The Sims 4 Nifty Knitting Review
Last March, The Sim Community had the opportunity to vote on the next Sims 4 Stuff Pack that they wanted to see next for our Sims. While there were many great options to vote for, the one that seems to have appealed to players the most was none other than knitting. Now fast forward a few months later, Simmers can now purchase the Nifty Knitting stuff pack to have their Sim take up a new hobby with the potential of earning some extra cash on the side.
Nifty New Content
The Nifty Knitting stuff pack is a perfect new addition to the Sims and the amount of content that comes in this small stuff pack is well worth the $10 price point as it offers new Create-A-Sim and Build item options as well as a new skill and a knitting aspiration. In Create-A-Sim mode you’ll have options to a few new shorter hairstyles, including one that has grey roots. In addition to the new hairstyles, there are also a few new clothing options available right away and a small handful of clothes and accessories that can be unlocked through the knitting skill.
To start on your new hobby and your new way of earning income, you’ll need to have the knitting basket in your inventory. From here, you can begin your knitting journey on any surface your Sim can sit on, including the toilet. You start off small with socks and make your way up to creating baby and kid onesies, which can sell for quite a bit. To sell your creations, simply list the item on the shopping platform Plopsy, the Sims equivalent to Etsy, and wait for your item to be sold. You can also give the items you create to other Sims or you can do a good deed and donate them to charity. At first, selling your items can feel like a bit of a chore and you may not get a lot of bites but obviously, the more you work on increasing your skills, your items will be selling like hotcakes! Alternatively, if you like that pouffe you just knitted or anything else you made, you can simply add it to your home or add it to your wardrobe.
The new items that we can use in Build Mode match the knitting theme wonderfully and are the perfect add-ons to be used with the other items that are available to us in the Sims. We all know that the Sims absolutely love their loud colours and their interesting patterns but luckily with the Nifty Knitting pack, they didn’t go too overboard and opted for a more modern palette with a couple of fun swatches in the mix. All the items in this pack are really nice and just fit so cohesively with the other packs that if you were just to use one item from this pack with another, it wouldn’t at all look out of place. The desks have just enough clutter on them to feel realistic, the pegboards look perfect in any office and the rocking chairs make any room feel complete.
Passing the Knitting Needles
Some of my favourite things about this pack is the knitting animation as well as the fact you can teach other Sims how to knit. The animation when you begin your new project feels realistic and it feels like your Sim is actually creating something slowly. I’ve knitted a few scarves before and the motions they make seem to almost be spot-on to how actual knitting works. Now if you ask me how accurate the knitting rows are, that I couldn’t tell you but if you zoom in quite close, you can see all of the details of each knit row, which I thought was pretty neat and an excellent piece of attention to detail. And when a friend comes over or if you want to teach your child to knit, the animation of seeing the one being taught and the inevitable frustration when something goes wrong is just terribly adorable, especially as your Sim tries to calm them down, pointing to what needs to be done next. And with a little patience, your student can too eventually become the next knitting master.
The Sims 4 Nifty Knitting was a pleasant surprise and had a lot more content in it than I had thought it would. I’m glad that EA is listening to the Sim Community and actually hearing what we want in the next packs. I hope that with these positive reviews, they’ll begin to do fan votes more often cause clearly we know what we want. All in all, I would put this Stuff pack in my top three favourites, with the other two being Tiny Living and Laundry Day.
*** PC code provided by the publisher***
- Knitting animations look good
- Fantastic new Create-A-Sim and Build items
- New aspiration and skills
- New projects start without finishing the last
- Selling on Plopsy can be confusing at first