1. A set of quality bamboo needles in the cutest case for £15.
2. This perfect first sweater kit.
I am obsessed with Wool And The Gang knit kits, this is the first one I made and it was so simple to follow. This is the second jumper I attempted (first one went very, very, wrong) and I wear it all the time.
The Julia sweater kit (pictured) is currently on sale for £49.00, and they have an amazing choice of colours to choose from.
3. If you're not quite ready for a whole jumper, have a go at a hat.
This kit uses 12mm needles, so you could knit the whole thing in a lazy afternoon. It comes in loads of gorgeous colours and won't break the bank at £25.50.
If you don't like paying for your patterns this pussy at is free to download. And uses just one ball of their chunky wool for £15.50, but you could probably knit the pattern with a cheaper alternative, like this one for £2.60.