Supplies for Knitting

Knitting is a popular activity the world over. But like the olden days, this activity is no more confined to a needle and a yarn. The world of knitting supplies is vibrant and expansive. One can choose from a vast variety of knitting supplies.

Needles, yarn, buttons and clasps, stitch markers, knitting needle gauge, snippet thread, textile shears, needle storages, knitting machines, knitting software, magnifying glasses, stitch holders, knitting kits, knitting books etc. are few entities on the huge list of knitting supplies. They lend a whole new meaning to the process of knitting.

The quality of the finished product in the process of knitting is determined largely by the quality of the knitting yarn. Yarns come in a huge variety. Knitting yarns are generally composed of materials like natural alpaca, durable acrylic, bamboo, cotton, corn, nylon, polyester, cashmere, merino wool, rayon and others.

Different types of yarns are used for different purposes. For example, a special type of soft yarn is used for making knit-wear for babies, while bulky weight yarn is used for making yarn accessories.

Knitting needles are considered among the most important knitting supplies. These come in several types and sizes. The most commonly used knitting needle is a straight needle with a capped knob at one end and a taper at the other. The other types of knitting needles include circular needles, double-pointed needles etc. Many manufacturers supply multi-colored needles. One can also avail to hundred of options of needle kit sets.

Knitting gauges used for measuring knitting needle size are fast becoming popular in the world of knitting supplies. They comprise holes of different sizes wherein the knitter can insert his/her knitting needle and determine its size. Knitting gauges come in the size range of 3-5 inches. An ally of knitting needles, knitting storages are available in several varieties. Straight needles can be stored in attractive cases. Circular needles can be hung on decorative hangers.

Several knitting supplies aren’t used directly in the process of knitting, nevertheless are important. Stitch markers available in assorted colors are used for marking/highlighting stitches. Wool combs having plastic handles remove fuzz and pilling from woolen garments. Textile shears, also called knitting scissors are useful in cutting multiple layers of thick fabric. Needle-point protectors are rubber caps that prevent stitches from coming off the needles.

T-pins are used for blocking knitted garments. Having an approximate length of 12 cm, stitch holders protect against the loss of stitches. Linen testers and magnifying glasses can be used in a number of textile related activities. They can be used for analyzing both, raw yarn and the finished product. Buttons and clasps in materials like wood, mirrors, ceramic etc. are used for decorating knitted products.

The other knitting supplies include books, software, gift kits and other material pertaining to knitting-related activities. Books on knitting written by professionals and industry experts provide the perfect guidance. Several websites on knitting provide tips, news, techniques and step-by-step methods. One can choose from a wide variety of knitting software available on-line and through other sources.

Knitting gift kits comprise all the important knitting tools along with step by step illustrations which facilitate knitting. They make for the most cute and innovative gifts.

The world of knitting supplies is large, growing by the day and is spreading smiles across the faces of all knitting enthusiasts.

Basic Knitting Instructions

Ever wanted to learn how to knit? Here are some simple descriptions of key terms that will help you get started with this “age old” new craze!

To “Cast On”:

First you need to put the stitches on the needle. This is called “casting on”:

Measure 8 inches from the end of the yarn and make a slip knot here. Slip in the needle and tighten yarn.
Hold the needle like a pencil in your right hand. Loop yarn around left thumb, grasping it with last three fingers. Move needle down through loop, and slip thumb out. Tighten stitch by pulling yarn gently. Make nine more stitches, keeping them loose.

To knit:

Now you’re ready to knit. Change needle with cast-on stitches to the left hand. With right hand, hold the other needle. With yarn in back of work, insert needle in the front of first stitch, pointing needle toward first stitch, pointing needle toward the back. Put yarn around right needle, pull through stitch and slip this first stitch off the left needle onto right. Now you have made one stitch.

Continue until all the stitches are on the right needle. Put empty needle in right hand and needle with stitches in left hand. Place the yarn behind the left needle and you are ready to start the second row of knitting. Continue knitting for several rows and you will have a sample of the garter stitch.

To “Bind Off”:

When you complete your work, you will have to take it off the needle. This is called binding off. Knit two stitches. Bring first stitch over second stitch. Knit one more stitch and again bring first stitch over second stitch. Be sure to bind off loosely. At the end of the row, cut the yarn, draw it through the last stitch, and pull it tightly.

To “Block”:

After you’ve finished knitting your article, you’ll want to block it to give it a neat, finished look. Pin ea h knitted section on a smooth towel and place on ironing board. Cover with a damp pressing cloth and press with hot iron. Let your work dry thoroughly.

Now that you have learned the basics terms, there is nothing stopping you from grabbing some knitting needles and yarn for that perfect project!