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 three 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.

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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.

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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!

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


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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33 Responses to “3 Game-Changing Knitting Tools”

  1. Cheryl Byers

    I found a knit tool kit on Etsy. It is the size of an Altoid tin and has everything you need. Yarn cutter, mini crochet hook, darning needle, stitch markers, cable hook, measuring tape, needle sizer and miniature sticky notes. They also had round ones with a screw on lid that won’t pop open. I bought several and keep them in the various project bags that I have working. I also found Japanese knot bags that work great as a portable yarn bowl. And I can just use that for small projects.

  2. Susan Richmond way

    I bought a fishing lure zip case to travel with my needles and it works great (and it's sturdier and cheaper than a case made specifically for knitting). Since I don't travel with the case often, I also have a 3-level fishing tackle box for home; it has many sections to sort my interchangeable needle tips, crochet hooks, and notions, and a big section in the bottom to hold the cables.

  3. Carmelina

    I love to learn more

  4. Mary Mc Donald

    I really hated knitting when I was a teenager. But when I had my first child I started making him jerseys. I will be 80 next year and have 18 grandchilren that I knit for now, so look forward to receiving new ideas! Thank you!

  5. Anita Cira

    Can you please tell me where can I source the fixed circular needle case that your Game-changing Knitting article? Whenever I search, I can only find cases for interchangeable needles.

  6. Margaret

    This looks, so much easier to travel on the plane with

  7. M Suzanne Perez

    I’m a beginner my aunt taught the beginning but I try though no where near being a knitting pro

  8. Sarah Vinson

    I keep a small makeup bag with a tapemeasure, embroidery scissors, various sizes of row counters, a red biro to highlight the size I am knitting in multiple sized patterns, pencil, small notepad , plastic ends to stop stitches falling off, cable needles and a couple of stitch holders This is now my knitting project resource kit and everything is in one place!

  9. Louise Justice-Dupuis

    OK no. 3 the needle organizer, I dislike ads that promote a product but don't appear to have concrete suggestions as to what these are called and suggestions of links that this hardware can be found. I don't want vague info. I want the name of the item and stores or online site addresses that these can be found for purchase. I have a painters brush holder for my long needles and it fits in my bag nicely. I would love something that would help me organize my insular needles and double need ones. I don't have time to search online for a nameless item nor to try and locate this page again for a possible answer. So given that my name and email is required, I trust I will receive an email response with a real answer! Thank would be so awesome. Thank you. Louise

  10. Regina

    I sort my scissors and notions in extramakeup bags