Must Have Knitting Tools for Beginners

Have you ever been on a yarn website and wondered the meaning of the term 'notions'?  Well, notions are the super technical term for knitting tools, or all the extra stuff you need besides yarn and needles. I like to call them gadgets! The possibilities are ENDLESS and sometimes overwhelming.

It’s easy to go crazy with accessories. I should know, I'm the queen of bags and shoes!

I'm going to break down the must-have knitting tools for your knit bag. I'll explain the purpose each item. I've even made a great freebie you can take along with you to the craft store called, "Top 5 You Need to Start Knitting Now". You can find this freebie at the bottom of the post.

The Basics

If I’m on the go and only taking 1 small project with me, I can be found with this cuteness. I love these little all-in-one kits. They are so cute and tiny and work perfectly to keep in the car or for traveling.

Typical Knitting Tools

Cute Case/Pouch Any fun pouch or even a makeup bag will do. This is to keep everything together so you aren’t digging for it in the bottom of your bag.

Small tape measure (affiliate link) Obviously a tape measure of for measuring your progress. Sometimes patterns will say 'knit for 4 more inches' (I like to call this the black hole, I can knit for hours and hours and every time I measure I'm just shy of the measurement.)

Scissors are pretty self-explanatory, you need them to cut your yarn!

Stitch Markers come in all shapes and sizes. Etsy is a great place to shop for stitch markers. You can also find them at your favorite yarn shop. These are almost like collectible items! You can never have enough and everyone has their preference. Although, if you are feeling really crafty you can make your stitch markers. You can find that post here.

Yarn needles are like giant dull needles. They are used for weaving in the ends.

Pencil A pencil is so important for keeping notes on your patterns, fixing mistakes you find as you go and keeping track of where you are in a pattern so you can pick up where you left off.

Notepad/Post-Its Personally, I keep a small stack of blank index cards in my bag. However, I know a lot of people prefer Post-Its because you can stick them anywhere.


Locking Stitch Markers look like tiny safety pins. They allow you to pin your knitting without messing up the yarn. A lot of times it distinguishes the "Front" your work-in-progress.

Cable needle If you get into doing any sort of intricate knitting, a cable needle is a must.  This allows you to temporarily take stitches off your needles without messing up your work.

A Crochet hook is used to pick up stitches if you accidentally lose one from your needle.

Row Counters are really neat and keep count for you. I always have a counter in my bag, but 99% of the time I forget to use it!

Stitch holder Occasionally, you will need to place sections of your work on hold while you work on other parts. Stitch holders allow you to keep them 'live' and out of the way.

Yarn Cards I personally do not have any of these cards. I've looked at yarn cards in the past, I think it's a great idea to have a quick reference guide on hand. These will definitely be on my Christmas list!

Extra Yarn A small amount of extra yarn is a great thing to have. It can be used for just about anything, like a provisional cast on or even stitch holders if you are in a pinch.


Hopefully, this list will help you get started with the right tools. Whether you are a new knitter or seasoned, we all need to stay accessorized! I know I'm a sucker for the latest cutesy tools, but if you are just starting out or very overwhelmed this is a list of what I carry in my bag.

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Kathryn O'Neil