November 2008

Different types of Knitting Needles

There are many different types of knitting needles. Which ones are better to use depends on personal preference. I will try to explain the differences and uses. Knitting needles come in different shapes and sizes: Straight, Circular, Double-points, or Flex.

Knitting needles are made of different materials: metal, wood and bamboo, or plastic. When you begin working on your new project, choose a needle that is suitable for your yarn and your method of knitting. Do you like your stitches to slip off your needles or you like your needles to be sticky? Do you like metal needles or you prefer the warmth of wood?

Another issue to consider is the needles' tips. Some needles have sharp points which are good for working on lace projects and cables. In addition, tight knitters find it easier to work with sharper tips. Blunt needles are better for working with novelty yarns and yarns that split.

I hope this article helps you to find the correct needle for your situation. I will write about crochet hooks next month, and also will have tips for cleaning your hooks and needles.

Nazanin S. Fard

Needlecraft University

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