Choosing the Right Knitting Needle Size
Choosing the best knitting needles for the job the first time, will make you a happier person, help save the environment, and ultimately, make the world a better place. Keep reading to find out how and why.
Knitting can be relaxing and fun; however, it can make even the calmest of knitters go a little nuts trying to knit with sub-par knitting needles.
The market is flooded with all sorts of knitting needles of different brands, colors and sizes making identifying the best knitting needle a confusing process. I too was once a spry young knitter like you, and I too was faced with the challenge of choosing just the right needles without the arsenal of knitting ammunition knowledge that I now have today. Read through the article and you too will learn some of the ins and outs of the knitting needle world.
While choosing knitting needles there are some general factors that you will need to consider, and some factors that are more specific to your knitting style. First of all, the patterns that you plan to use dictate the size of knitting needles that you will need. That should be pretty obvious to most knitters. Therefore, the first step is to take a look at the label on the yarn skein for the exact size of the required needles. But that’s not all; the knitting needle required by a certain pattern may not necessarily be the size that is best fit for your supple knitting hands.
You see, everyone knits a little bit differently, some people are “tight” knitters and some of us are “loose” knitters. If you are a “tight” knitter than you may need to adjust the needle size to be a little bigger than what the yarn label says. Likewise, if you are a “loose” knitter, you may need to adjust the needle size to be a little smaller than what the yarn label calls for. Did you didn’t know about that one sweets?
Another thing to think about when buying knitting needles is that they are reusable (which is good for the environment and good for you). The knitting needles that you choose should be ones that you can see yourself reusing in future. So, I recommend buying the best knitting needles that you can find in the entire knitting universe, because if you keep buying the generic needles that break, or are ugly, uncomfortable, or too heavy, you will just need to buy new ones. Buying sub-excellent knitting needles can often cost more, due to the need to replace them.
Finally, for those of you who have been living under a rock, or who have never knitted before, there is another rule of knitting needle thumb that you should know well, and never forget. In most cases while knitting long rows, longer knitting needles are the best, while in case if scarves made from thin yarn, short needles are just right.
There are different types of knitting needles in the market. Choosing the knitting needle that best suites what you want to knit can be a challenge, but it’s a challenge that pays off in great knitted projects.