NIGGLES ON NEEDLES
Q There’s such an array of di erent kinds of needles out there – metal, plastic, wood – it’s so confusing! Does it make any di erence which ones I use? Jane Taylor, via email It does make a di erence, Jane. For example, metal and plastic are more slippery than wood, which means there’s less friction to a ect the movement of stitches. Beginners might find they have less control of their stitches with metal needles, whereas experienced knitters might prefer them because they can work faster as stitches glide o the needle more easily. The smoothness of yarn is a factor too, so for controlling stitches, you could try knitting silky yarns on wooden needles and hairy yarns on metal or plastic. Also, metal is cold, whereas wood and plastic are warm, so they are better for anyone with issues with hand mobility.