Gift season is here, and thanks to my kids’ excitement about CustomFit’s new capabilities, my mind has been focused on gift knitting this week.
I knit a lot of sweaters for different people – both family and friends, of all genders and ages. Lauren, likewise, has a strong history of knitting sweaters for her loved ones. So today, we’ve put our heads together and come up with our list of
Tip 1: Be realistic about your yarn
It’s tempting to try and use gifts to show our loved ones how utterly amazing yarn is, but filter your excitement through your recipient’s life – and choose a yarn that matches their daily routine.
Tip 2: Keep it simple for yourself.
Gift knitting isn’t the time to break out a new, unfamiliar technique or an unusual construction you’ve never worked before.
Tip 3: Match what’s in their closet.
If the gift is a surprise, check your own desires as a knitter as much as possible! Instead, investigate what they already wear and love.
I promise, the (often surprised!) look of utter joy will more than make up for it.
Tip 4: Don’t worry about deadlines!
Crazy deadlines + gift pressure = super stressed knitter.
If you’re taking the first tactic, consider your schedule, the complexity of the project, and be sure to build in finishing time! If you’re taking the second tactic, try to complete one of the most interesting pieces or motifs first, so that there’s something exciting to unrwap.
Tip 5: Consider eliminating the surprise.
This is tough for some knitters to consider, but both Lauren and I have had way more success when our loved ones have been part of the decision making.
When it comes right down to it, nothing is as good as the feeling of seeing the ones you love, love what you make for them.
We’re curious what you think, too – What are your favorite gift knitting tips – most hilarious disasters? Let us know here in the comments, or over on our Facebook page. Until next time, happy knitting!