Beginners Kit for Knit Stitching Enthusiasts

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You have made the decision that you want to start knitting. You have discovered how much fun it is, and now, although you wish to dive into it, you have no idea where to start knitting. Should you go to anyone with extensive knowledge of knitting, one of the most likely pieces of advice you will get is this ‘just get the right tools (kit), and just start!’

This advice works, but there is a problem. With so much knitting and crocheting tools and kits out there for all levels of expertise, what does a beginner need to check to get the right kit that will fire up his/her enthusiasm for knitting? Lucky for you, this article highlights the most essential tools that must be in a knit stitch beginner’s kit to help you get started.

1.  Pair Of Scissors

A pair of scissors might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of knitting, but it is one of the most important tools in a beginner’s knit stitching kit. Your first kit must have a pair of scissors that is easy to access and can be used for different purposes. While the scissor does not need to be something fancy or professional design, it just needs to be made to cut the kind of materials a knitting or stitching enthusiast use.

2. Measuring Tape

There are many types, designs, and makes of measuring tapes. The right one for you will largely depend on your personal preference. Some knitters often prefer the standard kind commonly found in knitting materials kit while others opt for the kind of tape used by seamstresses.

The measuring tape is very important to a knitter because one has to constantly measure to ensure they are within limits and cannot afford the inconveniences of the wrong type of measuring tape.

3. Straight Knitting Needles (Large)

The first time you start out knitting, it is best to start big. A large pair of straight knitting needles will be one of your most commonly used knitting tools, so you might as well embrace them now. Beginners are often encouraged to learn knitting with thicker yarns that are much easier to manipulate with these needles. A good choice of straight knitting needles is the large size 10 (US) /6mm or the smaller size 8 (US) /5mm pair. Take some time to understand the different designs, sizes, and uses of knitting needles and the stitches they knit.

As a learner, you will never be short of resources to discover the different types of stitches different needles can yield, or inspiration to create unique and inspirational designs. According to the experts behind eKnittingStitches.com, details tens of different stitches grouped by technique and difficulty to help beginners learn how to use the needles and to find their way around new patterns. Better still, a quick reference stitch dictionary is linked to a catalog of all kinds of beautiful stitches – from easy stitches for beginners to lace knitting stitches that take years to master.

4. Tapestry (Yarn) Needles

A tapestry needle is a needle with a large eye that a thick yarn can be passed through. They serve two purposes in knitting: first, they are used in weaving in ends and secondly, they are used to stitch seams together seamlessly. A beginner’s knitting kit must have a set of tapestry needles that make it easy for beginners to handle and use.

Luckily, since tapestry needles are typically made of plastic or metal, they are very cheap and can be easily replaced if lost or damaged.

5. Stitch Markers

Stitch markers are necessary tools in a beginner’s toolkit because they help them learn to complete their knitting in pattern. When you begin knitting, you will discover that one of the greatest challenges remembering to target a particular stitch because it affects the current one.

A stitch marker, when placed over an already knit pattern, will make it easier for you to remember where you are in reference to the stitch while you continue knitting. Stitch markers may seem insignificant, but it will save you a lot of aggravation and imperfections later on.

6. Crochet Hooks

A crochet hook in a knitting starter kit? I can almost hear you wondering. Well, a crochet hook has two properties that make it useful: first, because of its shape and design, a crochet hook can save your knitting on many occasions when you drop your stitches. Secondly, it is the perfect tool to use in weaving in ends and edges. There are other tools you can use to achieve this, but as a beginner, using a crochet hook is the simplest and most straightforward approach.

7. Knit Counters

Every knitter sings praises for his or her knit counters as they start out. It is a form of reputation marker that anyone making progress, no matter how gradual, will love to brag about. Your beginner’s kit should have at least two knit counters: one to count the stitches, particularly when adding or removing, and another to count the rows knitted.

In many knitting patterns, it is necessary that you keep track of your rows to avoid messing up your knit pattern. There are counters today designed to slip right on the needles or hung on the neck for convenient access and use.

8. Point Protectors

Point protectors are among the most important knitting tools because they perform two vital functions: 

  1. As the name hints, they are designed to protect the points of the knitting needle from getting damaged when not in use.
  2. Used to keep stitches from sliding off the needles when knitting is paused or stopped before completion.

Take the point protectors in your kit and place it at the end of the needle with the stitches. When you have to pause knitting, even when working on patterns that take hours, you can use point protectors to mark where you are with the knit counter to resume faster later.

When you decide to pick up knitting, the bottom line you need to know is this: your passion will lead you to learn a lot as a knitter, but it is no substitute for proper tools. You do not need to go crazy and buy a verbose knitting kit, this may only serve to confuse you. Your first knitting kit will probably have a lot more than these eight items in it, but once you are familiar with the basics, everything else will fall in place. Try out different tools and materials during your knitting practice. You will notice that within no time, you will have your own list of favorite knitting tools.

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