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JLynn
12-11-2010, 08:19 AM
Would like to know what would be better for a beginner, wood, metal, fiberglass or plastic needles? The reason for this I have metal ones and I am having problems when I try to do a st. I can not get enough pressure on the loop that I am knitting into to keep it from slipping off the left needle.

suzeeq
12-11-2010, 12:59 PM
Everyone has a different preference and many of us use all types of materials, different ones for different yarns. You may have a slippery yarn so a plastic/acrylic or wood needle may be better for you to use with this type of yarn as they're more 'grippy'. If you have a grippy yarn such as cotton, that would be better with a metal needle.

Jan in CA
12-11-2010, 02:11 PM
I found wood/bamboo easiest when I was a beginner, but now I prefer metal.

JLynn
12-11-2010, 05:45 PM
Thank you both for the replies, after I had posted I did a search on needles and found the same advise that it depends on the yarn.

I guess what I need to do first is do a search here before I post to see if I can find my answer, I just hate to repost on something that has been posted before.

Jan in CA
12-11-2010, 07:30 PM
Thank you both for the replies, after I had posted I did a search on needles and found the same advise that it depends on the yarn.

I guess what I need to do first is do a search here before I post to see if I can find my answer, I just hate to repost on something that has been posted before.

Searching is always good because there is a wealth of information in old posts, but feel free to post if you need to. :thumbsup:

Breezed
12-14-2010, 01:34 PM
I am a new knitter and I have to say I am favoring acrylics (straight and interchangable circs) right now. I do prefer my dpns in wood though because knitting in the round is hard for me still and the wood helps me keep everything snug on the needles, not slipping around and confusing me. I have very few metal needles now, I returned most of them. I tend to only buy where returns are easy, like Jo-Ann's. They have a good return policy or online with Amazon with Prime only. I'm not experienced enough to know what is best for me until I try it and I'm not rich so I have to ensure I can return something if it doesn't work for me.

JLynn
12-15-2010, 09:05 AM
Breezed I know what you mean, I am in the same boat need to make sure that if I don't like something I can take it back for a refund, another place that is a no hassel is Hobby Lobby.

luvmykid28
12-15-2010, 09:24 AM
I found wood/bamboo easiest when I was a beginner, but now I prefer metal.

Me, too.

sheba
12-23-2010, 08:04 PM
I am a beginner knitter and have been knitting a little over a year.I agree with Jan in CA. I used the bamboo needles when I first began learning they do not slip around as the alluminum ones or(metal ones do.Now that I am use to knitting I like to use metal depending on my project. I would love to answer any questions you have givien I know the answer. Sheila:)

trvvn5
12-23-2010, 08:15 PM
See, this is such a matter of preference. I notice a lot of people like working on bamboo and wood when I started. I hated it. I find that it grips too much for me and I end up with really tight stitches. And when I first started knitting I was so tense to begin with that it made it impossible for me to get into the stitches.

When I first started I liked working on the Susan Bates Aluminum needles. I found that they were grippy enough to keep the stitches on, but they were loose too. I would never have knit on something like Addi Turbos or Options when I first started. I'd have lost stitches everywhere.

Daylilydayzed
12-24-2010, 02:59 PM
When I taught myself to knit over 25 years ago the only knitting needles available at that time were Bates aluminum , their version of ivory Baleen, and Susan Bates Silverlume, But with the internet, I have found KnitPicks interchangables of acrylic, wood and metal tips and cords that do not kink. I love these They come in every size and are very inexpesnive when bought a pair at a time. The customer service is great too. I was knitting with the acyrlic tips one evening and I broke the very top of the tip off of one needle. I emailed Knit Picks about it and they sent me a new pair of tips in the same size , no questions asked. I am currently knitting s string bag using the Harmony tips and the cotton yarn just slides on them. I am using Peaches and Cream cotton yarn.

AngelaR
12-26-2010, 06:22 PM
As others have said, it has to do with preference. I prefer nickle/metal needles, and circulars. My husband got me KnitPicks Options for Christmas. I'm the happiest woman in the entire world now. So many new cable lengths to buy and needle sizes as well.

Since you're a beginner, I highly recommend buying cheap needles at places like Walmart, etc or even seeing if your local good will might have some, see what you prefer, then go with it. I never thought I'd like bamboo until I tried them, now I love them for cap making.

fatoldladyinpjs
12-27-2010, 11:20 PM
I'm a Knitpicks fan as well. I have the Harmony wood interchangeable needles. I love them! The pointy tips make it easier to do decreases and bind off's. I seem to knit faster also.

JLynn
12-28-2010, 11:29 PM
To everyone that has replied thank you so much for everyones input. I am finding that with the bambo needles I cast on to tight and have tried casting on loosley to no invain. I have tried the acrylic and not crazy about them so i decided to just stick with the metal ones and so far so good.