Bamboo Knitting Needles

I love bamboo knitting needles. They may be more expensive than plastic or metal needles, but they’re worth it, I think. They combine the best characteristics of each.

Plastic needles feel pretty good in your hand as you knit, and they’re lightweight, which eases stress on your hands. But they aren’t the most durable - the tip broke on one of my needles, despite being very careful with them. And watch out for those small sizes - it would be so easy to snap one of those size 5’s!

Metal needles, on the other hand, are very durable, but I just don’t like the way they feel. They’re heavier, and there’s just something about the way the metal slides against metal that bothers me.

Bamboo needles are more durable than plastic, but they’re just as light-weight and feel just as good in your hand, if not better. I’d say, invest in some good bamboo needles for the sizes that you use most often, like these 10 1/2’s that I bought yesterday.

Bamboo knitting needles - the points

Bamboo knitting needles - the ends

Update: It looks like Jo-Ann Fabric sells these needles through Amazon. I got mine at the A.C. Moore in Framingham.

4 Responses to “Bamboo Knitting Needles”

  1. alex Says:

    You should teach me how to knit! I tried to teach myself and failed miserably.

  2. Jennifer Says:

    Sure! Yeah, it can be hard to teach yourself - the drawings they have in books and stuff can be more confusing than anything. It’s easier when you can see somebody actually doing it.

  3. erin Says:

    For a truly amazing knitting experience, try Lantern Moon needles. They cost a fortune - some are made with ebony, some with rosewood (http://www.lanternmoon.com/KN.asp). But they’re absolutely gorgeous.

  4. Cin Says:

    I have to agree with you about the joy of bamboo. Strong, resilient, yet easy to work with and light - they make the knitting process even better.

    I’ve considered Lantern Moons before, but given the choice between pricey yarn and pricey needles, the yarn always wins.