Here are a few of my favorite knitting gadgets.  I have a whole room full of the usual knitting stuff; some of my “indispensable” gadgets are the usual ones you would find in a knitting store.  Others are not so usual.


This is my current knitting project notebook.  I have separate tabbed sections for each project, with a copy of the pattern, and loose leaf paper to take notes.  I keep a ball band from each project in the pocket in the front, and I have a zippered canvas pocket that fits into the binder to keep a pencil or anything else that I need to carry around.  I’ve looked at some of the ready-made knitting journals that are available, but this is just more functional for me.


This is my favorite row counter.  It’s a “clicker counter” from the office supply store.  I have 4 or 5 of these, so I have them in every project bag.  They are cheap, and count up to 9999, in case you have a project with that many rows.


Pins.  I have lots of these.  My favorites are the no-coil safety pins, though I like the plastic ones also.


String tags are a great way to keep track of what you are doing.  If I want to mark something on my knitting that I did differently from the pattern, I’ll write it on one of these and pin it right to the spot.  From the office supply store, and cheap.


I made these.  They are probably not as practical as just plain ring markers, but they sure are pretty.


These are the more garden-variety kind of markers.  My favorites, hands down, are the flexible rubber ones.


And a box in which to keep everything.  This is from the hardware store…another great place to find knitting notions.

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About Lorette

My name is Lorette. I learned to knit in 1999, and took up spinning in 2009. I'm a physician specializing in internal medicine, and live in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy my blog!


Gadgets — 10 Comments

  1. I keep my patterns in the same type of binder. Boy, do I love plastic sleeves. And you’ve got my favorite ring markers. The green and orangelike ones. I do have to get one of those clickers though. I never seem to have enough kacha’s.
    Great gadgets!

  2. I like the gadget box idea! I was in a drug store and found a cosmetic case that is sort of like a filo fax. It’s a zip-up case with binder rings inside, and it has removable plastic zip-up pages/compartments. I keep some of my knitting paraphenalia in that, because it is so portable and it’s easy to find what I want….

  3. Great organizational tips! I *want* to be that organized, but for some reason my efforts always end up in chaos. I have a binder much like you describe, but now it has masses of paper stuffed into it~ no order at all.
    I’m inspired by your post though!

  4. I ran right home and found a binder and the hole punch to get started. What great tips — very inspiring!

  5. Lorette, you’re a case! I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anybody in our family that organized!!!

  6. You’re amazing! I’m coming over just so I can knit and pretend I’m that organized… I love the hanging tags idea.

  7. Dear Knitting Doctor,
    Please come to Paris stat. I am in desperate need of some organization.
    The girl who can’t find anything, ever.

  8. Like some of the other comments said, I aspire to that level of organization, but rarely attain it. However, I DID get all my knitting needles organized a while back. Sometimes I even manage to put them back where they’re supposed to go after I use them!