You may not have seen them before but these 20 useful but unusual knitting tools are worth a try!
Knitting sometimes has a reputation as a very traditional craft. People have been knitting the same kinds of things with the same tools and materials and stitches for centuries. In one way, that’s really cool. Think of the history! The tradition!
But then again, it’s 2023, I think there is also room for a little bit of experimentation in knitting. If you’ve been here for any length of time, you know that my knitting patterns are anything but traditional. That’s not necessarily better, it’s just different. I like to think outside the box a little.
And that idea of thinking outside the box also recently coincided with some hand pain that had me re-examining the ways and amount that I knit, as well as the tools that I use, to see if I’m doing it the best way for me.
The result was the realization that there are a whole lot of really unusual knitting tools out there that could be super useful. I really had no idea but just WAIT until you see some of the cool knitting tools that exist now. It may be a traditional craft, but there will always be room for personalization, improvement and ingenuity in knitting, don’t you think?
20 Useful but Unusual Knitting Tools
- CocoKnits Maker’s Keep – it’s a cute magnetic slap bracelet to hold stitch markers, yarn needles etc. And it’s cute!
- Prym knitting thimble – this gadget holds two different strands of yarn with the correct tension for colorwork!
- Knitting Calculator – this not only helps you measure your gauge, it can help you adjust/convert it too!
- Knit blockers – these blockers with evenly spaced pins are way faster, easier and more even when you block your knitting than using individual pins.
- Yarn Stranding Guide – worn over your left pointer finger, this guide holds up to 4 strands of working yarn at once for you.
- Ring counter – I wear mine on my left thumb and it makes counting rows or rounds SO much easier.
- The Knitting Barber Cords – These stretchy cords fit over the ends of you circular knitting needles making the needle both closed and longer so you can much more easily try on your knitting projects before they are finished without dropping any stitches.
- Sock looms – If you’re scared of knitting socks (me!) they make sock looms! I had no idea!
- AddiToGo stoppers – stopper for the ends of knitting needles that hold the two needles together. What a great idea!
- Boye Loom Pen – Helps you wrap the yarn on a yarn loom more easily and with even tension. W
- Wraps per inch tool – this handy measuring tools helps you determine the thickness/weight of your yarn by how many wraps per inch it is.
- Stitch fixer tool – like a double ended crochet hook, these handy tools help you fix a dropped stitch and fit in your knitting notions bag.
- Rope eye wool needle – a larger needle with a soft flexible eye makes threading with yarn a lot easier!
- Beadle needle – This is indispensable when adding beads to fine knitting!
- Square knitting needles – These square cross-section knitting needles are meant to reduce hand fatigue and increase stitch and tension uniformity. I’ve tried and loved them!
- Portuguese knitting pin – pinned to your shoulder, this style of knitting is supposed to create very even tension.
- Highlighter tape – This tape is removable and reusable and helps you keep track of where you are in your knitting pattern.
- icord maker – This has been in and out of my shopping cart about 5 times. Is the price worth making icords super fast? That depends on how much or little you like making icords!
- Kitchener stitch pin – you’ll never have to stop what you’re doing to look it up again!
- Wrist ruler – cute and practical, this one comes in handy (ha) all the time!
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