Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Choosing the perfect needles for you

Whether you are a beginner knitter or one with decades of experience, a visit to your local yarn shop to choose new needles might leave your head spinning.  There is such a  wide choice of tools available from KnitPro but there are a very good reasons for that.  Each range has specially selected materials, crafted  to suit different projects or different styles of knitting.

We thought we would take a closer look at our ranges to help you choose your perfect needles in time for Santa’s sleigh.

Type of Needle

First of all you will probably want to look at the type of needle you would prefer to use.  We offer single pointed straight needles, which are perfect for knitting flat pieces such as scarves, shawls and jumpers; circular needles which are very useful for knitting in the round, although many people also use them for knitting flat pieces; and double pointed needles which are most often used for socks, gloves, toys and hats.



Materials

Once you have decided on your favourite needle type you will want to consider the material they are made from.

Metal

Metal needles are super smooth.  If you are an experienced knitter they help you to knit quite fast. If you are a tight knitter they certainly help you to move your stitches along.  Lace knitters often favour needles made from metal. 



We have two ranges in this category: Zing needles were launched earlier this year and are made from a superior grade light weight metal.  The different sizes each have their own colour making them very easy to identify; 







Nova needles have been part of the KnitPro collection for quite a while and are made from hollow brass pipes that are plated with nickel making them very light weight and easy to use.  The Nova range also includes  the ergonomic Nova Cubics, which are beautifully tapered.




Carbon fibre

Our Karbonz range are made from High-Tech carbon fibre with tips in nickel plated brass.  This gives you the best of both worlds – a super smooth metal tip with the warmth and strength of carbon fibre – these needles have a little more grip than the metal ranges.  Karbonz are particularly popular with sock knitters because they go right down to 1mm.

Wood

Our wooden ranges include those made from birch and bamboo.  Perhaps our most popular range, with it’s iconic chevron pattern is Symfonie, which is suitable for any project and any level of knitting ability.  They are the strongest wooden needles on the market, polished and lightweight to provide hours of effortless knitting. 

Both our Dreamz  and Basix ranges are made from high quality birch wood with a little more grip.  
Dreamz come in a range of delicious colours to help you identify the right size; Basix are perfect for chunky knits and go up to a size 25mm! 

Our Bamboo line is made from the finest Japanese bamboo to ensure a smooth finish and have a medium amount of grip  suitable for loose knitters and beginners.

 

High Quality Acrylic

Perhaps you are looking for a first set of needles for a complete novice, then look no further than our Trendz needles. They are made from resilient acrylic, come in a range of radiant colours and have the most grip of all our needles which will really help a beginner avoid dropping stitches.



If you still aren’t sure which range of needles are for you why not try a bit of needle tasting with our Comby interchangeable needles.  Set 1 offers you a Nova metal, Symfonie wood and a Spectra acrylic needle. Set 2 contains a Karbonz, a Bamboo and a Nova Cubics needle to try.


We would love to know which is your favourite range of needles and why.





3 comments:

  1. I knit everything on circular needles and use the interchangeable sets. I'm aiming to own every type of needle as I've found my tension is different depending on the needle material :)

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  2. I stopped knitting approximately 20 years because it caused extreme pain and swelling in one of my fingers. By a series of odd events in August I decided to try knitting again but didn't have needles of the size I needed so I made a trip to a local wool shop which only stocked one type of needle - your Symfonies. Well, initially the price made me slightly reluctant but I decided to bite the bullet. The day before I'd borrowed a set of my mum's metal needles and already they had started aggravating my finger...as soon as I swapped to the new Symfonies I could tell the difference...amazing! So in the past 5 months I've already bought more Symfonie needles in different sizes and types than I care to admit - I made 8 knitted presents for friends and family at Christmas and am still loving it - and pain free! I even recommended them to a friend who bought some and within a couple of days the pain she had from metal needles had gone.

    So Symfonies are by far my favourite ever needles - without them I'm pretty sure I'd have had to give up again almost as soon as I started. Thank you :-)

    Debbie

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  3. I stopped knitting approximately 20 years because it caused extreme pain and swelling in one of my fingers. By a series of odd events in August I decided to try knitting again but didn't have needles of the size I needed so I made a trip to a local wool shop which only stocked one type of needle - your Symfonies. Well, initially the price made me slightly reluctant but I decided to bite the bullet. The day before I'd borrowed a set of my mum's metal needles and already they had started aggravating my finger...as soon as I swapped to the new Symfonies I could tell the difference...amazing! So in the past 5 months I've already bought more Symfonie needles in different sizes and types than I care to admit - I made 8 knitted presents for friends and family at Christmas and am still loving it - and pain free! I even recommended them to a friend who bought some and within a couple of days the pain she had from metal needles had gone.

    So Symfonies are by far my favourite ever needles - without them I'm pretty sure I'd have had to give up again almost as soon as I started. Thank you :-)

    Debbie

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