ChiaoGoo Needle Tips 5 inch 13cm for Twist Red Lace Interchangeable Set Size
ChiaoGoo Needle Tips 5 inch 13cm for Twist Red Lace Interchangeable Set Size
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2 Clover Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles 9 Size 8 50mm NIP Size 9 550mm
2 Clover Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles 9 Size 8 50mm NIP Size 9 550mm
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RED HEART Size 19 10 Knitting Needles Luxite blue  green NIP
RED HEART Size 19 10 Knitting Needles Luxite blue green NIP
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steel weaving needle 5 inch
steel weaving needle 5 inch
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UNUSED RARE AUTO KNITTER SOCK KNITTING MACHINE 2 CYL 60 72 RIB 30 36 BOX NEEDLES
UNUSED RARE AUTO KNITTER SOCK KNITTING MACHINE 2 CYL 60 72 RIB 30 36 BOX NEEDLES
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Clover Takumi Bamboo Knitting Needles Lot of 2 Size 911 14 13 New
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ChiaoGoo Red Lace Circular 32in Stainless Steel Knitting Needle Size US 7 45mm
ChiaoGoo Red Lace Circular 32in Stainless Steel Knitting Needle Size US 7 45mm
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BOYE SUSAN BATES BERNAT SKACEL Circular Knitting Needles
BOYE SUSAN BATES BERNAT SKACEL Circular Knitting Needles
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The Little Experience KNIT IT MONKEY KIT Yarn Needles Stuffing NEW
The Little Experience KNIT IT MONKEY KIT Yarn Needles Stuffing NEW
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Lot of 40+ Vintage Knitting Needles Accessories Metal Wood Plastic Boye Sets
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Susan Bates 14099 Knit Chek 3X55
Susan Bates 14099 Knit Chek 3X55
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HiyaHiya Sharp Stainless Steel Circular Knitting Needles 23cm 9
HiyaHiya Sharp Stainless Steel Circular Knitting Needles 23cm 9
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HiyaHiya 5 Sharp Stainless Steel Circular Knitting Needles 80cm 32
HiyaHiya 5 Sharp Stainless Steel Circular Knitting Needles 80cm 32
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HiyaHiya Sharp Interchangeable 5 13cm Knitting Needle Tips
HiyaHiya Sharp Interchangeable 5 13cm Knitting Needle Tips
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Knitting Needle Pair Size 15 14 Sail Yarns Brunswick 82815 Made In India
Knitting Needle Pair Size 15 14 Sail Yarns Brunswick 82815 Made In India
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6 Pairs Vtg Knitting Needles Leisure Arts Various Sizes Made In England 10 14
6 Pairs Vtg Knitting Needles Leisure Arts Various Sizes Made In England 10 14
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9 Pairs Vtg Knitting Needles Susan Bates Quicksilver Silvalume Various Sizes
9 Pairs Vtg Knitting Needles Susan Bates Quicksilver Silvalume Various Sizes
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6 Pairs Vtg Boye Balene 14 Knitting Needles 14k Gold Plated Caps Various Sizes
6 Pairs Vtg Boye Balene 14 Knitting Needles 14k Gold Plated Caps Various Sizes
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5 Pairs Vtg Knitting Needles Susan Bates Quicksilver Silvalume Various Sizes
5 Pairs Vtg Knitting Needles Susan Bates Quicksilver Silvalume Various Sizes
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6 Pairs Vtg Knitting Needles Susan Bates Quicksilver Various Sizes
6 Pairs Vtg Knitting Needles Susan Bates Quicksilver Various Sizes
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8 Pairs Vtg Knitting Needles Susan Bates Quicksilver Silvalume Various Sizes
8 Pairs Vtg Knitting Needles Susan Bates Quicksilver Silvalume Various Sizes
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Dreamz Double Pointed Needles 6 Size 2 275mm
Dreamz Double Pointed Needles 6 Size 2 275mm
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HiyaHiya Sharp 5 13cm Interchangeable Knitting Needles Standard Large Set
HiyaHiya Sharp 5 13cm Interchangeable Knitting Needles Standard Large Set
