3 Game-Changing Knitting Tools

Whether you are new to knitting or have been clicking the needles for decades, you probably have learned that there are countless tools out there to help you simplify your knitting life. How do you know where to start and which tools are absolutely necessary to invest in? In my 16 years of knitting I have returned again and again to a handful of game-changing knitting tools that are indispensable to my knitting kit. Here are my 3 favorites.

1. Crochet Hook

If I were to suggest only one tool to add to your kit that will help you with your knitting more than any other (assuming you already have yarn and needles), it would be a crochet hook. Crochet hooks are great assistants for picking up dropped stitches, 3-needle bind-offs, and making cables if you have misplaced your cable needle. I use these skinny small ones which work well for most yarn weights. Consider investing in a larger one if you like to knit with yarns thicker than worsted weight.

Photo by Hannah Rose Baker

2. Embroidery Scissors

Scissors are a crafting necessity. You probably have a pair or two at home that work just fine for most of your knitting needs. However, sometimes they aren’t where they should be or someone else is using them. That’s why I recommend getting a small pair of dedicated yarn scissors. Keep them in your knitting kit and separate from regular household tools.

Furthermore, I specifically recommend embroidery scissors because of the small, sharp tips. These are the scissors you’ll use to cut steeked knitting. Even though I personally haven’t ever cut my knitting, I use the embroidery scissors in my knitting kit daily, and I can always count on them to be ready and available to use.

Photo by Hannah Rose Baker

3. Knitting-Needle Organizer

If your knitting needles are in need of being organized, take an inventory of the needles you have and decide what style of case would work for you best. Do you need a case for straight needles, circulars, dpns, or some combination? Do you want your cases to be stationary or to be able to travel with them? Maybe you want a stationary case for your home and a second one you can travel with. Knitting-needle organizers come in a wide array of styles, colors, and for any knitting needle; if you or someone you know is a sewist, there are a plethora of sewing patterns out there as well.

I swear by my knitting-needle case, which is a small zip-up container that can hold all of my circular needles. It keeps my needles organized, it doesn’t take up much space, and I can travel with it. It is everything I need in a needle case. Find what works best for you!

Photo by Hannah Rose Baker

Those are my absolute favorite game-changing knitting tools to keep on hand. What are your favorites, and why?

–Hannah

Hannah Rose is a freelance writer, editor, and knitwear designer. She lives and knits in Northern Colorado. Find her on Ravelry and Instagram at @bakeyknits.

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35 Responses to “3 Game-Changing Knitting Tools”
  1. Alice Campbell
    Alice Campbell

    I carry tools in a clear small Tupperware case, and I INCLUDE LOCKABLE MARKERS, A TAPE MEASURE AND A GAUGE MEASURING TOOL AND NEEDLE SIZING TOOL.

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  2. JENNY
    JENNY

    I really like how you organized your needles where did you find the zip up container for a notebook?

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  3. Sherry Pollock
    Sherry Pollock

    I use large, school-type pencil pouches with clear fronts to keep my knitting and crochet tools sorted. My game-changer item in each is a Susan Bates finishing needle, which is basically a double-pointed needle with an eye that runs the full length. If you’ve ever woven in a short tail with a regular yarn needle, you know how hard and frustrating the process can be. I prefer to follow the stitchwork when weaving in my ends, so being able to slide the yarn to the other end of the needle has been incredibly helpful.

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    • Harriet Turner
      Harriet Turner

      I love those Susan Bates needles. I ended up buying more so I can have them in more than one place.

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  4. Sherry Pollock
    Sherry Pollock

    I use large, school-type pencil pouches with clear fronts to keep my knitting and crochet tools sorted. My game-changer item in each is a Susan Bates finishing needle, which is basically a double-pointed yarn needle with an eye that runs the full length. If you’ve ever woven in a short tail with a regular yarn needle, you know how hard and frustrating the process can be. I prefer to follow the stitchwork when weaving in my ends, so being able to slide the yarn to the other end of the needle has been incredibly helpful.

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  5. Suzanne Guevremont
    Suzanne Guevremont

    I carry my needles in a 3 ring binder! My DPN’s are in envelopes which I have placed in page protectors. My circulars are in any small flat bags I can find, which are then put in page protectors. The I have labelled each page with the size and arranged them numerically.

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  6. Kitty Piper
    Kitty Piper

    How do you “straighten” the kinks in your circular needles. I find it very frustrating when my work gets twirled around the cord.

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Kitty. When I have a circular needle that has too many kinks, I will straighten it and place it under some heavy books for a few days. I’ll have only the cord under the books. That usually helps significantly!
      Jen
      The Knitting Circle

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      • mystiknitter
        mystiknitter

        I make a cup of hot tea and dip only the cord in the hot water by holding the tips out of the water. Plus, the tea relaxes me!

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    • Barb
      Barb

      To relax circular needles soak them I’m hot water for 5-10 minutes. The heat will relax the cord so it won’t curl so much.

