Knitting Essentials For Beginners

Knitting Essentials For Beginners

You’ve decided to go for knitting. You’ve chosen a nice yarn, but then what is needed and what is not? It would help if you bought your equipment as and when your needs and especially your learning as a beginner. Check out crocheting tips and tricks.

Knitting Tools List

Straight needles or circular needles?

It’s just a matter of personal comfort. It’s up to everyone to find which needle suits you best. On the other hand, circular needles are essential for knitting in the round (to knit “tubes”).

The hooks:

You will not learn crochet, and you tell yourself that, therefore, you will not need it. Think again: hooks are handy for catching a stitch that has slipped from the needle, for picking up stitches for a neckline, or for assembling your work.

The tape measure:

Indispensable: it will allow you to ensure that its dimensions correspond to that of your model throughout your work.

Wool needle:

Unlike the dressmaker’s sewing needle, it has a large cat (the hole through which you thread) suitable for different types of wool and a point that does not prick so as not to damage your work.

Hair curler pins:

Yes, you read that right: hair curlers like our grandmothers used. Sewing pins are too thin and are easily lost in the knits to be assembled. In addition, their pointed end may damage your work. Hair curler pins are all good: clearly visible and a tip that does not sting!

“Stitch stopper” pins:

Sometimes it is necessary to leave part of the stitches on hold to work on another part of your knitting. These pins will allow you not to lose your stitches during this setting on hold.


A small pair that you reserve exclusively for this use will be sufficient.

Cable needles:

They allow you to cross groups of stitches and thus create pretty embossed cables.


Also called “fish”, the shuttles allow you to change color to create a design in the knitting without tangling the balls.

Mesh brands:

In plastic or metal, with or without charm, these small rings allow you to place markers on your work: in height to (for example) delimit future seams or on the row to delimit the repetitions of stitches.

What should a beginner knitter buy?

Items which make knitting more enjoyable are:

  • Small Scissors.
  • Project Bag(s)
  • Books.
  • Stitch Markers.
  • Small Tape Measure or Ruler.
  • Knitting Needle Gauge.
  • Yarn Gauge Guide.
  • Tapestry or Darning Needles.

What are the 10 knitting tools?

Must Have Knitting Tools

  1. Tapestry Needle. We may not love weaving in ends, but ya gotta do it.
  2. Needle Gauge. If you are a fan of circs (and I am!)
  3. Blocking Pins.
  4. Ruler.
  5. Double Pointed Needles (dpns)
  6. Hand Cream or Cuticle Balm.
  7. Scissors or Thread Cutter.
  8. Crochet Hook (s)

What’s the easiest thing to knit?

We’re sure you’ll love most of these, so let’s get started!

  • Basic Garter Stitch Scarf.
  • Cuddly Knit Cap.
  • Bow Headbands Knitting.
  • Tassel Pillow Cover.
  • Beginners Foldover Beanie Hat.
  • Easiest Toddler Slippers.
  • Kate Spade Inspired Hat Patterns.
  • Chunky Knitted Pillowcase.

Is knitting easier than crocheting?

Once you’ve learned the basics, many people find crocheting easier than knitting because you don’t have to move the stitches back and forth between needles. Crocheting is less likely to unravel by mistake than knitting is. This is a major benefit of crocheting when first learning how to crochet vs knit.

What is the most important tool knitting?

The most basic tool in any knitter’s kit, a tapestry needle is a large sewing needle, with an eye big enough to accommodate bulky yarn. You’ll use the needle to weave in the tails of yarn left after you bind off your project.

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