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HiyaHiya Sharp 5 13cm Interchangeable Knitting Needles Standard Small Set
HiyaHiya Sharp 5 13cm Interchangeable Knitting Needles Standard Small Set
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Teamoy Aluminum Crochet Hooks Set Knitting Needle Kit Organizer Carrying Case
Teamoy Aluminum Crochet Hooks Set Knitting Needle Kit Organizer Carrying Case
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Yarn Organizer Storage Knitting Crochet Needle Craft Holder Case 6 Skein
Yarn Organizer Storage Knitting Crochet Needle Craft Holder Case 6 Skein
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Knitters Pride Basix Circular 24 inch 60cm Knitting Needles Size US 15 100mm
Knitters Pride Basix Circular 24 inch 60cm Knitting Needles Size US 15 100mm
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HiyaHiya Knit Saver Interchangeable Knitting Needle Cable Dif Sizes
HiyaHiya Knit Saver Interchangeable Knitting Needle Cable Dif Sizes
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Annies Hook  Needle Kit Club weekend Little Lamb Sweater Crochet or Knit New
Annies Hook Needle Kit Club weekend Little Lamb Sweater Crochet or Knit New
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Crafts MY DARN BOX and Knitting Needles 7 Sets Sizes 1 to 8 Box 17
Crafts MY DARN BOX and Knitting Needles 7 Sets Sizes 1 to 8 Box 17
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Brittany Single Point 14in 35cm Knitting Needles 1 Pair Size US 17 120 mm
Brittany Single Point 14in 35cm Knitting Needles 1 Pair Size US 17 120 mm
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Deborah Norville Interchangeable Knitting Needles Size 17 12mm Set Of 3
Deborah Norville Interchangeable Knitting Needles Size 17 12mm Set Of 3
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Deborah Norville Interchangeable Knitting Needles Size 4 35mm Set Of 3
Deborah Norville Interchangeable Knitting Needles Size 4 35mm Set Of 3
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Deborah Norville Double Point Knitting Needles 6 Size 8 5mm Set Of 3
Deborah Norville Double Point Knitting Needles 6 Size 8 5mm Set Of 3
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DIY Neon Easy Knitting Round Loom Kit 4 Piece Set with Yarn Needle and Pick New
DIY Neon Easy Knitting Round Loom Kit 4 Piece Set with Yarn Needle and Pick New
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Pony classic 10mm knitting single point needles 35cm length for chunky yarn
Pony classic 10mm knitting single point needles 35cm length for chunky yarn
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Pony classic 12mm knitting single point needles 35cm length for chunky yarn
Pony classic 12mm knitting single point needles 35cm length for chunky yarn
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Pony knitting single point needles 2 pairs10mm+12mm 35cm long for chunky yarn
Pony knitting single point needles 2 pairs10mm+12mm 35cm long for chunky yarn
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KnitPro Symfonie Interchangeable Circular Knitting Needles Deluxe Set Knit Pro
KnitPro Symfonie Interchangeable Circular Knitting Needles Deluxe Set Knit Pro
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KnitPro Tapestry Needles Pack of 4 w Bent Tips Darning Sewing or Knitting
KnitPro Tapestry Needles Pack of 4 w Bent Tips Darning Sewing or Knitting
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KnitPro Trendz Interchangeable Circular Knitting Needle Deluxe Set Knit Pro
KnitPro Trendz Interchangeable Circular Knitting Needle Deluxe Set Knit Pro
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KnitPro Nova Metal Interchangeable Circular Knitting Needle Chunky Set Knit Pro
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KnitPro Zing Interchangeable Circular Knitting Needles Deluxe Set
KnitPro Zing Interchangeable Circular Knitting Needles Deluxe Set
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Knit Picks Picks 4 Caspian Wood Double Pointed Needle Set
Knit Picks Picks 4 Caspian Wood Double Pointed Needle Set
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Getaway Mini Single Point Knitting Needle Case 10X135 Multicolor
