14 Clever Knitting Tools to Gift This Christmas
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We all love knitting, right? I mean, that's why we're all here, isn't it? (If you don't, I'm not sure why you're reading a knitting blog, but hey, the more the merrier!)
Now, as much as we love knitting, we can't pretend that there aren't certain things that really flippin' bug us about it, amirite? Some knitters really love to knit socks, others hate it. Some knitters love seaming their projects together, others would rather knit everything in one piece.
Whatever the reason we have for hating certain elements of our craft, the good news is that there are probably knitting tools out there created specifically with that issue in mind.
In this post, I go through some of my favourite, super clever knitting tools that were created to make your knitting life easier. So buckle up, and see if any of these could improve your knitting experience!
Sewing is not an activity I enjoy, not even when I'm sewing my knitting. That being said, these wonder clips make the whole job a damn sight easier! Have you ever tried to hold two pieces of knitted fabric together with pins, the way you would with woven fabric? Yeah? So you know it just doesn't work.
As far as I'm aware, wonder clips were actually created for quilters, but they do a great job for knitters too!
There is nothing more gut-wrenching when you're working on a pair of socks than to put them down to go make a cup of tea and come back to find all of your stitches have mysteriously flown off the ends of your DPN's, and you've lost all your progress.
I mean, yeah, the chances are your stitches haven't just flown off by magic, but they do tend to worm their way off the needles when you're not paying close attention to them.
Well, say hello to DPN Protectors. They're little rubber thingies that you can pop on the end of your DPN's whilst you're not working that stop all of your stitches from falling off. Such a simple thing, but so ingenious!
Now, I love intricate knitting patterns. For the most part, however, these patterns use charts, and my eyesight/ability to focus on lots of information at a time is pretty dire. I tend to get confused about where I was in the pattern, and the more complex the pattern, the higher risk there is of my giving it up as a bad job.
This pattern chart marker takes the difficulty out of reading charts for you. It isolates the row you're working on, so your eyes aren't distracted by everything going on above and below that row.
Another tip, if you don't want to fork out for the marker is to use washi tape on your chart. It's easy to remove, and if you place it on the row above the one you're currently working on, you'll be able to see where you are pretty clearly. It's a little bit more of a faff than the chart marker, but it does the job.
Are you the kind of person who likes to put pom-poms on everything? I know I love a good pom-pom. But, I'll be honest. For whatever reason, I was never able to quite get the knack of making them down. As a kid, I would try (and fail) often. So, I kind of just gave up on it.
But then, by chance, I stumbled upon these pom-pom makers, and my life was forever changed. (Okay, that's probably a touch over-dramatic, but it did mean I could now make pom-poms with ease!)
Do you, like me, lose track of what row you're on in a pattern? For some reason, I still always try to count the rows in my head, and I always end up making mistakes. This simple row counter completely removes that problem for you (as long as you remember to click it after every row...)
There are actually a couple of great row tracking apps out there too. Just remember that these will drain your battery pretty quickly if you keep the screen lit the whole time.
For me, blocking pins are essential. (Still not blocking your knitting? Read this blog post to find out why you should be, and how to do it!)
They make the whole process of blocking your knitting so much easier, and there are several different types to choose from. These are the ones I use religiously, but I know a lot of people who swear by these too!
Blocking mats go hand in hand with blocking pins. Of course, you can use a folded up towel instead which does a fine job, however, I just find blocking mats much more convenient. They don't absorb the water from your knitting, so it's easier for it to evaporate, instead of hanging on inside the fibres.
I just use these kiddie play mats, and they work perfectly! Plus, they come apart easily so you can store them away when you're not using them, and you can change the configuration for different shaped knitting pieces.
These are my HOLY GRAIL. It's a rare day that I use anything over then my interchangeable circulars now. A lot of people think circular needles are just for knitting in the round, but that's simply not true. In fact, I rarely knit in the round, I just love working with circulars as they're compact, easy to transport, there's no risk of losing your other needle!
If you don't always carry scissors around with you (which let's face it, who does?) then this is great. If you know you're going to be taking your knitting somewhere, just pop this cutter pendant around your neck, and you'll always be able to cut your yarn when needed. Have you ever tried breaking a piece of yarn that just doesn't want to be broken? That shit HURTS. Save your hands and use one of these bad boys.
As far as I'm aware, you're also allowed to take these on a plane, which is a definite no-no for scissors!
It winds your yarn into a perfect centre pull ball, that will help to improve your knitting tension, and also makes your yarn easier to store.
14. Good project bag
Now, a good project bag really is a matter of preference. It depends on what you need from your bag. If like me, you tend to work on lots of projects at once and just want something to put your WIP's in, I find having multiple tote bags do the job without a problem.
If you're the kind of person with self-control to work on just one project at once (do you actually exist?) you may want something that will hold all of your regularly used notions, and also hold your current project too. Amazon has a lot of great options for project bags. It's worth having a think about what you need your project bag to do for you and then doing some research on which will be the best for you.