A knitting needle is the most important bit of kit you have in the process of hand knitting. You will use them every day that you knit. They have a long shaft and are tapered at there end. The shaft and the taper have very important roles in your knitting process.
The radius of your knitting needle is how you determine its size, the size will determine the size of the stitch you are going to use. Fine needles are used for making small stitches, where as a larger needles will be used for making big stitches. If you start uneven knitting then, then you can use some of the many types that are available to you.
Knitting needles come in numerous types and sizes. They were invented in the 19th century. The straight ones, are the most common used by people all over the world. It is capped at one end with a knob head and tapers at the other, you will find it most used in two dimensional fabrics mostly in squares and rectangles. Also it is used mainly for simple stitches and domestic use.
The circular knitting needle has two tapered rigid ends that are connected by a flexible cord, this cord is what holds the stitches in place, the tapered ends are used for creating new stitches.
Circular knitting is a process by which a needle with a small radius is essential uses this short type of work. Another short type is used for forming permutations in the order of stitches in cable knitting.
Different countries around the world use various different sizes of them. They have set their size standards for different types of needles. One can determine the size of one with the aid of a special gauge. Although they nearly always have their sizes written on them. Gauges have holes of different sizes in which you can insert your knitting needle to determine its size.
Knitting needles are made from materials like aluminum, steel, wood, bamboo, plastic and glass. Plastic needles have no pointed edges, therefore the are safe and ideal for children to use. Before man made materials were invented, wood and metals were the only materials available for the manufacturing of them.
Some antique ones were even made using tortoiseshell, walrus tusks and ivory. But they have been banned, because of the endangered species of animals act.
Straight needles can be stored in one of the many attractive cases you can purchase. You should always use containers with padding in their bottom, this will help to keep their points sharp. Circular ones are normally kept dangling from hangers.
Despite the appearance of knitting machines in today’s market, many people still prefer to use the old style knitting needles. This is because there is nothing like having the satisfaction of making a garment with your own hands.