Sunday, April 12, 2009


1. What they are made of

Metal: makes clicking sound, but stitches slide easily and work is faster

Plastic: quieter and easier for a beginner

Wood: Feel good, but hard to maintain

2. What shape they have

Straight, with single point: most common. Can be short or long

Straight, with double points: used mostly for socks, mittens and gloves

Circular: really two needles connected by a cord. Used for sweaters with no seams and for large projects. Becoming more popular because they take up less room

3. What size they are

Both crochet and knitting needles come in a broad range of sizes. Most instructions give a recommended needle size, along with a recommended yarn. As a general rule, fatter needles are used for thicker yarn, and longer needles are used for larger projects.

4. Type of needle

Crochet hooks:
Usually come in plastic or aluminum
The size in indicated by numbers 3 to 11 or letters C to K
The higher the number, or letter, the larger the hook

Knitting needles:
Single-point needles usually come in 10" or 14" lengths
Double-point needles come in 7" and 10" lengths
Circular needles come in 16", 24", 29", and 36" lengths
Diameter around
Needles range from extremely thin #00 to very fat #15. Even larger sizes may be available.

1 comment:

  1. I bought circular metal needles, size 9, today and did Assignment #2 with them (it ?? ). I really like the feel of them.