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« on: November 28, 2005 01:32:24 PM »


Last night I found out that my 9-year-old niece has learned how to knit and is already becoming hooked.  As a supporter of all crafty endeavors, of course I immediately knew what her Christmas gift will center around! 

However, knitting isn't actually one of my crafts, and I have no idea what would make the best gift.  Can anyone suggest something that would be particularly appreciated by a young girl who's learning to knit?

Many thanks, fellow Craftsters!!
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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2005 01:59:44 PM »

Nice!  I would suggest a subscription to one of the trendy mags out there - Knit 1, or knit.1!, or however they punctuate it, comes to mind.
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2005 02:36:40 PM »

You can't go wrong with a pair of nice needles (I'm really partial to bamboo) and some pretty, soft yarn--and maybe a knitting tote to put them in? (I've seen the totes in all sizes and colors at places like Michael's)
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2005 02:57:14 PM »

Both of my kids (11 yo girl and 8 yo boy!!!!!) have asked me to teach them to knit. For Christmas they are both getting some handmade needles (I'll make my son's "manly"), and a ball of cool chunky yarn so I can teach them to knit up a garter stitch scarf.
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« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2005 03:26:51 PM »

Thick yarn, good needles, and an age appropriate book. I would check out the local book store for kids or elven teen knitting books, or the Lion Brand website has some cute kids patterns like this one
http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/kff-pocketPetDuck.html maybe you could print these out and give her a little kit with those. Hope that helps. Good luck, my six year old is trying to knit and it's one of the only things she focuses on. It's great.
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« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2005 03:41:19 PM »

Even though she is only 9, I would reccommend getting her Stitch n Bitch, take a look over it and reassure her mom about the name of the book (if she has parents like most who would get a bit squirmish at the sound of it. I don't even like saying the title outloud, I'm 16 but unlike my friends can't bring myself to use 'curse' words.) It is a wonderful book that teaches the basics plus other stuff.
Another good idea is some knitting needles. If you get her yarn and knitting needles, go for the needle size suggested on the yarn package and either enough to do a project with or something that doesn't have a dye lot nimber. This probably sounds confusing to a non-knitter, though. Perhaps some sort of gift certificate to a store that sells yarn and other crafty things?
My boyfriend pointed out how knitting can actually be a pretty cheap hobby (compared to video game addiction and such.) He bought me a pair of knitting needles and two balls of yarn for about $10.
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« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2005 04:15:26 PM »

There are a lot of great kids knitting books available. I did a quck Barnes & Noble search and came up with a few titles. One is a kit that includes the needles and yarn necessary for the projects inside.

Kids Knitting
Melanie Falick

Kids Knit!: Simple Steps to Nifty Projects
Sarah Bradberry

Teen Knitting Club: Chill out and Knit
Jennifer Wenger, Carol Abrams, Maureen Lasher

Finger Knitting: Handknit Projects for Kids of All Ages
Suzuki Katsino

Kids Can Knit: Fun and Easy Projects for Small Knitters
Caroline Clewer

Kids' Easy Knittiing Projects
Peg Blanchette

Knit-It Kit for Kids
Jennifer Traig

As far as Stitch and Bitch goes, it is a great book, but as a mom I would say it is innapropriate for a nine year old, and the projects might be a little too hard/ time consuming/not of interest for someone so young- However, that is just my opinion. If you do decide to go that route I would def ask her parents to oreview the book. Hope this helps.

Also, JoAnn has a great selection of fun yarns in great colors & textures that would whip up into some really cute garter stitch scarves or other simple projects.


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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2005 05:24:21 PM »

Wool and needles!  You can't go wrong with buying a knitter some wool and needles.  We love them, mmmmm.. wool..

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« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2005 05:49:20 AM »

I agree with the yarn and needles, particularly the needles as that's the expensive start-up cost she likely won't be able to afford herself.  If she's just started knitting, she's going to need different types, lengths and diameters of needles.  She'll need at least one set each of
 - double-pointed needles (I recommend the 4.5 mm size)
 - circular needles (I recommend the 16" length, 4.5 mm size)
 - fat, chunky straight needles (9 mm and up)

If you got her one of each set in bamboo (my fave!), that would be about $40 Canadian ($30+ US). If you're really feeling generous, you can throw in a needle case too - the ones by knit-blogger Thimble are really nice - http://www.thimble.ca/.
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« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2005 06:30:27 AM »

I have 9 and 10 yo daughters that I'm teaching to knit... they already learned to crochet a few years ago. Here are some of the things that I've bought for them, or that I will be buying for them for thier new hobby:

  • Brightly coloured acrylic yarn so that they can make themselves and their freinds some cool scarves.
  • Set of 10" needles in common sizes for worsted weight yarn {since they will be doing mostly small projects to begin with, and with inexpensive yarn}
  • Brightly coloured storage bins to store their supplies, yarn, and patterns
  • Smaller bins to hold needles and other accessories that fits into the larger bin
  • Teen-type patterns that they can either make now, or learn how soon {I've looked over the patterns and checked that they aren't too difficult}

My girls want to learn how to make the fuzzy scarves and such, but I know that they need to learn the basics first. The bright yarn will allow them to make stuff that's funky, without the hassles that the novelty yarns will give them. Kids {and men!} are more likely to venture into more difficult patterns and yarns than women are, I have found, but these choices will give them the absolute basics to get going. Then they can tell me what kinds of things they want to make next, and I can go from there.
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