A Guide to Picking Your Knitting Needles

Knitting Needles

Maybe you’ve got a favourite type of needle that you use for all your knitting projects — it’s been your go-to so far, why worry about finding something new? The type of needle you’re using might be working for you now, but if you want to advance as a knitter and try new patterns and projects it might be time to consider what other types of needles can do for your knitting.

When you spend just a little bit of time looking at knitting materials and patterns online, you’re sure to get inspired. Just visit Yarnspirations to learn more about what creations you can make using yarn. This might be crafts, accessories, clothing, or home décor. The more you look the more you’ll want to make. To make the most of the enjoyable aspects of knitting you have to select the proper needles to keep frustration at bay and truly enjoy yourself.

Picking a Material

When comparing and contrasting your knitting needle options, you need to take into consideration the materials that make up the needles. There are: metal, plastic, wooden, and bamboo needles. Each material has its own unique benefits.

Metal needles, typically make of aluminum, are the classic type of knitting needle and they allow the knitter to work quickly. They’re also fun to use because of the enjoyable clicking sound they make as you go along and work on your project.

Wooden needles tend to cost a little bit extra but they have a warm feel to the touch and they’re great for beginners because stitches don’t slide off as easily as metal or plastic needles. Bamboo needles are similar to wooden ones but they can be a little bit easier on the wallet with the same benefit of wooden needles.

Plastic needles are the most cost-friendly option of needle and they can come in the extra-large sizes that might be hard to find. Like metal needles, yarn slides off of plastic needles quite easily, making them great for knitting quickly but possibly troublesome for beginners.

Circular Needles vs Straight Needles

Straight needles have pointed tips and a knob at the end to keep stitches from falling off. They’re great for working in rows so they’re good for scarves and blankets. But for very large items that require extra log rows of stitches, they might not be enough. Circular needles have a sturdy nylon or wire cord that runs between two needles and they are best for working projects that require working in the round like sweaters, hats, or infinity scarves. They’re also handy for holding all the stitches of a large and heavy project like a blanket that doesn’t fit on straight needles.

Double Pointed Needles

Depending on where you are in your project, you may want to turn to double pointed needles especially since they’re great for binding off your items. These needles are an excellent choice for small circular projects like socks and mittens that wouldn’t be served by the large size of circular needles.

One great way to get the most versatility out of your needles is to go for an interchangeable set that comes with a variety of needle types that you can connect and use in different configurations so you can try various projects and feel prepared for each one.