Knitting Needles or Knitting Pins as they can also be referred as, come in different lengths, varying sizes and different materials.
The most commonly used are straight knitting needles, which come as a pair with a point at one end and a knob at the other, which prevents the stitches from falling off.
They vary in size from 2mm up to 25mm, with some extreme knitting using needles larger than this.
Straight Knitting needles generally comes in lengths of,
25cm, 30cm, 33cm, 35cm which is the most commonly used length needle and 40cm needles for larger projects.
Aluminium, plastic and wood are the main materials used for Needles.
Circular Needles can be used for larger projects where you may need more stitches than you could fit onto a normal straight knitting needle.
A circular needle has a solid straight needle point at each end, it is just shorter than a normal needle, they are joined by a plastic cord, which come in different lengths depending on the length required.
Some knitters prefer to use circular needles for all projects as they find them easier to use.
Circular needles can be used to create seamless garments. Each circle of stitches is knitted in a round.
Rounds are worked without breaks and because the work is never turned, you are always facing the same side, usually the right side. They can also be used for necklines on garments when ribbing an edge of a garment.
Our Pony Double-pointed knitting needles which normally come in a pack of 4 with a point at both ends are ideal for seamless knitting also, such as socks and gloves / mittens or any tubular knitting.
Cable Needles are short straight or with a bend in the middle needle which is used to temporarily hold stitches to the front or back of a garment being knitted, which you create the cable stitch then put back on the stitches to your normal knitting needle.
As a general rule 3mm, 3.25mm and 3.75mm needles are used for 4 ply wool.
4mm and 4.5mm are used for double knitting DK wools.
5mm and 5.5mm are generally used for Aran weight.
6mm and 6.5mm are standard chunky weight needles and above this size super chunky yarns are most commonly used.
Using the correct needle size helps with tension when following a pattern, it creates a good solid fabric.
If you want a looser look use larger needles and if you want a tighter look use smaller needles.
A pattern will always state what needles to use in the paragraph at the beginning and this should always be followed. However the tension is the most important part in following a pattern and this could mean you have to change needle sizes.
Here at The Crafty Yarn shop, we stock a range of knitting needles at very competitive prices, Pony being one of the main brands we stock.