Take Inventory of Your Knitting Toolbox

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Tina_Hilton Tina Hilton, contributor
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My knitting toolbox has grown substantially over the years, and it
continues to make me confident that I can get any job done.
A well-stocked knitting toolbox should always have at least one crochet hook, some tapestry needles, and a needle threader.
For the calculation and engineering section of your material stash, I recommend this handy array: a calculator, pencil, row counters, needle gauges, scissor, and the coin is my lucky charm.
Stitch markers are like safety pins: you can never find one when you
need one. I make sure that I have a bunch of them in different shapes
and sizes.
Knitting-needle accessories can help make complicated stitches much simpler.
In addition to my tape measure and some yarn bobbins, I like to keep remedies for snagged fingernails and rough hands in my kit.
My knitting toolbox has grown substantially over the years, and it
continues to make me confident that I can get any job done.

My knitting toolbox has grown substantially over the years, and it continues to make me confident that I can get any job done.

Photo: Tina Hilton

To do good work, one must first have good tools. Over the years, I have discovered that one of the simplest ways to create a positive knitting experience is to make certain that I have exactly what I need close by. Conversely, there is nothing worse than stitching along only to discover that you don’t have the proper tool to execute the task a pattern calls for. The great news is that, as you continue to knit, your tool and handy materials stash will continue to grow. While there is always some new gadget or notion to add to the kaboodle, here is a list of knitting must-haves for your starter kit. I also recommend that you put together a stay-at-home kit and smaller travel kit.

To create a knitting toolbox, you'll need:

  • Crochet hook
  • Tapestry needles
  • Needle threader
  • Calculator
  • Needle gauge
  • Pencil
  • Lucky amulet
  • Row counters
  • Scissors
  • Stitch markers (both smooth ring and split ring in several different sizes)
  • Stitch holders (in several lengths)
  • Needle-point protectors
  • Needle holder
  • Cable needles
  • Tape measure (I like the retractable kind)
  • Emery board (to take care of ragged edges on your nails)
  • Hand lotion that doesn't leave your hands greasy
  • Yarn bobbins
  • Toolbox or a cool bag to keep everything together

 

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