Today’s post is going to be the first of a new series I am going to be rolling out. Basically I am going to be answering all your questions about anything Knitting, Crochet, DIY, and more. So this one, I’ve seen questions about Knitting Needles on my Instagram a few times so I thought this would be a perfect topic to start with.
What Are The Best Knitting Needles?
This is a tough question to answer. Personally, I don’t think there is a specific Knitting Needle that I pick, but here are a few tips that I’ll share with you.
Plastic vs. Metal vs. Wooden Knitting Needles
When I teach classes I give the following advice on Plastic vs. Wooden Knitting Needles. I recommend Plastic needles to my students. This is usually because the yarn doesn’t get stuck on the needle and can slip off easily. They are also usually cheaper which is important when starting out because you don’t want to spend too much money on a new hobby. In general, plastic needles are lighter than metal or wooden ones which is also beneficial for someone who has wrist or shoulder pain.
Metal Needles are not my favorite, I find them to be too slippery and can be difficult to hold your stitches on it.
Wooden Knitting needles – I saved the best for last. I mean, this is my opinion and preference. But, I love wooden knitting needles so much because I feel like they don’t slip, and they’re not too heavy. So for me, there is nothing better. I would recommend this more for people who have gotten the hang of knitting and not a total beginner.
Circle Needles vs. Single Pointed Needles
This usually depends on two things, the size of the project or the weight of the year. If you’re making a small project that is worked flat , you can use the single pointed needles. If you are working in the round, then you would want the Circle needles. Additionally, if you are going to be working on a large project such as a sweater or afghan it will be a great idea to use circle needles. This will spread out the stitches which will spread the weight of the project and alleviate the stress on your wrists.
How to Prevent Wrist Pain
Let me say this first, you should never, ever be knitting while you’re in pain. However, if you would like to prevent further pain a few things you can do.
- Work on Circular needles to spread the weight of the project out
- Use larger needles, and stay away from super small needles and thin yarn.
- Check you’re tension. If you’re knitting is too tight, you’re going to be straining your wrists and hands, so try and swatch your work with a looser tension, your wrists will thank you!