Crocheters and Knitters use lots of tools (besides yarn). There are hooks and needles, ball holders, project bags, tool bags, and more. I get so many questions from customers and students about what tools I like and recommend, I figured it was time to share that information with everyone.
The following are tools I actually have, use and love, They are by no means the only ones out there! There are plenty of products that I’ve never used and that would be so awesome, if only I knew about them. Also, my preferences change over time. This list is a snapshot of what I’m using right now. I may discover a new product next week that will become my new favorite.
While this post contains some affiliate links which may pay me a small amount if you buy something through a link you click, that is not influencing my list. What is included here are items I have actually used in the past two weeks.
My current go-to needles are Hiya Hiya Sharp Circulars. They seem to fit the bill for the type of knitting I’ve been doing recently. I use circular needles for almost everything. For Magic Loop, I find the cables have just the right amount of flexibility for me, and I like the sharp points.
I also like Addi Circular Lace Needles. They aren’t just for lace!
Recently I had to use a Clover bamboo circular for a project with slippery yarn, which required a “stickier” needle.
As you see, I use different needles for different types of projects.
Clover Takumi Straight Needles
Inline (Bates) or Rounded (Boye)? It’s the eternal debate for crocheters!
I’ll admit to being strongly and 100% inline until the last few years. Shout out to my classic Susan Bates Silvalume hooks!
What has surprised me is how much I adore my Clover Amour crochet hooks, which are not inline style.
It just goes to show that choosing hooks is a completely personal choice, and our preferences can change over time. I still love my classic Bates hooks, but Clover Amour is what I reach for whenever I can.
Chibi bent-tip tapestry needles make it easy to weave in ends and sew seams.
I use whatever scissors are handy, but the Clover Patchwork 4-1/2-Inch Mini Scissors are really nice and sharp.
There are never enough stitch markers! I love these cute little sheep stitch markers from Clover.
I also have a lot of these metal bulb-shaped markers, because I’m always losing stitch markers!
Yarn Swift and Ball Winder
In my opinion, these are must-have tools. I actually have two of each!
The yarn winder I use most often is an older version of the Lacis Jumbo Yarn Winder.
I gifted my husband his own winder from KnitPicks, so he can attach it to an end table and watch TV while winding yarn for me. Wasn’t that smart of me?
The lightweight umbrella swift is the one I find most versatile, but my large wooden swift is so much prettier. It makes me happy to watch it in action.
Read How to Wind Yarn with a Yarn Swift and Ball Winder for more information on how to use these tools.
Most of my yarn comes from a center-pull ball, so my need for a yarn bowl is somewhat limited. But they are so pretty I love to have them around!
Other Handy Tools I Use
You know that 3-tiered metal cart that you see everywhere? I have two different ones that I use to hold tools and projects. One is next to my spot on the sofa, with tools and notions on the top shelf, yarn and WIPs on the next two shelves.
The other is next to my desk, set up similarly, but rather than WIPs, I keep my “teaching yarn” there, and set it up with class samples each time I’m teaching a virtual class.
How much yarn will I need? Do I have enough? . Since I got this digital scale that measures to the nearest .1 grams, I’ve been much more confident in knowing how much yarn I really have.
This around-the-neck light is great for shining a spotlight on my work while watching TV.
In some ways, I’m old school. I use a notebook and pencil to write down what I’m doing as I work. Yes, I have an iPad and a laptop, but I find I’m more like to write things down if I use a pencil and paper.
The Pentel Twist-Erase 0.7mm mechanical pencil is my hands-down favorite. I have one in every project bag, rolling cart, bag and writing surface.
And finally, I don’t want to forget one of my most important tools: my LG neckband earbuds. I’ve had the same set of Bluetooth headphones for over five years, and used them almost daily (including at the gym). They are still going strong!
My particular model is no longer made, but this set looks similar to what I have, and based on reviews, it’s probably what I would buy to replace my current set.
What are your current favorite crafting tools? Share in the comments below.