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How To Choose the Right Needles For a Knitting Project

Watch more How to Knit videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to choose the right needles for a knitting project with these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Check instructions Check the instructions of the pattern you've chosen. It may require certain specifications for your needles. Step 2: Consider needle width Consider the width of the needles you'll need. European needles use millimeters sizing and American needles range from size 000 to 50--thin needles are used for tighter knits and finer thread, and fat needles are for chunky yarn and larger loops. A pair of 8 or 9 needles are a good, average size for beginners. Tip Needle size also affects the gauge, or the number of stitches per inch, so the larger the needle, the fewer stitches you'll need per inch. Step 3: Pick needle length Decide your required length for needles. If you're working on a large project, like a blanket, you may need long needles to fit on lots of stitches. Otherwise, choose a length that feels manageable and comfortable in your hands. Step 4: Pay attention to needle material Pay attention to the material that the needles are made of, like aluminum, wood, or plastic. Needles with a slick surface, especially metal, can be slippery--and difficult for beginners. Step 5: Consider needle style Consider the style of the needles you'll need. There are single-point, double-point, and circular needles, but single-point are best for beginners and simple projects. Step 6: Shop in-store Shop at a knitting or craft store, looking for a pair of needles of the width, length, material, and style that you need. Hold them to get a feel for whether they'll be comfortable. Did You Know? Knitting as we know it has been around since roughly 1000 AD.
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