Every profession and hobby has what we call “Tools of the the Trade.” The things we need to have in order to make whatever it is we want to do. Bakers have mixing bowls and measuring cups. Sewists have thread and fabric. Carpenters have hammers and nails.

The bottom line is that no matter what you do, you’ve got to have the right stuff to do it!

Knitting is no different. At the most basic level, we need yarn and needles. Sure, you can knit on chopsticks or pencils. But unless you want to free form everything you do, eventually you have to have the correct needles for your yarn. As time goes on, the list of items needed to grow in the craft and build more complicated projects will expand. And then you have a real problem.

How do you know what to get?

And more importantly. What do you really need? I’m asked this sort of thing all the time. Especially by first year knitters. People new to knitting always want to know what all those gadgets are, and what do they need, and more importantly WHY?

I’ve got you covered! It’s time for you to start building your very own Knitbox. It’s like a toolbox only for the stuffs we are going to use in knitting.

Meet the new guide I’ve created to help you get started.


tools and tips for new knitters
The front page of my new guide.

I wrote this new guide to help answer the questions that come up over and over.  Since I can’t be with each and every one of you when you make that trip to Michael’s to pick up your first skein of yarn, I developed this guide.  You can even print it out and take it with you to the store.  Can’t get to the craft store?  Curl up with a cup of tea and your laptop. I give you plenty of links to products I recommend so you know you’re getting the right treasures.

In the guide I share my top recommendations for new knitters with clear pictures, an understandable explanation, and even links to buy the products online if you can’t get to a store. I include craft store options as well as options available on a lovely knitting and crochet exclusive website.  Once you sign up for it, the Fill Your Knitbox  guide will show up in your inbox as a downloadable PDF with clickable links to learn more (embrace the bunny trail!).

There are definitely differences in the quality of materials. Knitting is a very personal hobby and form of self expression. There are no right or wrong answers (except when it comes to gauge and measurements, but that’s a topic for another day). You get to decide what needles you like the best, what yarn is your favorite to use, what color to make your project and what weight of yarn is ultimately your go-to fiber.

But you can’t know all of these things until you take some time to experiment.

[bctt tweet=”All good things take time, and this includes knitting.”]


bulky wool for knitting and crochet projects
Big Cozy Wool from Knit Picks is a new favorite of mine

My job is to get you started. So I’m going to make suggestions for what I believe are the best starting points for new people. I started out with little direction, and it wasn’t pretty. If you haven’t seen my first project, you might want to read about that experience. I hope I can save you some of that frustration!

This getting started guide details all of the best treasures and tools I recommend for newbie knitters – everything from basic notions like stitch markers to helpful books and magazines.


tools and supplies for knitting, knitbox from pattymac knits,
Do you know why you need a tapestry needle for your knitting?

Does this sound familiar? 

You saw your cousin’s beautiful scarf and just knew you could make one too, but now you’re standing in the knitting aisle of Michael’s in a yarn-coma.

  • What’s the difference between wood and metal needles?
  • Why is that one a circle, and what on earth is a stitch marker?
  • And all that YARN! There’s a whole wall made of yarn.
  • Where do you even start, right?

If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions or stared at that yarn-wall in awe, then I have something for you! Best of all? It’s totally FREE.


Lion brand yarn, knit picks wool
Craft Store vs. Knitting Store



Knitting is worth learning. You’ll make special, unique things like nobody else has in the whole world.

[bctt tweet=”You can make your own fashion statement…like literally make it.”]
Plus? The repetitive motion of knitting is as soothing and relaxing as any yoga class without the sweat, and at the end of an afternoon you could have something to show for your time to wear or give to someone you love.

[bctt tweet=”Take a deep breath and get started knitting- one stitch at a time.”]


free guide to hels someone new to knitting figure out what to get and why
The last page of my guide

The first step is to demystify the walls of bits and baubles and yarn yarn yarn, so that you can create a knitter’s toolbox to suit your needs without drowning you in fluff. That’s where I come in. My Knitbox Guide is going to share with you my favorite items, and the things that I think are essential in that first year.

Knitting can be as plain or as fancy as you want to make it.

There is a vast array of products and price points out there. You can use a leftover cream cheese container to hold all of your stitch markers in one place, or you can go on etsy and buy something handmade and imported from Ireland.

The point is that YOU get to decide.

I think knitting is a valuable hobby if for no other reason than it gives you a place in your life that you can totally control. How much of that is going around these days?


knitting, craft, handmade, easy knitting pattern
Fiber made with reclaimed silk in Nepal

Here’s the good news. I made this for you just because I adore you so, so much. I want you to be successful, and I want you to feel like you understand some of this so that you are excited to start on your own knitting journey. Even if you’ve been knitting for a while, I think you’ll enjoy the resource guide and find a few pretty ideas to embrace.

So how do you get it? It couldn’t be easier! Simply drop your email in the box and sign up. So simple. You’ll receive a special message with a link so you can download the full 8 page guide.

Sign up now, and download the Fill your Knitbox printable guide to help you start building your stash of knitting treasures today.








Still not convinced? Here’s what one Pattymac Knits reader had to say:

It’s super clear and will be very helpful for new knitters! I don’t think there is anything else to add – it’s lovely.  ~  @Fish_Knit on Twitter

Author: Pattymac

Patty loves figuring out new ways to use pom poms, where to stash more yarn and is always wondering what to bake next...chocolate or lemon? When not dreaming up new things to knit (or bake), she loves riding her beach cruiser on the Boardwalk, escaping to mid week movie matinees, and planting new things in her container garden.