I went to a Thursday night knitting club and learned this is a term used by knitters to rate whether or not a person is “worthy” of receiving knit gifts. There are several things that a knitter will use to determine whether a person is knitworthy or not. After everyone had put in their two cents, this is what I found:

1. If a person is seen wearing the handmade item or other handmade clothing or accessories they are more knitworthy.
This is because knitters want to show off their work. They want to give someone a gift that will actually be used and seen by the world.

2. If a person uses a handmade item for something besides its intended purpose, it makes them less knitworthy.
For example, if you find your crocheted afghan being used as a car floor mat the next time your buddy picks you up, you can be assured they won’t be receiving too many more handmade gifts.

Baby Ali

Look at that face. Even I can't stop knitting for her.

3. Babies are generally considered knitworthy.
I have mixed feelings on this one. On the plus side, baby items are small, so they can be pretty quick to make. But in my opinion knit sweaters are just going to get thrown up on or spilled or drooled on. This is probably just my general dislike of babies.

4. The cleanliness of a person’s house can contribute to a person’s knitworthy-ness.
We have all visited that one friend’s house where we don’t offer to take our shoes off. You know who I mean. The one where you usually have to clear a seat off before you sit down. The amount of time a knitter is willing to spend on a project drastically decreases if a knitter is worried about the item getting lost or damaged between uses.

5. The amount of time you have known someone increases their knitworthy-ness.
We’re not knitting sluts! We’re not gonna go around knitting for just anyone. The longer you hang around your knitter friend the better chances you have of receiving a beautiful knit gift.