How do you clean aluminum knitting needles?
To clean the needles use a standard metal polish, work it well over the whole needle and rub off the polish with a soft cloth. You may need to repeat this several times to remove all the dirt, especially if the needles are old or well used.
Are bamboo or metal knitting needles better?
For beginner knitters, bamboo is our top choice. Bamboo needles are easier to handle than metal or other woods, because the stitches don’t slip off the needles. Wood needles are an excellent choice for more experienced knitters, who want a slicker choice than bamboo, but don’t like the clanking of metal.
Are aluminum knitting needles hollow?
When John started making gripfids from aluminum knitting needles, he discovered that in smaller sizes, they aren’t hollow. A search of the Internet for “hollow knitting needles” quickly led him to Knit Picks and their hollow double-pointed nickel-plated brass needles, which are made in India.
What happens if you use knitting needles that are too big?
The real way to change the number of stitches that you knit in an inch is to change the needles that you’re using. A needle with a smaller diameter means that you make smaller loops when you wrap the yarn, and therefore you get smaller stitches. Likewise, bigger needles make bigger stitches.
What is the best size knitting needles for a scarf?
If you are a tight knitter, use bigger needles (size 17) or if you are a loose knitter, use smaller needles (size 15). Use whatever size needle it takes so that you make a scarf that is 4 inches to 4.5 inches wide (not wider). You can also adjust the number of stitches to keep your scarf within this size range.
Can you sharpen bamboo knitting needles?
I like my knitting needles very sharp, and the factory default for most wooden and bamboo doesn’t suit me very well. DH has taken sandpaper to my needles that could be sharpened. … Some people won’t want them that sharp, but you can adjust the tip to suit your personal knitting taste.
How do I make my knitting needles slippery?
If your needles are being grabby, run them through your hair (along the scalp) once or twice. The “preening oil” naturally on your scalp will help the needles slide through the wool more smoothly.