What is the best material for crochet hook and knitting needle?

Question by A.: What is the best material for crochet hook and knitting needle?
Hi!

I would like to start knitting and crocheting and would like to get the best tools. What are the best materials for crochet hook and knitting needle in your opinion and WHY? Wood, metal, bamboo, plastic, anything else?

Thanks a lot.

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Answer by DR + Mrs Bears face
This is so much a matter of choice.
Personally I prefer metal because the yarn slips off the needle easily. Others do not like metal because the yarn slips off easily.
Bamboo is popular because they do not click when knitting. Some people find the click of knitting needles irritating.
Plastic I do not like because if your hands are hot the sweat makes the needle damp and the yarn can be hard to slide off the needle. They also break easily.
Wood I do not like because the yarn doesn’t slip off easily. Also the wood can get damaged and this makes the yarn harder to slide off and splinters get into the yarn.

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3 thoughts on “What is the best material for crochet hook and knitting needle?”

  1. Well, it’s all about your preferences. It also depends on the type of material (wool, cotton, silk, etc), the weight of your yarn, and if you’re using straight/circs or DPNs. Your tension (if you knit tight or loose) can have an effect too.

    For just beginning though, you’d be fine with any of them. I personally use metal or bamboo because they’re the cheapest ones to find in my area.

  2. we all have our likings , this also depends on what we are making and the yarn that is used for the project, they are all good in my opinion since they serve my purpouse.

    begin by purchasing a book on knitting and crochet and read it from that you will learn about the tools required and their function, then by a kit they usually come with a pattern but make sure that you get one for beginners just to built up your confidence after that you move up .
    http://www.eknittingneedles.com/default.asp
    http://www.bhg.com/crafts/knitting/basics/

  3. Having used hooks and needles of a number of materials, I prefer metal (non-aluminum) and wood, although I have some borosilicate glass needles I love, depending on the yarn I am working with. Metal needles hold up well and work well, for experienced knitters and crocheters, for nearly all yarns, but some yarns, notably cotton and other plant fibers, silk, llama and alpaca, are very slippery to work with and are easier to control on wood or bamboo needles, since these materials have rougher surface that holds on to the yarn more firmly. I don’t use aluminum needles, since I have found over time that these needles aggravate the arthritis in my hands, although other metal needles do not. I find plastic needles in combination with acrylic yarn squeak and it drives me crazy.

    As for best, the suggestion that you try out various needle materials is well given. Many companies make fairly inexpensively priced needles in aluminum, plastic and bamboo. Buy or borrow a pair of straights, or circulars and practice on them to see if you are comfortable with them. Hit yard sales to get them even cheaper or thrift shops for some just to try, or borrow some from another knitter. Look at the yarn you generally plan to use. If it is acrylic or wool, you’ll likely find metal needles to your preference, but other yarns may lead you to other types of needles.

    You also need to understand needle tips. Did you know there are several types of needle tips that also affect the comfort of the needle in what you are trying to knit? There are blunt tips (large rounded points), pointed tips ( not so large, but still rounded points), and sharp points (very pointy tips). For general knitting, or working with several strands or bulky yarns, blunt or pointed tips work well–usually the larger the diameter of the needle, the less sharp the tip, but for lace or cable knitting, very sharp needles are preferred to pick up the tiny yarns used in lace or to easily move through the twists in cables.

    BTW, spending money for quality needles isn’t an extravagance, if you love knitting, having good tools can often make a difference.

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