There are two standbys for last minute gifts: gift cards and books. The former is easy. Go to your knitter or crocheter’s local yarn store and get one. The latter might not be so easy, but here are a handful of suggestions for knitters and crocheters of all skill levels.
Beginner: Let’s Knit!
This book looks like a great reference for the beginning knitter and has some simple, but clever, projects that walks the reader through step by step.
Beginner: Getting Started Crochet
I haven’t started crocheting yet (although I want to, soon). This book looked like the one I would pick out for myself if I needed to self-teach. It’s a couple of years old, but has some good projects and easy step-by-step for beginners.
Quick Stitch: Two Balls or Less
This book includes more than 30 projects that require two balls of yarn or less, including throw pillows and a storage bin. Interesting stuff that you might not think of as a knitting or crocheting project.
Not Necessarily Patterns: Free Range Knitting & It Itches
I, along with literally thousands of others, love the Yarn Harlot. Her take on all things knitting is smart, sassy and frequently very funny. This book, Free Range Knitter: The Yarn Harlot Rides Again is her latest.
Franklin Habit, and his blog the Panopticon, are favorite reads. He’s featured several of these cartoons prior to publication and they always make me laugh out loud. This book is on my personal wish list.
There are dozens, if not hundreds and thousands of great knitting and crocheting books. Chances are, if you find one that you think your knitter or crocheter would like, you’d be right. Happy holidays!