KNIT KITS

The perfect launch pad.

I am really big on convenience, so just the word “kit” itself is very satiating to me. When I first started knitting, I bought a bunch of yarn that I liked and looked for projects that I could make out of it. I was quickly discouraged by the knitting jargon and process of matching yarn to project, needle to yarn, gauge to sizing, and so on. I wanted to get going a soon as possible without having to learn to many of the specifics. Queue the increasingly popular knit kit…

Knit kits are knitting patterns that you can purchase that come with all of the supplies you’ll need to complete the project. They include:

  • Yarn that’s right for the project,
  • The right sized/type of knitting needles
  • The pattern to follow
  • An embroidery needle to stitch all the pieces together.

Websites that sell knitting kits, such as Wool and the Gang and We Are Knitters often also feature a series of helpful video tutorials and tips to get you started or troubleshoot during the process.

The implication that everything I need will arrive at my stoop and all that’s left for me to do is knit the damn thing is all I could ask for from a knitting project.

Knitting kits are usually sorted by garment style, style of stitch (i.e. knit or crochet), and pattern difficulty. You can browse a selection, find the project you like, and then choose what color yarn you want to use to make it. It takes all of the prep work out of preparing to knit and its the perfect place to start if you are new to knitting, since yarn types, weights, fabrication, gauges, needle sizes, and all the other details can all feel very complicated.

Beyond sweaters, many sites offer kits to make household items like blankets and pillow cases, accessories like laptop sleeves and purses, and even shoes, like these amazing espadrilles from Wool and the Gang:

My soft spot really comes from the fact that my first real knitting experiences where kits, but what I love about them now is that I can turn to them when I’ve hit a lull in inspiration or a dead end in a desperate pattern search to find something unreasonably specific that I want to make. It’s fun to browse the knit kits for inspiration or a quick project. I also find them to be a good way to reign in the expenses of knitting, since sometimes choosing your own yarn can spiral out of control if you’re not watching the price tags.

Lastly, the kits are useful for making a project that truly works in the yarn that it comes in. This is useful for getting to know a brand and its yarn because once you’re created something with that yarn and are familiar with how its works and what it looks like in a final project. Then in the future you can just order the yarn from the website and use it for any other pattern that you like.

My only word of caution with kits would be that if you are really looking to invest in knitting as a hobby, only buying needles from the kits will leave you with holes in your collection. It is more cost effective to purchase a good quality set of needles of various sizes and opt out of purchasing the needles from the kits (which you have the option to do), than it is to buy needles every time or have a mish-moshed collection.

Here are some quality needle sets that I recommend:
LYKKE 5″ INTERCHANGEABLE CIRCULAR NEEDLE SET

Here’re are some of my first knit kit projects:

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