Recommended Notion: Ball Winder by Craft Destiny
A ball winder winds your yarn hank into a center-pull ball so you can knit from it easily. It’s best to buy a swift as well to hold open and turn the yarn while you wind.
Tip: Don’t wind too fast and furious, you’ll stretch your yarn and wind the ball too tight. Slow and even does it.
Recommended Notion: Cable Needles by Brittany Needles
Cable needles help hold stitches to the front or back of your work while cabling. While you can knit cables without them, and I prefer to, using cable needles when you are just learning to cable makes everything easier.
Recommended Notion: Crochet Hooks by WooCrafts
Crochet hooks are useful to knitters for many tasks – adding fringe to a scarf, picking up dropped stitches, and adding crochet borders and embellishments. Any crochet hook with a soft handle will do.
Recommended Notion: Fabric (Puffy) Paint by Scribbles
Puffy paint is a great way to add a non-skid (non-slip) surface to slippers and slipper-socks. Just draw squiggles or designs or even write a message of love on the bottom of your slipper! Let dry, and your slippers are now non-slip.
Recommended Notion: Kitchen Scale by Nicewell
A kitchen scale is a great tool for weighing your yarn if you need to split your yarn ball into two for two-at-a-time knitting.
To divide your yarn in half, first wind your yarn into a ball from the hank.
Then, weigh the yarn ball on the kitchen scale and make a note of the total weight in grams and calculate what would be half that weight. Then, leaving the yarn on the kitchen scale, begin to wind, stopping when the yarn weighs half what it used to. Cut your yarn and wind the remaining half into a ball.
Recommended Notion: Knit Chek Gauge-Checker by Susan Bates
A gauge-checker is essential for ensuring your knit projects come out the right size. Make a small swatch (or a big one, if you’re a perfectionist), block it, and lay the gauge-checker over the stitches. Count how many stitches are in 2 inches and divide by two. That’s your gauge.
Recommended Notion: Needle-Felting Needles by Fiber Trends
A good beginner pack of felting needles can introduce you to the fun skill of needle felting. Use wool yarn to add decorations to your finished projects.
Serious needle-felters even make lifelike figurines from pure wool by needle-felting.
Recommended Notion: Needle-Felting Pad by Clover
A needle-felting pad helps you needle-felt without poking your fingers. It provides a firm base for your needle felting projects.
Recommended Notion: Notions Case by Namaste
A notions case holds your scissors, tapestry needles, stitch markers, and measuring tape. The Namaste Better Buddy case lid is magnetic and the container is small and secure.
Recommended Notion: Pompom Maker by Clover
A pompom maker is the easiest way to make large, fluffy, even pompoms. Clover sells a variety of sizes. PS – in my town of Sayulita, Mexico, pompoms are a way of life. They are used as curtains, earrings, keychains, and everything in between.
Recommended Notion: Stitch Markers – Locking by Clover
Locking stitch markers are the easiest way to keep track of where you are in your knitting. They can be slipped onto the needle or locked around a specific stitch.
Recommended Notion: Stitch Markers – Split Ring by Clover
Split-ring stitch markers are easy to slip into your stitches with one hand while knitting. You can mark stitches, rows, or the beginning of your round with these markers.
Recommended Notion: Stork Scissors by Ultima
A sharp pair of sewing scissors is indispensable in your knitting bag. You will need scissors handy to cut yarn and tails after you’re done weaving in ends.
This stork embroidery scissor made in Italy is a classic, but you can get all different animal shapes at your local yarn store.
Recommended Notion: Suede Slipper Bottoms by Fiber Trends
These popular slipper bottoms (2-piece: heel and toe) add traction and durability to the bottoms of your slippers or slipper-socks.
The sewing holes are pre-punched, and you can sew them on with the included sock yarn. Prevents your slippers or socks from wearing out in the heel and toe.
Recommended Notion: Swift by cuteDIY
If you’re going to wind yarn at home, a swift makes your task much easier. The swift opens and holds the yarn on a spinning carousel for you to then wind the yarn into a ball using a ball winder.
Recommended Notion: T-Pins by KnitIQ
T-pins are excellent for blocking your garments into the right shape. Use with blocking mats to get the best results.
Recommended Notion: Tape Measure by Clover
A tape measure helps you check your gauge, know how far you’ve knitted, and measure your own body for fit and ease.
Recommended Notion: Tapestry Needles by Outus
Tapestry needles are blunt sewing needles you use to weave in the tails (ends) of your yarn after you’re done knitting. You can also use them to darn holes in your knitting.
Tapestry needles are available in straight- and bent-tip varieties – it just depends on your preference which you should buy.
Blog Post: The Ultimate New Knitter’s Toolkit – Needles, Yarn, Notions, and Supplies to Buy For Beginning KnittersBy Liat Gat – Founder / Holiday/Gifting, Recommended Resources / December 17, 2014 / 110 Comments
Here is the ultimate knitting toolkit I recommend to support the new knitter in your life. Links to all recommended supplies like needles, yarn, knitting bag, and notions.Read Post »