We consider the needles and hooks we use just as important as the yarn. Finding the right one for you can take some trial and error. We believe we carry some of the best choices for all fiber choices.
Wood needles and hook lend a bit more grip. This helps the beginner just learning. The grip of wood can also be good for working with plant based fibers such as hemp, linen and cotton.
Steel needles are smooth and create less resistance when working with animal fiber yarns and when speed is more important.
What's the best knitting needle for beginners?
Typically, medium-sized knitting needles are generally the best for beginners. This means you should look for a width size of six (4mm), seven (4.5mm), or eight (5mm). For length, starting with a shorter length will help to handle easily; we recommend around a 10-inch needle (25 cm) is an excellent starter size.
What are knitting needle materials good for beginners?
Wooden and bamboo needles are considered easier for new knitters and great for use with plant-based fibers or silk because these fibers can be more slippery. The tooth of wooden needles can keep stitches from slipping off the needles as easily. All wooden and bamboo needles we carry have a smooth finish and do not require waxing or prep before use.
What are the advantages of steel knitting needles?
Metal needles are more durable than wood, bamboo, or plastic needles. Metal needles are particularly useful with yarns that tend to catch and can make knitting with them a smoother, less frustrating experience. Metal needles allow faster knitting speeds because of the smooth surface of the needles, preventing snags.