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    • June
      June

      Place the circular needle in a bowl of boiling water for a few minutes. Then, take it out of the water and on a towel, straighten it out. Works like a charm.

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    • Laura
      Laura

      I straighten my circular needles by briefly putting the connector cords in very hot water and pulling them straight as I use tongs to take them out of the hot water.

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    • Deborah Hale
      Deborah Hale

      I heat some water and drop my kinked circulars into a large bowl, then I pour the water over them so they’re JUST submerged. After a minute or so I use tongs to pull them out. The cord is straight and the metal cools quickly.

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  7. DENISE
    DENISE

    Since I mostly use interchangeable needles, the cases they come in I use for needles only. For. the cords, fixed needles and other stuff, I use a fishing tackle/bait ( think that’s what’s it’s for) binder. Mine has double binder area, many sleeves, and other storage cubbies/pockets for whatever you want. I was unable to find it again though. However This one at Amazon would work nicely, the extra sleeves are available right there too. https://www.amazon.com/Rodeel-Organized-Baits,Rigs,Jigs-8-5×8-5×1-1-Inches,Suitable/dp/B085422K91/ref=pd_bxgy_3/134-7175886-9218961?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B085422K91&pd_rd_r=bea53db6-cb64-4e04-a9b1-b2c9a225b0d8&pd_rd_w=0PBYv&pd_rd_wg=pS79T&pf_rd_p=f325d01c-4658-4593-be83-3e12ca663f0e&pf_rd_r=EN1HZKGXE706HNWK87G3&psc=1&refRID=EN1HZKGXE706HNWK87G3

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  8. Kathleen Nessel
    Kathleen Nessel

    My “knit kit” includes stitch markers, gauge, stitch holders, cable needles, lip balm and chocolate…
    I also have all my easy access tools (scissors, interchangeable needle key, crochet hook) on a key ring..that way I don’t lose them!

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  9. Judith
    Judith

    Susan Bates makes an aluminum tool with a small crochet hook on one end and a point on the other end. I use the hook for everything you need a crochet hook for but the pointy end unties knots. Helps me count stitch and row gauge. I couldn’t live without it. I have about eight or ten and keep them anywhere I might sit and knit.

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  10. Lillian Serrano
    Lillian Serrano

    When at home, I keep my knitting needles w/the cables in the case provided, and I keep my various size crochet hooks in 2 old travel toothbrush holders (or they might be tampon holders, yikes! I’m dating myself here folks, you could probably find them in some flea market). Depending on the size of your hooks, they hold quite a few of the hooks each, and are quite portable when traveling. When I am traveling, I put everything into any zip-loc gallon size freezer bag. The bag will contain my folding scissors, darning needle, circular knitting needles (or crochet hook depending on what project I happen to be working on at the time), closing stitch markers (which I place on a closing cable stitch holder to keep them all together), pencil (to mark my rows), measuring tape, and my pattern (which I fold in half). I carry this bag with me in my project bag, pull it out take out what I need as I need it, and back in the project bag it goes until I need another item. This also keeps me from having to dig around in the bottom of my project bag trying to find things. I hope these tips will help someone out there. Happy knitting, and crocheting!

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  11. Laura
    Laura

    My favorite knitting tool is the pair of small stitch removal scissors that my physician daughter gave me. They have a handy curved end for getting under a stitch which is perfect for getting the correct cutting point on the yarn.

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  12. Athena Hallock
    Athena Hallock

    Stitch markers. I find I use my simple hoop ones more than the fancy ones that I have bought. I have both plastic & metal. My keyhole one are also nice. I have some fancy cute ones but never seem to use them…

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  13. Terr
    Terr

    Some great ideas here…I will definitely use the needle storage idea!

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  14. Sally Brook
    Sally Brook

    I use an old CD case that looks very similar to the zippered case you show in the photo. I have a few lying around and found they work great for circs!

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  15. Virginia L Maas
    Virginia L Maas

    I agree totally ! Keeping these items and other “things” you yourself consider essential in a dedicated bag, help the process along greatly.

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  16. Mary O
    Mary O

    stitch markers!
    don’t go anywhere without them.
    I use scraps of yarn and weave them in, they can be easily pulled out.
    yarn bowls are another great tool

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  17. Eugenia R.
    Eugenia R.

    I like the notebook idea for needles and/or other supplies. I love recycling when I can. I use an accordion file (thrift store buy) to permanently store my circular needles. I recycled a zippered makeup travel kit (thrift store find) for my other knit/crochet tools. I recently found a notebook with note pads at the thrift store and use it for keeping project notes. It does have rings also; so, I may look for zipper cases for it. Or maybe just use regular ziplock bags and use a hole punch. Years ago, I bought a Knit Kit online. Best gift I ever bought myself. It goes everywhere with me because it is compact and has everything one needs including a small crochet hook. The current one I saw online is larger and not as attractive. I hope my ideas help others to keep their supplies organized. All crafters are great recyclers.

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