Knitting Essentials: Must-Have Tools and Accessories for Every Knitter

Every knitter knows that having the right tools can make all the difference in the success and enjoyment of a knitting project. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, having a well-stocked knitting toolkit is essential and will make your knitting experience much more enjoyable! In this blog post, we’ll explore the must-have tools and accessories that every knitter should have in their arsenal, as well as a few other extra things I like to keep with me as well.

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Bag

The first thing you need for building your tool knit is the right bag. I have many project bags, so having a smaller tool bag you can keep with you at home or throw in any bag before you go out is important. Whether it’s handmade or from Target, a small zipper pouch will do the trick. I have a handmade pouch from a friend but also this zippered pouch from KnitPicks that I love!

Needles

Needles are the backbone of any knitting project, and choosing the right ones can greatly impact your knitting experience. Invest in a variety of needle types, including straight, circular, and double-pointed needles, to accommodate different project types and techniques. Additionally, consider the material of the needles, such as bamboo, wood, or metal, based on your personal preferences and the yarn you’ll be using.

The more patterns you knit, the more needles you will accumulate. I recommend seeing what the pattern suggests before buying, but you will never go wrong with investing in a interchangeable set. I use my interchangeable sets for circular and straight knitting, and they have all been well worth the money. Check out this post for what sets I recommend.

Yarn

Of course, no knitting project is complete without yarn! I love having a diverse yarn stash with a range of fibers, weights, and colors to suit various project needs. From cozy wool to linen and cotton, having a variety of yarn options on hand will ensure that you’re prepared for any knitting endeavor. However, your stash is personal and also depends on your budget and the amount of space you have. Waiting to buy the yarn you need for a specific project is always a great idea as well!

There are many places to buy yarn in person and online. In person, you can check out big stores like Michael’s and Joann, or small local yarn shops if you’re city has one. I love visiting new local yarn shops when I travel, too! Some of my favorite online retailers are KnitPicks, WeCrochet, Hobbii, Lion Brand, Sirdar, We Are Knitters, and Wool and the Gang. I also love to buy hand dyed yarn from small online businesses! Follow me on Instagram where I share lots of yarn!

Stitch Markers

Stitch markers are small but mighty tools that help you keep track of your stitches and patterns as you knit. Invest in a collection of stitch markers in different sizes and styles to accommodate various needle sizes and stitch counts. Whether you prefer locking markers, removable markers, or simple loop markers, having a selection to choose from will make your knitting projects smoother and more organized.

Most interchangeable needle sets come with a lot of stitch markers, but you can buy sets from most craft stores on handmade ones on Etsy.

Scissors

A good pair of scissors is indispensable for any knitter. Keep a dedicated pair of sharp, small scissors in your knitting bag for cutting yarn, snipping ends, and trimming stray threads. Look for scissors with a protective cap or sheath to prevent accidental injuries while they’re stored in your bag.

Tapestry Needles

Tapestry needles, also known as yarn needles or darning needles, are essential for weaving in ends and seaming finished pieces. They sell plastic and metal needles but metal is definitely the best!

Needle Stoppers

If you are in the middle of a project and need to set it down or put it in a bag, you absolutely need needle stoppers! You simply stick them on the top of your needles and they stay so no stitches fall off! You can find a variety of styles in my Etsy shop.

Cord

If you are going to be making garments, I highly recommend having some plastic cord. You can attach the cord to the tip of a needle and easily transfer stitches onto the cord. This is wonderful for when you need to put stitches on hold for sleeves, or try on a wip! I have this spool of cord from Amazon and cut off pieces in the length that I need.

Pen + Notebook

If you’re making a pattern, it can be helpful to jot down notes as you knit so you don’t forget adjustments you’ve made. You may also need to count rows, repeats, and things like that. It’s always helpful to have a little notebook or journal with you!


Building a well-stocked knitting toolkit is essential for any knitter, and it will grow with time! By investing in high-quality needles, a diverse yarn stash, essential accessories like stitch markers and scissors, and handy tools like tapestry needles, you’ll be well-equipped to tackle any knitting pattern that comes your way. So gather your supplies, cast on your stitches, and let your creativity soar. Happy knitting! 🙂

xo, kalley

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