- 1 Different Type Knitting Needles For The Best Kit
- 2 Styles of knitting needles
Different Type Knitting Needles For The Best Kit
Maybe you are a beginner knitter, and you’ve bought some knitting needles, and some other necessities for your knitting kit, and your kit is growing. But you see that some of your needles are made from bamboo, some from plastic, some from steel. Some from wood. What type knitting needles should you get? These choices can be confusing for those who are new at knitting. It took me many years, lots of projects and mistakes to figure out which needles are best for which kind of projects.
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What are knitting needles made of? The traditional knitting needles you’re familiar with are probably plastic or aluminum, but there are other knitting needle types to consider.
Birch-wood Knitting needles
Probably the best reason wood is good has to do with the benefits of wood itself. Wood is warm, smooth and soft. It won’t take the heat from sensitive fingers the way aluminum and plastic needles do. There are many comments from doctors and their arthritis patients that they wouldn’t be knitting if it weren’t for wooden needles. The warmth and smoothness of hardwood nurtures sensitive fingers and provides natural consistency and strength for creating a lasting product.
Birch is a the best wood for the purpose of creating knitting needles, its tensile stability and strength maintains size, resists warping and creates an extremely smooth surface. It is lightweight so that your needles won’t fall out of your knitting yet an exclusive finish provides for one of the glossiest, smoothest and shiniest needles on the market.
Knit Pro Symfonie Wood Double Point Sock Knitting Needle Set – 20.00cm (Set of 6) Knitting NeedlesPremier Fixed Circular Knitting Needle 32″-Size 50/25mmKnitPro 35 cm x 3 mm Symfonie Single Pointed Needles, Multi-ColorKnit Pro Symfonie Wood Circular Needle Interchangeable Starter Set
Aluminum knitting needles
The most traditional needles are probably aluminum. Those are the colorful kind your grandmother knitted with. They click while you knit. I prefer aluminum because I am an experienced knitter and knit fast. The stitches don’t sick to the needles, which makes my knitting smooth and neat.
PIXNOR Knitting Needles 11 Pairs – Stainless Steel, Straight, 14″ in Sizes 2mm to 8mmDouble Point Knittin Needle, US 4, Stiletto/Stiletto Point, Set of 5 NeedleEasydeal 104Pcs Stainless Steel Straight Knitting Needles Crochet Hook Weave Yarn SetCircular Knitting Needle Set, 13 Sizes Interchangeable Aluminum Circular Knitting Needle Set 2.75mm-10mm with Case
Plastic knitting needles
Plastic needles are best for beginners as they are cheaper. So, if knitting isn’t for you, you can stop without having spent too much money. They are smooth to work with, and there are less glitches in your work. They are light to handle, and warm up quickly in your hands. They are also great with chunky yarn, and they’re bendable which can be a good thing – or not.
Bamboo Knitting needles
A lot of knitters favor the bamboo needles because they are smooth and light. They also choose bamboo because the yarn sticks to the needles, and thereby not falling off. This is precisely the reason I don’t like them. I had a new bamboo needlepoint splitting and wrecking my yarn. Also my yarn sticks to the needle, and I don’t like it. But the fact that I don’t like it shouldn’t put you off. Most knitters prefer the stitches to stick. That way, they don’t fall off.
Styles of knitting needles
Best Circular Knitting Needles
Straight Single point Knitting needles
Straight knitting needles with single points are used for most projects that are flat, like scarves, sweaters, gloves and most similar projects. Watch out though for heavy work that may be too heavy on the wrists. In this case use circular needles.
Double pointed needles are for knitting things like socks or stockings or other types of cubes used for toys.
Interchangeable knitting needles
Interchangeable knitting needles are short needles in the different sizes you need. You have some length of tubes, and attach them to the needles. Some knitters believe them to be life savers as you can take them with you anywhere, they’re small so they can fit in anywhere so you can start a project any time anywhere with no trouble.
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Cable knitting needles
You need cable needles in different sizes so that you can knit those cables. Cables aren’t that difficult, contrary to popular belief. Maybe get a package of three sizes. Look at our cable sweater patterns to see work with cables.
I hope from this you can make a good decision of which needles to get. In the end, each knitter is going to have their own preference.