My Top 6 Favorite Knitting Gadgets

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One of the best things about having a hobby is buying

everything you need and even some things that you don’t! If

you are into cars or motorcycles, chances are you spend a

lot of extra money on accessories, don’t you? Cooking,

exercising, camping, gardening, hiking, – you name it, there

are accessories for every amusement under the sun!

Knitting is no different. Gadgets abound, and you can

get lost in a sea of extras. They all look good, but what

is necessary, and what can you leave for another time? Let

me tell you about some of the knitting gadgets that are

available to knitters, and then I will tell you my top *6*

favorite knitting gadgets.

Needles and yarn aside, if you look around there are

numerous knitting gadgets. There are stitch markers, used

for marking a particular place in your knitting where

decreases or increases take place; row counters which keep

track of each row as you are knitting; point protectors

which are placed on the needle points to protect your work

as well as yourself; bobbins, pom-pom makers, stitch gauges,

graph paper, yarn swifts and ball winders, which can be

useful for certain advanced knitting projects, but will

probably spend more time collecting dust for most knitters.

So that is why now we come to my top *6* favorite

knitting gadgets,

and why I like them so:

#1 – Tape measure – for knitting, as for sewing, your

tape measure will prove to be indispensable. Whatever the

project, you always have need to know the length and width

of your knitting. Make sure if your tape measure wears out

or becomes distorted in any way, that you replace it. This

item helps to make you look good!

#2 – Scissors – I like the small variety, especially

the ones that fold up. They are handy to take anywhere

(well, almost anywhere), and you can expect to use them

frequently. But, if you have larger scissors, they work,

too. I would not recommend pinking shears, though; they are

for sewing projects only.

#3 – Cable needles – as you become more adept at

knitting, one of the easiest new stitches to add on is the

cable stitch. Cable stitches can be knitted in many

variations, but they always need the cable needle in order

to utilize the stitch. Cable needles come in various sizes,

and are always pointed at both ends. Some have a “bend” in

them, and some are “U” shaped, while most are simply

straight. They are also shorter than a traditional,

straight, knitting needle. So if a pattern calls for cable

stitches, better have some cable needles around!

#4 – Stitch holders – these look like giant safety

pins. They are especially handy when knitting sweaters and

you need to place the neck stitches someplace until you need

them again, so on to the stitch holder they go! Stitch

holders can be very small (2″ or so) up to about 10″ in

length. There are many varieties, but stay with the simple

versions, for best results.

#5 – Yarn needle – aka a tapestry needle. These

needles are longer than regular sewing needles, and have

blunter points and larger eyes. They are used to join your

patterns together when finished. For any knitter, they are

a must-have.

#6 – Pins – last but not least, pins! Anyone who

sews or knits, needs pins; straight pins, safety pins, T-

pins. When you buy straight pins, make sure they have

colored tops; these are easiest to see in your knitting. T-

pins are great for blocking your patterns, and also good for

pinning heavier knits together. Safety pins always make a

great substitute for stitch holders, or to mark a spot in

your knitting that you need to refer to later on.

So, there you have it! Six gadgets I can’t live

without when I knit. If you are very serious about

knitting, and like to see your project look its best when

finished, then these *6* wonderful knitting gadgets should

always be close by.



Source by Alice Seidel

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