Hi my name is Cheryl Brunette and today I am going to answer another question
from a viewer who is a relatively new knitter. The
question is What is the best set of needles to use and the answer is . . . it depends. [Harp Music playing, “Simple Gifts”] When it comes time to choose needles for a project there are many different
things you have to consider, one of which is what is the style needle you need? Do you need, for example, long straights which by the way happen to be
my favorites in almost every circumstance. You can
also use short straights or you can use double pointed. We have some
double pointed ones here and double pointed ones here. if you want you can choose these. Sometimes you need circular because what you are building requires a
circular needle and these I bought years ago. I bought a number
of sets of them and they were supposed to be the best of
both worlds. They were supposed to have points like circulars but they were cut for ends, and honestly I
hate these things. They drive me crazy. I am sure that there
are people who love them but they always get tangled up in my
yarn, these ends do. and maybe if I put these things in boiling water, that might straighten
them out and they might turn out to be the most wonderful things ever but I can not stand these little springy things jumping all over the place. However the advantage of these is
that they have a pretty good join. And the points to the smaller ones have enough of a point for me, and of course
there is the light weight. Especially as I get older I find that
I am using wooden needles more and more just because I love them so much. Here are needles of mine that are almost always in motion. These are needles my Grandpa made and he has been dead since 1959 so you know they’ve been around for a while. They have little hand markings on
them. These are size 8s and these ones are 10, no, about ten-and-a-half although they are marked as 10s.
And these ones are about tens. Now if you look at them carefully you willl see that they are not even the
exact same length. There is a little bit of variation in length, not a lot, just a tiny bit. And if you look closely at the points
they do not even have the same taper. They were done in a pencil sharpener so some of the points are longer than the others. They are quite pointed and my personal
preference has always been for pointy needles and I do not know
why that is. Sometimes if I have a yarn that is
really loosely spun they are not as much fun, but I almost
never want to use a non-pointy needle. These are a little bit
duller but because they are larger then you are using a larger
yarn with them so it is okay. And you can not see it here but this
particular end of this particular needle has been so
worn that it actually is not round anymore. It is almost flat in this direction and
every time I use it, it just makes me feel good.
This is a very pointy circular . . . These are old Boye needles. I actually know they are Boyes because I have the original packaging for the green ones
and these are the same kind of point. These are almost a bulbous point. It is a little bit of a rounded point at the end but still sharp enough. And there is
something about this taper that is unusual and I like that a
great deal. Weight is something to consider. These are huge, size fifteens, but
they are hollow aluminum so they are not heavy to
carry it all. I also have some thirteens that are old and made of a kind of plastic. They are considerably heavier. In fact
these are heavier which are shorter and they are
smaller in diameter yet they are heavier than these. So the weight is something that you should consider. The materials too. Wood keeps the yarn from sliding back and forth. If you have a slick yarn wood can help slow it moving back and forth
and you are less likely to loose stitches. In fact, it is probably pretty good for beginning
knitters. Wood is lightweight and not too smoothe. Aluminum is very smooth. Plastics vary. They are slicker so you want to feel them. These. I love these. Look at how long those
tapers are. These are great for doing things like
cables and lace and I like to do fancy color work and that sort of thing. I don’t do much plain stuff. This is again that taper and here is actually . . .
you are getting a sneak preview of one of the swatches for a class
that I am designing that is coming up. It is a full class and
it is called “Crazy About Cables.” But I will hide that right now. That is about all I have around here
so consider style the type of point and the length of the taper. The diameter given the kind of yarn you want, and
on the material that it is made of, and the expense. Now is it important to have really expensive needles?
I do not know because I do not have any. These are all either left over from my mom or my grandma or ones that I had in my stash and have
accumulated over the years. I also pick up a lot from garage
sales i because I teach classes to children sometimes and when they go home, if they are
interested, I want them to have a pair needles and some yarn so that
their parents do not have to go out and spend any money for these.
Or spend time and money. It is hard for parents to get out to do that,
especially if they are not knitters. So . . . I hope that helps. Knitting needles are tools and although some are better made than others
almost all of them are just fine. What is really important in predicting what will be the best
needles for you for a given project is your skill and experience. The more you play with
different needles the more you will be able to
predict what will work in a given situation and
what will make you what will make it more enjoyable for you. So until I see you again, knit a little bit each day. It’s good for you. The answer is . . . it depends. I forgot to bring the needles up at the right time . . . Shall we go one more time? Okay Take three. I did take it . . . say it. Take three Here we are . . . needles . . .

35 thoughts on “What Are the Best Knitting Needles?”

  1. if I may add my take on knitting needles. When I was trying to relearn to knit last year I had a pair of childrens needles short straights and I was knitting fine until I tried those large gold ones then I noticed I could not knit at all. it was horrible and the pain and discomfort in my hands and wrists then I realized its the needles not me. so I went and got Susan bates quick silvers and voila ,It didn't hurt anymore to knit.  when I figured out that I wanted to continue to knit I bought myself a set of Knitters Pride Novas ( not as expensive as you may think, I got mine for 55.00 for 9 sets)  by the time you buy the cheaper needles ($6 to $7 a pair ) it comes to more than just buying a good set of needles. as for double points (dpn's) I have bamboo and metal. I really don't like plastic anything. I don't like the feel with the yarn at all. This has been my experience. just a note: I think addy clicks are way over priced and people have reported that they do fall apart during a project (not good) that's from my research. so that's my little take on knitting needles. 

