Do you think it's easier to knit a sweater as a gift or buy one at the mall?

United States
September 10, 2007 6:26am CST
Do you think it's easier to crochet or knit a sweater that you are planning to give as a gift? Or, would you prefer to buy one at a boutique and save your handcrafts for personal projects? Since I don't have lots of spare time to crochet, my preference would be to buy a sweater, if I were planning to give it as a gift. Between being a full time mom, maintaining a home and working online, I just don't have time anymore to sit for hours and crochet or knit. And, since it's not my most favorite thing to do anyway, I'd get bored way too quickly. Before my baby was born, I had all the time in the world to do that kind of thing and spent endless hours crocheting baby booties and baby sweaters. If I'd known then what I know now about selling on the Internet, I might have started a small part time business with all the fruits of my labor.
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@williamjisir (22903)
• China
10 Sep 07
I think that it is easier to buy one at a mall. Either crocheting or knitting takes time. With that time you can do more other things that you think are more worth doing. My wife used to knit a lot every year for the family. She knitted a lot before and after my son was born. The weather is cool now and it is time for my wife to knit again.
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• United States
10 Sep 07
I love crocheting and knitting sweaters and winter clothes for my daughter. I see it as an extension of being a good mom. But, if it were a gift for someone outside the family, I think I would definitely visit the mall boutiques and make a purchase. Thanks for your comments. Very much appreciated. Have a blessed day.
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• China
10 Sep 07
My wife also knitted sweaters and sent them as gifts to my friends. I am happy to say that my wife can always knits fast and well when she spends time knitting. My wife just knits and has never bought a sweater from a shop as she has time to knit. If you are busy, I think that you can also buy one from a shop. Thanks for your response, friend.
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• Hong Kong
11 Sep 07
If I have a lot of time, I love doing knitting and that sort of thing. But now with my schedule and things to do, I would prefer to buy the sweater at the mall and give it to someone. I think that save me time to work on other things *smiles*. Now I don't really do anything handmade as gift but I used to when I was younger. I don't know why, maybe because this hectic world I am living in makes me less patient to creat things.
• United States
11 Sep 07
Crafting is a soothing experience. Wish I had more time for it as well.
• United States
10 Sep 07
I think that it is more difficult to knit or crochet a sweater, but sometimes, for me, it's worth the effort. I haven't actually made a sweater yet, but I have made a lot of afghans (which are also time consuming projects) for my niece and nephew and the sons of three of my friends.
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@myfanwy65 (1030)
• United States
13 Sep 07
I think it is much easier to buy a sweater at the mall. But, it doesn't mean as much. When you make something as a gift, you are telling that person that you think they are worth all the effort you have put into making their gift. They are worth the hours it has taken you to make this item. I just like handmade gifts so much better than ones you buy in a store.
@twilight021 (2060)
• United States
11 Sep 07
It's definately easier to buy one....you could even buy a hand made one, though they are often pricey. I am very careful about who I knit items for. Especailly something as big and as time consuming as a sweater. Making a sweater for someone takes a lot of effort and time, and if your gift is not recieved well it can leave you (the knitter) with a lot of resentment. Amoung knitters there is something called the "boyfriend sweater curse" it says that if you knit your boyfriend a sweater you will break up. This is largely becuase your boyfriend may take all the hard work you put into the sweater for granted, or even worse, not wear it! It's kind of a silly thing, a bit of a joke, but really the feeling behind it are true. I only knit for people I know really understand how much effort it takes, and really understand how special a hand made gift is.
• China
11 Sep 07
In my poor opion .I thing it is very to crocher and knit a sweater that i will give as a gift.and sometimes i will buy.
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
11 Sep 07
I knit a jumper each winter for my husband. He loves them. I could never knit for money though, it is a labor of love and nothing could repay for the hours and hours i put into a knitted garment. I usually knit each member of my family a pair of socks each year too, they are in hot demand.
• United States
11 Sep 07
My mom and sister knit and crochet but I don't. So I would always buy a sweater than making one.But if I could, I would make one in the person's favorite colors, at least once.
@violeta_va (4834)
• Australia
11 Sep 07
Well the only thing I can knit (if you can even call it that) is chain, well if you can make a jumper out of it great I suposed that can be a nice tuch but one ugly sweater. Everyone at my house (apart from my father and brother in law) can use a sawing matcine and can knit me on the other hand not gifted for that at all. I can use beads to make things and can cross stitch (you know the pattern and put in all walls sort of thing). so yes to me it would be much easier, cheaper, faster and better looking if I just went a got a sweater from a shop.
• China
11 Sep 07
it is not easier to make sure which is more perfect beteewn kniting asweater and buying one as a gift. different people is different.when you love somebody,you will like knit a sweater.you'd like to see him/her wearing it.you will have a good feeling.if you have no time,you have to take one at aboutique.but you were not happy when she/he is wearing the sweater.you may think it's not my heart. when you want to get well with someone,you'd like him/her to wearing the one you give.at the moment you were not happy,you would send a gift taking at a boutigue.of couse,you can send your common friend a gift taking at a shop.can you make sure he/she is only you common friend?no,you may not.so it's not easier to make sure which to send as a gift.
@lilaclady (28238)
• Australia
11 Sep 07
gees I wouldn't want to insult anyone by giving them something I knitted..hahahaha that tells you how good I am so I would have to say to save a friendship it would be better for me to go buy something....hhahahahah
@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
11 Sep 07
I have no idea how to make a sweater, so I guess I would HAVE to buy one! But if you were just using that as an example... I made my 6 year old daughters curtains for her room. I also made matching pillow sets for her and her stepsister. I am making a Nascar throw blanket for my 8 year old son who is a big Jeff Gordon fan too. I love making stuff for my children. I also paint. So my sister is always asking for paintings as gifts for her house. Especially for her kid's rooms because decor can be pretty expensive. I usually make AND buy gifts.
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
10 Sep 07
I don't have time to knit or crochet or anything like that. I do get to get the easier to make things done on time. lol My sister makes afghans and baby blankets for gifts, but only for close family and friends. She made one for me when she was first learning how, and then she made a baby blanket for my son while I was pregnant with him. Otherwise, she just buys gifts. That's what I would probably do, too, even if I liked to crochet or knit.
@peanutjar (5211)
• Canada
10 Sep 07
Well for me it would be easier to just buy one at the store.I tried knitting before but its not for me.I cant be seated for a long amount of time,getting cramps in my fingers,the cats trying to play with the ball of yarn,just no patience for this at all!I went through a fase a while back with trying knitting and decided to replce it with making wood crafts in my garage.For me,i find it more challenging.lol:)
@Dan_ul (858)
• Romania
10 Sep 07
I think that a knitted one is better as a gift... cos it's unique in his way... and cheaper:P... and beside that a knitted one means more than if you buy one:) but I guess it depends for who is the gift:)
@alamode (3073)
• United States
10 Sep 07
Why not buy a simple sweater, then decorate it by hand? You could crochet flowers or squares, any shape, and sew them on... add some buttoms or other trims... This way, you have given a gift from the heart without ALL of the work!