Much like Lemony Snicket and his solemn duty to record and relay the lives of the Baudelaire orphans, it is my own heavy burden to play the unending stream of Sims 4 add-on content and report back to you. This time, we’ll be taking a look at Nifty Knitting Stuff!
Nifty Knitting Stuff is the second pack to be decided as the result of a community vote, following Laundry Day Stuff released in 2018. In this case, I must assume the votes were rigged, as we could’ve had a ghost hunters themed pack instead with haunted houses and a new career path. Instead, what we are given is incredibly underwhelming, even by the standards of Stuff packs.
For those who don’t know, Stuff packs are the smallest add-on packs for Sims 4, much smaller than Expansion packs or Game packs. The themes range from Spooky Stuff to Bowling Night Stuff with many in between. Unfortunately, the theme for Nifty Knitting ends up being a rather one-note snooze fest. Are you a fan of knitting? Excellent, you’ll probably love this, if you’re not too busy, you know, actually knitting. Are you not a fan of knitting? There is literally nothing else in this pack. No crocheting, no cross-stitch or embroidery, or any other handicrafts.
The knitting skill comes with its own aspiration as well as a plethora of options of objects to knit – mailbox cozy, anyone? – and rocking chairs. But, uh, that’s about it. There’s the online store “Plopsy,” a poorly named spoof of Etsy, and two new radio stations, as well as a handful of clothes and hairstyles.
Admittedly, the knitting skill does let you make some fun stuff, including rugs, several sweaters and cute bear hats. But it’s also the sort of thing that can get tedious to require every new household to take up knitting because you really like that one rug, and you quickly find out your Sims are just better off scrolling through Plopsy, until the item they’re looking for surfaces. I’m sure if you’re a fan of knitting in real life, you’ll find more interest in transferring your hobbies to Sims in-game, but at the same time, I wonder why you wouldn’t just go knit something yourself.
Plopsy itself is fairly uninteresting, as it’s a website for your Sims to buy or sell handmade objects, which you can browse through on your phone or computer. Unintuitively, however, you can’t list things for sale from there and have to go into your inventory to do so. On the bright side, the new Metal and Focus stations are fun to listen to, so you can turn them on while you take a gander through Plopsy.
The bottom line is, if you're a fan of knitting and want your Sims to have the same hobbies as you do, you might like Nifty Knitting Stuff. For everyone else? Better luck next time with a stuff pack that offers a bit more bang for your buck.
TechRaptor played The Sims 4: Nifty Knitting Stuff on PC using a code provided by the developers. The DLC is also available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.