Susan Bates Knitting Needles 65 mm Size 105
Susan Bates Knitting Needles 65 mm Size 105
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25  3375 2 Pkg Clover Pom Pom Makers Large
25 3375 2 Pkg Clover Pom Pom Makers Large
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24 inch red lace stainless steel circular knitting needles 25 3mm
24 inch red lace stainless steel circular knitting needles 25 3mm
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Vintage Lot of Circular Knitting Needles and Stitch Holders Vintage Fiber Arts
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Fluff Ball Maker Knitting Needle Weaver Tool Pompom Craft Diy Pom Essential Kit
Fluff Ball Maker Knitting Needle Weaver Tool Pompom Craft Diy Pom Essential Kit
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Big Eye Needle Large Blunt Needle Steel Yarn Knitting Needles Sewing Needle 9pcs
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Boye Balene II Plastic Needles 10 Pairs Size 13 0r 17 Single Point
Boye Balene II Plastic Needles 10 Pairs Size 13 0r 17 Single Point
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Lot 3 Susan Bates Quicksilver Circular Knitting Needles Sizes 3 4
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Boye Circular Knitting Needles Size 6 10 1 2
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PRINCESS 4 Aluminum 7 Double Pointed KNITTING NEEDLES 410a
PRINCESS 4 Aluminum 7 Double Pointed KNITTING NEEDLES 410a
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Size 15 10mm Takumi Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles 24
Size 15 10mm Takumi Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles 24
$14.19
9 CLOVER TAKUMI BAMBOO SINGLE POINT PREMIUM KNITTING NEEDLES No 13 90mm
9 CLOVER TAKUMI BAMBOO SINGLE POINT PREMIUM KNITTING NEEDLES No 13 90mm
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Deborah Norville Circular Knitting Needles 40 Size 3 325m 16 Inches
Deborah Norville Circular Knitting Needles 40 Size 3 325m 16 Inches
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Circular knitting needles 11 pieces
Circular knitting needles 11 pieces
$25.00
H A Kidd 36 Circular Knitting Needle Nylon Cables size 3 325 mm
H A Kidd 36 Circular Knitting Needle Nylon Cables size 3 325 mm
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addi Turbo Rockets 16in 40cm Circular Knitting Needle Sz US 09 550mm
addi Turbo Rockets 16in 40cm Circular Knitting Needle Sz US 09 550mm
$17.00
Knit Picks Options Interchangeable Nickel Plated Circular Knitting Needle Set
Knit Picks Options Interchangeable Nickel Plated Circular Knitting Needle Set
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Takumi Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles 36 Lot of 3 789
Takumi Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles 36 Lot of 3 789
$18.00
BOYE KNITTING NEEDLES IN ZIPPERED CASE NICE LOOK
BOYE KNITTING NEEDLES IN ZIPPERED CASE NICE LOOK
$14.98
Addi Circular Knitting Needles
Addi Circular Knitting Needles
$5.00
Small 20 Pkg Quick Locking Stitch Markers
Small 20 Pkg Quick Locking Stitch Markers
$11.19
7 Pair Knitting Needles Lot Premium Takumi Bamboo Clover 3 15 Straight Circular
7 Pair Knitting Needles Lot Premium Takumi Bamboo Clover 3 15 Straight Circular
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Knit Picks Rainbow Wood Straight 10 Inch Knitting Needle Set
Knit Picks Rainbow Wood Straight 10 Inch Knitting Needle Set
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15 Circular Carbonized Bamboo Knitting NeedlesBRAND NEW SEALEDFREE SHIPPING
15 Circular Carbonized Bamboo Knitting NeedlesBRAND NEW SEALEDFREE SHIPPING
$9.99
Clover Takumi Getaway Gift Set Bamboo Crochet Hook 7 Size Per Set
Clover Takumi Getaway Gift Set Bamboo Crochet Hook 7 Size Per Set
$39.27
HiyaHiya Sharp 40 Magic Loop Sock Gift Set HISST40GIFTSET
HiyaHiya Sharp 40 Magic Loop Sock Gift Set HISST40GIFTSET
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Clover Takumi Getaway 9 Inch Single Point Knitting Needle Gift Set with 7 Sizes
Clover Takumi Getaway 9 Inch Single Point Knitting Needle Gift Set with 7 Sizes
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Red Circular Knitting Needles 32 Size 7 45mm
Red Circular Knitting Needles 32 Size 7 45mm
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Red Circular Knitting Needles 32 Size 5 375mm
Red Circular Knitting Needles 32 Size 5 375mm
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Pom Pom Makers Large 25  3375 2 Pkg
Pom Pom Makers Large 25 3375 2 Pkg
$9.60
ELINKA Crochet Hooks Mixed Aluminum Handle Knitting Knit Needles Sewing Tools Fu
ELINKA Crochet Hooks Mixed Aluminum Handle Knitting Knit Needles Sewing Tools Fu
$13.82
Split Ring Markers 24 Pkg
Split Ring Markers 24 Pkg
$5.37
