17 Essential Crochet Gifts, You Simply Must Buy

Not wanting to leave the hookers out, I have put together what I consider to be the ultimate gift guide for those who crochet.  The list includes gadgets, gizmods and giggles and even something for boys!

Click the image and it will whisk you off to a magic portal where you can have these goodies delivered to your door so you don’t even have to enter a yarn store ;)

I hope you enjoy this gift guide, share it with your friends and make sure that all hookers are happy hookers this Christmas….


you can never have too much yarn knitting mug gift idea

Yarn Mug

real men crochet tie gifts for knitters men

Real Men Crochet Tie

I Crochet so I dont kill people bag gift idea

Crochet Bag

ball sack knitting bag gift idea

Crochet Bag

Crochet Bag

Crochet Bag

Knitting Blocking Combs gift idea

Genius, Blocking Combs

Knitting yarn Ball Winder, no more winding by hand! knitting gift idea

Yarn Ball Winder, no more winding by hand!

Umbrella Yarn Swift, no more fighting with yarn! knitting gift idea

Umbrella Yarn Swift, no more fighting with yarn!

Crochet Stitch Markers

Crochet Stitch Markers

Crochet Stitch Markers

Crochet Stitch Markers

Must have Crochet Book

Must have Crochet Book

Mini Balls of Yarn

Mini Balls of Yarn

Yarn Bowl knitting gift idea

Yarn Bowl

Beautiful Stash Enhancement

Beautiful Stash Enhancement

Magnetic Knitting Chart Holder gift idea

Magnetic Chart Holder

Crochet hooks

Clover Getaway Soft Touch Crochet Hook Needle Gift Set

Light Up Crochet Hook

Crochet Lite Hook Light Up Crochet Hook


If you are still not sure, then I am pretty confident that the beautiful yarn packs and the Clover hook set will get you more than a kiss under the mistletoe ;)

Happy Hookin’



Top 30 Gifts for the Knitter in your life – Great Knitting Gift List

It can be so difficult to buy the perfect gift for your loved ones, especially when you perhaps don’t know a great deal about their hobby.

I have put together a selection of gifts for newbie knitters and knitaholics alike! These gift ideas range from stocking fillers to gifts that with total WOW factor.  Click on the image and it will whisk you off where you can purchase the perfect present.

Lets start with needles, this can be daunting for the non-knitter.  Have a peep inside the knitting bag, are the needles wooden or metal? There will be a lot of needles which is more common?

Does your knitter, knit socks and gloves?  Then perhaps consider the sock knitting or DPN sets. (By the way, us knitters can NEVER have too many needles).

hiya hiya interchangeable needle set christmas gift idea

Bamboo Interchangeable Needle Set

Wooden Sock Knitting Needle Set

Wooden Sock Knitting Needle Set

Chiaogoo steel interchangeable needle set gift idea kniitting

Stainless Steel Interchangeable Needle Set

hiya hiya stainless steel DPN knitting needle set gift idea

Stainless Steel DPN Set


The following selection of books contains must sort after classics and some fun new releases too!

The Opinionated Knitter Elizabeth Zimmermann

The Opinionated Knitter – Elizabeth Zimmermann

Barbara Walker Knitting Treasury Books gift idea

Barbara Walker A Treasury of Knitting Patterns

knitting workshop elizabeth zimmermann book knitting gift

Knitting Workshop – Elizabeth Zimmermann

WTF Knits gift idea book knitting

WTF Knits

The Knitting Book by Frederia Patmore gift idea

The Knitting Book by Frederia Patmore


Woolly Woofers

 Tools, gadgets, gizmods we all love them!

Knitting Blocking Combs gift idea

Genius, Knitting Blocking Combs

Sterling Silver ball of yarn and knitting needle charm knitting gift idea

Sterling Silver ball of yarn and knitting needle charm

Umbrella Yarn Swift, no more fighting with yarn! knitting gift idea

Umbrella Yarn Swift, no more fighting with yarn!

Knitting yarn Ball Winder, no more winding by hand! knitting gift idea

Yarn Ball Winder, no more winding by hand!

Work in progress tubes, knitting gift idea

Work in Progress Tubes, keep you work safe on the go!