Getaway Mini Single Point Knitting Needle Case 10X135 Multicolor
$17.82
Knitters Pride Basix Circular 24 inch 60cm Knitting Needles Size US 15 100mm
Knitters Pride Basix Circular 24 inch 60cm Knitting Needles Size US 15 100mm
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ArtBin Needle Arts Caddy Navy Yarn Storage6933AM
ArtBin Needle Arts Caddy Navy Yarn Storage6933AM
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Lot of 68 Vintage Crochet Hooks and Knitting Needles Susan Bates Boye
Lot of 68 Vintage Crochet Hooks and Knitting Needles Susan Bates Boye
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SCSP 085784 Chenille Kraft Blunt Stringing Needle No 18 Pack of 25
SCSP 085784 Chenille Kraft Blunt Stringing Needle No 18 Pack of 25
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Size 13 Knitting Needles by Scovill Hero 10 Inches Long Green NOS USA Made
Size 13 Knitting Needles by Scovill Hero 10 Inches Long Green NOS USA Made
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Boye Size 8 Knitting Needles 14 Inches Long Aluminum Blue Perfection Points NOS
Boye Size 8 Knitting Needles 14 Inches Long Aluminum Blue Perfection Points NOS
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Getaway Takumi Bamboo Circular Knitting Needle Gift Set 29 Sizes 7 To 15 3624
Getaway Takumi Bamboo Circular Knitting Needle Gift Set 29 Sizes 7 To 15 3624
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Size 8 Knitting Needles by Boye 10 Inches NOS
Size 8 Knitting Needles by Boye 10 Inches NOS
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8pcs Plastic Aluminum Handle Crochet Hook Bamboo Knitting Knit Needle Weave Yarn
8pcs Plastic Aluminum Handle Crochet Hook Bamboo Knitting Knit Needle Weave Yarn
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16 Sizes Knitting Needles Crochet Hooks Stitches Case Crochet Set Crafts DIY
16 Sizes Knitting Needles Crochet Hooks Stitches Case Crochet Set Crafts DIY
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16 Sizes 551 Knitting Needles Crochet Hooks Stitches Case Crochet Set Crafts
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DIY 16 Sizes Knitting Needles Crochet Hooks Stitches Case Crochet Set New
DIY 16 Sizes Knitting Needles Crochet Hooks Stitches Case Crochet Set New
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Needle Bed Strip for Brother Knitting Machine KH230 knitting machine
Needle Bed Strip for Brother Knitting Machine KH230 knitting machine
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5 Silvalume Circular Knitting Needles 24 Size 5 375mm Free Shipping
5 Silvalume Circular Knitting Needles 24 Size 5 375mm Free Shipping
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Size 105 65mm Susan Bates 11936 105 Silvalume Circular Knitting Needles 9
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Circular Knitting Needle 3  1 pc Best Price
Circular Knitting Needle 3 1 pc Best Price
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18 Set Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles Pins 32 80cm length 20mm 10mm size De
18 Set Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles Pins 32 80cm length 20mm 10mm size De
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PEPPERLONELY Brand 10PC Glass Lampwork Knitting Stitch Markers 10mm
PEPPERLONELY Brand 10PC Glass Lampwork Knitting Stitch Markers 10mm
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3mm MILWARD 20cm length Double Point Knitting Needles
3mm MILWARD 20cm length Double Point Knitting Needles
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GREAT 13 CM SIZESET 5 DOUBLE POINTED CARBONIZED KNITTING NEEDLES SIZES 2MM 5MM
GREAT 13 CM SIZESET 5 DOUBLE POINTED CARBONIZED KNITTING NEEDLES SIZES 2MM 5MM
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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
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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
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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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