First Things First
Before you begin to learn how to knit, you'll need a set of knitting needles and a good ball of yarn. When you are shopping for these items, keep in mind that there are a few other things you'll need as well.
Essential tools for every knitter's bag
(Click on the picture to download the free pattern for the Berrocco Suede Knitting Tote!)
The Important Little Details
You'll find more types of knitting needles than ever imaginable. They come in almost 20 different sizes and a multitude of materials and styles. Below are the most common materials and styles that you'll encounter.
- Single Point
- Double Point
What's the difference?
Woolworks.com describes in great detail the differences between the materials and various styles of needles.
So which do I want?
KnittersReview.com gives benefits and drawbacks to these listed materials and more!
What size should I get?
The size of your needle depends on the weight of your yarn. Unless you are following a pattern with a given needle size, just use the size suggested on the label. If there is a range of sizes, keep this in mind: If you knit tightly, go with a larger size, if you knit loosely, go with a smaller size.
If you're ready to invest in your newfound hobby, I suggest buying an interchangeable needle set like the Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles or the Options Interchangeable Needle Set (in wood or metal). Although they may seem expensive, these sets are often the best bang for your buck! They come with the most common needle sizes and because you can knit nearly everything on circular needles, a set like this will provide you with every needle you need! (Except in a few special circumstances).
For as many different kinds of needles, there are even more types of yarn! They come in different weights, types, and fibers.
Keep in mind that the best yarn with which to learn is often the most simple and plain yarn. Yarns that are fuzzy make it difficult to see your stitches.
For more information on specifics of yarn, go to the Yarn page.