Would you like to know more about the various types of knitting needles? Just read on.
There a number of different types of needles, each suited to a different purpose.
Most beginners start with single point needles and only need to invest in the other types as they widen their experience and begin to try more advanced knitting techniques like knitting in the round, or aran knitting.
Another way knitting needles vary is what they are made out of. Each knitter tends to have a favorite style of needle and once they have found their favorite they tend to stick with it.
Which style do you want to try?
Needles come in a range of sizes from 2.0mm right up to 25.0mm, and just to make it even more complicated there are three main sizing schemes.
Depending on where you live the needles you can buy will either be in metric sizes, UK/Canada sizes or US sizes. That is only a problem if you pattern uses one sizing scheme and your knitting store only stocks one of the others!
If you run up aganst this problem, you check out the comparison on my needle sizes page to convert the sizes from one sizing scheme to another.
There is no reason why your needles cannot be used for years and years, if you look after them. My mother still has knitting needles in her collection that belonged to my grandmother, still in perfect working order and they are older than I am!
Once you have bought you first few sets of needles, you will need something to keep them in. Whether you buy a needle case or you keep them in a vase (like my grandmother did) you need something to keep them together in. There is nothing more frustrating than knowing that you have a pair and only being able to find one!
If you have small children in the house or pets, you might like to invest in some needle point protectors which not only protect the tips of your needles but also prevent potentially nasty accidents!