Best Tools For Knitting Projects
Knitting is a hobby that you can do just about anywhere. It is a great project to take with you, as easy as a one skein scarf or hat, or complex like a cable sweater or lace pattern! Knitting doesn’t require a lot of complicated equipment, perfect for keeping your hands busy watching TV, on airplane or waiting at doctor offices. We’ve rounded up some of the best tools for knitting projects!
Knitting Needles – so many choices!
Knit socks? Try these needles! Knitter’s Pride Karbonz Socks Needles retain the warmth of your hand like wood does, but the strong carbon fiber does not bend or break. Nickel plated brass tips are nice and smooth. They are lightweight and offer excellent control over the stitches. 5 needles in each of 6 sizes are great for a variety of projects.
This Karbonz Single Pointed Knitting Needle Set is made from high tech carbon fiber with smooth and shiny tips of nickel plated brass. Tips are flawlessly tapered – ideal for all types of yarns and for every project. The needles have high tensile strength and are lightweight with a lot of flexibility. Warm to the touch and gentle in the hand. Set of 7 needle pairs, 10 inches long, sizes 4 (3.5mm) to 10 (6mm). The zippered storage case keeps the needles organized.
It’s nice to have a set of circular needles with interchangeable tips so that everything can stay together in one convenient case! Knitter’s Pride Karbonz Deluxe Interchangeable Circular Needles give you 9 sizes in the set to work with, They are made carbon fiber with tips in smooth nickel plated brass. You can use these needles with all types of yarns in a variety of projects. The yarn glides along the brass tips and carbon fiber shafts.
This Rosewood Circular Knitting Needles Set brings together classic style, unparalleled beauty and supreme strength. This beautiful set of interchangeable needles, with their silky smooth surface, will have your knitting flowing effortlessly from one stitch to the next. Richly colored hues highlight the natural beauty and texture of the solid Rosewood. It is strong, durable and surprisingly lightweight – it dares you to indulge in knitting just one more row – again and again. The interchangeable needle set includes: 9 tips – US sizes 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,10.5, and 11 (3.5mm,3.75mm,4.00mm,4.5mm,5.0mm,5.50mm, 6.00mm, 6.50mm, and 8mm), 2 each of 24″ and 32″ lengths, 8 end caps and 2 cable keys. Limited edition.
Don’t know the size of your knitting needle? Some knitting needles are clearly marked with their size. Others, not so much. The Acrylic Knitting Needle Size Gauge Tool is the tool you want in the latter case! If it fits, it knits!
Some of our favorite knitting books
Are you a beginning beginner knitter? As in, have never taken a stitch, but you have yarn and needles because you thought, “How hard can this be?” The answer is, “Not hard at all,” if you have good, clear instructions to follow. Learn to Knit: 25 Quick and Easy Knitting Projects to Get You Started by Fiona Goble will get you started on your knitting journey, even if your yarn and needles are still in their original packaging! And if you don’t have supplies yet, Fiona guides you on what to buy and why.
Illustrations and instructions are clear and detailed – every step of each stitch is shown and explained. The book includes 25 super-easy projects that will make great gifts or that you will want to keep for yourself!
This comprehensive knitcyclopedia will open up a whole new world of knitting possibilities! It features over 300 versatile stitch patterns easily adapted for any project type. From basic knit-purl options to cables, laces, and more — and from classics to unique styles — The Knitting Bible by Phildar covers it all.
Patterns are organized by stitch type, with both written instructions and charts for maximum clarity. Stitch keys appear beside each chart. Stitches are beautifully photographed, and knitted in the same color throughout each section, so you can compare them at a glance.
The introductory section offers a refresher on knitting basics, from casting on to picking up dropped stitches to knitting a gauge swatch, and there’s also an index for quick reference. 256 tip-filled pages!
The Knitter’s Dictionary is a comprehensive resource for answering all of your questions from “alt” to “yrn” that you’ll find when trying to read a knitting pattern. This will become your reference book to understand the language of knitting, all organized alphabetically so you’ll actually find the answer to your questions.
Written by Katie Atherley, the Managing Technical Editor at Knitty.com, this is her latest book to help knitters with an expert knitting instructor by their side when they have questions. This is a book that needs to be in every knitters bag!
Experienced knitters will be inspired by Refined Knits: Sophisticated Lace, Cable, and Aran Lace Knitwear by Jennifer Wood. These projects will be your showcase pieces! She uses classic techniques to achieve a modern look and balances the two beautifully.
You’ll find instructions for projects with cables, projects with lace, and projects that combine the two into lovely, drapey Aran Lace.
And, some fun knitting ideas and projects!
What kid doesn’t long for a superhero sidekick for Halloween or as an everyday companion? Enter Knit Superheroes!: 12 Animals–Caped, Masked & Ready for Action by Rebecca Danger. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you can use your knitting superpowers to create lovable, hug-able superheroes–each with a secret identity. Patterns are easy to follow and are adaptable to your favorite yarn or for leftovers in your stash (for guilt-free crafting)!
50 Knitted Dolls is a perfect way to use up some scraps of yarn and make a fun projects for children and adults! The patterns are designed to use DK light worsted yarns, and each are about 6″ tall. They are quick projects, each with individual details. From a princess, to a skateboarder, doctor and fire person, fisherman and soccer play, these patterns are perfect little knitting projects!
The dolls were designed by Sarah Keen, author of the book. She is passionate about knitting, finding it relaxing and therapeutic. Her mother taught her to knit when she was four. Sarah now works as a freelance pattern designer and enjoys creating knitting patterns.
One-Piece Knits is a perfect book for a knitter that is looking for a fairly simple sweater pattern. All of the directions in the book are for knitting from either the top down (both raglan and yoke), back-to-front (from back waist to front waist) or side-to-side (one sleeve edge to the other). What I loved about this book is that it provides a lot of options for sizing – children’s, women’s and men’s, as well as options for different yarn weights! I generally find a pattern, then find the wrong yarn – not with the patterns in this book by Margaret Hubert!
See all of our knitting projects on Create Whimsy.