Do You Know Your Knitting Needles?

When you think about knitting, what comes to mind? Is it the yarn you’ll be using? How about the finished product? Or the knitting stitches you’ll be needing?

Chances are it’s one of those three things; but it’s rarely your knitting needles. Oh, they’re there alright; but never seem to be of much importance. But they should be. After all, without knitting needles, where would we be?

A #6 aluminum needle has been known to furnish an excellent emergency shearpin for an outboard motor. ~Elizabeth Zimmerman

Not all knitting needles are the same, and some are easier to knit with than others, and there are those that are used for specific tasks.

Straight Needles are the most common knitting needles of all.    straight knitting needlesYou can find these in metal, bamboo, or wood. All my life I’ve used the aluminum needles, and love the clickity-clack noise they make. Recently, I switched over to bamboo, simply because that was the only type needle in the size I needed. Well! They are wonderful to knit with. Smooth and sleek they glide through your fingers, and are so light to the touch! Straight needles are great for knitting scarves, dishcloths and even parts of sweaters or vests, too! Of course, whichever needle you prefer, you’ll find them in the carousel below!

Circular Needles are used for more complicated knitting.    circular knitting needlesWhen you knit sweaters or large afghans or shawls, for instance, you just can’t beat circular needles. They even knit up hats in a hurry. Circulars are great if you have arthritis, because your knitting sits in your lap and doesn’t stay heavy on the needles, which makes it more difficult on your fingers and wrists. They come in different lengths as well as different sizes, so be sure to remember to check out what length needle you will be using.

Double-Pointed Needles or DPNs are used for knitting tiny circles, or when knitting socks. Double pointed needles are also called cable needles, because you use them when creating cable stitches in your knitting. Again, remember to seek out the proper size; the last thing you want to do is try to use a size 6 cable needle when you’ve been knitting all along with size 11’s. It’s not gonna work!

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Tapestry Straight DPNs & Circulars

There are plastic needles you can find; I would only use these for children who are beginning to learn how to knit because they don’t hold up too well. Even with kids, get them to know the basics the right way!

Knitting needles are always your preference. Isn’t that nice?! If you knit long enough, you WILL have preferences about everything knitting. Needles, yarn, patterns, stitches, there will be things you gravitate to again and again.

Scroll down to the carousel below to choose your knitting needles before you forget!

And as always, take your knitting to heart!  ♥

P.S. Be sure to scroll below to the carousel!!!

 

 

 

 

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