The knitting skill was added to the game in July of 2020 when we got The Sims 4: Nifty Knitting which was the second community voted stuff pack. This pack added a plopsy store that is like etsy, and some fun clothing and objects for your sims to create with their own hands.
Ideal Mood for the Knitting Skill
Since the focus of The Sims 4 is on your sim’s emotions, there are ideal emotions for each skill. Since knitting is a creative skill the ideal emotion is inspired which can easily be done by taking a thoughtful shower.
Being inspired while knitting will lead to gaining the skill a little bit quicker and also crafting higher quality items that can be sold for more money.
Traits That Help The Knitting Skill
Since inspired is the ideal mood for the knitting skill, being creative is the best trait to have a sim have. This is because creative sims are going to be inspired more often.
A sim with the perfectionist trait will take a bit longer to complete things like knitting items, but they will create things of higher quality more often.
You may also want to choose to purchase the marketable reward trait with your satisfaction points. This makes it so your sim’s crafted items (knitting, painting, woodworking, etc) are worth more money when sold.
How to Increase the Knitting Skill
To get your sim started with the knitting skill they are going to need to purchase a yarn basket. This basket can be placed in the world and then put into your sim’s inventory. You can then click on it and choose to knit different objects.
You are able to work on more than one project at a time, and to resume one you can click on your basket and click to resume a project. If you want to stop working on a certain project you can click on frog and this will get rid of the project and give you back a bit of the money you spent to start knitting it.
The only way to gain the skill is through knitting, so you’ll be spending a lot of time knitting away with your sims.
Knitting Skill Levels
Knitting Skill Level 1
When you’re in the first level of the knitting skill your sim is going to be able to create beanies that look like bears and tigers and are super cute.
Knitting Skill Level 2
At level two of the skill your sim unlocks the ability to knit socks. There are 3 types, the first is crew socks, then some low cut socks, and mid calf socks. All of which have a fail variant where the socks will be two different designs.
Knitting Skill Level 3
When your sim reaches level 3 they are going to unlock some fun objects, including hanging plant holders and mailbox cozies.
Knitting Skill Level 4
When your sim reaches level 4 of the knitting skill they are going to be able to knit rugs, including a fail variant that is all sorts of fun colours.
Knitting Skill Level 5
At level 5 of the skill your sim will be able to teach to knit to kids and other sims with a low skill. They will also unlock some new sweaters that they can create for men, women, and children.
Knitting Skill Level 6
When your sim hits level 6 of the skill they are going to unlock the ability to craft poufs that your sims can sit on.
Knitting Skill Level 7
When at level 7 you are going to unlock the cutest stuff you can make, including some cute decorations. This includes the cactus, penguin, octopus, and the llama and cactus combo.
Knitting Skill Level 8
When at level 8 your sim is going to be able to craft new onesies for the babies and toddlers in their life which allows you to dress you babies in different clothes for the first time!
Knitting Skill Level 9
When your sim is at level 9 of the skill they are able to craft the sweater/scarf combos that are available for all sims.
Knitting Skill Level 10
When your sim maxes out the skill they unlock the ability to mentor any sim who is knitting. They can also make the children’s toys.
If you want to just cheat the knitting skill you can! Type ctrl + shift + c and then hit enter then type in testingcheats true to enable all cheat codes. Then you want to type in stats.set_skill_level major_knitting X and fill the X with whatever level of the skill you want your sim to have, probably level 10!
Places to Knit
One nice thing about the knitting skill is that your sims are able to do it almost anywhere. They can knit in any chair that isn’t slotted to a counter or table, including couches, lounge chairs, and rocking chairs.
They are also able to knit on the side of the pool, on the toilet, and sitting on a bed. There are so many options!
Teach to Knit Interaction
When your sim reaches level 5 of the knitting skill they are going to unlock the ability to teach other sims to knit. You can do this to any age sims, including children which allows kids to gain the knitting skill while you teach them which is awesome!
Selling on Plopsy
An awesome thing about The Sims 4: Nifty Knitting is that in addition to the knitting skill they also added an Etsy-inspired store that you can sell items on called Plopsy. The process is pretty easy, but can be confusing for a first try.
Thankfully, we have an entire article on plopsy and how you can sell on plopsy. You can learn more by reading that article here!
The knitting skill is great for any creative sim who wants to work from home and sell on plopsy, or start a knittable decorations store in conjunction with The Sims 4: Get to Work. You can also use this as a fun hobby for after work and weekends for a busy sim who needs a creative outlet, the options are endless!