Christmas Gift Idea: Knitting Books & Needles

The Chicks with Sticks Guide to Knitting $12.91

My daughter has recently taken up knitting again and I was hoping YOU could help. I found a few books on Amazon I think she might like for Christmas, but because I don’t knit myself I’m wondering if you have a favorite book or set of needles I should know about.  If you could leave your suggestions below it would sure help me out.  Here are the books and needles I have found so far:

Knitting in Plain English, Updated Edition By Maggie Righetti $12.33

Weekend Hats: 25 Knitted Caps, Berets, Cloches, and More By Cecliy Glowik Mac Donald $15.30

Sock Knitting Master Class: Innovative Techniques + Patterns from Top Designers By Ann Budd $17.79

Ultimate Mittens: 28 Classic Patterns to Keep You Warm By Robin Hansen $22.86

14″ Inch Single Point Stitch Berry Premium Collection Bamboo Knitting Needles (30 pcs., 15 Sets)$19.99.


  • Jennifer

    KNITPICKS! Great prices on stuff and espescially for beginners. I would get a knitpicks (google them, they have free shipping at 50$ level but as warning it can be slow to recieve) interchangable set. And I love all the Yarn Harlot (blogger)’s books. stephanie pearl mcphee is the yarn harlot. I am happy to help answer more ?s – I have to run out the house and will be back later.

    • Kristina

      I second that! The needles are awesome and such a deal for the price. The yarns are inexpensive and high quality – much better than you get at the local hobby stores..

      If she hasn’t already tell her to join – THOUSANDS of FREE patterns for everything you can think of, plus forums to ask questions, yarn and needle information – it’s an absolute MUST for any serious knitter or crochter.

      Also, a subscribtion to Vogue Knitting Mag or Interweave Knits Mag is a neat Christmas gift.

  • Pattie Davis

    My mother taught me to cast on width of blanket I wanted using 2 or 3 strands yarn. I did that for 10 rows. Then I start knit 5, pearl 5, knit 5, pearl 5, knit 5, pearl 5, ending with knit 5. FLIP and always start with KNIT 5 and knit5pearl5knit5pearl5 always ending in KNIT5, flip and repeat. Do this for 10 rows, then reverse the pattern to KNIT 5, knit 5, pearl5, knit5, pearl5, ending in KNIT5. Do 10 rows, reverse back. Repeat until blanket is of desired length. You can start with baby blanket, or adult sofa blanket. Or do much smaller for scarf. Once you have mastered the knit and pearl. You can make anything!

  • Heather

    It’s not on your list, but I really liked the book Stitch & Bitch. It’s for beginners and is super for showing tricks, tips, etc. And the patterns inside are a lot of fun.

    For needles, I do love the bamboo single points.

    If you’re thinking of getting her a set of circular needles, I got the Blue Denise Interchangeable set last year for Christmas and it’s perfect. I’ve knitted lots and lots of hats with this set. I also use them as straight needles if I don’t have the right size already. Blue Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles Set

    • Lisha

      I also love the Stitch and Bitch. My grandma taught me to knit, but I really figured out what I was doing and understood how it all worked when I read this book.

      I am also a big fan of bamboo needles.

  • Tracy

    I really like the Stitch & Bitch books also. They explain things in a clear manner.

    As for needles it’s bamboo all the way! Clover makes really great needles. They are “warm” to the touch and aren’t super slippery like metal needles. They are also much quieter. They are a bit pricey though. I collected my set one pair at a time using my Michaels coupons. They also have good prices on bigger sets online. You can also get Clover Bamboo circular needles. They are worth every penny.

  • Jana

    Definitely agree on the Stitch ‘N Bitch book idea. I taught myself to knit from the very first one and now one of my designs in the newest one, Stitch ‘N Bitch Superstar (“Baby Corn”). I love them all and Debbie Stoller, the author, is awesome!

    Amazon is great place to buy almost anything, but I would recommend using a 40% or 50% off coupon(s) from JoAnn’s (always readily available in Sunday papers & online) to buy some bamboo knitting needles for your daughter (circulars or straights in sizes 4-9). Kacha kacha counters are nice to have, along with darning needles for weaving in ends, stitch holders and a couple of crochet hooks in several sizes come in handy when knitting. Debbie’s yarn, Stitch Nation, is fun to knit with and they carry that there too.

    FYI, JoAnn’s will honor Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and AC Moore coupons as well. I’ve used multiple coupons many times before. They are picky about using multiples of the exact same coupon, however.

    • woohag

      I second this. Definitely use all the high percentage off coupons to get her a ‘starter kit’ … any of the larger craft chains will have a great selection and starting with worsted weight yarn vs. anything thinner is the way to go.

  • Gina

    Chicks with Sticks is a great book! As far as needles go, I prefer metal to wood or plastic. Hop that helps 🙂

  • Becky

    Have you checked out yet? If not, sign up and be amazed at the sheer volume of patterns, forums, advice, etc….

  • Lauri Amandus

    It has been fun to read the notes above. I am an avid knitter and I am always delighted when my kids get me a KNITPICKS gift card. I love their knitting accessories as well as their circular needles interchangeable sets. BUT… she kind of has to pick these out for herself. I don’t like straight needles at all unless I am using smaller ones for socks, hats and such.

  • Lauren

    As Jennifer mentioned, is a great resource. I would recommend their needles, especially the harmony needles. They are beautiful and sharper than the ones you generally find in stores like Michaels or Joanns.

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