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Old 12-11-2010, 08:19 AM   #1
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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.
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Old 12-11-2010, 12:59 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 12-11-2010, 02:11 PM   #3
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I found wood/bamboo easiest when I was a beginner, but now I prefer metal.
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Old 12-11-2010, 05:45 PM   #4
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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.
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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.
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Old 12-14-2010, 01:34 PM   #6
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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.
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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.
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
I found wood/bamboo easiest when I was a beginner, but now I prefer metal.
Me, too.
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Old 12-23-2010, 08:04 PM   #9
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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
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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.
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