How to choose the right knitting needles?

October 03, 2016

Have you ever been stuck on how to choose a knitting needle?

Choosing the right knitting needle

Choosing the right knitting needles is all about size, weight and slip. Your pattern will specify the recommended size (this is the diameter of your needles) so always start there. Experienced knitters know they can adjust their stitch tension to allow for different sized yarn but when starting out, follow the guidelines. There's a great saying attributed to Pablo Picasso: 'learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist'.

To make it more confusing there are different sizing names in the UK & USA. It's easiest to check the diameter - a US size 50 needle is 2.5cm thick. Generally the thinner your yarn the thinner your needle. There are lots of sizing guides on the internet, but many older needle conversion charts don't go up to chunky sized needles as this style of knitting is relatively new.

Weight (and length) is important, especially with chunky wool as your work can get very heavy. Our Loopy Mango Circular Knitting Needles are great for large projects as they are lighter, easier to manipulate and you will never lose stitches off the back. I particularly like that you can put a project away and be confident when you come back to it that you haven't lost any stitches.

Slip relates to the smoothness of the needles. They need to be smooth with no snags and the smoother they are the faster you will knit. But, if they are too smooth - like stainless steel - your stitches can slide around and it can make maintaining a consistent tension more tricky.

Check out the range of Loopy Mango and Wool And The Gang knitting needles and crochet hooks here.

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