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As a beginning knitter, I was confused by the different types of knitting needles. There are straight needles, circular needles, and double-sided needles! The type you use depends on the project.
Sewing needles have an eye for threading, but that isn't the case with knitting. These look more like chopsticks!
There are three basic needle shapes:
I experimented with different shapes and materials.
Don't use acrylic needles with acrylic yarn since it tends to stick.
Bamboo feels nice to hold, but I also discovered that acrylic reverse tapered needles are a huge help since I tend to hold the stitch tension too tight.
In the system for knitting needle sizes, a larger number means a larger needle, which means fewer stitches per inch.
|10 1/2||6.5 mm|
In the old UK system, it was reversed so that a smaller number meant a larger needle. If you are using vintage patterns, you might not have any clue about what size needle to use. That's why it's so important to make a swatch and test the knitting gauge before you dive into any pattern!