There are so many different knitting needles available. What’s the best to buy? I’m just not sure what makes each kind so different and if the material the needles are made out of will make my projects better.
I’m a tool fool! I just love any kind of art or craft tool so I enjoyed getting your question. I have dozens and dozens of different kinds of knitting needles in vases in my guest bedroom bookcase just because I think they are so fun and interesting. But to your question!
I don’t think you are really asking about the size of the knitting needles, but size is chosen by your pattern. The larger the needles, the larger and looser your stitches will be. Straight needles (most common) are used for flat pieces while circular needles are used for both flat and circular (socks) pieces. And finally dual tip needles are for seamless knitting.
Knitting needles are made from many materials. Bamboo is very popular and thought to be lighter in weight than Aluminum needles. Some metal needles are very heavy and cold to touch, but preferred by a majority of experienced knitters. Wood needles add some warmth, but can break in smaller sizes as can bamboo. Basically, the choice is a personal one. Try the different kinds of needles and see what works best for you.
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