19 Jul

Knitting Tools

Knitting is a unique craft that has its own rules and conditions, but one of the special aspects about it is its tools. They come in different sizes and shapes, but this should not worry you so much; this is just a matter of preference. You will have fun choosing between the different types on needles and experimenting with a wide range of yarns. Before buying knitting tools, doing some little research online or even watching a few videos will help you get a clear picture of how some of the needles look. Here is a simple guide to help you pick the right tools.

Needles

Straight needles: If your first project is to make yourself a scarf or clothes, the best needles for the job are the straight ones as they are able to hold all the stitches all at once. They are also good for making sweaters that are done in pieces.

Circular needles: Just as the name suggests, these are two needles that are connected to a cord. Unlike the straight ones, these ones are good for bigger projects such as blanket or a hat that needs to take a specific shape right from the start. They hold more stitches compared to straight ones.

Double point needles: These ones are for knitting crafts that take a circular or round shape but are too small for the circular needs such as mittens. In most cases, most projects that begin with circular needles will finally need double point needles for binding. This may sound a bit complicated for now, but once you master the craft, you will have an easy time switching the needles.

Yarn

When shopping for yarn, here are some of the things to consider;

  • Texture
  • Weight
  • Fiber
  • Color

The type of yarn you use will most of the time depend on the project you are working on. As you become more conversant with the skill, you will also be able to differentiate the different yarns and how best to use them.

Other Things You’ll Need

  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holders
  • Measuring tape
  • Needle caps
  • Yarn guide
  • Wool wash kit
  • Row counter

As you will discover along your knitting journey, there are so many other tools you will come across, but the ones mentioned above are good for a start.