What You Need to Know About Needles

besides yarn, needles are the only other absolute must for any knitter. Knitting needles of yore were made of steel, but today's needles come in a whole assortment of materials, each with its own special qualities. Aluminum needles are the cheapest and most common, and they're nice and smooth for sliding yarn across. Bamboo needles are less slippery, but they're also prettier to look at, become warm with handling, and are flexible and easy on the hands; they're my fave by far. Wooden needles are chic but expensive, and casein needles, which are made of milk protein, are cool-looking and flexible, but they taste weird, so try not to lick them.

Like yarn, knitting needles come in varying thicknesses, and, as I'll explain below, the thickness (or diameter) of your needle can make a big difference in your

What you see is what you get. Needles shown actual size (top to bottom): size 5, wood; size lO'/i, bamboo; size 15, wood; size 17, plastic.

knitting. They also come in different styles—straight and circular—and different lengths. In this next section, I'll try to help you answer the pointed question: Which needle should I use?

fize Matter/

+1 0

Post a comment