Craft Dictionary / Crafters Dictionary: Hand Knitting Needle

Our featured post from Crafters Dictionary is the Knitting Needle.

This is a hand knitting tool like a rod that is straight or bent with a pointed tip made from wood, steel and plastic and used in pairs or singly(cable) in producing knitted fabrics or garment(s).

As pointy as these needles, they can be used in making/producing different shapes and beautiful knitwear when used with yarn/wool.

Knitting needles come in various styles/types, sizes and lengths.

The size of the knitting needles affects the size of the stitch and swatch gauge( The bigger the needle size the bigger the stitch -the size that will be made).

Knitting needles are made from different materials like Plastic, steel, bamboo and much more.

Styles/type of knitting needles can be,

  • Double pointed(DPN),
  • cables (bent or straight)
  • Circular
  • Single pointed(Regular)

And the style/type of knitting needles are used in knitting different projects or stitch patterns;

For example,

  • the double pointed needle is used for knitting I-chord, socks and much more.
  • Cable knitting needle can be used in knitting cable stitches, holding stitches and much more.
  • Circular knitting needles can be used in knitting large projects which requires a lengthy needle, circular projects and much more.

The size of the knitting needle ranges from 2mm to 15mm depending on the manufacturer. Some manufacturers,  do produce custom sizes.

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