Get Crafty this Winter with Wool and the Gang’s Knitting Kits

11/27/2011 at 11:00 AM ET
Courtesy Wool and the Gang

It’s knitting weather! And if you’re dying to create an adorable accessory for your tot but are creatively-challenged like us, Wool and the Gang knitting kits are a great place to start.

The company, which sells ready-made adult clothing with celebrity fans including Ed and Christy Turlington Burns, Meryl Streep and Marion Cotillard, just launched a collection of knitting kits that helps you make innovative wooly wear for the mini set.

Keep tiny hands fashionably toasty with a striped scarf that has built-in pockets ($79) — perfect for the child who loses everything! Or, wrap your kid’s noggin in a chunky hood ($69, left) that’s also a scarf.

There are six kits available, all for beginning level knitters. For the slightly more advanced, there’s the Oh! Baby Set ($105) made of 100 percent Peruvian alpaca, which is the perfect gift for the tiniest (and trendiest!) newborns. Still want more of a challenge? You can search the site for a slew of advanced projects.

And with eye-popping colors like Lipstick Red and Magic Mint, your Wool and the Gang hand-crafted design is guaranteed to get at least one, “Where did you get that?” comment from fellow moms.

Wow them by saying you made it yourself!

Amy Jamieson

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Sarah Beth on

$105?!?! Jeez! Go down to your nearest Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, pick up some Cascade 220 and some cheapo needles, and then find free patterns online; make the same item for a quarter of the price.

Olivia on

I’ve always thought saving money was part of the joy in knitting. Those kits are ridiculously expensive.

J on

I have some family who laugh at me for knitting gifts and then they go out ad spend a ton of money on “fancy” store bought knitted items. Whatever floats your boat I guess but in the long run I save a lot of money on my own projects.

sbg on

these kits are so ridiculously overpriced it isn’t funny. Even with good quality wool, natural fibers, etc. What a rip off! And it isn’t as if these patterns are special. at all. basic stuff that you can get on Ravelry for free or a few dollars (patterns) and the wool, check out knitpicks or your LYS or a chain craft store and you’ll see that for $20 or less you can knit any of these items. Furthermore, nowadays knitting is not necessarily cheaper than store bought stuff, but these knit items are 3-4x marked up from what they would even cost to buy pre-maid.

Melissa G on

Any REAL knitter would go to that site and CHOKE…$74 to make fingerless gloves? $79 to make a kid’s scarf? Um maybe those prices to make a whole family knit hats, mittens, and scarves….but for one? You have to be kidding me!

Anonymous on

Yikes! Those prices! Even if I made this in high quality, hand painted yarn, with fancy wood needles I wouldn’t have to pay those prices, and yarn is expensive where I live! Nah, I think I’ll stick to just going to the yarn shop.

Robert Jungmann on

Ok… I get that people are on a budget these days and I respect that. However, I’m so tired of America working its way to the inexpensive poor house. Give artist/designers some LOVE. There’s a Michaels and a Walmart in just about every town you can shop at if you want that cheap yarn and cheesy patterns. WATG is using Wool that is hand spun and hand dyed, and… from what I saw at Steven Alan, are styles that are totally heirloom worthy. Come on America, step it up and stop being so darn cheap.

Sarah Beth on

Robert Jungmann – you obviously don’t know what you’re talking about. You can get fantastic yarn (yes, handspun and handdyed!) for a fraction of the price these people are offering. I’m a total yarn snob and I would never pay these ridiculous prices for this stuff. 69 bucks to make a kid-sized snood? I could make that with a $20 skein of Malabrigo or Madeleinetosh and I promise you it’d be nicer. Sheesh.

sbg on

Ditto,Sarah Beth! Knitting is not cheap, esp. as it has increased in popularity. However, Wool and the Gang mark-ups are, at a minimum 5x — and there is little ‘artistry’ in their patterns. They are basic.

I take exception to Robert’s claim that those who balk at Wool and the Gang’s overpriced patterns/wool are cheap. No, I am not cheap, but just inflamed by someone taking advantage of knitting novices while adding nothing novel artistically or design based. Please, Robert, enlighten me on the novelty of this offering beyond their selling a heavily marked-up kit.

sbg on

I love the elitist attitude — so those of us who know how to select wool and follow a pattern on our own are Walmart shoppers using cheesy patterns.