  2. Also throwing out there that my favorite needles changed as I got better at knitting. I wish I wouldn't have purchased a whole circular set until I had been knitting a couple months because they never get used anymore. : ( Really enjoy your videos!

  3. Really good advice and a lot of points to think about! ( please excuse the really bad pun, I couldn't resist!). Thanks for the insight.

  4. Hi Marie. The CC you're seeing is the one automatically generated by YouTube. It isn't even close much of the time.

  5. Is there a name for the kind that you do not like? I was just given some and plan to try them out after I straighten them in boiling water.  What are my favorite kind? The ones I have available that fit the project at hand. 🙂  Seriously, I like a sleek metal with a long tapering point circular for large projects and small metal double points for small circular projects. To look at, I love the wooden decorative ones with all the spindles and turnings.

  6. Thank you very much.  I was lucky enough to purchase an incredible knitting needle collection, rolled in a circa 1950's case, at an estate sale.  Now, retired, I am hoping to use at least some of the goodies.  Very informative.  Jamie in KY

  7. You are looking pretty and funny in this vidéo and like Staci I use magic loop needles to knit toe up socks with the Very Pink tutorials and it's fun to watch you both. Very happy to learn a lot with you and Staci.

  8. I also knit with my mother's needles and I've never bought a single one because her collection is quite extensive and I make do with what I have but I think it's great to know that I could make some needles myself with wood dowels, I didn't think of that at all, it's super ecological! Thank you once more Cheryl!

  9. Hi, a friend of mine gave me a pair of knitting needles that thicker on the tip half and thiner on the second half. I do not know what they are used for, neither did she. Can you tell me where this kind of needles are used ? Thanks

  10. I'm an experience crocheter but so new to knitting. Thanks for info about selecting the best knitting needles. I think it's sweet that you give kids sets of needles as a gift.  That is a sure way to keep them inspired to keep knitting. I'm sure they will look back fondly years later and remember you for that.

  11. Thank you so much for the info. I am so overwhelmed with all the choices. And the prices, since I am brand new and don't know if I will be able to catch on and enjoy knitting yet. I absolutely love that you have needles that your Grandfather made and still use them. What a wonderful remembrance of him every time you pick them up. I have been watching so many videos and I have been trying to just work on the knit stitch to see if I can knit and make anything remotely attractive. If I can get the knit stitch down and get good at it, I think I will be able to do many other stitches. Maybe not an expert, but nice enough to make gifts and items for charities I support (I already crochet a lot).

    Thanks again,
    Denise

  12. I truly enjoyed your video… Loved seeing the old needles… A quilter, I have just returned ti knitting and crocheting, after a very long absence… I sm amazed by all the wonderful yarns now available… I lost all of my old knitting needles… But I still have a lot if good crochet hooks… All except the one my mother taught me on… Lost that one.

    I just bought three Knitter's Pride circular needles, plus a couple of shorter straight sets.. And have discovered a lovely yarn shop in our small town.. Wish me luck!

  13. One thing. I've NEVER seen those type of needles with the long cord and a stopper. For a second I those were end caps to interchangeable needles. For projects like blankets, I use long circular needles. Usually between 29-60 inches.

  14. I hate the the plastic knitting needles. They are ok for the first few rows, but as the garment gets heavier they keep bending more and more. I do not like to use them at all.

  15. I haven't used straight needles in a few years! I've been giving them away to people who want to learn to knit. My favorite needles are circular needles and double points. I like some wood and sharp metal needles.

  16. I found some vintage bakelite knitting needles recently, they are about 70 years old. I haven't used them yet but I like to look at them because they're so cool.

  17. i have recently taken up knitting, I find I naturally tuck the needle under my arm, so I am thinking I would struggling with circular? have been looking at the knit pro wooden set so much reading up ! lol

  18. Really a good illustration of many different types of knitting needles available in the market. For me, I prefer to use #Mehousa circular Knitting needles. This is my personal preference but others might learn a thing or two by watching this video. Great work Cheryl!!

  19. I love to knit, I done 4 different patterns on one set of needles, I only know how to do 4 patterns, the stockinette, the bee stitch, the broche, and the garter stitch, if you can teach me more than that it would be greatful to do other knitting patterns :-).

  20. Would you say 16inch needles are too long? Someone has made me an offer on a beautiful set of older needles that are this length and I'm not sure if that would be too long for most projects. I'm still a beginner so I'm not quite sure. I want to primarily use one set of needles and not have too many kinds of different sets, if that makes sense.

  21. Oh how I wish I had a friend like you. Love that you have old needles that you cherish and that you so willingly share your skill and gift.

    Thank you!

    Kimmie
    Mama to 8
    One homemade and 7 adopted

  22. Whenever I can, I choose to knit with my tortoiseshell needles. (They are not real tortoiseshell, by the way: that's just what they are called because of the pattern on them.) Sadly, it's difficult to find them anymore. I don't know if they were only made by Patons in Australia, but that's where I got the ones I have – and they were already secondhand – about 40 years ago. The 'modern' alternative is casein, which made from milk protein, but I'm having similar difficulty finding casein needles. What I love about the tortoiseshells is that they are flexible, soft to touch, silent and just a pleasure to work with. When they get old, they do tend to break, so I look after mine carefully. And am careful not to sit on them!

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