Learn how to knit—and make blankets, scarves, sweaters, hats, and more—with these easy-to-use, at-home knitting kits.
Settling in for a hygge night at home? After you light some candles, brew a cup of tea, and curl up on the couch, reaching for your knitting needles is the perfect way to practice some cozy self care. Like stress balls or fidget spinners, the repetitive action of knitting can help relieve stress and give you something productive to do with your hands (particularly helpful for those who find themselves feeling anxious while they watch TV, for example). Another reason to pick up the yarn? It could benefit your brain. In a 2013 survey of 3,500 knitters, more frequent knitters reported better cognitive function.
Interested in doing a knitting project, but not sure where to start? Here are nine home kits to help you learn how to knit in no time; they include easy-to-understand templates so you can create supersoft sweaters, blankets, scarves, hats, and more for friends and family (or yourself). As a bonus, either the kits themselves or the final product would make great gifts.
Blanket Knitting Kit
Available in a whopping 70 different colors, this chunky blanket is the perfect craft for beginners. Each kit includes pure merino wool yarn, giant knitting needles (handmade in the seller's Yorkshire, United Kingdom studio), and printed instructions. Also cool: You can choose between a blanket that's 30 x 50 inches, 48 x 48 inches, 58 x 58 inches, or 64 x 80 inches to make sure you receive just enough yarn for your project.
Brit + Co Knit a Scarf Kit
A collaboration between Target and the women's lifestyle website Brit + Co, this millennial-approved kit comes with knitting needles, two colors of yarn, and instructions to make a striped scarf. One thing to note: The reviews point out that this project is more of an intermediate level, so it may not be the best option for true beginners.
Super Soft Chunky Yarn Pom Pom Beanie DIY Knit Kit
Create a chunky beanie hat with this DIY kit, which includes acrylic yarn, a faux fur pom pom for the top of the hat, circular wood needles, and an instruction book. This kit is good for beginners and takes an estimated one to two hours to complete. Available in heather gray, burgundy red, marled brown, or purple pink marled.
Easy Slumber Socks Knitting Kit
It doesn't get cozier than wool socks, and this kit lets you whip up your own perfect pair. The DIY kit includes 100% merino wool yarn (in 10 different color options), bamboo needles, a sewing needle, easy-to-follow pattern, and basic knitting instructions for beginners. Choose between three different sock sizes for women to ensure a perfectly snug fit.
We Are Knitters x Krysten Ritter Mickey Dog Sweater
Jessica Jones actress Krysten Ritter recently designed a collection of eight knitting kits with the DIY brand We Are Knitters ranging in price from $70 to $129. Our fave: the intermediate-level Mickey Dog Sweater kit, perfect for keeping furry friends warm in colder temps.
Oversized Scarf Knitting Kit
With its colorblock pattern and supersoft lambswool, this oversized scarf (available in either pink and grey or cream and grey) is seriously on-trend. Each kit comes with four balls of yarn, knitting needles, and a pattern–and an impressive 70 five-star reviews from happy customers.
Echoview Fiber Mill Sheepskin Rug Knit Kit
This knit rug is the perfect home accent—throw it over a chair, cuddle up with it on a cold day, or put it in the bedroom to keep feet warm when you get out of bed. The kit includes yarn (65% fine merino wool, 25% alpaca, and 10% mohair), knitting instructions, needles, and a handy project bag.
Chunky Knit Snood Kit
This budget-friendly kit for beginners will teach you how to make a cozy snood scarf in your choice of 21 on-trend colors. Bonus: If you already own knitting needles, you can save money by opting not to order them.
Craftsy Sprightly Quick and Easy Rib Knit Scarf or Cowl
This kit, from the popular DIY website Craftsy, includes yarn and a pattern to make either a cowl or scarf (note that the fringe in the photos is not included). Choose between cardinal, pond, bark, navy, or charcoal heather yarn.