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Spotlight's Ultimate Guide to Knitting Needles!
Spotlight offers countless knitting needles for all your knitting projects. However, if you are just starting out with knitting, you will have to choose the right knitting needles. To help you choose the best knitting needles for your projects, please read Spotlight's ultimate guide to knitting needles below.
What Materials Should My Knitting Needles Be Made Of?
Knitting needles can be made from various materials nowadays - this includes plastic, wood, metal, and bamboo. Naturally, the material your knitting needles are made of can have an impact on how easy they are to handle. Below, we have described each type in more detail.
Metal:Metal knitting needles are the most traditional type of knitting needles. They are often chosen for speed, since it is easier to do some speed knitting with metal needles. However, metal knitting needles do make the clicking sound, which could come a little obnoxious if you like peace and quiet.
Plastic:Plastic knitting needles are usually the best choice for customers on a budget, since plastic is an inexpensive material. Of course, there are some minor disadvantages connected to plastic knitting needles, more specifically yarn tends to slide off a little easier and they are less durable than some other types of knitting needles.
Wood:One of the most expensive types of knitting needles is made from wood. However, these types of needles are good choices for beginners, since the stitches do not slide off as easily as with plastic or metal knitting needles.
Bamboo:If wooden knitting needles are too expensive for you, there is always an alternative in the form of the bamboo knitting needles. Bamboo knitting needles are less expensive, and the texture of the bamboo enables you to keep the stitches on a little easier. Therefore, bamboo knitting needles are also an excellent choice for beginners.
What Type of Knitting Needle Could I Obtain?
When people think of knitting needles, they often think about the traditional straight knitting needles. However, there are more types of knitting needles available, including the circular and double-pointed needles. Here is some additional information about each type.
Straight Needles:Straight knitting needles are the most common type of knitting needles. They are characterised by pointed tips and a flat, wide end. These types of needles are often used for projects where rows of stitches are required - this includes scarves, blankets, and washcloths.
Circular Needles:The circular needle is characterised by a wire and a nylon cord, which forms an extension between two knitting needles. Circular needles are used for projects that require a round pattern - this includes hats, sweaters, and infinity scarves. Circular needles are also used for larger projects, since the extension can hold onto a larger amount of stitches.
Double-Pointed Needles:The double-pointed needles are often used to bind off projects - this usually includes hats and sweaters. However, the double-pointed needles could be used for projects that are smaller - this includes some socks or mittens.
Cable Needles:Cable needles are more uncommon than the other types of needles we mentioned today, but this does not mean they do not have a lot of applications. Quite the contrary, because cable needles are used for all cabling projects.
The cable needle is characterised by its unique U-shape. It can be used in combination with straight needles, circular needles, double-pointed needles, and more.
How Do I Choose a Needle Size?
Customers can usually choose a needle size based on the pattern they have obtained - this pattern usually specifies the knitting needle size and yarn you will need. Customers can also find the ideal knitting needle size by looking on the label of their yarn.