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Jan 9, 2019 20:10:25   #
CheyBay98
 
Hi guys! new knitter here, I'm just curious on what you guys prefer knitting with, circular, straight, or bamboo (is that still technically straight?) I'm currently using aluminum straight needles for my first time and there a bit of a struggle so I'm curious to hear from all of you what other types there are and what could be a bit easier for a brand new knitter. have a good rest of your Wednesday guys! may Thursday be just as great!
 
Jan 9, 2019 20:18:03   #
margoc (a regular here)
 
I use almost exclusively circular needles, Chiagoo are my favorite. Even tho I mostly knit flat, the circular are just easier. Never need to worry about losing or dropping a needle. I use both metal and wood.
Jan 9, 2019 20:21:50   #
Judy M (a regular here)
 
Years ago I did not like circular needles -- I think that it was partly the fact that I couldn't tighten my cast on stitches easily. I finally got frustrated enough with straight needles falling and dropping my stitches, that now my favorite is circular. Also I'm not poking anyone sitting next to me. My favorite is a size 7 aluminum needle. I still use a smaller straight needle with a rubber band wrapped around the closed end when ripping.
Jan 9, 2019 20:24:20   #
tonyastewart (a regular here)
 
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Jan 9, 2019 20:26:09   #
klrober (a regular here)
 
Knitting needles are very much a personal choice for most knitters....I also started out with the aluminum straights & then my first circular set was Denise...I still have them.
Also have an assortment of bamboo circulars but my chosen set of circulars is Knitter's Pride Dreamz...they are a birch wood, color coded by size & the cords are too for length. I'm a loose knitter so the wood works best for me.

If you do buy a set be sure it's from a reputable dealer/company that offers a warranty should anything go wrong with a needle....
Jan 9, 2019 20:27:50   #
Charlotte80 (a regular here)
 
I learned to knit on straight Needles but soon discovered Circulars and switched and never went back.
 
Jan 9, 2019 20:30:46   #
Becca (a regular here)
 
Welcome to more opinions than there are sands on a beach. Firstly, most of us use circulars. That being said, take yourself off to your local yarn shop and play with needles, ask questions and see what you like best. There is no one needle that plays nicely with every yarn which is why we have so many different needles. Now ask yourself the following:
#needle material: wood, bamboo, metal(aluminum, stainless, chrome plated), plastic/acrylic, carbon fiber
#needle shape: round, square, hexagonal, triangular
#needle point: blunt(Addi turbos), lace(Addi lace, Rockets), very sharp(ChiaoGoo, Signature, HiyaHiya
#cables if going for interchangeables: very flexible(overcooked spaghetti), semi-flexible no memory(ChiaoGoo red twist, Kollage, others), some memory(Addi)
#interchangeables: screw together(Knit Picks, Knitter's Pride, ChiaoGoo, others), push in and turn(Addi, Denise...think pill bottle caps)
#length of needle tip: 3.5", 4", 5". If you wish to do socks, you'll need 3.5" tips.
#There are other things to consider with needles such as price because some of these needles can be expensive. Some companies do have starter sets for about $35.00 so you can try their circulars but needles are like boots, bras, and beds, what I like you may not.
As an FYI, if you wish to purchase needles from on-line one of the best resources is Handsomefibers.com. Amazon is O.K. if you know about a store's return policy and keep your receipts.
As for a beginning interchangeable set I'd try something from Knitter's Pride.
Now, go forth and ask questions and welcome to the fun of knitting.
Jan 9, 2019 20:34:21   #
heidiholly54 (a regular here)
 
Welcome to KP, from Neshkoro Wisconsin! I too am fairly new at knitting. I've been using both straight & circular needles. Starting to lean towards circular, mainly for me, more compact traveling (spend 97% of my time in our semi). And just plain easier to work with. I use both metal & wood. Haven't tried bamboo yet. That'll be my next purchase to try.
Jan 9, 2019 20:38:20   #
miles (a regular here)
 
I have bought all different type prior to using Signatures. I am now trying to build up my supply of Signature circs and DPNs. I wish I would have tried Signature in the beginning.
Jan 9, 2019 20:38:29   #
jtchip (a regular here)
 
Welcome to KP. I myself prefer knitting on circular for the convenience of length, not having to worry about dropping the project off the needles, picking up my work and having the needle slip out, but it is a personal preference. Test out some needles and see what feels comfortable to you.
Jan 9, 2019 20:52:18   #
kathleenTC (a regular here)
 
I started on straight needles - my grandmother's - but soon switched to circular. I have since gotten one 40" length of each different sized needles - I chose the Addi Turbo circulars. I use them for all my knitting.
 
