This is a very informative article. I do believe that if you do your homework, it will definitely be to your advantage when working with different types of yarn.
“Much of the mystery of splitty yarns lies not in the yarn but in the needles with which you work it. Specifically, the needle tips. If they don’t get along with the yarn’s fibers, twist, or ply construction, if they assault or intimidate the fibers and strands, you’re headed for splitsville. Change the needles, and you may live happily ever after.”
Learn the different brands of needles, and types of materials used as well as needle point varieties.
Bottom line: “Owning multiple kinds of needles in the same size is not duplication, nor is it an extravagance. It’s a luxury, yes, but one that will fuel a lifetime of pleasant, productive, snag-free knitting.”
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I myself have ‘collected’ quite a variety of knitting needles, on my road to learning how to knit. I have learned that I particularly do NOT like plastic needles. They are inexpensive, generally speaking. And suitable enough for a beginner. In fact, I pulled some out yesterday to try a nice ‘quick’ project. Some size 17 circulars…the only thing I have in that size. Now I remember why I never use them. The yarn ‘sticks’ to the needles, drags I guess you could say. Blah! Perhaps it’s time to invest in some over-sized needles.
My favorite brand so far is Knitter’s Pride. In particular, interchangeables. They have a wide variety of needles that will satisfy any knitter’s needs/preferences. I own both Symphonie Cubics and Nova‘s. As for double pointed needles . . . bamboo is all I own. Perhaps I should broaden my horizons???
Won’t you please tell me some of your favorite knitting needle brands/experiences? Love . . . GMa Ellen