Knitting is a craft that has existed for hundreds of years in the United Kingdom, with the first products made widely on these islands aimed at catering to the need for stockings and other undergarments during this period. It was not until the 1900s that knitting actually became fashionable rather than simply necessary.After a sharp decline in the popularity of knitting in the 1980s, the craft has experienced somewhat of a revival in the 21st century, and once again this is a hobby that is popular with thousands of Britons, thus spawning a number of home grown brands such as Debbie Bliss and Rowan Yarns.With more people knitting in Britain for fun than ever before, the growth of the knitting industry has meant that there are retailers offering a number of related products to the UK market, including knitting yarns, knitting needle stets, knitting bags, pattern books and much more.This means that there is a huge range of potential gifts for the knitting enthusiast among your friends and family; here are some of the top choices of items that you can buy for a knitter, even if you have no knowledge of the craft yourself.
One of the best presents that you can buy anyone who enjoys knitting as a hobby is a knitting kit tailored to their specific level. These kits are widely available from retailers of knitting supplies and knitting yarn in the UK, and can include sweater making kits, sock making kits, and packages from national and international knitting brands complete with a selection of yarn and equipment.The knitting kit is a great present as it gives the knitter all the tools and material that they need to create a particular design. An ideal kit for beginner knitters is a sock making kit, whereas more advanced knitters will probably enjoy a bigger project such as a sweater.Another great gift idea for British knitting enthusiasts is investing in some “home grown” products, such as knitting yarn from the UK. As well as the national brands mentioned above – Debbie Bliss and Rowan Yarns – many smaller retailers and farms will actually produce their own wool from their livestock and spin yarn from it.Often, these companies will blend their home grown wool with that sourced elsewhere to provide a range of products with different textures, thicknesses and styles. These artisan products can make an exquisite gift for someone who loves knitting, and more advanced knitters will be excited to get to grips with a high quality yarn from a producer they have not necessarily heard of before.A third excellent gift for someone who loves knitting is a knitting bag in order to transport and store all equipment. It may come as a surprise for someone who does not knit, but there are a number of very stylish brands – such as Mafana, Namaste and Berger de France – that manufacture very fashionable bag designs that are also extremely practical.
To choose a good knitting bag, it is again important to source the proper equipment from a reputable knitting supplies retailer, and make sure that the bag you are purchasing is fit for purpose. It is important, for example, that the bag in question has a tough lining to avoid becoming damaged by knitting needles.These are just three examples of great presents that you can buy for the British knitting enthusiast. With this pastime being a popular hobby with many, you will unspoilt for choice with the number of reputable UK retailers who will stock all of these items and more.Whether you opt for a knitting kit, some authentic and original British knitting yarn or a knitting bag, do not be afraid to ask for guidance in selecting your gift from the retailer you are buying from. Often, these individuals are fans of the craft themselves, so will be more than happy to lend you their expert guidance.