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06-02-2008, 06:00 AM
I was wondering, I just finished my first project :woot: (ipod cozy) and I'm working on one for my phone and every cute pattern I see for other things takes a bunch of stuff I don't have. If you had to pick a minimum of items for a knitter's starting kit, what would you pick up (don't worry about yarn unless you like something specific for starters!) Thanks in Advance everyone. I'm going shopping later if I can get the cash!

06-02-2008, 08:11 AM
I would say my top 4 are:

1. Knit Picks Options (http://www.knitpicks.com/interchangeable+circular+knitting+needles_NL300312 .html)
2. Tape measure (http://www.divaknitting.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=114&zenid=823160790b2a1e1a1da8c86e610c374e)
3. Chibi Needles (http://www.knitpicks.com/Chibi+Tapestry+Needle+Set_AD80254.html)
4. Yarn cutter (http://www.knitpicks.com/Knitting+Yarn+Cutter_ADYarnCutter.html)

I know it's one more than you asked for but that is what I use every time I knit...and a tote to keep your project in :thumbsup:

06-02-2008, 08:19 AM
Some supplies can come from ordinary household stuff.
Stitch markers- safety pins or coated paper clips
Bobbins- plastic clips from baked stuff like Thomas English muffins.
knitting needles - your choice
erasers to stick on the end of your needles to keep your yarn on

Ask yourself what can I use that I already have at home and later when you have more money then replace your homemades with store bought if you want to.:cheering:

06-02-2008, 08:24 AM
1. an interchangeable circular needle set (I started with Denise and still love them - I've never tried the Options). I wish I'd known at the beginning of my knitting journey that I didn't need to purchase straight needles since circulars can be used to knit either flat or tubular items.
2. darning needles to weave in ends (the Chibi are WONDERFUL)
3. something to measure gauge - retractable soft tape measure can pull double-duty for measuring gauge as well as length and width of knitted items.
4. stitch markers which open/close because these can double as safety pins to help with seaming. They are invaluable to use when you want to mark a change in stitch pattern so you don't forget to mentally change gears for certain places in your knitted object, to mark the beginning of a round in circular knitting, to pin in the item at a certain place to aid in counting vertical rows, etc., etc.
5. I also LOVE my mini folding scissors (they are tiny and the blades fold up into the handles to keep the cutting edges hidden inside). I love the versatility of having a tiny pair of scissors in my bag.

These are the items I use over and over and over. They're what I get up to retrieve if I don't have them already at my side.

06-02-2008, 03:50 PM
In addition to what the others have listed I also keep a crochet hook of suitable size for the yarn for picking up a dropped stitch especially when working with the smaller needles.

06-02-2008, 04:20 PM
i think for me to add to the list is a stitch holder, spare needles are great but i always found taht my work fell off, v frustrating. so a cheap stitch holder is great.

have a look in charity shops for things as well, you can often find knitting bits and pieces in them that you can pick up cheaply.

welcome to the daictive world of knitting