In my last two blog posts, I talked about the anatomy of a sock in Part 1 and the option of knitting socks using double pointed or a circular knitting needle in Part 2. 

Once you decide what type of knitting needles to use for your socks, you need to select the material they are made from. Some of the most common materials for knitting needles include:

Wood: Wooden needles are generally quieter and warmer to the touch than steel needles, making them a good choice for people who find metal needles cold or uncomfortable. They also have a slight grip that can help keep the stitches from slipping off the needle, but on the flip side if you are a tight knitter, or knitting with a ‘sticky’ fibre like wool or alpaca, you may want to avoid wooden or bamboo needles. These materials can be too grabby for some knitters, making it difficult to move your stitches.  Some examples of wooden needles are the Knitter's Pride Ginger Double Pointed Knitting Needles and the Symphonie Dreamz Double Pointed Knitting Needles.

 Bamboo: Bamboo needles are similar to wooden needles, but are lighter and more durable. They are also environmentally friendly, as bamboo is a renewable resource. Chiaogoo's bamboo knitting needles are made of Moso bamboo, which is the largest and strongest bamboo out of over 1,000 different species.

Steel: Steel needles are strong, durable, and have a smooth, slippery surface. They are good for knitters who work quickly and for those who find wooden needles slow or difficult to manoeuvre. Some of our bestsellers are Chiaogoo's Circular Knitting Needles.
Chrome: To make knitting even more interesting, there are the cuboid-shaped knitting needles, which I have yet to try. Knitter's Pride Nova Cubics Platina double pointed knitting needles give you the best of two features: the strength and flawless finish of chrome plated brass and a perfect cuboid shape. The square shape gradually yields to a perfectly tapered brass needle tip that glides in tandem with your favourite yarn. The special shape also means that these needles stay put when not in use.   
Knitter's Pride Nova Cubic Platina Double Pointed Knitting Needles
Carbon Fibre: Carbon fibre knitting needles like the Karbonz knitting needles from Knitter's Pride are a newer type of needle that offer a combination of the benefits of wood and steel needles. Carbon fibre knitting needles are lightweight and durable and have a smooth, slightly slippery feel. These are my new favourite!
Karbonz Double Pointed Knitting Needles by Knitters PrideKarbonz Interchangeable Circular Knitting Needles by Knitter's Pride

 Plastic: Prym Ergonomics Double Point Knitting Needles are another option for knitting in the round. The patented teardrop shaped tips and triangle body made from high-performance plastic make these needles ideal for both beginners and advanced knitter.

Aluminium: Aluminium needles are lightweight, durable, and have a smooth surface. They are a good option for knitters who prefer a lightweight needle that is still strong and long-lasting. Knitter's Pride Zing Knitting Needles are one of our bestsellers in this category.Knitter's Pride Zing Aluminum Knitting Needle Collection

 A number of needle manufacturers have tried to find thesweet spot between DPNs and circulars. Flexiflips from Addi are a great example, as they offer a set of needles with two tips and a flexible cable for the ‘perfect knit’ and are designed for small needle sizes as well as one end of the needle is slightly pointier than the other end. Their unique shape allows for narrow in-the-round projects like socks, sleeves, or cuffs to be knit with just 3 needles. 

Addi Flexiflip Double Pointed Knitting Needles

The type of material you choose for your knitting needles will ultimately depend on your personal preferences and needs. Some knitters may prefer the feel of wooden needles, while others may prefer the strength and versatility of steel or carbon fibre needles. Try out a few different materials to see which one works best for you. I like to keep a number of different knitting needles on hand, so I can easily switch if one type is not working for a given project. Keep in mind that the needle material can also affect the final look and feel of the finished sock, so choose the one that works best for you and your specific project.

I would love to hear which type of sock knitting needles you prefer and why. Please share below in the comments.

Happy Knitting!  Yvonne

PS. To get you started on your sock knitting journey, I created an easy sock knitting pattern for you to try. Email me at and ask for a free copy.







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