For New Knitters

Basic Tools

  • Yarn of Your choice
    • Best to start with inexpensive yarn for learning to knit
    • If you already know how to knit correct fiber and weight for your project
  • Needles in correct size for project (depending on your guage you might increase or decrease suggested needle size for the item
  • Pattern (  best place to look for patterns) or

Yarn Weights

  • Lace
  • Sock
  • Sport
  • Dk
  • Worsted
  • Bulky

First Places to Look for Yarn

Types of fiber you can knit with

Types of fiber you can knit with

  • (just a jumping off point)
  • Wool
  • Alpaca
  • Cotton
  • Acrylic, Rayon, Nylon etc
  • Mohair
  • Cashmere
  • Angora
  • Silk

First projects to Consider

Hats or Shawls

What’s on the Label

Each yarn has a the label, which states everything you need to know including :

Fiber content: This is the material of yarn, often in percentages. (For example, 90 percent merino wool, 5 percent alpaca, and 5 percent cashmere.)

Weight: This is the total thickness of yarn, often measured in wraps per inch (WPI). The ply count also factors into it and ranges from the finest to the heaviest weights (usually between 1-ply and 14-ply). Currently in the United States, the categories range in accordance to these symbols.

Amount: This is the total length of yarn, measured in yards and ounces.

Care instructions: This provides the necessary information on how to wash and dry your knitted garment.

Suggested needle size and gauge: Yarn gauge is specified by the number of stitches and rows.

Dye-lot number: This refers to the color of yarn. When buying in multiples, be sure that the numbers match. Even when two balls of yarn appear to be the same shade, the subtle difference can become clear in the final knitted garment.

Social Media Sites for Knitters or Crocheters

  • Ravelry – the absolute best place to find patterns and help with your knitting.  This is where most knitters, crocheter or other fiber artist come together to share and get ideas
  • Instagram
  • YouTube

Needle Types

Needle Types

Straight – can be made out of wood, metal, plastic

Circular (My favorite brands listed below) – my favorite type of needle to use. I use these even when knitting flat (you can also buy these in interchangeable sets but you will see this as you explore the knitting world)

  • Fixed Circulars:
    • ChiaoGoo Red Circular (metal)
    • Kykke Driftwood Circular (wood)
    • HiyaHiya Circular Steel Knitting Needles (metal)
    • Knitter’s Pride Zing

My Favorite Everyday Notions

  • Tape Measure
  • Crochet cotton thread – I like Aunt Lydia’s Crochet thread classic 10 – this is good for holding stitches
  • Stitch markers – my favorite are found on Etsy by SuchGwenderfulStuff
  • Crochet Hook
  • Progress Keeper – found on Etsy Sucre SucreMinatures is my favorite
  • Light bulb Stitch markers

Project Bags and Notion Pouches

  • can be a simple as a ziplock bag
  • Or whatever you have on hand like and extra makeup bag
  • Some of My Favorite Makers – I have bought and regularly use all bags by makers below & I am very happy with quality and wear
    • Slipped Stitch Studio
    • Fat Squirrel
    • Bags by Awesome Grannie
    • MrsBrownsBags
    • Lavenderhillknits


  • Video – I watch all of mine on YouTube  – this is not a comprehensive list of podcasts that I watch but the ones I watch most often and I selected a wide range of styles and age range
    • Voolenvine
    • TheKnitGirllls
    • The Fat Squirrel Speaks
    • Suburban Stitcher
    • The Yarn Hoarder
    • Once Upon a Corgi
    • Grocery Girls Knit
    • LegacyKnitz Podcast
    • Knitting Expat Podcast
    • Brooklyn Knitfolk Podcast
    • The Gentle Knitter Podcast
    • Stress Knits
  • Audio – I don’t listen to many podcasts as I used to  – I’ve been reading books more – but I enjoy each one of these when I get back to listening. I listen to all my audio podcasts on iTunes
    • Knitmore Girls
    • Curious Handmade
    • Down Cellar Studio
    • Knitting Pipeline
    • Teaching Your Brain to Knit
    • The Yarniacs
    • Yarns at Yinhoo

NYC yarn stores that I like

Other Places you can visit in NYC

You can google these locations or see their online web presence if you wish to visit them

  • Lion Brand Yarn Studio
  • School Products Yarn
  • String Yarns
  • Purl Soho
  • Seaport Yarn
  • Argyle Yarn Shop
  • String Thing Studio
  • Knitting 321
  • Uki Yarns
  • Michaels Art and Craft Store

What is sock yarn? What is superwash yarn

Noble knits does a great job of talking about what makes good sock yarn please visit the link below to learn more

Washable Yarn

This is just a brief over view. I am not a wool or yarn producer. This is my general and researched understanding to give you a place to learn and grow from. I suggest more research on your own if you want to truly understand the process. And always look at what the dyer or yarn company suggests on the ball of yarn you buy for best results for your project.

Washable yarn is not only limited to sock yarn – washable yarn is yarn that can be agitated and heated without felting occurring. HOWEVER – all yarn will felt if too my inattention is given to the washing method.

Superwash wool is a wool yarn that is machine washable.

Each hair of wool is made up of scales. Felting occurs when these scales bind together. The superwash process prevents the scales from binding in one of two ways. Some superwash wools are given an acid bath that removes its scales. Alternatively, the yarn can be coated with a polymer or resin; this is essentially a protective coating for the yarn to prevent felting. A yarn can be treated with either or both methods to become superwash.

It’s important to remember that excessive heat (such as with a hot setting on a washing machine or dryer) can damage a superwash coating, which may lead to felting. That it is recommend cold washing and flat drying with superwash wools. Also, keep in mind that superwash wools tend to stretch a little more than normal. This is because the scales of the yarn cannot bind together. It’s especially important to do a proper gauge swatch with a superwash wool to see how your yarn will stretch.

A final thing worth noting is that not all washable yarns are superwash. This is because superwash is a patented process. Washable wools that are not superwash may have very different washing and drying instructions, so it’s important to always follow your yarn label’s care instructions.

Here is an article by the Spruce Crafts\ on knitting and caring for Superwash Yarns

Note not just superwash yarn is machine washable – acrylic/nylon/rayon or any synthetic yarn is machine washable. Cotton is a machine washable yarn. Explore more online for other types of yarn that can be put in the washing machine.

Shoe Size Chart for Knitting Socks – see link below at my jewel thief

Some Common Terms acronyms or jargon you may come across and wonder what they mean

What is an MCN? – Merino Cashemere blend of Yarn – A typical blend is but not limited to: 80% wool 10% Cashmere 10% Nylon

Superwash – see above