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Without further ado, here’s the first article for our first month – Knitting 101.
Knitting 101 – Needle Materials
Some materials will hug and grab the yarn, while others will slide it smoothly (and even slide it off).
We’ll give you more information on a couple common types, including some pros and cons for each.
Wood and Bamboo
Needles made of these materials will be a bit grabbier. Some knitters rely on it. Others may actually dislike it.
Often though, people who are strongly in the Metal camp may use these needles for specific types of projects, such as lace knitting (with thinner yarn) or colorwork and even with a slippier yarn.
Fans of metal needles tend to like the sleekness of the way they work. You’ll also tend to find that pointier needles are made of metal. Metal needles don’t need to be pointy, but pointy needles will almost-always be made of metal.
Needle Material and Gauge
If you’re struggling to match a certain gauge, you can often get in between by switching materials. In general, you’ll knit fewer stitches per inch on a grabbier needle than a smooth one. This is because of your natural tendency to wrap stitches a bit looser when working with a wood/bamboo needle (so they can move) and to wrap them a bit tighter when working with a metal needle (so they don’t slip off).
Switching needle materials can be a way for you to fine tune your gauge. Give it a try if you’re struggling to hit a specific gauge.