How to knit: tips and tricks.Needles

How to knit: tips and tricks.Needles

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The stuff you work with can make or break your w hole knitting experience. Use good tools and get yarn that’s not only right for your project but also that you enjoy working with. You have m any choices, so try out a few different kinds of yarn and needles to see what works for you.

We live in an era of bountiful knitting options, and the tools we use have never been m ore varied and diverse. We can choose needles made from many materials, in certain styles, and even with different types of points.
Needle Types
Other than for the sake of collecting or for bragging rights, why do you need so m any needles? And what do you want to look for in a needle? The first thing you want to consider is the project you will be making. Some kinds of needles are traditionally better suited for one type of project rather than another.
Straight needles
These traditional needles, which com e in several lengths, are generally used for flat, back-and-forth knitting of pieces of limited width.

Circular needles
These needles joined by a thin cable are norm ally used for circular or seam less knitting, though they may be used for flat or back-and-forth work as well, especially for wider pieces. They are available in different lengths.

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Double-pointed needles
These needles, also available in several lengths, are used for smaller circular knitting. Choosing your needles is a fiercely personal thing. If you prefer to make your socks on small circular needles or two circulars rather than on double-pointed needles, go for it. Some people prefer straight needles for all projects; they always use long straights— tucking the needles under their arm pits— and can’t maneuver circulars at all. Just make sure that the needles you choose are adaptable to the pattern you are using.

Needle Materials
It used to be that needles were made from metal, bone, or wood; ivory and tortoiseshell were the
occasional “exotic.” Now, needles can be made from a whole host of materials from plastic to unusual hardwoods to ecologically friendly bamboo, from the humble aluminum to nickel-plated and brass.
You can even get needles made of glass, as w ell as those that glow with an internal light source!A word on needle tips. In addition to different needle types, there are different shapes of tips; that is, there are distinct shapes to the tip or the pointy part of a needle— some are rounder and others sharper.

Needle tips
I ’ve heard many knitters say they like the rounder tips because they don ’t split the yarns as much. Others prefer the pointy ends because they ’re easier to insert into the stitches. I encourage you to try them all, in different materials, to find what works best for you. I personally favor the pointy circulars, but that’s due to my own knitting style.

Needle Sizes
Needles com e in a large range of sizes. In the United States, they are numbered: the higher the
number, the larger the needle. In most of the rest of the world, however, needles are measured in
millimeters. Be aw are that there also exists an older British system where the larger the number, the
smaller the needle. Here are the sizes and their equivalents.

U.S. Size: 0
Metric Size: 2
U K /Canadian Size: 14
U.S. Size: 1
Metric Size: 2.25
U K /Canadian Size: 13

U.S. Size: 2
Metric Size: 2.75
U K /Canadian Size: 12
U.S. Size: N/A
Metric Size: 3
U K /Canadian Size: 11
U.S. Size: 3
Metric Size: 3.25
U K /Canadian Size: 10
U.S. Size: 4
Metric Size: 3.5
UK/Canadian Size: N/A

UK/Canadian Size: N/A
U.S. Size: 5
Metric Size: 3.75
U K /Canadian Size: 9
U.S. Size: 6
Metric Size: 4
U K /Canadian Size: 8
U.S. Size: 7
Metric Size: 4.5

U K /Canadian Size: 7

U.S. Size: 9
Metric Size: 5.5
U K /Canadian Size: 5

U.S. Size: 10
Metric Size: 6
U K /Canadian Size: 4
U .S. Size: 1 0 ‘/;
Metric Size: 6.5
U K /Canadian Size: 3

U.S. Size: N/A
Metric Size: 7
U K /Canadian Size: 2
U.S. Size: N/A
Metric Size: 7.5
U K /Canadian Size: 1
U.S. Size: 11
Metric Size: 8
U K /Canadian Size: 0
U.S. Size: 13
Metric Size: 9
U K /Canadian Size: 00
U.S. Size: 15
Metric Size: 10
U K /Canadian Size: 000


If you have a needle with no indication of its size, an extremely useful device is the gauge check, a flat rectangle made of plastic or metal with holes of different sizes. You just stick the needle through a hole. Alas, some needle sizes may fall through the cracks: They don’t fit properly in any of the holes.

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I ’ve known some very particular knitters who’ve used jewelers’ fine calipers to determine needle diameters. More and more, needles have their sizes imprinted on them . Some fun acrylic ones are even color coded for easy identification.


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