Absolute New Beginner Kits For Charity and Gift Giving
Ladies, here is a list of what to get if you want to get started in charity knitting or crocheting. You can also give this as a gift for your children or granddaughters and help pass on the tradition. You can get everything at your local craft store and checking out local discount stores. Use coupons. If you would like me to put together a one-of-a-kind cute kit for you and send it to you I could. Tell me if you want more or less in the bag. I am very good at bargain shopping. The price does not include shipping to you. I will include 1 of my patterns as a project.
Absolute New Beginner and Essentials Kits For Charity and Gift Giving
Ladies, here is a list of what to get if you want to get started in charity knitting or crocheting. You can also give this as a gift for your children or granddaughters and help pass on the tradition. You can get everything at your local craft store and checking out local discount stores. Use coupons.
Crochet Hook Set (G, H, I, J, K) $7 (Plastic, Birchwood or Metal)
Retractable Measuring Tape $1
Folding Scissors $3.50
Metal Tapestry Needles (2 pack) $2.50
Canvas Bag $10
Canvas Pouch $7
Stitch markers $3
Size 7 (4.5 mm) Circular interchangeable short knitting needle tips $6
Size 9 (5.5 mm) Circular interchangeable short knitting needle tips $7
3 Circular interchangeable knitting cables (16” 24” 32”) $2 each/ $6
Size 7 (4.5 mm) Wood or Plastic Double Pointed Needles 7” length $7
Size 9 (5.5 mm) Wood Double Pointed Needles 5” or 6” length $7
All this can fit neatly into a large cosmetic or pencil zip pouch. The canvas bag is to put your yarn in and carry around projects. Use only #3 and #4 washable yarn so it can fit all your tools.
Projects to make: Adult, Child and Baby Hats, Mittens, Fingerless Gloves, Scarves, Shawls, Blankets, Sweaters, leg warmers, booties, slippers, ear warmers, headbands, pet mats, pet sweaters or toys.
Optional ones to add in the future:
Size 10.5 (6.5 mm) Circular interchangeable short knitting needle tips $7.50
Size 5 (3.75 mm) wood or plastic Double Pointed knitting needles 8” length $5
Listed is size 5,7,9 and 10.5 but size 4,6,8 and 10 is a nice range of sizes too for #3 Baby Yarn and #4 Medium Worsted size yarn. Check the labels of your favorite yarns that you often use for needle suggestions.
Bare minimum would be #6 or #8 straight 10” length needles. You can buy these anywhere. To knit in the round some people prefer the magic loop method which is using long cables and then slipping the needle out and in the stitches. If I were to use just one thing I guess I would pick some #5 double pointed bamboo, birch wood, rosewood or plastic needles (comes in a set of 5 usually) and knit the old fashioned way . You can use 2 of the needles as straight needles.
Where to buy:
Buying from yard sales and buying used is good too.
My mom bought me a ton of used things and I love them. But the thing is that I think I have too much now. The above list is what is basically needed and takes very little space.
Something you might want to try is to make your own kit. They sell them in stores but they come in ugly packaging. My mom gave me a bunch of long needles in an old whisky bottle tin box. Looks like a pretty rectangular box. She gave me a cardboard hat box and she showed me her crafting collection which is huge with all sorts of sewing and crafting supplies. It is pretty cool but I have a lot of things I don’t use. The above is the least amount that does the most. Below is a starter or gift kit.
The first project will probably be a scarf or a dishcloth. Perhaps you can teach your friend or family member. I learned from Youtube but my mom learned from books. The yarn for learning should be basic. Don’t attempt boucle or any novelty expensive yarns. Something basic that they can clearly see the stitches preferably a light or bright color.