Vickie Howell's Best-Bet Gifts for Knitters

It's snowing in Spokane today, and I saw a Christmas ad on TV last night. 'Tis the season, already. Part of me says, "what's the rush," while another part of me says, "deck the halls!" I love the winter holidays, so I think the deck-the-halls part is larger than the what's-the-rush part.

Vickie Howell, wearing the Chevron Shawl

And I have to admit that I thought about bringing the Christmas stuff home from the storage unit so we could start decorating right after Thanksgiving. Definitely deck-the-halls!

With the holiday season comes gift-giving. And knitters want knitting stuff! So we asked Knitting Daily TV host Vickie Howell for her suggestions for a knitter's holiday wishlist. Her picks are really fun, and she's a crocheter, too, so there's some neat crochet ideas for the bi-craftual among us.

Walking Out Blouse by Amy Gunderson, from The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits
Uptown Scarf from Metropolitan Knits by Melissa Wehrle
Thinleaf Jacket by Kelli Kemery, from Knitscene Winter 2013


No matter how many amazing patterns are available on the internet, there will never be a substitute for a beautifully conceived knitting or crochet book. Even if I never get around to actually making any projects from them, I love flipping through the pages for inspiration!

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Stuff to Make With


Penny the Panda
by Laura Long
The Principles of Knitting
by June Hemmons Hiatt

Any of these items would be a welcome addition to my holiday list, and I think you'll like them, too. So make your list and give it to your loved ones so they won't be wandering aimlessly around your local knit shop or craft store!

—Vickie Howell, host of Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell

Great picks, Vickie. I'd like to add one of my own favorites, too: The Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt. This is the timeless guide to hand knitting, and it's been fully revised and updated.

I had the pleasure of hearing June speak, and I immediately went out and bought her book. It's the Mastering the Art of French Cooking for knitters. You'll love it.

Thanks, Vickie, for populating our holiday wishlists for us! And for those of you with Jewish folks on your gift lists, don't forget that Hanukkah starts at sundown on November 27!


P.S. What knitterly items are on your gift list this year? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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