The best supplies for beginner knitters
Looking for a new hobby? Find out why knitting could fit the bill, and the supplies you will need to get started.
Hobbies are a great way to relax and participate in activities apart from work. As a hobbyist, you meet people with similar interests. Joining a knitting group helps in swapping ideas on projects and finding new friends.
Knitting is still very popular across the world – and for good reason. It is a known stress buster and can help you to stay centered. As a plus, any knitted item is a personalized and handmade gift that will make the person receiving it very happy.
Knitters have every opportunity to express their creativity by choosing to knit any item – scarves, gloves, hats, socks, blankets, and even sweaters. As their learning progresses, they can start creating their own designs. There is no limit to the designs and items that can be made by an accomplished knitter.
There are knitting groups in many cities around the world. What better way to make new friends? Another positive to a hobby like knitting is that you can take your projects with you and relax wherever you are.
So, now you’re sold on taking up knitting as a hobby, what are some of the best and essential supplies that a beginner would need to get started?
What supplies will you need as a beginner knitter?
Knitting is a hobby that requires very few supplies. The most important are knitting needles, yarn, and a pair of scissors. There are a few extra items that will help a beginner or expert knitter create projects on a different level.
Of course, with all the choices available on the market today, buying supplies can be hard to resist. Here’s a look at a basic supply list.
There are three types to choose from – straight, circular, and double-point needles. Beginners should start with straight needles and then move on to using the others. These will help you get started and do basic projects and learn new stitches.
Circular needles are two short needles connected by a cord. These can be used to do big projects like blankets and sweaters. Double-point needles are used to work on small projects and gloves. The last two are used for complex projects.
There is a mind-boggling array of yarn to choose from – acrylic, wool, and cotton to name a few. Not to mention the array of colors. When you are shopping for yarn, let store personnel guide you in your choice, especially as a beginner.
This basic tool can be small or large. It is required to finish off a project or even to switch colors in the middle of the project. Keep a small pair of scissors in your project bag at all times to help you finish your work neatly.
Other nifty tools to add to your kit
Here are some other tools you may want to add to your knitting kit.
These are small plastic clips that can be placed on the needle to indicate stitch count. Counting stitches helps you stay on track. If there are changes in the pattern, then you can use colored stitch markers to help you avoid mistakes.
This needle is large with a big eye through which you can fit yarn. This needle is used to tuck away the tail remnant neatly and prevent unraveling.
When you start a new project, read the instructions properly. If the pattern measurement is in inches instead of stitches, a measuring tape will be indispensable. Sweater sleeves, caps, and mittens may be measured in inches. Having tape in your project bag will save you time and effort.
Special tools to include
Once you have progressed with your knitting skills, consider adding the following items to your tool collection. These will help you make good projects great and ensure that the finishing is professional:
- Crochet hook: Crochet hooks come in handy even for knitting projects. If you drop a stitch in the middle of a project, you can use your hook to pick up stitches and prevent unraveling.
- Row counters: While some patterns mention inches for size, others use rows to measure progress. Row counters help with accuracy and can be slipped onto the needle. If you are not sure of how to use these, get guidance and enjoy your progress.
- Post-it notes: While you are working on a project, you may forget where you stopped. Post-it notes are a good resource to help you stay on track. Post-it notes are a good tool as they won’t damage the chart.
- Yarn threaders: A yarn threader is a great resource when you are trying to use fibers like mohair. Mohair is slippery, and a yarn threader will help you get started far more easily.
- Needle caps: This is an essential tool even for beginner knitters. Put it on at the end of your needles while storing your work and you won’t have to keep redoing dropped stitches.
- Wool soap: This is a good resource to have in your home in case you want to wash your project after completion. Look at the wash instructions and also check the wash instructions on the labels of the yarn used.
Get the right supplies and start knitting!
Investing in the right supplies a step at a time will help you enjoy your hobby more and make more fun projects over time.