Essential Knitting & Crochet Tools

Hand-dyed yarn mini-skeins


Hand-dyed yarn mini-skeins

Sometimes, it’s the little things we need at the last minute, so this list of essential knitting & crochet tools will help you build a handy little toolkit (and prevent that palm-smacking frustration).

This is a general list of equipment, tools, and accessories used in most courses at the School of SweetGeorgia. You’ll find they are used in the majority of patterns, too. Of course, we encourage you to always look at each course’s materials list or the pattern’s notes to collect any additional materials before beginning your project.

Essential Knitting & Crochet Tools

  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Blocking mats
  • T-pins or knit blockers
  • For steam blocking: a handheld garment steamer
  • For wet blocking: a no-rinse wool wash like Soak, a basin for soaking, and a towel for pressing out excess water
  • Stitch markers (lots and lots of stitch markers), such as locking markers and ring markers
  • Darning needle (also called a tapestry or yarn needle) for weaving in your ends or embroidering the fabric
  • Yarn swift and ball winder (if yarn comes in skein form)

Handy Extra Tools

While having the essentials is, well, essential, we also recommend these additional tools because they just make knitting & crochet so much easier:

  • Row counter
  • Pattern chart holder
  • Needle/Hook gauge (this is handy when you can’t tell the size of the needle or hook in your toolkit)
  • Niddy noddy (great for re-skeining leftover yarn)
  • Digital scale and calculator  to help calculate yarn usage (and prevent yarn chicken)
  • Small crochet hook or stitch fixer for helping with those dropped stitches
  • Project bag to keep all your supplies together (trust us when we say “you can never have too many project bags)

This is just a small list of Essential Knitting & Crochet Tools, but each item will prevent much annoyance and frustration while making your knit or crochet project. As always, we encourage you to visit us in the Community Forums and discuss any of the tools mentioned or your favourite alternatives.

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