There is nothing better than giving a gift that someone really wants. When you really love your hobby it can be a bit daunting for your friends and family to understand what would be on top of your gift list. So here I am like a festive yarn fairy to give you a few pointers. These are my personal recommendations based on my love of yarn and my eye for something pretty.
Ok, I am going to help you here. Unless you really do know what you are doing – do not, I repeat DO NOT, buy yarn for your crocheter. Why would you? You will be taking away one of the pure joys of the hobby, the choosing of luscious squiggy yarn. So my suggestion would be to buy a rather generous gift token for your crocheter.
Go into your local yarn store and ask them for a pretty gift token and then add in the card you gift them the gift of time so that you can allow them to browse the shelves.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a crocheter can never have enough project bags. Seriously, you will never disappoint if you buy a yarn fan something to put their yarn in.
My top tips are the witty bags which are available from Loop London
, where they have some rather pretty project bags of different sizes; including this rather gorgeous bird themed bag by Miesje Chafer
I am also enjoying using KnitPro Joy Project Bag
it sits beautifully on the side table next to the sofa and inside has some rather handy pockets for hooks and scissors.
Hooks, Needles, Bits & Bobs
I am going to get straight to it. My preferred hook is a Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hooks
If you are buying just one or two hooks then a 4mm and a 5mm hook will always be useful. But you can go the whole hog and buy a set and you will be loved forever – Clover Hooks Set of 9
If I am honest – you can also not have enough scissors or tapestry needles. These are easy to pick up in any hobby shop. But if you are looking for covetable beautiful things, then I would suggest a few choice items from Merchant and Mills. Pick out a pair of sharp scissors and these needles in a gorgeous case – Thank you Father Christmas!
This year we have seen the growth of monthly subscription boxes, what a genius idea. Every month a new box of goodies arrive with a pattern and all the items you need to make the project. I love this idea and have suggested it to many beginners as a good way to build their skills without having to amass huge yarn stash. For fun and funky I would recommend the lovely Crochyay. For lovers of pretty and things then you should try Little Box or Crochet.
I do have a small magazine vice. I find it very, very difficult not buy the latest issue when browsing the supermarket aisles. If you ask me what one of my favourite Christmas gifts would be, I would have to say, ‘Get me a subscription!’.
For beginners then a subscription to either Simply Crochet or Crochet Now magazine would go down a treat.
I am a huge fan of Inside Crochet Magazine and would suggest this for intermediate crocheters.
Ok, I admit it, I am being a bit naughty here. But if you are buying for a beginner, then I will highly recommend this book ‘How to Crochet’. Yes, I did write it… I know, I know. However I have used it to teach quite a few people and lovely readers do send me emails to say how useful they have found it.
My new book Cute Crocheted Animals is not for the beginner, but is for anyone who wants to develop their toy making skills and enjoys making cute characters. I have started seeing beautiful animals popping up on social media. Such a lovely thing to make for the children you love.
My other suggestion would be Granny Squares by Sue Pinner. A great book which updates the classic vintage pattern.
My friend and uber-designer, Claire Montgomerie has brought out a new book, Hooked. Now I will admit I have not been able to get my mits on this yet. But I can always highly recommend her work and will be adding this book to my Christmas list.
A Bespoke Gift Box
Finally if you want to take all the hassle out of choosing something for your hooky mad loved one then I would suggest ordering a bespoke gift box for the super stylish Cool Crafting. You can choose the value of your Crocheter’s Good Things Giftbox from £20 – £100 and your parcel will be sent on 20th December. But hurry you don’t want to miss that order!
I hope you like some of these suggestions and don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter to keep up to date with all crochet news. Let’s start off your Christmas Crochet gifting by offering two £10 vouchers for Stylecraft yarn, which are redeemable at any ‘bricks and mortar’ yarn shop. If you leave a comment below with your top Christmas Crochet gift on your wish list I will draw out two names at random on Friday 9th December – just in time to put in the post! Good Luck and Happy Shopping.