Tips for Buying Good Knitting Supplies
Knitting is a relaxing and rewarding activity. Although most people who knit are older women, more and more young people are discovering the benefits of this activity. It has the same relaxing effect as meditation, it is a great workout for the brain and it can prevent a lot of mental and psychological problems such as depression or cognitive decline. While knitting can seem complicated at first, if you have the right supplies it can be quite easy. If you are considering trying out this activity, here’s all you need to know about buying good knitting supplies.
1. What types of needles should you choose?
There are several types of needles to choose from. First of all you have to decide on the material. Metal needles are the most common ones, since they are affordable and easy to work with. Plastic needles are cheaper, but they are not recommended since they are very slippery. However, if you want to knit with highly thick fabrics, you can find plastic needles in extra large sizes. Wooden and bamboo needles are the best choice, but they are slightly more expensive.
Once you decide on a material, you must also decide on a shape. Straight needles are the most versatile ones, and they can be used for a wide variety of projects. Circular needles are great for circular projects such as infinity scarfs, hats or even sweaters. You can also choose double pointing needles, which are great for binding off projects, but also for smaller circular projects like baby hats.
Last but not least, when it comes to needles, you also have to choose a size. This is not a matter or preferences, but a requirement for different projects. Generally speaking, if you work with a pattern, the pattern should have a needle size recommendation.
2. How to choose the yarn
Choosing the yarn is mainly a matter of preferences. Thickness is an important factor to consider, as it determines the drape of the completed project. Obviously you should choose thin yarn for a dense drape and thick yarn for a more relaxed drape. You should also make sure that you have enough yarn to complete your projects. Some people recommend choosing the yarn based on the gauge, but different types of yarn can perform differently for a certain pattern, so this isn’t a very accurate type of measurement.
3. Other accessories that you will need
To prevent the yarn from rolling around when you knit and getting all tangled up, we advise you to use a yarn bowl. This is a special bowl with a circular design that guides the yarn. You can find a wide variety of yarn bowls on the DarnGoodYarn.com website. There you will also find a wide variety of yarns and other knitting accessories.
While the yarn and the needles are the only must have accessories for knitting, from time to time, you will also find yourself needing other tools as well. We advise you to also buy some scissors and some sewing needles.