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Knitting Supplies ::: NEEDLES

June 14, 2013

Knitting needles come in various sizes, kinds, and materials.  You can borrow from a friend to try out different kinds, and speak to the staff at your LYS, who can recommend an appropriate needle type and size for your project.

To begin with the Simple Collection designs, all you need is a set of US#8 / 5mm straight or circular needles.

Materials :::

Plastic is cheap and cheery, and is a good lightweight option, especially in larger sizes.  Metal is slippery and indestructible (my favourite). Bamboo and wood are more grippy than metal, and warm to the touch.  Try different kinds and decide which you prefer (it will likely be different for different kinds and weights of yarn).

Types of Knitting Needles :::

Straight needles are traditional, but they are the least flexible in use. I almost never use them, but some people prefer them.

Circular needles are very flexible, because you can use them for knitting flat (in rows) and also for knitting in the round.

Double pointed needles are used for knitting in the round, because they can be used for very small numbers of stitches as well as for larger diameter pieces. Alexa often uses double pointed needles, but I prefer to use a longer circular needle with the magic loop method for knitting small diameter in the round.

If you begin knitting, and can tell you will love it, an interchangeable needle set may be a good purchase.  Interchangeables come with set of different size needle points and a variety of cable lengths, so you have every needle size you need, and won’t need to buy new needles for every project.

Bright and Beautiful designs:


Tofino Surfer HatMalt Blanket

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 30, 2013 12:41 am

    Apart from yarn, needles are my next big love. I am always buying more it would seem. :-)

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