DIY Learn to Knit Gift Set
A do-it-yourself gift idea from Liz @ PurlsAndPixels
Do you have a friend or family member who often says, “I wish I knew how to knit”? Here is a quick, cost effective, and thoughtful DIY gift set idea. For a birthday, mother’s day, Christmas, holiday, or just as a “thinking of you” gift, you can assemble a DIY learn to knit gift set.
Expectant and new mothers also tend to enjoy learning to knit, so this would make a creative and unique baby shower gift.
I’ll list everything you should include with links to Amazon, where you can purchase the pieces. Most of these items can be purchased at your local craft or big-box retail stores, as well.
I’ve picked out my favorite yarn brand for beginners (Caron Simply Soft). This is an acrylic yarn that is super soft and machine washable. However, if you’d rather go a more eco-friendly route, choose a ball or two of Paton’s wool (wool is biodegradable, acrylic isn’t).
If you choose a different brand of yarn, that’s great; just make sure the yarn you choose is labeled “worsted weight.” This refers to the thickness of the yarn, and it will be important for your aspiring knitter to have the right size yarn. Choose any color you think your aspiring knitter would love. One or two balls of yarn will be plenty for a starter kit.
These are “circular” knitting needles; do not be surprised when they don’t look like the “normal” knitting needles. Some knitting needles are straight and look like chopsticks. These needles are two sticks on a cord. You can knit more things with circular needles, so I suggest them because they are so versatile.
Sharp “sewing” scissors
Most people already have a pair of scissors, but very sharp sewing scissors are almost essential for a knitter’s craft box. Yarn will fray and split if it is cut with scissors that are too dull for the job. Sewing scissors are extra sharp. If you are making this gift for a younger child knitter, you may want to leave the scissors out of the gift package.
Technically, your knitter will only need one of these to get started, but tapestry needles typically come in a six pack. The extra needles will come in handy over time. If you are making more than one kit at a time, you can split the package up. Your knitter will need a tapestry needle to sew loose ends of yarn into her or his work.
Gift card linking to my free learn to knit tutorial
Make sure you include a gift card with your kit that gives your aspiring knitter directions on how to get started. Provide the link to my free ten-step knitting tutorial with your DIY learn to knit gift set and they’ll be able to try knitting right away. The bow image below can be printed on pretty paper (I suggest a neutral brown craft paper) and cut out to a 4 inch by 6 inch post card. Write your own gift message on the back, and you are ready to wrap it up.
Gift wrap with a useful storage box
Once you acquire all of the pieces, arrange them in a pretty gift box, tote bag, or decorative storage bin. I prefer to use a decorative photo storage box.These are easier to find in your local craft and retail stores, but this box from Amazon is nice, too.
DIY learn to knit gift box checklist
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