Giving knitters gifts they'll love is simple. Just go to any yarn or craft store and head to the notions section. If you live with a knitter, you may well have wondered why you're always finding those little round plastic rings scattered about. Those are stitch markers, and while they may just look like bits of plastic to you, new ones are always appreciated. Besides stitch markers, inexpensive stocking stuffers knitters will appreciate include tape measures, straight and safety pins, darning needles, row counters and stitch holders.
If you want to give a more expensive gift that will make your knitter swoon, pick up a set of interchangeable circular needles. These range greatly in price, with hard plastic needles being the least expensive and bamboo the costliest. A good middle ground is metal, which knitters love for their smoothness and speed. Knitting bags and needle cases are much appreciated, as knitters too often sacrifice a nice organizer for more yarn. If your favorite knitter tends to throw her tools into a duffel bag or overflowing pencil case, she will appreciate a handy way to organize and carry her needles and supplies. Options range from big fabric bags with many pockets to flat, roll-up needle cases, making organizers a gift accessible to most budgets.
Perhaps the ultimate present for a knitter is her own yarn winder and swift. If you’ve spent hours holding your arms up while she winds skeins of yarn into balls, a swift and winder will relieve you of that duty. The swift looks like a large umbrella with no cover, while the winder is a small hand-cranked machine. You’re guaranteed to win big points with the knitter in your life if you present this gift on a special occasion. Prepare to receive an elaborate sweater knitted with gratitude.