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Old 03-30-2007, 01:28 AM   #1
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Preference in Needles?
I am new to knitting and would like to know what other knitters prefer to use in brands and types of needles- aka- bamboo, etc.? Thanks! xxx
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Old 03-30-2007, 02:09 AM   #2
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My peronal preference is for resin (plastic like) needles. i tried metal at first and IMHO they were too slippery and did not "give" with the yarn when I was knitting. I tried bamboo and they are good for beginners b/c the yarn doesn't move much on them.. but as you pick up speed they seemed a little tedious to work with. At the home page there is a link about INTERCHANGEABLE SETS OF NEEDLES. these explain alot about why these are such a good idea.
But as a beginner I would stick with resin and not metal.. ALTHOUGH EACH KNITTER WILL HAVE A PREFERENCE FOR ONE OVER THE OTHER.... part of the fun is finding out what YOU like~!
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Old 03-30-2007, 02:11 AM   #3
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Everybody has a different preference. How long have you been knitting? If you've done a bit, what kind of size needle and what needles have you been using?
I would say buy whatever's cheapest until you know what kind you want. That will probably be plastic. If you find them too slippery, you may be a loose knitter, and are likely to prefer wooden or bamboo meedles.
If you find them too sticky/not slippery enough, you probably knit tightly, and are likely to find metal needles better.

But rather than fix your gauge quirks with changing needles, I recommend you focus on knitting more averagely - if you are a tight knitter, try to loosen up, etc. You will really be glad in the long run.
Then next time needles are on sale, buy your favourite size in both metal and bamboo/wood, knit a bit with each and see which you prefer.


P.S. I prefer metal/anything with a very pointy tip.
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Old 03-30-2007, 08:15 AM   #4
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Old 03-30-2007, 08:21 AM   #5
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I adore my Boye NeedleMaster kit and knit everything with them. I also started on aluminum, so I'm used to the slip factor. Everyone has their own preference.

I'd pick up some cheepies in different materials, or if you can play around in your LYS even better (and cheaper!) and see which you like and which you don't before investing time and money.
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Old 03-30-2007, 08:23 AM   #6
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When I first started knitting, I liked the bamboo needles because they weren't slippery and I didn't have to worry about dropping stitches.

Now that I've been knitting for a while, I my KnitPicks Options.
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Old 03-30-2007, 08:27 AM   #7
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IMHO, if you're new to knitting stick with bamboo until you get used to the needles, metal needles can be too slippery for the novice. Once you get more confident and you want to move faster, go for the Options. They are wonderful You get the speed of the Addis at a fraction of the cost.

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Old 03-30-2007, 10:00 AM   #8
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Old 03-30-2007, 12:21 PM   #9
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I am a beginner as well. I have a pair of wooden needles, and another pair of the Boye aluminum which I picked up at JoAnn/Michaels. I actually prefer the aluminum because of the slide factor. It seemed like when I was knitting with the wooden needles, the yarn would bunch up and it would be hard to move it up/down the needle and I'd be pulling at it.

But, I know of 2 other women who are in my knitting classes, beginners like me, who are using bamboo, as well as wood.

As redwitch & VickyS456 said, go out and buy some cheap pairs and find what you're comfortable working with, that's how I am working it now. Just always make sure to hang on to the yarn you're working and it shouldn't slip!

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Old 03-30-2007, 12:42 PM   #10
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it depends on the yarn and project for me... i my bamboo dpns with my cotton yarn for my sisters hat. resin works great with slippery acrylics, and i like my metal with my wool. it took me a while to figure that out though. i like how light the bamboo one are too!
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