I’ve talked about the basics, but knitter’s acquire tools as easily as yarn. Well, maybe not quite that easily!
What do more advanced knitter’s find useful? As I spoke about in my previous post, it depends on what area of expertise you focus on, though there are a few general things too. I’ve shown some examples for the first two points from Etsy – there is so much choice on there for knitting accessories!
1. Yarn Bowl
Something I have yet to purchase, although I’m not sure that will take long after this post. Yarn bowls come in all shapes and sizes, and are designed to keep that pesky ball of yarn from rolling all over the place. Holes in the bowl allow you to thread your yarn through, and you’re good to go! A solid base is helpful to keep the bowl in place, and you want to make sure the holes are as smooth as possible, especially if it’s made of wood. Even the slightest rough patch will cause your yarn to catch. Here’s a few examples:
This cute bowl by Lochbroompottery with hare’s in the middle.
This foxy bowl by Barruntando
And this typographic bowl by LittleWrenPottery
2. Knitting Markers
These come up in lots of patterns to help you pin point a particular spot in your knitting, and can be very useful for complicated patterns. They also come in all sorts of shapes, you have your boring ring clips (which I have), but you can also get lots of lovely looking charms, which have the bonus of making your knitting look extra pretty.
Sea themed mermaid markers by TheMerinoMermaid
A happy looking sheep by MyNeedleCrafts
And of course Harry Potter markers by thimbleandthreadmake
3. Stitch Holders
These come in most useful when knitting jumpers. They allow you to hold a section of knitting whilst you carry on with a separate part. They’re pretty basic, without much variation. If you don’t have them, I know a lot of people just thread through a scrap bit of yarn. Job done!
Double pointed needles are sold in sets of four or five, and are a way of knitting in the round. People usually have a preference for either circular needles or DPN’s (look out for a post in the future comparing the two!). They are used for knitting socks, sleeves or hats, or anything else small that you want to knit in the round, and not seam the edges. The main annoyance I have with these is that the ends stick into your hands and they can be quite fiddly.
5. Circular Needles
These needles come in different lengths for different projects. You can buy interchangeable versions which saves buying needles of the same size, but with a different length. The only downside to this is that they can be pricey. The length is measured from tip to tip, and if you have a needle that is longer than you need, you can use a technique called the Magic Loop method which can come in very useful!
So thats a quick break down of some equipment you might use. If I can find anything specialised or particularly unusual I may do another post! If you have any questions, just let me know.