What would you recommend for a ‘basic knitting survival kit’ ie: what are the most essential sizes of needles/crochet hooks to have/put in a pack that could have the widest range of applications… or a list in order of importance.
In my hobby knitting I usually go for the biggest size needle and yarn so it goes faster, but that’s probably not as effective for a survival pack.
The Survival Mom:
In regards to having a knitting kit, I would just pull together as many needles, hooks, and yarns as possible. Tiny double point needles, say size 2 or 3, will be needed for knitting things like socks. The size of regular needles I use most often is usually a 6, 7, 8, and 9. When you find inexpensive circular needles in those sizes, buy them.
You’ll need a small tape measure, a small pair of scissors, a few needles to weave yarn ends through the finished piece, and stitch markers of some sort. Also, grab how-to books and pattern books whenever you find them. I refer to my knitting books all the time whenever I have questions about a stitch or reading a pattern.
I have found knitting and crochet supplies at estate sales. Just buy whatever you find, including yarn. Only the yarn takes up much space. The other supplies could all be kept in a shoebox size container.
Have fun putting this together!