View Full Version : Best needles for a beginner?

06-12-2008, 10:27 AM
Hi everyone!

What's the best type of needle for a beginner? what do you like?

06-12-2008, 10:33 AM
It totally depends on your yarn. You will get very frustrated trying to knit cotton or acrylic on needles that aren't slick enough. If you buy your yarn at a yarn shop ask them what they recommend. THey will be very helpful.

06-12-2008, 10:41 AM
Hello! :waving:

Depending on your budget, I'd recommend Susan Bates metal needles. They are very affordable and you can build up a collection of sizes over time. Also, www.knitpicks.com sells interchangeable needle sets ($59.99 for nickel plated and $69.99 for wooden) in which you'd have several sizes available to you without having to buy them separately. Hope this helps. Happy knitting! :thumbsup:

06-12-2008, 10:53 AM
Metal ndls can be very slippery. Some like wood for its 'grip.' Agree that, if you can, stop by your LYS and try out diff combos of ndls/yarn. What works for you might not be what someone else prefers. Diff ndls have different points. They range from very sharp to somewhat rounded. If you tend to push off the ndl tip with your finger, you'll like certain ones better than others.


06-12-2008, 11:14 AM
My kids liked the bamboo because it had some grip. They got very frustrated when using the metal needles because they kept sliding out of the stitches.

06-12-2008, 11:16 AM
Thanks everyone! I may try and go visit the knitting shop near me.

06-12-2008, 11:36 AM
Since I'm still fairly new, I remember the needles I loved the most just starting out were plastic because the yarn didn't slide off like the metal ones, but they were still slick enough that the yarn glided when I wanted it to. I quickly outgrew those, though, as I felt like I was going to break them when I started doing more stitchwork (increases, etc.).

Now...my favorite overall are bamboo.

06-12-2008, 11:48 AM
I am fairly new to knitting as well and when I was learning last fall I preferred the Addi Turbos because the yarn sticking on the plastic ones was frustrating. It is a very personal choice, you just have to try some and see which ones you like the feel of.

I was lucky at the time because the LYS that was teaching me how to knit allowed me to try different needles while at the shop before I bought the ones I liked.

06-12-2008, 12:20 PM
I started out with plastic then quickly fell in love with Bamboo.
I find them easier on my right index finger; I tend to push my left needle down with my right index finger before I do my next stitch.

I have a few sizes in metal circulars which again are hard on my index finger because they're so pointy. For those I end up wearing a rubber finger guard (like the ones people wear to count money) to make it easier.

06-12-2008, 12:54 PM
I wish I'd known about the Knit Picks Options interchangeables when I first started. I don't like wood needles. I have a bunch of aluminum ones, but the nickel-plated are so great!

06-12-2008, 09:37 PM
Now I'm an Addi junkie, but the Chiao Goo's were great for starting.


And I'd recommend about a size 8 and some worsted weight yarn.

06-12-2008, 10:08 PM
I just started knitting a couple months ago. A friend originally taught me how to knit using metal needles, maybe a size 7. I didn't really like them because the stitches slipped off. Also, she gave me really thin yarn so it took forever. Another friend suggested that I get chunky yarn and big needles. I bought size 13 bamboo needles. I loved those needles. It worked up really quickly because of the chunky yarn and the big needles. I still use bamboo needles. I recently bought a pair of plastic needles that were on clearance. I'm looking forward to trying them out.

06-12-2008, 10:57 PM
I learned on bamboo over 2 years ago. They were nice for a beginner because the stitches don't slip off as easily. You can rub them between wax paper to make them slicker if you knit really tight. Once your gain more control over the yarn and your tension, metals become quite fast. I even enjoy the metal "clicking" and it even makes for a rhythm that is rather relaxing.:knitting: I would do a small project first on short straight needles(Bubbles, the fish dishcloth on knitalittlemore.blogspot.com is really easy, fast and cute--also one with fins), and then try something on circulars with a short cable, so you can get used to the difference. They are nice to get used to when you are ready for larger projects or working in the round. Happy knit'n!

06-12-2008, 11:09 PM
I have been knitting for about 7 months or so. I joined a local knitting group at the library. They taught us on metal 10 1/2 using Peaches and Cream Cotton Yarn. It went very smooth. Our first project was a dishcloth using this (http://majorknitter.typepad.com/photos/patterns/dishrag_and_magazine_photo.html)pattern. I hope this helps. I love the Addi Turbos now also. They are so easy to work with. I would not recommend buying the interchangable set if you are a beginner... just because they are expensive and that is a big price to pay if your not sure if you are going to stick with knitting.

06-13-2008, 02:12 AM
My vote: Knit Picks "Harmony" interchangeables...inexpensive, slick but not slippery, and you can add pieces to your set as you need them, or can afford to add them.

06-13-2008, 08:48 AM
Last weekend I got two pairs of Addis. One is Turbo and it's nice and slick and I love that. The cable is nice. They aren't as pointy as I would like. The other pair is gold-colored and nice and pointy like I want but not slick enough. I need to get my Options and get it over with! Every time I get the money together Julianne needs something. Now it's going to be three weeks before I can justify it.

06-14-2008, 11:06 AM
I started with just some junky acrylic yarn and plastic needles, because I took it EVERYWHERE and we were going travelling soon. It really depends on the type of yarn. So, I agree with everyone else.

06-14-2008, 05:51 PM
I started with 10mm wooden ones from the market and acrylic yarn. The needles were fine for a few weeks, particularly because the stitches didn't slip off while I was learning but I got frustrated with it the more I practiced because my knitting got tighter and I couldn't move the stitches off the wood very easily so I switched to aluminium. Its all a matter of preference. I wouldn't start with anything too small though.