Jan 9, 2019 20:53:16   #
sfm
 
My first choice is aluminum circular needles. I really want to try those extra sharp steel needles-- dang! I can't think of the name of them! If it comes to me, I'll post again. I'm not certain that very sharp needles would be recommended for a beginner, though. Your best bet may be to get a pair of the one that most attracts you. Actually, Good Will stores often have used needles, although they may be a bit worn, they might still give you a "feel" for the different types.
Good luck and welcome to the knitting society!
Jan 9, 2019 20:57:25   #
CheyBay98
 
thank you for all the responses, I'm honestly writing all this down for my next venture out to the store. I def wanna try the circular ones because I keep having my yarn fall off the needle and its driving me nuts lol. but I never realized just how many types of needles there are! can't wait to build up my collection. the pair in using right now, I got from a local care center and they are a size 8 and 9, do y'all think thats a good set for beginner or should I go smaller or bigger?
Jan 9, 2019 20:57:38   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
CheyBay98 wrote:
Hi guys! new knitter here, I'm just curious on what you guys prefer knitting with, circular, straight, or bamboo (is that still technically straight?) I'm currently using aluminum straight needles for my first time and there a bit of a struggle so I'm curious to hear from all of you what other types there are and what could be a bit easier for a brand new knitter. have a good rest of your Wednesday guys! may Thursday be just as great!
"New knitter" often also means limited funds for hobby. As a newcomer to yarn-play, you don't know yet which material (anodized aluminum, stainless steel, nickel-plated, bamboo, laminated woods, solid wood, or plastics) best suits YOUR personal style of knitting.
Assuming limited funds, I would suggest a few inexpensive purchases on eBay.
stainless steel: https://www.ebay.ca/itm/11Pcs-32-80cm-Vintage-Circular-Knitting-Needle-Set-Lot-Craft-Crochet-Size-6-16/351610191558?_trksid=p2485497.m4902.l9144

anodized aluminum: https://www.ebay.ca/itm/10-2cm-Aluminum-Needles-Interchangeable-Circular-Knitting-Needle-Sets/113370161533?_trksid=p2485497.m4902.l9144

bamboo: https://www.ebay.ca/itm/1-Set-Tunisian-Carbonized-Bamboo-Circular-Knitting-Needles-Pins-3-0-10mm-Size/201763783052?_trksid=p2485497.m4902.l9144

It's been said that the perfect knitting needle for all projects doesn't exist; I agree.
You wouldn't expect there to be one perfect bra for all women or one perfect pair of shoes for all feet. Knitting needles are the same.

Personally, I know I knit tightly. Wooden or bamboo needles drive me nuts, and I'm scared I'll break the smaller sizes of them. Most plastic needles aren't much better, but I do love the ones from Denise: https://www.knitdenise.com/, and their prices aren't exorbitant.
The first circulars I ever had (and still have and use) were the Boye NeedleMaster sets. That link for the anodized aluminum is a new 'clone' from China. Tips that are exactly the same as the Boyes I love married up with cables like those of the ChiaoGoo (pricey) interchangeables.

Some needle makers offer trial sets - just a few sizes of tips and cables, in various materials (if they make more than one), and those aren't terribly expensive - compared to the whole sets. Denise, KnitPicks, Knitter's Pride are the ones that come to mind, though there may well be others.

If I haven't suggested any straight needles, that's because I stopped using mine years ago. Most knitters seem to prefer circulars - interchangeable or fixed - to straights. Were a catastrophe deprive me of all my collected knitting needles tomorrow, I'd order one 40" fixed HiyaHiya circular in each size I usually use. There's no need for multiple lengths of cables. Absolutely anything can be knit on a 40" circular.

Welcome to Knitting Paradise, and welcome to this addiction called yarn-play!
Jan 9, 2019 21:01:37   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
sfm wrote:
My first choice is aluminum circular needles. I really want to try those extra sharp steel needles-- dang! I can't think of the name of them! If it comes to me, I'll post again. I'm not certain that very sharp needles would be recommended for a beginner, though. Your best bet may be to get a pair of the one that most attracts you. Actually, Good Will stores often have used needles, although they may be a bit worn, they might still give you a "feel" for the different types.
Good luck and welcome to the knitting society!
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I wouldn't recommend any of those pricey needles to a beginner though; maybe to a big lottery winner.
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