Knitting Tools and Accessories

From needles and hooks, to swifts and winders, these are the essential tools for beginners!

The more time you spend knitting, the more you will notice accessories building up to support your hobby. Some are necessary, while others are luxuries, but most of them will save you time (and money) in the long run.

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Afghan crochet hook

Also knows as an Afghan hook, Tunisian crochet is a blend of crochet and knitting that makes colorwork fun and creates a close weave fabric.

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From a small needle wallet to a large bag that holds everything for your current project, knitting bags come in an endless variety of options.

Cable Needles

When you knit a cable, you hold a few stitches to the front or the back of the work and knit behind or in front of them. Cable needles are double pointed shaped needles that keep those live stitches out of the way until you need them!

Drop spindles

Similar to the spinning wheel, the drop spindle is for spinning fiber into thread or yarn. It is a simplified hand-spinning version of the wheel, but produces the same results.


These handy rulers will show you how many stitches you are knitting per inch to calculate your gauge (tension), and some also have needle sized holes to measure the circumference of a needle if you’re not sure of its size.

Needle felting supplies

Needle felted accessories and toys are adorable! There are many accessories involved in needle felting -- from needles themselves, to felting claws, felting mats, and fiber blenders. Needle felted flowers make wonderful appliques for handknits and bags.

Point protectors

These little rubber or plastic caps sit on the tips of your needles to protect the points and keep them free from chips. When you’re in the middle of a project, you can also just pop your point protectors onto the needles to stop your project from slipping off them when you pack it away between knitting sessions.

Pompom maker

Make pompoms in minutes with a simple pompom maker and add one to any project, from a winter hat to a child’s scarf.

Row counters

Keep count of how many rows you’ve knitted with a counter that either sits on the end of a needle or by your side.

The LoveKnitting app has a handy pattern viewer that includes a row counter. You can count rows on several projects at once without getting confused!
Shawl pins

Like knitting needles, shawl pins come in just about any material you can imagine from bone to wood, plastic to metal in a range of designs to suit your style!

Spinning wheel

The spinning wheel has been around for over 1,000 years, and has made it possible to turn unspun fiber, or roving, into thread or yarn. There are many different types of spinning wheels, but they all serve the same basic function.

Stitch holders
Hold live stitches safely away from the main body of your work while you’re working on other parts of a project with a stitch holder. These are often used when knitting a project seamlessly, or working on sleeves or a neckline.

Stitch markers

When you’re knitting lace, cables or even just shaping a garment, stitch markers are small hooks that you can attach to your work, or rings that you can slide onto your needles between stitches to guide you and help you count.

Tapestry needles

We all need a stash of tapestry needles for sewing up work and weaving in the ends of yarn left from colorwork or casting on and off.

Tunisian crochet hook

Also knows as an Afghan hook.

Weaving looms

Weaving looms can be as small and simple as a 4x4” plastic loom, to more complex sock weaving looms and circular hat looms. A simple introduction to working with yarn!

Yarn swifts

When winding your hank or skein into a ball, the yarn swifts keeps your winding even. It saves you time and frustration, and is collapsible, making it easy to store.

Yarn winder / yarn ball winder

A yarn ball winder will turn a hank or skein into a center-pull ball. While this can be done by hand, a winder makes the task much easier and faster.


To close off a bag, purse or skirt project, use a zipper. Choose long-lasting coarse teeth for heavy-duty wear, or finer teeth for a delicate, near-invisible closure. A matching or contrasting color can add a unique style to your finished piece. Zippers need to be sewn in to completed knits and your pattern will tell you what length you need.

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