Huge Lot of 47 Boye Knitting Needles Single Double Assesories New
Huge Lot of 47 Boye Knitting Needles Single Double Assesories New
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KnitPro Trendz Interchangeable Knitting Needle Starter Set with Coloured Cables
KnitPro Trendz Interchangeable Knitting Needle Starter Set with Coloured Cables
$20.11
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Knitting Needle Lot with Latch Hook Wood Plastic Metal Shillcraft Berkalin
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Takumi Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles 29 Size 19 3016 29 19
Takumi Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles 29 Size 19 3016 29 19
$15.25
Knitters Pride Nova Platina Interchangeable Starter Set
Knitters Pride Nova Platina Interchangeable Starter Set
$29.69
Lot of 4 BOYE CIRCULAR KNITTING NEEDLES
Lot of 4 BOYE CIRCULAR KNITTING NEEDLES
$9.99
Whitecroft Childrens Plastic Knitting Needles with Faces 10 pairs x 4mm
Whitecroft Childrens Plastic Knitting Needles with Faces 10 pairs x 4mm
$16.34
VINTAGE KNITTING CASE BOYE Needlemaster Knit Kit with Tote Case
VINTAGE KNITTING CASE BOYE Needlemaster Knit Kit with Tote Case
$19.99
BOYE BROOMSTICK LACE PIN SIZE 35 1900mm
BOYE BROOMSTICK LACE PIN SIZE 35 1900mm
$4.00
Collection large 14 4 pairs Hero 13  35 Boye 17  35 + single Boye 50
Collection large 14 4 pairs Hero 13 35 Boye 17 35 + single Boye 50
$7.95
Size 17 Takumi Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles 29
Size 17 Takumi Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles 29
$20.59
VTG BERNAT AERO Knitting Needles w Case Set Made in England Set 24 Free Shipping
VTG BERNAT AERO Knitting Needles w Case Set Made in England Set 24 Free Shipping
$65.00
Good Housekeeping Needle craft Fall Winter 1973 1974 Knitting Crochet Sewing Emb
Good Housekeeping Needle craft Fall Winter 1973 1974 Knitting Crochet Sewing Emb
$6.00
XD3 8pcs set Crochet Hooks w LED Light Knitting Needle Multicolour Sewing Tool
XD3 8pcs set Crochet Hooks w LED Light Knitting Needle Multicolour Sewing Tool
$14.05
LEGARE 400 SOCK KNITTING MACHINE 2 CYL 54 72 1 RIB 36 NEW NEEDLE ORIGINAL PAINT
LEGARE 400 SOCK KNITTING MACHINE 2 CYL 54 72 1 RIB 36 NEW NEEDLE ORIGINAL PAINT
$1,001.14
Size Q19 1575mm Crochet Hook
Size Q19 1575mm Crochet Hook
$8.59
Denise in a della Q Crochet Hook Set Pink REFURB
Denise in a della Q Crochet Hook Set Pink REFURB
$76.95
Unit Needle Transfer Tool for DM 80 E6000 Passap Knitting Machine
Unit Needle Transfer Tool for DM 80 E6000 Passap Knitting Machine
$70.00
9Pcs Knitting Loom Flower Daisy Pattern Maker Yarn Needle Knit Hobby CP5
9Pcs Knitting Loom Flower Daisy Pattern Maker Yarn Needle Knit Hobby CP5
$4.91
8pcs set Crochet Hooks w LED Light Knitting Needle Multicolour Sewing Tool S1
8pcs set Crochet Hooks w LED Light Knitting Needle Multicolour Sewing Tool S1
$13.53
8pcs Colorful Aluminum Knitting Cable Needles Yarn Stitch Holders Safety Pin
8pcs Colorful Aluminum Knitting Cable Needles Yarn Stitch Holders Safety Pin
$2.72
6pcs Colorful Aluminum Knitting Cable Needles Yarn Stitch Holders DIY Craft
6pcs Colorful Aluminum Knitting Cable Needles Yarn Stitch Holders DIY Craft
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Size K 65mm Amour Crochet Hook
Size K 65mm Amour Crochet Hook
$12.99
Knitting Looms Classic Knit Yarn Needle  Pick 14 19 24 and 29 cm Set of 4 A4
Knitting Looms Classic Knit Yarn Needle Pick 14 19 24 and 29 cm Set of 4 A4
$19.99
Wooden knitting needles size 19
Wooden knitting needles size 19
$4.00
HandMade Modern Knitting Needles US 11 8mm 10 in 1 Pair
HandMade Modern Knitting Needles US 11 8mm 10 in 1 Pair
$6.50
lot of 4 sets wood DPNs double pointed knitting needles Addi Brittany ++
lot of 4 sets wood DPNs double pointed knitting needles Addi Brittany ++
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Red Circular Knitting Needles 12 Size 3 325mm ChiaoGooPart 6012 3
Red Circular Knitting Needles 12 Size 3 325mm ChiaoGooPart 6012 3
$17.01
DIANA EZ KNIT 14  10 Aluminum Knitting Needles Size 4 Set of 4 Original Pack
DIANA EZ KNIT 14 10 Aluminum Knitting Needles Size 4 Set of 4 Original Pack
$8.55
Palm Madagascar Palm White Flowers over needle Fabric Printed by Spoonflower BTY
Palm Madagascar Palm White Flowers over needle Fabric Printed by Spoonflower BTY
$24.00
Hot Needle Crafts Crochet Knitting Row Counter Stitch Tally Pendant Plastic P
Hot Needle Crafts Crochet Knitting Row Counter Stitch Tally Pendant Plastic P
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1 x Plastic Knitting Needle Size Gauge Ruler Weaving Tools Inches CM ESCA
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Vintage LOT 2 BOYE NEEDLEMASTER JR+Circular Knitting Needles KIT KITS
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Knitting Needles

