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Dear Ann,

You and I have slightly different attitudes toward advances in technology.

My first reaction to any new tech thing is to shriek NO, I CANNOT DO THAT IT LOOKS HARD WHY CAN’T I KEEP DOING IT THE OLD WAY.

And then you send me a gentle “clip & save” email telling me how to do the thing in one and one-half steps that are easy enough for a terrier.

Today, Ann Shayne, the tables are turned: I learned how to do an awesome thing in the App Store, and I am going to give you a Clip & Save on how to do it. Take that!

How to Gift Someone the Skill Set App in the App Store

As the Skill Set: Beginning Knitting video app makes its way in the world, we are getting feedback that it is doing exactly what we hoped it would do: it’s a teacher in a new knitter’s pocket—right there, any time, day or night, with nine lessons and dozens of short videos. Watch the technique as often as you like, until your hands are doing the technique with ease.

Here’s how to give somebody their very own Skill Set app.

Open the App Store on your iPhone.

Use the search function to navigate to Skill Set: Beginning Knitting. It comes right up. Either you’ll see the list shown on the left below or the ad and app name shown on the right below.

Attention: If you own the app, don’t tap OPEN. Tap the name of the app.

Then hit the share symbol. Again, on my phone, since I have the app myself, the share symbol is opposite the button that says OPEN.  The share symbol is a box with an up-arrow.

That brings up this screen. Click on the option that says “Gift App…” It has a cute wrapped present next to it.

That opens up a page where you put the email address of your gift recipient, with space for a message.

Now, fill in the email address and your message, and click “Next” on the upper right. (The “Next” button doesn’t become active until you’ve put an email address in the message.)

That takes you to a selection of fruit-themed gift card options, choose one and click “Next” again.

That takes you to a Confirm Your Gift screen. Click “Buy” in the top right.

You’re done! Your recipient will get an email with instructions to download their gifted Skill Set app.

Note for Android users: I can hear all my Android phone friends out there asking if they can gift the Skill Set video app in the Google Play store. Sadly the answer is no, at least at this time.

Give the Gift of Knitting

By helping someone learn to knit, you’re not just giving them a skill. You’re giving them the life-altering joy that knitting brings. A friend for life. A never-ending source of inspiration. An entry ticket to the worldwide community of knitters and fiber artists. A whole lot of cozy clothing.

The Skill Set video app is useful for beginners and more experienced knitters too. Sometimes we need a refresher on a basic technique that we haven’t done in a while, or aren’t sure of.  No more YouTube roulette! Short, professional, close-up videos are in your pocket. You can favorite the ones that are your go-tos.

The app has come in handy at my knitting group, which includes several beginners. When someone asks me how to change colors for stripes, or bind off, I hand them the video on my phone, so they can watch and learn at their own pace, without me staring at them. (I stare in an encouraging way, but still: pressure!)

And you’re also supporting MDK, which we appreciate very much.

If you’d like to give a new knitter a truly deluxe intro to the craft, there is no better set-up for knitting success than the Skill Set Box of Joy. It’s everything needed for the 9 lessons in Skill Set, with plenty of beautiful Atlas yarn to make all the swatches and both hats in the Skill Set book—which is included, of course.

If you run into any trouble gifting the Skill Set video app, Ann, let me know and I’ll paste my Clip & Save into a gentle email for you.




Tuck it away for any time you want to make a new knitter. Here’s how to save this article in your MDK account with one click.


  • Sweet!

  • This is the perfect gift! Both the app AND your tutorial on how to gift it!

  • I encourage you to create a similar app with intermediate/advanced knitting skills…is this by any chance in the works?

  • So good to know about this, thanks Kay!

  • I got the app so I would be able to teach new knitters no matter where I was. Even so, I have learned a few things myself and also find it handy if I need to review something.
    I really appreciate how the app gives basic instruction because when someone is a new knitter it can be very confusing to learn many different ways to do one thing (such as, for example, casting on). At the beginning, it is best to first get a basic technique under one’s belt. Like they used to say in that old T.V. show, “just the facts, ma’am”.

  • Thank you a million times. This is so helpful!!!

  • my daughter in law and I are both android users… we need this!

    • To be clear, the app is definitely available for Android—their platform currently doesn’t allow gifting but you can download it to your own phone in the Google Play shop/app.

  • Look at you teaching technology, too?!? This AND the world’s best water hose?
    I will also vouch that this is good for experienced knitters, too — most of us aren’t experienced in everything, or continuously using all the skills. And we get to hear your voice gently and supportively explaining it, score!

  • I giggled at the screen that lets us know it’s for ages over 4. They can probably download it themselves, lol. I’m always getting the young ones to do stuff for me regarding technology.

  • I know you are MDKnitting but a Crochet app would be good too, just asking for a friend

  • Any reaction from Ms. Olive to that “easy enough for a terrier” description?

  • Wonderful tutorial! I am glad it’s available on Google play for my own download but I hope we’ll eventually be able to gift it. I’ve got a couple friends who learned how to knit during the pandemic and this would be a great little surprise to send them when we can’t get together.

  • How long does it take for the Skill set app to download? I bought it on my Apple iPhone today and I see the icon but I am not seeing the program.

  • I have the Skill Set app myself and just tried to gift to a friend. When I open the app on my iPhone, I just have an open icon to go straight into the app. There is no “forward” icon to send to a friend. I looked in the app for a way to gift, but cannot find anything. Some tech help please. ☺️ Thanks!!!!!

  • I have the Skill Set app on my Samsung phone. But need a new phone and am probably getting an IPhone this time. Am I going to lose access to my app?

  • I’ve used this app in the past but not for awhile – now it will not accept my password which is supposed to be the same as my password for this site.
    Kind of frustrating – is there a solution without changing my password for this site?

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