Knit Tool Advisor
Here's some helpful information on basic knitting tools.
- Knitting Tools and Accessories Vary with Project
Choose the Needle Size for Your Yarn
Most yarn manufacturers now put the numbered yarn size symbol on their yarns along with a general needle size recommendation. This standard yarn weight system was developed by the Craft Yarn Council of America.
Sizes & Gauge
Knitting needle sizes are generally marked on the knob on straight needles or etched into the needles on bamboo and circulars. Most manufacturers include the US size and the metric size, which indicates the diameter of the needle.
Your pattern will specify the size needle recommended for the yarn by the designer. Sometimes a designer will specify a smaller or larger needle than the size normally associated with a particular yarn to get a certain effect.
Types of Knitting Needles
There are three basic needle types: straight, circular and double points. The pattern you choose may specify which type of needle to use, or use this handy chart to help you decide.
Ring-shaped stitch markers are used to mark pattern repeats when knitting. Split lock or locking stitch markers can be used to mark a stitch whether knitting or crocheting.
Sometimes you need to keep track of how many rows you have knit or crocheted. Slide a row counteron your needle and you are ready to go. Choose the size to fit your needle.
Knitting in the round on a circular needle or Double Pointed needles? The universal knit count hangs from a ring and you can slide it from one needle to the next as you work.
The katcha-katcha counter is named for the sound it makes as you depress the top bar to advance the count.
How are those beautiful Aran sweaters and afghans made? Stitches are slipped onto a cable needle and are shifted into beautiful intricate shapes. Its really not as hard as you think! Cable needles come in different sizes and shapes. The choice between flying gull, straight or J cable needle comes down to personal preference.
Yarn needles have a larger eye and a blunter tip than sewing needles. They can also be called tapestry needles usually in sizes 13 and 16. Bent tip needles make picking up stitches a breeze when using the mattress stitch to seam.
Used like pins in fabric sewing, seaming pins are larger with a blunt tip to hold pieces together when seaming without splitting the stitches.
Tassels and Pom Poms are a great accent to a knitted scarf or hat. Handy tools in bright colors make the job more fun. Pom Pom makers come in several shapes and sizes making it easy to find a favorite.
What is I-Cord? Its a knitted tube that you can use to decorate clothing, wind into placemats, make accessories and about anything you can think of. Instructions and great project ideas are included with each French Knitter. You can make larger diameter I-cord with the Wonder Knitter.
Protect your knitting needle investment by using point protectors to keep the tips of your needles from getting bent or scratched. They also keep your stitches on the needles when not in use. A needle case keeps your needles organized and protected with room to store a yarn needle and stitch counter or two.
Sometimes the pattern will tell you to place stitches on a stitch holder to work later. Stitch holders can be aluminum or plastic and usually resemble safety pins. The size you need depends on how many stitches need to be held.
A safe way to cut your yarn or thread is to slide it into the recessed grooves on a yarn pendant, which cuts the yarn.