There are so many knitting tools to choose from today. And it’s so fun to go shopping. But as a beginner knitter you may be wondering which ones you really need.
When you see all the pretty little gadgets and knitting accessories I swear you’ll want at least one of everything. And there’s always something new and exciting to try. This is when I personally have to exercise control…haha
Other than yarn and knitting needles how do you know what knitting tools to buy? When you are beginning knitting I would stick with the knitting essentials, like, yarn, needles, point protectors. That way if it turns out that knitting isn’t for you, you haven’t spent a lot of money. Oh I’m sure you’ll love knitting just like me but then again I know it’s not for everyone.
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BASIC KNITTING TOOLS
Knitting Bags – You Can’t Have Too Many
First of all you are going to need something to keep all your knitting tools and accessories in. And as you continue on with your knitting, you’ll find that you can’t have enough knitting bags. This big ‘ol knitting bag was fun to knit and I love it. And it’s a great beginner knitting pattern too. Here’s the link if you’d like to make one.
Of course you may also like to buy a knitting bag for storing all your yarns and notions and they have some great ones too.
Knitting Tote Bag
This knitting bag will definitely keep your knitting stuff organized. There’s a a space for everything, your knitting yarn, needles and patterns. There’s little compartments and hidden places to put all those special knitting things.
Point protectors are little rubber caps which come in a variety of styles and sizes. Simply put them on the ends of your knitting needles when you are done knitting and your stitches won’t slip off the needles. This is a handy knitting accessory to have.
These little knitting tools can really help when you’re counting rows and multi-tasking with a knitting pattern. This will help you keep track of your rows although there are many different kinds to choose from. I found this one to be a bit more sturdy. The only thing you need to do is remember to move it up after every row. (Sometimes I forget.)
This is one of my favorite knitting tools and also very handy to have. They’re like mini safety pins so you can actually stick them through a stitch and lock it and it won’t slip out.
These are great for marking your rows. You can use one color for one step and another color for another knitting step or instruction. They’re also handy when you’re seaming knitting because you can bring the seams together. Or you can even mark where you made a mistake and then go back later to fix it.
Tape measure – Knitting Tools Must Have
OK, you’re not seeing things. It’s a crocheted tape measure and a little cutie. A tape measure is essential. You’ll use it for lots of things so grab one or two of them. And this cute little gapper is small enough to fit into your knitting bag without getting all tangled up.
It’s nice to have a small pair of scissors just for your knitting projects plus a pair that will fit nicely in your knitting bag too. Something pretty is always nice and a little fun but any pair of small scissors is fine.
This is a knitting tools must have. It’s a stitch and row gauge plus a needle size checker too. When you check your knitting gauge this is what you’ll need to use. Knitting gauge means how many stitches and rows you have per inch. See that little slot shaped like an “L”? That helps you determine how many stitches and rows you have per inch. You can read more about knitting gauge right here.
This checker also tells you what size your knitting needles are. Just poke the needle through the holes until you find the one that fits.
At some point you will need a couple of stitch holders. Stitch holders are handy knitting tools that protect the stitches from unraveling while you work on the others. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. These here are a small size.
If you decide to knit cables you’re going to need a couple of cable needles. The one below is my favorite kind because the stitches won’t fall off the ends. It’s called a U cable stitch holder. There are many different kinds and sometimes knitters will simply use a small double pointed needle instead (DPN). That didn’t work for me but these do. I found these so helpful when I started knitting cables. Because it’s U shaped it lies flatter and doesn’t get in the way like other cable needles do. These come in a package of three in different sizes so you can match the cable stitch holder to the size of the yarn you’re using. Finally no more fussing.
Another knitting tools must have is a yarn needle or two and these are the latest type. And what a great idea! They may not look like much but they are so wonderfully easy to use. When you weave in ends with this little gem you won’t have any trouble getting the yarn through the eye because the whole needle is the eye. These are also really great for weaving in short ends too.
Crochet Hook – Must Have For Fixing Stitches
A crochet hook is very handy to have on hand. I use mine when I fix a dropped stitch or even when I’m adjusting the knitting stitches on my needle. It’s also handy when you need to pick up stitches. I’d have at least one in my knitting bag.
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