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Items Needed When Learning to Knit

Updated on March 8, 2015

Knitting is a pastime that many people, both young and old alike, have engaged in over many years. Several decades ago, it was a skill that was passed down from one generation to the next. The reasoning behind this is because in that time period, they needed to know how to knit in order to make clothing and blankets for their loved ones. It used to be a necessity to know how to knit, but not any longer. Now, knitting is simply a hobby that several people enjoy doing in their spare time. It has become a craft that is loved by many.

Correct Knitting Needles

If you wish to learning to knit, it will definitely take time, patience and practice; but will eventually pay off. Many beautiful things can be made by knitting. These include, but are not limited to, blankets, scarves, dish clothes, sweaters, socks and more. It is a skill that requires little equipment to get started, however, you will want to make sure you're using the right needles so as to prevent your hands from being injured. It can make a person's hands very stiff and sore if they are using the wrong knitting needles. It is for this reason you would not want to get one that is too heavy or has a point that is too sharp. You don't want your new craft to become more of a chore than it is a hobby, so take care in finding the right needles for you.

Precision-Tapered Knitting Needles

There are a variety of knitting needles on the market to choose from, but some of the cheaper versions are too blunt and have a tendency to split the yarn. You get what you pay for, so, it is for this reason a precision-tapered knitting needle is recommended. They have been specifically manufactured to easily slide through the loops of the knitting pattern without causing worry of splitting the yarn. In addition, they are lighter in weight, which will permit longer periods of work without pain.

Manufacturing Materials

Knitting needles are made from several different materials including the following.

  • Aluminum
  • Wood, or more specifically, Rosewood, which has been polished to enable the needle to slide easily through the stitches
  • Bamboo
  • Plastic, allowing increased flexibility

Aluminum Knitting Needles

Some knitting needles are made from aluminum. Few knitters enjoy working with these types of needles because of their weight and stiffness, but it is up to the user.

Rosewood Knitting Needles

There are also wooden knitting needles. These have been polished and have the ability to slide through the stitches quite easily.

Bamboo Knitting Needles

Bamboo is often used to manufacture knitting needles because it is more flexible and lighter is weight than other materials. Many people enjoy knitting with bamboo needles because of their comfort level.

Plastic Knitting Needles

There are plastic knitting needles as well. They have some advantages in that they offer increased flexibility and they are lighter in weight than some of the other knitting needles on the market.

Types of Knitting Needles

There are three different types of knitting needles.

  • Straight, or also known as single-point needles
  • Sock, or also known as double-point needles
  • Circular needles

Straight needles are used for the most common knitting stitches, which is simply back and forth from one side to the other.

Sock needles are utilized for projects that require a small circumference circular pattern such as a neckline on a sweater, a crown on a hat, or a pair of socks.

Lastly, circular needles have numerous purposes and are usually used for larger circular items such as making sleeves, skirts or necklines.

Straight Knitting Needles

Sock or Double-Pointed Knitting Needles

Circular Knitting Needles

Additional Equipment Required

If you have decided to take up knitting as a hobby, there are other pieces of equipment that are required other than just the needles and the yarn. Initially, you can begin with those items, but in order to finish your project you will, most likely, need additional items. The following is a list of things you might require in order to complete your garment.

  • scissors
  • crochet hooks - will be necessary for finishing the edge of a garment
  • yarn needles - may be needed to sew seams together
  • knit counter - this little device helps to keep count of the rows that you've knitted
  • tape measure

You may already have these items in your home, but if not, they can be obtained easily, both online and off. In addition, to your local craft store, these items can be found at


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