Blog Post: The Ultimate New Knitter’s Toolkit – Needles, Yarn, Notions, and Supplies to Buy For Beginning Knitters

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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

Addi Turbo Needles - Closeup of Tips

My favorite circular needles for knitting FAST. The blunt tips don’t hurt your fingertips, and the joins are smooth as silk.

My recommended needle lengths are:
– 47″ for two-at-a-time knitting
– 40″ for anything else on Magic Loop
– 30-47″ for Moebius knitting

Buy Addi Turbo online


Recommended Notion: Cable Needles by Brittany Needles

Brittany cable 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.

Buy Cable Needles online


Recommended Notion: Crochet Hooks by WooCrafts

Ergonomic Crochet Hooks WooCrafts square

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.

Buy Crochet Hooks online


Recommended Notion: Knit Chek Gauge-Checker by Susan Bates

Susan Bates Knit-Chek Gauge Checker

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.

Buy Knit Chek Gauge-Checker online


Recommended Notion: Pompom Maker by Clover

Large pompom maker clover square

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.

Buy Pompom Maker online


Recommended Notion: Stork Scissors by Ultima

Stork Embroidery Scissors Ultima made in Italy square

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.

Buy Stork Scissors online


Recommended Notion: T-Pins by KnitIQ

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T-pins are excellent for blocking your garments into the right shape. Use with blocking mats to get the best results.

Buy T-Pins online


Recommended Notion: Tapestry Needles by Outus

Tapestry needles Outus square

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.

Buy Tapestry Needles online


Recommended Straight Needles: Signature Needles by Signature Needle Arts

Signature Needles Recommended Straight Needles Single Points Stiletto Tip

Signature Needles are the official straight needle of KnitFreedom. Their stiletto-tip straight needle is smooth, accurate, and perfect for lace knitting.

Buy Signature Needles online


Recommended Straight Needles: Size 10 Birch Needles by Brittany Needles

Brittany Needles Size 10 square

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.

Buy Size 10 Birch Needles online


Recommended Yarn: Hand Dyed Bulky by Blue Sky Alpacas

Blue Sky Alpacas Hand Dyed Bulky Jasmine Super Bulky Yarn square sm

Now discontinued, this gorgeous super-bulky yarn was my go-to for luxurious, quick-knit projects. Perfect for the Double-Knit Heart Scarf or Bulky Cabled Legwarmers with Buttons.

Buy Hand Dyed Bulky online


Recommended Yarn: Malabrigo Chunky by Malabrigo Yarns

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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.

Buy Malabrigo Chunky online


Recommended Yarn: Malabrigo Rasta by Malabrigo Yarn

Blue-green-purple Malabrigo Rasta

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.

Buy Malabrigo Rasta online


Recommended Yarn: Malabrigo Twist by Malabrigo Yarns

A green skein of Malabrigo Twist yarn (037 Lettuce)

My favorite yarn of all time. Aran-weight. Now discontinued, but you can still find it by Googling.

Buy Malabrigo Twist online


Recommended Yarn: Wool-Ease Thick n’ Quick Yarn by Lion Brand

Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick n Quick Yarn Natural square

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.

Buy Wool-Ease Thick n’ Quick Yarn online


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