Double Pointed Needle Storage Tubes Knitting gift idea

Double Pointed Needle Storage Tubes

Stitch Savers knitting gift idea

For catching those dropped stitches! Stitch Savers

Knit your own Man Kit knitting gift idea

Knit your own Man Kit

Knitters Graph Paper Journal knitting gift idea

Knitters Graph Paper Journal

Yarn Bowl knitting gift idea

Yarn Bowl

Stash Enhancement, Stylecraft Yarn Pack Knitting gift idea

Stash Enhancement, Stylecraft Yarn Pack

Crochet Bag

Crochet Bag

ball sack knitting bag gift idea

Crochet Bag

Knitaholic travel mug knitting gift idea

Travel Mug

I Knit chicks dig me cap knitting gift idea men

Knitting Cap

Live to Knit T-shirt knitting gift idea

Live to Knit T-shirt, great gift for boys and girls

you can never have too much yarn knitting mug gift idea

Knitting Mug

Peronalised Knitting Bag gift idea

Personalised Knitting Bag

Magnetic Knitting Chart Holder gift idea

Magnetic Knitting Chart Holder

Still not sure?

Why not give the gift of learning with a Craftsy online class, they are great value!

craftsy class gift voucher card knitting gift idea

Give a Craftsy Class

Or a subscription to one of the UK’s Top Knitting Magazines

Lets Knit Magazine knitting gift idea subscription

Lets Knit Magazine

Simply knitting magazine subscription gift idea

Simply Knitting Magazine


I hope I have helped you with your gift buying for that special knitter in your life, please feel free to drop me an email or leave a comment if I can offer any further advice.


Addendum – Saltire Says…

Subtle Jane, real subtle!

Seriously though, when buying for someone whom it may already seem like they own everything there is to own, the ideas above are great.

Pro-tip – take a photo of your knitters bookshelves with your phone. That way you’ll always be able to have at least some idea which books they already own when you spot that bargain in the shops. And it’s usually the case that any book not already on the shelf will usually provide at least some helpful tips or ideas, so don’t shun a bargain just because you don’t think they’ll like it.

And if you see them ‘coo’ over something, make a note on your phone for next time!



30 gift ideas for knitters

Festive Teddy Outfits

Bring your favourite Teddy into the seasonal festivities with either a Mr or Mrs Santa Claus outfit. Thinking of buy a Build a Bear toy this Christmas? These outfits are the perfect fit for their standard height characters.

They’re designed for an average sized teddy, but if your teddy is (ahem!) slightly larger tummy, some elastic webbing will accommodate the more, ahem, ‘rotund’ stuffed belly.

And if you dare treat a younger, less careful person with such a charming outfit, it’s also machine washable!

As always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page

You can download Issue 87 of Let’s Knit Magazine here.

Christmas Glamour Knits gets some balls

Christmas Glamour Knits are my best selling pattern by far,  all year round I sell these little Christmas knits across the globe.  I have been a busy bee adding a couple of new patterns to this collection, so you can add to yours.

knitted christmas baubles jane burns

New for this year are two pattern leaflets…

The aptly titled Christmas Glamour Bauble pattern (I know where did I come up with that name, right?)

knitted christmas baubles jane burns


This is knitted in the round on double pointed needles, with a small stranded colour work section (which is worked from a chart).  If you are new to stranded colour work this is the project for you to dip your toe into the stranded knitting pool so to speak (because there is only a small section of colour work).  The pattern includes as always full written instructions and video links to tutorials to get you started with any new techniques or offer a refresher should you need one.


Finally, a couple of small balls (too easy?)  Christmas Glamour Mini Baubles

knitted christmas baubles jane burns

This pair are tiny, measuring a mere 11cm in circumference, you will be able to make these in no time at all.  The beaded bauble uses a crochet hook to apply the beads.  There is both written and video instructions for this technique.  I can not recommend learning this skill enough, no more threading hundreds of beads onto your yarn!

I hope you enjoy the new additions to the family,  I would love to see what you make.

Buy your patterns here for immediate download.

Christmas Glamour Knitting Patterns has a new sugar loaded colour palette

Everybody likes a sweetie or seven at Christmas, don’t they?

