To knit in the round and even flat, you have the choice: straight or circular needles.
At Biscotte, we have them all...but we have a preference for circular needles. Why?
First, circular needles are less hard on the hands and the wrists. Furthermore, some knitters who had abandoned knitting because of a health problem (pain in the hands, wrists and shoulders) were able to get back into knitting with circulars.
Also, they are shorter so they are easier to take along and to store in a small space. In addition, they allow us to try on our knitting more easily along the way (if you have already put your foot in a sock mounted on 3 double pointed needles, you certainly understand what I mean !!)
In addition, how many times with straight or double pointed needles have you lost a needle to find yourself with a single straight needle or an incomplete set of double pointed needles? It's impossible for it to happen to you with circular needles: Finished the single needle that teases you from the top of its 35 centimeters " Is it me that you're looking for?"
Be sure to choose quality circular needles: look for a flexible cable and a join between the cable and the needle without any small bumps or cracks in which the stitches could get caught on.
Circulars even if I knit in the round ?
Many knitters think that circular needles are only for knitting in the round. Think again: circular needles can be used with "all the sauces." You can even use them to knit back and forth.
Imagine that you are knitting a 300 stitch shawl on straight needles. Your shawl advances, you see the lace growing beneath your hands and it's beautiful!! Suddenly you start to have wrist pain. Why? Because the weight of your knitting is transferred from your left needle to your right needle each row and you are handling needles that become heavier.
Knit the same shawl on circular needles with an 80 - 100 cm cable and your beautiful shawl will sit on your lap while you knit.
Metal, Bamboo or Birch Wood?
Metal needles are more slippery than bamboo. Knitters who knit at a tighter tension will have a tendency to prefer metal while knitters who knit at a looser tension will more often prefer wood or bamboo.
The type of fiber can also influence the choice of needles: when you knit with a slippery yarn, like mohair for example, you may choose to go with Bamboo needles to get a better grip of the stitches on the needles.
The larger the metal needles, the noisier they are. Bamboo is much more discreet.
Metal needles are more durable and stronger, wood and bamboo will break more easily.
That said, the choice of knitting needles is a matter of personal preference.
Do not hesitate to ask us for advice, we will be happy to help you choose the knitting needles that suits your project and the type of knitter that you are!
For a practical table on the different measuring systems for knitting needles, I invite you to visit this site which is a reference tool in the world of knitting.