Knitting needles come in lots of different materials, shapes, and sizes, and choosing the right ones can be tricky. Read our handy guide for a few pointers (!) and discover the best needles for you.
Knitting needles are available in a variety of sizes. In fact, The Guinness World Record for the largest knitting needles currently stands at 4.42 metres!
Beginning knitters should choose a medium-sized knitting needle, with a width size of 6 (4mm), 7 (4.5mm), or 8 (5mm). A length of 10mm is a good choice as this should be able to hold all of your stitches.
Knitting needles also come in a wide choice of materials. Metal knitting needles can help you knit faster thanks to their smooth surface, but this can also mean that they’re harder for beginners to hold. Plastic and acrylic needles are popular too. They’re affordable and have a little more grip than metal.
It’s recommended that beginners use wooden or bamboo needles when they’re first starting out. They’re comfortable in your hands and stitches will be less likely to slip off.
Circular knitting needles are great for projects such as blankets or jumpers and are a little easier on the wrists. You can even buy a pack of interchangeable needles, which can be mixed and matched for any project.
If you’re just starting out, then a knitting kit such as the ones from www.woolcouturecompany.com/collections/knitting-kits can be a great option. They’re available in a massive range of designs and provide you with everything you need for your first project.
Now that you’ve got to grips with the world of needles, we hope you’ll be able to enhance your enjoyment of this fabulous pastime, whether you’re a complete beginner or just looking for a new challenge.