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 / 104 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 »
Recommended Circular Needles: Addi Turbo by Skacel
My favorite circular needles for knitting FAST. The blunt tips don’t hurt your fingertips, and the joins are smooth as silk.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
Recommended Straight Needles: Signature Needles by Signature Needle Arts
Signature Needles are the official straight needle of KnitFreedom. Their stiletto-tip straight needle is smooth, accurate, and perfect for lace knitting.
Recommended Straight Needles: Size 10 Birch Needles by Brittany Needles
Birchwood knitting needles are a great beginner knitting needle. Avoid the cheap aluminum knitting needles found at craft stores (or at least invest in a pair of wooden needles as soon as you can). You will enjoy the movements and stitchwork of knitting so much more when you’re not battling with cheap products.
Recommended Yarn: Hand Dyed Bulky by Blue Sky Alpacas
Recommended Yarn: Malabrigo Chunky by Malabrigo Yarns
My favorite chunky yarn for felting (and for creating knitting videos). You’ve seen Malabrigo Chunky yarn in almost every KnitFreedom video for a good reason: it’s soft, has beautiful colors, and is reasonably priced. Perfect for the Fair-Isle Felted Bag.
Recommended Yarn: Malabrigo Rasta by Malabrigo Yarn
My favorite yarn for my one-skein Super-Bulky Toe-Up Socks. This yarn is very soft and warm, and comes in a beautiful range of tranquil colors.
Recommended Yarn: Malabrigo Twist by Malabrigo Yarns
My favorite yarn of all time. Aran-weight. Now discontinued, but you can still find it by Googling.
Recommended Yarn: Wool-Ease Thick n’ Quick Yarn by Lion Brand
Thick, inexpensive yarn is perfect for learning to knit your first scarf. Wool-Ease is a great brand to start out with, and you can buy it at Michael’s or Wal-Mart. Three skeins (balls) is plenty to make a long scarf including fringe.