Don't mind me while I write your Christmas list for you. Just pass this on to your significant other, kids, and anyone who's in the market to buy you a gift!
This is also a great resource for anyone buying gifts for knitters. We've got the best stuff!
1. Stitch Markers and Stitch Holders
I'm always asking my knitting friends to borrow their scissors. This little pair from Boye fits perfectly in your notions bag—no more begging for scissors at knitting group!
3. Row Counters
Another item we can't have enough of (why do we have such trouble keeping track of our knitting treasures?!) My favorite is the Katcha Katcha Row Counter, named for the sound it makes as you push the button to count your row. The Digital Row Counter is also really popular.
4. Gift Cards
For the person who has it all or is hard to buy for, the ever-popular, always-welcome gift card is the answer.
I love Plymouth Grande Hues. It's 100 percent alpaca, and two or three skeins is enough to quickly knit up a beautiful accessory set—a hat and scarf, for example. Quick to knit with and scrumptiously soft, this yarn comes in several natural colors.
6. Blocking Mats
Blocking takes knitting from good to great, and any knitter would love a blocking set. The Knitter's Pride Blocking Mat Kit has it all—pins, blocking wires, and versatile mats. Love it.
7. Project Bags
8. Slippers and Socks
9. An Alpaca and A Llama
Just kidding. But you can give someone gorgeous llama yarn or a desktop alpaca! Check out Llamore yarn, which is a luscious 100% baby llama. So soft. And who can resist a tiny toy alpaca? This cutie will be loved forever.
10. Interchangeable Knitting Needles
Any knitter will light up when they open a set of these handy tools. Whatever size needle they may need will be at their fingertips! So exciting. My favorite is the ChiaoGoo SPIN Bamboo 5" Complete Needle Set; the un-kinkable cable is the best! Lantern Moon's brand new Zing Melodies of Life Set is gorgeous, and the super-popular addi Click Lace Set is a great option as well. (The sets that have "lace" in the name aren't exclusively for lace knitting. They simply have sharp tips, which are great for all types of knitting!)
That's it! I hope this list helps you with your gift shopping.
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I discovered the Norrland Hat pattern on Ravelry and decided to take on the challenge. I love the trees and snowflakes, and I have never done colorwork and cables at the same time. Since I love learning new things, I bought the pattern immediately and cast on.
I made some modifications, including turning the hat into a slouch instead of a beanie, and I wanted to explain those in case you want to modify your project, too.
Hats are the knitting trifecta: small projects that are useful and make great gifts. You can most hats done in a short time, and many are one-skein wonders.
Here is a variety of free hat patterns, from beanies to slouches to earflap hats, that are guaranteed to suit your gift-knitting needs this season and for years to come.
We're often asked what the difference is between llamas and alpacas. Both llamas and alpacas are south american camelids and they are related but definitely not the same.
Here are 5 quick ways to tell the difference between an Alpaca and a Llama.
Note: Please use the following sizing chart for general reference only. Sizes between different vendors and manufacturers may vary. Please match your measurements to those in the size chart below.