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Initial post: Jan 12, 2009 2:53:17 PM PST
Marisa Lang says:
What are the best accessories to buy for a new knitter. Many thanks, Marisa

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2009 4:30:43 PM PST
A set of Denise circular needles would be nice.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2009 5:55:02 AM PST
Connie says:
1. Something to measure with - tape measure, ruler or folding rule. (I personally like a six foot folding rule like you buy at a hardware store.)
2. A pair of scissors that have a case so the points don't come through anything.
3. Point protectors
4. Stitch markers
5. Row markers
6. A gift card to Knitpicks.com (sells yarn, accessories, patterns, Options and Harmony needles)
7. A gift card to Joann.com (sells all other brands of knitting needles and the above mentioned accessories)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2009 12:00:23 PM PST
Here's what I consider essential:
Sets of needles: if you are not owning a lot of needles, you can get a very good adjustable set of circular needles from Knit Picks (they rule. price, quality, etc.)

A swift: this is a folding device that you put a skein on to wind it into a ball. Failing that, you have to wind off someone's hands, back of a chair or even your knees, which is how I do it in a pinch.

A ball winder--what you wind off the skein onto to make a ball of yarn. Yarn comes in skeins often, not balls, as it keeps it from compressing.

Tapestry needle and case: a gold-colored bent-end thick blunt needle for sewing up. Chibi makes a case for these--see Knitpicks or any knitting catalog.

Coil-less safety pins. JoAnn's has these in the beading art aisle--used for making those bead ornaments but coil-less pins are cheap and useful markers, as well as being good for holding small numbers of stitches. You can also find these in catalogs. Cheaper for markers than those fancy things.

Stitch holders: look like a big safety pin of aluminum. Can be done without and use a piece of wool as a holder instead.

Chart holder and place marker: this is a magnetic sheet with a bar that holds your chart. Photocopy your knitting chart (if you knit from charts) and mark your place with this device. Not essential.

Knitting counter: a tally device to click off rows. Helps if you are doing a complicated pattern.

Folding scissors: for snipping ends.

Knitting tote or basket: keep your project in one place: I use one canvas give-away tote for big projects, and a small bucket style bag for small projects--one that holds all my notions pinned to the inside, like Chibi needle case, scissors, knitting needles, measuring tape..oh yes

Measuring tape.

Posted on May 22, 2009 4:56:40 PM PDT
narrow ribbon makes a great stitchholder - it doesn't have a sharp point to dig or catch, it won't come undone, when you pick up the stitches again the needle slides back into the stitches better than from a piece of yarn/wool. It's also cheap, and can be just threaded through the stitches using a large eye needle

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2009 12:30:37 PM PDT
readbks16 says:
One thing no one has yet mentioned and I use all the time is a small card that has all of the needle sizes and appropriately sized holes so that you can figure out what size your needles are even if they are not marked correctly

Posted on Aug 31, 2009 7:57:41 PM PDT
A. M. Ponzo says:
There are learn to knit kits with most of the accessories you need to begin. I suggest a set of adjustable circular needles. Boye, Denise, or, of course, Options from Knitpicks. You will have most of the sizes of needles you need to begin since they usually start with sizes as small as four (Boye starts with size 2) and go up to size 13 or even all the way to 17. I keep several different accessories bags, because I usually have several different projects going at once. They all have a row counter (usually can be put onto the needle to keep track of it), essential once you start on the next project after your first plain scarf; also have stitch marker rings (plastic ones are kind of cheap at Joanne's) in different sizes (usually two sizes are sufficient for most needles sizes); a needle gauge which usually has a six inch ruler on it (if you can find one with a gauge swatch measuring tool on it also, it's great); tape measure of course; tapestry needles in at least two different sizes (the Chibi is great); point protectors; at least two different sizes of stitch holders; make sure you invest in a good pair of small scissors with nice sharp points and a sheath or holder of some kind; you also need a small notebook and pen/pencil and a calculator. Those are the things you need to get started. Of course later you will want to invest in things like fancier row and stitch counters; ball winders and yarn swifts; blocking boards etc. I love the electronic row counter. It's not essential but really nice if you're working a pattern with different motifs.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2010 7:04:09 PM PDT
CW says:
I "ditto" the Denise interchangeable needle recommendation. Also a great bag to carry all your supplies and keep them organized is the Nantucket bag. QVC has one on clearance (see below), I love mine!!!!!!!!

http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/view.2/app.detail/params.item.A73496.desc.The-Original-Nantucket-30pocket-Tote-Bag-and-Organizer

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2010 1:15:37 PM PDT
A. M. Ponzo says:
thanks for the info CW. I loved the bag and ordered it right away! :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2010 9:30:08 AM PDT
A great knitting bag!!

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 8:41:04 AM PDT
I love my Knitpicks Options interchangeable needles. The Knit Kit is a great little tool that has scissors, measuring tape, needle protectors, counter, and stitch markers. A good instruction book like Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Without Tears and maybe a stitch pattern book from Barbara Walker would be nice as well.
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