There are different types of knitting needles available in a great variety of materials and sizes. The size of the needle depends on the diameter.
The picture here shows a few examples:
- Single-pointed, extra-long wooden needles, ideal for jackets and pullovers when using the English method. The wood absorbs humidity from hands and is good for keeping slippery yarns in place.
Plastic needles are light-weight and rather cheap.
- Bamboo needles are also light weight and smooth.
- Acrylic needles have a slippery surface and are a bit stronger than the plastic ones.
- Metal needles are good for rougher yarns. They are usually more expensive but last a lifetime.
- Double-pointed plastic and metal needles are used to knit circularly, usually socks, gloves and beanies.
- Round needles are also used to knit in the round. A flexible plastic cable connects two needle points. The cables are available in different lengths (usually 40, 60, 80, 120 or more cm).
- Stitch holders are often used to hold a number of stitches that later on will be worked in a special way.