Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Knitter or Crocheter in Your Life

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!

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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

picture-4I 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

picture-3This 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

picture-1I, 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.

picture-21Franklin 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!

1,000 Knitters: Canadian Episode

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I think one of the cool things about knitting and crocheting is the remarkable community of people involved. I’m new to this, but I’m amazed at the passion and comradery that exists. Franklin Habit’s 1,000 knitters project is a photographic manifestation of said community.

I loved reading about his recent visit to Lettuce Knit in Toronto.

If you haven’t already, take a look at the project’s blog and the Flickr photos. I could look at these pictures for hours.