This year I decided that I would rework my Christmas Glamour patterns range in a sugar loaded colour palette.  I have chosen to use the gorgeous 4ply merino yarn from Wendy.

knitted christmas decorations jane burns candy

If you would like to make some of these cute Christmas treats, you will need a ball of each of the following yarns:

  • Wendy Merino 4ply Seapray shade 2380
  • Wendy Merino 4ply Birch shade 2365
  • Peter Pan 4ply Sugar Plum shade 909

The patterns are available via my shop or on Ravelry, you can buy all six patterns for only £3 or if you would prefer to buy just one pattern it is yours for £1.50.

This is really a great stash busting project, each piece only uses approx. 10g of yarn.  I would love to see your finished projects.


Do a runner this Christmas

We’re closer still to Christmas, so once you’re done creating your Halloween decorations you still have plenty of time to get hooking on this festive crochet table runner featured in issue 86 of Let’s Knit magazine.

“Christmas Feast” uses a cotton-blend yarn that has been plied with a thread of metallic silver, giving it a lovely holiday feel. Consisting of individual squares, it is a great pattern to suit any size (and shape) of table.

As always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page

You can download Issue 86 of Let’s Knit Magazine here.

Monty the Penguin


Have you fallen in love with this little chap?

Monty the Penguin has captured the hearts of the nation already this Christmas.  I find penguins captivating, with their huge personalities and comedic ways, what is not to love?  Last year I designed a penguin hat with a bit of a twist.


penguin hat knitted jane burns

Pattern available here for only £2.95

This cute Penguin hat can be customised to suit your taste in just three steps. The pattern includes a choice of earflap and mini top hat styles, simply follow the steps to make your hat, your way! Six variations of this hat are included in the pattern.

The hat is worked flat and includes an intarsia chart for the face.

To fit head circumference
xsmall (41cm) small (46cm) medium (51cm)

The yarn requirements are:

One 50g ball of DK weight year in the following colours; black, white, red and gold.  The sample is knitted using
Rowan Pure Wool DK, (A) shade 004 Black, (B) shade 012 Snow, (C) shade 051 Gold, (D) shade 036 Kiss, one 50g ball of each

To knit this hat you will need the following skills:
sl1, k1, psso
sl1, k2tog, psso
Follow intarsia chart
Video links are included in the pattern for the above shaping techniques.

To make your hat a little more Monty like, why not knit the ear flaps in black?

You can purchase your copy of the pattern for £2.95 here.

Happy Knitting, Jane

Good Enough to Eat, please don’t though

It’s normal for Jane’s projects to be somewhat in advance of the seasons, so creating Christmas and winter designs in spring is, well, normal. This was the case when creating her latest designs in Let’s Knit issue 86.

But there are only 7 weeks to Christmas, and still we don’t have our central heating on! So, with our warm clothes still in the dark depths of the wardrobe, may I present to you in my long lost brummy accent…

Iiiiit’s Chriiiiiiistmaaaaas!


“Home Sweet Home” Gingerbread house is ideal for your first winter project. A sweet and simple cable for the roof tops swiss-darned, stocking stitch walls. Fill with toy stuffing, and it’s a lovely decoration, but if you place some bagged rice inside it will make a stylish doorstop.

As always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page

You can download Issue 86 of Let’s Knit Magazine here.

Not one but two great offers just for Halloween

Well the spooky season is well upon us now, the world seems to have taken on a distinctly orange and green hue.  If like me you are a fan of skullies I have not one but two great offers for you, My Not Just for Halloween socks pattern is only £1.50!


These cute socks are designed to be slightly slouchy for maximum comfort, the pattern is written for sizes:

Small – shoe size 1-4, ankle circumference 19cm
Medium – shoe size 4-7, ankle circumference 23cm
Large – shoe size 8-11, ankle circumference 28cm

The skully motif is applied using a crochet hook to knit the beads into the fabric as you go, no spending hours threading beads on to your yarn!! There is of course a link to a fantastic video tutorial on applying beads with a crochet hook included in the pattern. There is also a link to get you started knitting socks (just in case you need it).

