Knitting is a wonderful hobby that can produce beautiful and cozy items for yourself and your loved ones. But to start knitting, you need more than just yarn and needles.
There are many other tools and accessories that can make your knitting experience easier, faster, and more enjoyable.
In this article, we will introduce some of the essential and useful knitting tools that every knitter should have in their kit.
The most important tool for knitters are, quite unsurprising, knitting needles.
There are different types, sizes, and materials of knitting needles, depending on what you are making and your personal preference.
Here are some of the common types of knitting needles:
Straight Knitting Needles
These are the most recognizable needles, with a point on one end and a stopper on the other. They are good for flat knitting pieces like scarves and blankets.
They come in various lengths and thicknesses, measured in millimeters or US sizes. You can find them in metal, wood, bamboo, or plastic materials. A good example of straight knitting needles are the Boye aluminum knitting needles.
Circular Knitting Needles
These are two needles connected by a flexible cable. They are great for circular pieces like hats, socks, and sweater sleeves. They can also be used for flat knitting, as the cable can hold more stitches than straight needles.
They come in different lengths and sizes, and you can choose the material of the needle tips and the cable. A popular brand of circular knitting needles are the Clover bamboo circulars.
Interchangeable Knitting Needles
These are a set of circular needle tips and cables that can be combined to create different sizes and lengths of circular needles. They are very versatile and cost-effective, as you don’t need to buy many single needles.
They usually come in a case or pouch, with extra accessories like stitch markers and cable connectors. Some of the best interchangeable knitting needles are the Knitter’s Pride Nova Platina, the Karbonz, and the ChiaoGoo Twist.
Double Pointed Knitting Needles
These are pointed needles with two points on each end. They are used for knitting in the round, especially for small circumference projects like socks, mittens, and the crown of hats.
They usually come in sets of four or five, and you need to distribute your stitches evenly among them. They also come in different sizes and materials, and you can find them in metal, wood, bamboo, or plastic.
These Knit Picks Nickel Plated DPNs are a great choice for double-pointed knitting needles.
Yarn is the material that you knit with, and it comes in a variety of types, weights, textures, and colors.
The type of yarn you choose depends on your project, your budget, and your personal taste.
Here are some of the common types of yarn:
This synthetic yarn is cheap, durable, and easy to care for. It is good for beginners, as it is smooth and consistent, and does not split easily.
It is also good for projects that need to be washed frequently, like baby items and blankets.
However, acrylic yarn can be scratchy, stiff, and prone to pilling. One example is Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice.
This is a natural yarn that comes from sheep or other animals. It is warm, soft, and elastic, and it can be dyed in many colors.
It is good for projects that need to be cozy and comfortable, like sweaters, hats, and scarves.
However, it can also be expensive, allergic, and difficult to wash.
Some wool yarns, like Cascade 220, may be machine-washable while others require hand-washing and flat drying.
This is a natural yarn that comes from the cotton plant. It is cool, breathable, and absorbent, and it can be dyed in many colors. It is good for projects that need to be light and airy, like summer tops, dishcloths, and bags.
However, it can also be heavy, stiff, and prone to shrinking. Some cotton yarns can be machine-washable, but others need to be hand-washed and dried flat.
Stitch markers are small rings or clips that you place on your knitting needles or stitches to mark your place in your knitting pattern.
They can help you keep track of where to start a new round, where to increase or decrease, where to change colors, or where to repeat a section.
They come in different shapes, sizes, and colors, and you can find them in metal, plastic, or wood. Some stitch markers are locking, meaning they can be opened and closed, and others are fixed, meaning they can only be slipped on and off.
The Clover Locking Stitch Markers are a prime example of effective stitch markers.
A tapestry needle is a large, blunt needle that you use to weave in your yarn ends, sew seams, or embroider details on your knitting projects.
Similarly, it has a large eye that can fit most yarns, and a smooth tip that does not split your stitches.
It is an essential tool for finishing your knitting projects and making them look neat and professional. You can find tapestry needles in metal or plastic, and in different sizes.
The Clover Bent Tip Tapestry Needles serve as an excellent example of tapestry needles. They are designed with a bent tip to make it easier to weave yarn through fabric.
A measuring tape is a flexible ruler that you use to measure your knitting projects, your gauge, or your body measurements.
It is important to measure your knitting projects accurately, as they can affect the fit, the size, and the appearance of your finished items.
A measuring tape can help you check if your gauge matches the pattern, if your pieces are the right dimensions, or if your items fit you or your recipient.
You can find measuring tapes in various lengths, widths, colors, and styles, including retractable and magnetic options.
One example of a quality measuring tape is the Singer Retractable Tape Measure.
Scissors are a tool that you use to cut your yarn, your threads, or your fabric. They are useful for trimming your yarn ends, cutting your yarn for color changes, or cutting your fabric for steeking or lining.
You need a pair of sharp and precise scissors that can cut your yarn cleanly and smoothly, without fraying or snagging.
Similarly, you can find scissors in various sizes, shapes, and designs, including ergonomic and decorative options.
One example of high-quality scissors is the Gingher Stork Embroidery Scissors.
Other Useful Knitting Tools
Many other knitting tools can make your knitting experience easier, faster, and more enjoyable. Here are some of them:
These are caps or tubes that you put on the tips of your knitting needles to prevent your stitches from slipping off, or your needles from poking through your project bag.
They are especially useful for circular or double pointed needles, or for traveling with your knitting projects.
You can find needle protectors in various sizes, shapes, and colors, some of which are cute or amusing. A prime example of needle protectors is Clover Point Protectors.
These are metal or plastic wires that you use to hold your stitches temporarily, when you are not working on them. They are useful for projects that have multiple pieces, like sweaters, cardigans, or gloves.
You can transfer your stitches from your needles to the stitch holders, and then back to your needles when you are ready to resume knitting.
Similarly, you can find stitch holders in different sizes, colors, and styles, some of which are flexible or lockable. A good example of stitch holders is the Clover Double-Ended Stitch Holders.
These are short, bent needles that you use to hold your stitches when you are knitting cables. They help you cross your stitches over each other, creating twists and patterns on your knitting fabric.
You can find cable needles in different sizes, shapes, and materials, and some of them are straight or hooked. A good example of cable needles is the Clover U Cable Stitch Holders.
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