Do you know someone who has just picked up knitting and is feeling the joy? Here are some things that will spur them on to even greater heights of craft-mania! Also, some gift ideas for the knit-curious with no experience as of yet.
Gizmos and bobbles, all of them useful!
1. Some call it a corker, others a French knitter. Either way it is a basic tool to make a knitted string and often the first knitting experience for a tiny tot (not yet needle age). $11
2. Needle Keepers for double pointed needles. This doo-hicky keeps the double pointed needles organized whether you have a project on them or not. They come in two sizes, one for short, and one for long double pointed needles. $7.75
3. A knitting needle gauge to measure your needles when you’re just not sure what size they are. $7.50
4. Eucalan is for washing woollies. No rinse, so half the work! Shown here is a trial size 100ml for $5, also available in 500ml for $13. Different scents and unscented are available.
5. “made with love” labels that you can sew on to all your hand made gifts. They are made in Canada from ultra suede and come in two colours. $1.75 each
6. Buttons by Katrinkles. Hand made from bamboo. Elegant round buttons, set of 4 for $10.25.
7. Hedgehog shaped buttons by Katrinkles, 4 buttons for $15. 50
Other styles of buttons are available. Come and see!
KNIT KITS for Beginners
and Absolute Beginners
The Knit Café has put together a bunch of bundles complete with pattern and yarn and all the fixins. Here are some geared to new knitters!
Knit Critter Knit Kit
This is a project for knitters who know how to knit and purl, but no other experience is necessary. Instructions encourage the knitter to make up their own knit critter by changing up ears and tails and other embellishments, so you can make the bunny or the bear (shown) or any critter your imagination can conceive.
Kit Contains: 2 colours of Berroco Vintage of your choosing, a Knit Critter Pattern, a set of safety eyes, and polyfil for stuffing for $25 , add needles $38
First Scarf Knit Kit
This is an absolute beginner kit. If you are giving this package to a brand new knitter you can add on The Knit Cafe’s “Knitter’s Crash Course” booklet which describes the basic stitches involved. this is an easy, plain stitch scarf with a colour-mix-bundle for making the fringe. The pattern includes instructions for adding on the fringe.
Kit Contains: 2 skeins Berroco Vinatge Chunky, you choose the colour, a bundle of fringe colours, different assortments are available, a First Scarf Pattern, and a Knitter’s Crash Course booklet (optional) for $28 , add on needles for $41
Dawson City Toque Knit Kit
This hat pattern was designed with absolute beginners in mind. It is knit flat and then seamed up with a really chunky yarn which is knit double for a really warm hat. Pattern includes instructions on how to make the cute pompom too!
Kit Contains: One skein Brown Sheep Burly Spun yarn, you choose the colour, and the Dawson City Toque Pattern, and a Knitter’s Crash Course Booklet (optional) for $28 , add needles $46.50
Last Minute Cowl Knit Kit
Another one for absolute beginner knitters. No experience necessary! Really fat yarn and needles make this project go fast and makes knitting seem like a breeze.
Kit Contains: One skein Brown Sheep Burly Spun yarn you choose the colour, and the Last Minute Cowl Pattern, and a Knitter’s Crash Course Booklet (optional) for $28 , add needles $43
Knit 101 Headband Knit Kit
Another one for newbies! This project is knit flat with just knit stitches and then seamed up. There is a twist added to the middle of the headband to make the pretty shape but the pattern explains how to do this and includes pictures you can follow along with.
Kit Contains: One ball of Andes by Drops you choose the colour, A Knit 101 Headband Pattern, a double pointed needle so as to make the twist, and a Knitter’s Crash Course Booklet (optional) for $10 , add needles $25
Easy Peasy Arm Warmer Knit Kit
Absolute Beginners can make these too! Knit back and forth with plain knit and then seamed up and voila!- arm warmers. It’s as easy as a scarf. We’ve paired this project with beautiful hand dyed yarn from Lichen and Lace to make it really special but there are other options- just ask!
Kit Contains: One skein Lichen and Lace Worsted Merino, pattern for Easy Peasy Arm Warmers, and a Knitter’s Crash Course Booklet (optional) for $28 , add needles $41
Magical Striped Scarf Knit Kit
This one is for new knitters who have learned both the knit and the purl stitch already. Once you know these basic stitches this scarf should be simple to make. The yarn does all the work. Two different colours of a colour-changing yarn is striped and magically a myriad of colours appear. This is a really fun project!
Kit Contains: two balls Noro Kureopatora in colours of your choice, and a Magical Striped Scarf Pattern for $40 , add needles $53
If you would like to make your Knit Kit really special get it packed up in a hand printed project bag from Kate Austin Designs. Shown here: draw string bag $20 and tote $40
New Knitters also need yarn. Make it chunky please! For a splurge try this yarn which is brand new in the shop. It is Tundra from The Fibre Company; a decadent blend of merino, alpaca, and silk; so very soft and cozy! It would make a gorgeous hat. If you know someone who has attended The Knit Cafe’s Knit 101 Class this yarn will work perfectly for the hat project we make in that class. One skein will do it – $32 each.
If none of that seems quite right, let the fledgling knitter pick out their own supplies and get a Knit Café Gift Certificate!