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15 Must-Have Tools Every Knitter Needs in Their Knitting Kit

As you may have noticed, knitting is back in vogue. It's no longer just a hobby for Grannies, celebrities like Amanda Seyfried, Scarlett Johansson, Julia Roberts, Sarah Jessica Parker and even Princess Kate are just a few of the many celebrities who have taken it up.

Perhaps you've been thinking about jumping on the knitting bandwagon too but don't really know what tools you'll need to get started. There are so many tools and notions, where to begin?

We've compiled a list of all the must-have tools that every knitter should have in their knitting kit. Scroll down to see what knitting tools you need to add to your kit now.

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Straight Metal Knitting Needles

Metal knitting needles are generally lower in cost and relatively indestructible. The are slippery which aids in speeding up knitting if you want to knit quickly. Until only recently, metal needles were the standard but know there are many other knitting needle materials including plastic, wood, bamboo and casein.

Straight Bamboo Knitting Needles

If you're looking for a high quality and light weight option for knitting you might want to give bamboo knitting needles a try. These aren't chopsticks we're talking about; these bamboo knitting needles are made using the best quality bamboo and prepared with a smooth finish and perfect needle points. The bamboo material helps to prevent your stitches from falling off your needles, unlike metal needles.

Circular Knitting Needles

Circular knitting needles are used to help a knitter to knit in a circle – perfect for knitting projects such and mittens and hats. Circular needles consist of two single pointed needles joined together by a flexible cable.

Double Pointed Knitting Needles

If you're ready to take your knitting to the next level, you'll find that double-pointed needles can be a lifesaver – especially for knitting items like hats, mitts, and socks. It's often much cheaper to buy an entire set with varying sizes and you'll be prepared for any new project you want to tackle.

Knitting Needle Point Protectors

Save your knitting before it’s too late. It's all too easy to put down or drop your needles and suddenly find yourself lunging for your project as it falls off the needles. Knitting needle point protectors are perfect for keeping your work on the needles as well as protecting the points (and your body) from damage.

Knitting Bag

No knitter can have all these essential tools and yet have nowhere for them to be stored. It's important to have all your needles, yarns, markers and knitting patterns all in one place and packed in a modern and convenient travel knitting bag.

Yarn Bowl

If you haven't seen this little contraption before, the yarn bowl is a place where you put your yarn while you knit. The working yarn is placed through a hole or cutout, and when the yarn is pulled, thanks to the weight of the bowl, the ball can roll in the bowl easily without getting tangled. The knitting yarn bowl is perfect for preventing the ball of yarn from rolling away while you knit.

Pattern Holder

This is pretty self-explanatory but knitting pattern holders do just that… hold your pattern.  These are a super handy way to hold and display patterns and charts while working on a project. This is a great tool for all knitters, but a “must-have” for lace knitters, especially.

Blocking Mat

Blocking is a technique where you dampen the knit yarn fibers of your project, to relax them in order to be able to shape them or arrange them the way you want them to be. Generally this is done on some sort of base or blocking mat. We like these foam rubber mats that interlock and fit together like puzzle pieces if you have larger items to block.

Row Finger Counter

Row Finger counters offer a hands-free experience while you knit – no more cranking a manual counter or stopping to mark down your count on a piece of paper. The row counter offers a convenient and practical solution to keeping track of your stitch count.

Stitch Markers

A staple in every knitter's kit, stitch markers are perfect for marking your place in your project. There are many different styles but we recommend locking stitch markers as you'll be able to move and relocate them at any time.

Knitting Thimble

The Norwegian knitting thimble helps to keep yarns separated in colorwork projects and prevents the yarn from rubbing your skin while knitting.

Knitting Needle Size Gauge

Do you get frustrated with your knitting needles without the sizes marked on them? If this is a common challenge, you need to get a needle size gauge. These knitting needle size gauges are portable, small and light and will easily fit into you knitting knit.

Yarn Stitch Holders

If you haven't used yarn stitch holders before, they do pretty much what you expect…hold yarn together. To be more precise, when a pattern says to place the stitches on a piece of waste yarn instead of casting off, you can use a stitch holder at that point. Using a stitch holder prevents the knit stitches from unraveling until you need to use them later in your project.

Measuring Tape

Put a stop to guessing and estimating the size of your latest knitting project. Spring loaded measuring tapes help to ensure accurate measurements, stores easily and stays tangle free.

Tapestry Needle

Every knitter needs to have a few tapestry needles in their kit. They are used to weave and hide yarn tail into the knitting project. They are inexpensive and will help to make your finished project look professional and tidy.

So, did you add all of these knitting notions to your list? If you're looking for some great patterns to go with your new tools, check out the list below:

As you may have noticed, knitting is now back in vogue. We've compiled a list of all the must-have tools every knitter needs in their knitting kit.

6 Responses
  • Jane
    February 26, 2017

    I have been knitting for 45+ years on and off. I have most of the items you mention above with the exception of straight needles. I prefer to use circus for everything. I have never seen the pattern keeper you picture above, would let us know where it’s available? I’m thinking Patternworks cause because it’s the same color scheme as the yarn bowl pictured above. Curious minds want to know. Lol

    • Jamey
      March 7, 2017

      Hi Jane,

      Thanks for your comments and nice to see what various knitters prefer for knitting needles. If you click on the pattern holder photo or heading, it should send you straight to where you can buy the pattern holder. Happy knitting!

    • Sharon
      August 18, 2022

      I saw one at I will be looking closer at it.

  • Diane Partridge
    May 31, 2022

    Your list is very complete and interesting but I would like to see something besides the locking markers .I remember having some that were round and fit on the needles better than the locking ones which don’t slide well on knitting needles but the round ones did. I have just about everything you have listed as i am 83 and have been knitting and chrocheting since my mother taught me when I was about 8 yrs old. Most of my needles were my mother’s and still are in very good shape so buy well when you start and they will last a lifetime.

  • Ann Johnston
    August 19, 2022

    I am 86 so, like previous knitter, have been knitting for many years. However I only recently bought some stitch markers. How did I manage all those years without them?

  • Thadis Bostock
    November 7, 2022

    Your list is very helpful. So encouraging to knitters in reviewing the items to complete wonderful projects,

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