Point Protectors and Stoppers for Knitting Needles Size #0-10-1/2 Aqua/Pink, 6-Piece
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Clover Takumi Getaway 13-Inch - 14-Inch Single Point Gift Set, 7 Size Per Set
Clover Takumi Getaway 13-Inch - 14-Inch Single Point Gift Set, 7 Size Per Set
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Clover Takumi 7-Inch Double point, Size 15
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Lantern Moon Sea Green Silk Knitting Needle Combo Case Holder
Lantern Moon Sea Green Silk Knitting Needle Combo Case Holder
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Clover Takumi Velvet 13-Inch - 14-Inch Single Point Gift Set, 7 Size Per Set
Clover Takumi Velvet 13-Inch - 14-Inch Single Point Gift Set, 7 Size Per Set
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Susan Bates Patriotic 10in Single Point Knitting Needle Gift Set Size 11 13 15
Susan Bates Patriotic 10in Single Point Knitting Needle Gift Set Size 11 13 15
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Knitting Needles

The right knitting needles are an important tool in the process of hand knitting.  Most knitting needles have a long shaft and a taper at their end, both the shaft and the taper have important roles in the knitting process. The active (unsecured) stitches of the fabric are held together by the shaft which prevents them from disentangling and the taper is used for forming new stitches.

Knitting needles are available in different sizes and types.

Straight needles are commonly used and are capped at one end and tapers at the other end. Straight knitting needles are widely used when knitting two-dimensional fabrics mostly in squares and rectangles. They are widely used for domestic knitting and they allow knitters to create projects using very simple stitches.

The size of a knitting needle is determined by its radius, which in turn determines the size of the stitch. The radius affects the length of the yarn loom drawn from the previous stitch. Fine needles are used for making petite stitches, whereas large needles are used for making big stitches. In case of uneven knitting, one can use several types of needles. One can influence the stitch size by wrapping yarn about a single needle for a multiple times. Large needles are used for large-scale projects.

Circular knitting needles have two tapered rigid ends that are connected by a flexible cord which holds the active stitches, whereas the tapered ends are used for creating new stitches. A short, straight rigid needle tapered at both ends is a popular variety of knitting needles. Circular knitting for garments such as socks and sweaters uses these needles with a small radius.

It is important to note that different countries use different sizes of knitting needles and you can determine the size of a knitting needle with the aid of a needle gauge. Most needles have their sizes on them over time these labels will fade and a needle gauge will be a handhy tool to have as they have holes of different sizes in which you can insert the knitting needle into to determine its size.

Contemporary knitting needles are made from materials like bamboo, glass, plastic, aluminum, wood, casein and steel. Plastic needles have no pointed edges and can be safely used by children.  Antique knitting needles which were created from materials such as ivory, walrus tusks and tortoiseshell but this process is now banned as they are endangered species of animals.

As your knitting tool collection grows you will probably want to purchase a knitting needle storage container. Straight needles can be stored in attractive cases, cylindrical containers with padding keep the needle points sharp.

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