Knitting doesn’t have to be a particularly expensive hobby. All you truly need is a pair of quality needles and plenty of yarn. The rest is up to you, your knowledge and skills and largely your creativity. However, if you want to indulge yourself and make knitting process highly convenient and easy, there’s a wide collection of tools and various accessories you may purchase in pretty much any store. These tools come handy in a different situation, though all of them have their primary function and are particularly useful to newbies. As you progress with knitting, you’ll start to experiment and will discover plenty of attractive supplies, but here are just some of the most common tools you should purchase for your beginner’s knitting pack.
Optimal size of knitting needles
There’s no rule to this one. There’s a myriad of knitting needles available in the market, different in sizes, shapes and material and you will probably have to try several types to figure out the kind that suits you best. Also, one type of needles might suit you best for one project but will be quite inadequate for other material and project. However, there’s a recommendation to go with big needles and big yarn if you’re a beginner. Bigger needles, preferably plastic ones or aluminum (which are the cheapest), are easier to work with. You will have better control over your moves and plenty of comfort to practice technique. Once you master basic techniques, you can try other types, smaller sizes or circular needles. The size 13/9 or US 10/6 are two most common types used among newbies.
Official and alternative use of point protectors
Once you have purchased all the needles you need or want, aside some convenient container to keep them in, you should buy a pack of point protectors. These handy accessories come in various sizes, shapes, and colors and they are primarily designed to protect the points of your needles while these are not being used. However, point protectors are great for another purpose. You can put them on your needles to hold the stitches while you are taking a break in the middle of knitting. They will keep needles in place and prevent stitches from falling apart, which is particularly handy for projects that take time.
Counters and tallies as a helping hand
Pick whatever shape, size or color you prefer, but make sure to purchase at least two of these convenient accessories. These things are handy for marking your knitting patterns, especially if you are getting into some complex knitting project. Use one tally or counter to mark stitches and use the other one to count rows. This will help you keep the track with rows and stitches and avoid digging into a plot to regain orientation and direction. Most of tallies and counters fit right onto needles and are quite easy to maneuver while knitting.
Measuring tape and scissors are a must have
This might sound as pointing out the obvious because most people already have a pair of scissors and a measuring tape somewhere in the house, but it’s not like that. Namely, even if you do have these common tools, it’s far better to get ones meant only for your knitting and keep them with the rest of knitting supplies. This will ensure you always have a pair of scissors and measuring tape at hand, instead of pausing knitting project to go looking for ones in the house.