You will need:
YARN: opal 4ply pullover and sock yarn in Orange, shade 5181
DPN’s: 2.75mm
BEADS: Size 8 seed beads (I recommend, Debbie Abrahams, shade 605). One pack.

You can download the pattern here.

Please feel free to message me if you have any queries regarding this pattern.

Not inspired by the socks, then why not take a look at my Halloween eBook collections:

I said there were two offers….

I am running a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE OFFER, no coupon or voucher required, simply purchase Frightful Knits Volume Two and you will get Volume One for FREE. 

Frightful Knits Volume Two, a collection of six patterns, including one crochet bunting pattern.

Available to download here for only £4.95

The link will provide you with full pattern information.


Frightful Knits Volume One, a collection of six knitting patterns.

This collection is available to download here for only £4.50

The link will provide you with full pattern information.

I hope I have inspired you to pick up your needles, as always I would love to see what you have been making on my Facebook page.

Alexandra Palace, bands, teaching, shopping and me


How are you all?  Have you got your woollies out yet, now that the weather is turning cooler?

I love the autumn, not only does it mean that this closet redhead does not have to go into hiding everytime the sun comes out to play, but it’s what I like to call ‘knitting season’.  The highlight of my knitting calendar ever since I learnt to knit has been the annual pilgrimage to Alexandra Palace, London, home to the Knitting & Stitching Show.

front view

Alexandra Palace holds many fond memories for me, from the first time I visited and realised that there are lots of people just like me who are addicted to yarn! There I learned that Ladies are not always ‘lady like’ when doing battle over yarn, and that shopping trolleys and elbows are the weapons of choice to secure that much coveted skein.

I have attended Ally Pally as a vendor during the time I owned Knit ‘n’ Caboodle. It was a wonderful experience getting to meet some many lovely customers.  I have nothing but admiration for any vendor at Ally Pally, it can be gruelling.  Long days, usually dreadful travel times, set up and break down are incredibly hard work, thank you for continuing to be part of this event every year.

During the past couple of years I have been visiting Ally Pally to see bands.  It is by far my favourite music venue, the acoustics are second to none, the atmosphere is amazing.  It is not a particularly big venue which makes for a great experience wherever you happen to be standing.


The Vaccines with their support act for that night the awesome Band of Skulls


The Black Keys,  one of the most atmospheric gigs I have ever been to, belting blues tunes and simple lighting……..  bliss!

This year I visited Ally Pally on two consequtive days.   ‘Why?’ I hear you ask……. teaching.

You possibly saw my blog posts announcing my classes.  I taught four classes over the two days in the Prima Make & Take Theatre.  I had some wonderful students, many of whom have been in touch to show me there completed projects.  Well done ladies, I am really looking forward to seeing what you make next with your new found skills.

I really enjoy teaching, it gives me the opportunity to meet knitters and crocheters from all walks of life and help cultivate their passion for the craft.  Over the next few weeks I will be announcing some new workshops in the Essex area.

If there is a particular technique you would like to learn, or a venue you would like to see me offering lessons, please let me know.  I am relatively new to the area and your help would be very much appreciated in finding great places to teach knitting and crochet.  Cute cafes, cosy rooms, I am all ears!

Pretty in Pink Christmas Tree Jumper

pink christmas tree sweater jane burns

Pretty in Pink Christmas Tree Sweater

Image courtesy of Simply Knitting Magazine

With its twinkling Christmas tree motif this is guaranteed to delight the little Princess in your life.

The pattern is written for chest sizes 55, 58.5 and 63.5cm which is approximately 3-5 years.

christmas sweaters tree bow close up JANE BURNS

pink christmas sweater cuff jane burns

Matching collar and cuff detail

This is a traditional style drop shoulder sweater, worked from the bottom up.  It is a very straight forward knit and would suit a keen beginner.  The sparkly tree is worked using the Intarsia method and King Cole Galaxy DK yarn.  If you prefer to knit this in a plain yarn, you can easily substitute another DK yarn.  Why not knit one for a little Prince?

You can find the pattern inside the Hand Knit Christmas supplement which is free with issue 125 of Simply Knitting Magazine.  You can download your copy here.

christmas knits jane burns


As always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page and on Ravelry.

pink christmas sweater2 jane burns