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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12 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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  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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