitting community. These are the reasons that stand out to us the most. Do you adore knitting kits? Give us your reason in the comments!
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Knitting is a beloved craft that has been around for centuries, originating in the Middle East around the 11th century. Over time, knitting has evolved from a practical craft to an art form and a way to connect with others. Knitting has also been shown to have health benefits and can be a great way to give back to the community. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced knitter, knitting is a relaxing and rewarding hobby that's easy to get started with.