What are circular needles for?

Knitting needles - information on the differences

As you can probably imagine, there is a very large range of needles for knitting. Among other things, they differ in shape, color and material and are suitable for various areas of application. To give the topic a little structure, let's start with the 3 main types of knitting needles.

What types of knitting needles are there?

  • Straight knitting needles, also called simple knitting needles

    The name suggests it. They are straight and have a so-called stopper or button on one end to keep the knitted piece from slipping off the needle. The classic among the needle types, with which almost anything can be knitted.
  • Double pointed needles or double pointed needles

    Double pointed needles consist of 4 to 5 knitting needles that are slightly shorter than the straight / simple knitting needles. They are pointed at both ends. They can be shaped into a circle, for example, to make stockings or other tube-like parts such as sleeves

Circular knitting needles are connected to one another with a flexible rope and have short tips. With them you can knit not just one but several stitches in parallel or seamlessly. This is also called circular knitting and makes it possible to make a garment without a seam. Circular knitting is very popular because it is gentle on the joints and tendons. Relief is achieved by the fact that the mass does not weigh on the needle but is distributed over the rope.

There are fixed and interchangeable circular knitting needles in which the needle points and ropes can be exchanged, which means a great deal of flexibility in terms of the variety of knitting.

What does needle size mean and which ones are there?

The diameter of the knitting needle indicates the needle size. Thin needles are suitable for small stitches, thick needles for large ones. There are needle sizes from 1.25 to 20 millimeters. You can tell how thick a needle is by looking at the respective imprint. If you do not find any imprint, a so-called needle measure can help. By the way, on the banderole of the wool it is indicated which needle size you can use. Usually 2, sometimes 3 sizes are possible. For example, you can use BULKY pearl pink heather sizes 5, 5.5 and 6 mm for baby alpaca wool. You can find this information on the respective article page under the item product information.
Beginners knit best with stronger needles because they are easier to grip. The thicker wool is usually easier to work with and you get a result faster.

Which material is the right one for knitting needles?

Metal knitting needles
Usually aluminum, stainless steel or brass is used, some with a nickel coating (attention for allergy sufferers!). Metal needles are particularly hard and robust and also particularly pointed. You can knit quickly with them. Due to their smooth surface, they are particularly popular with tight knitters and are also suitable for fine and fibrous yarns.

Plastic knitting needles
They are light, inexpensive and come in a wide variety of shapes and colors. They also have a relatively smooth surface, are warm to the touch, are stable and flexible.

Wooden knitting needles
They are made from different types of wood. E.g. made of birch wood, olive wood, ebony, violet wood, rosewood, chestnut wood etc. Wooden needles are partly made by machine or by hand and they are available in very different qualities. Many people particularly like the warm feel. The acquisition is usually a bit more expensive.

Bamboo knitting needles
Bamboo is very light, warm, slippery but grippy and flexible and incidentally not wood but grass. The needles can break if the needle size is very small. They are well suited for smooth fibers (e.g. mohair wool, merino wool, cotton).

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