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.
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”).
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.
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.
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.
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.