If you’ve ever wondered how to hold knitting needles properly – you’re in the right place! When you’re learning how to knit, you might think a new knitting project starts with a slip knot? Think again! Discovering how to hold knitting needles in a strong and comfy position is the real starting point for any beginner knitter.

Best knitting needles for beginners

Whether you’re knitting with single point (or straight) needles, circular needles or double pointed needles, the basic principles of holding your knitting needles is usually the same.

We recommend traditional single point needles for beginners made from bamboo or wood for a nice grip. But you’ll find your own preferences as you become a more confident and experienced knitter. Nail your starting position, and you’ll have a skill that can be used for a whole host of knitting styles.

Knitting needles for beginners

  • Pony Bamboo Single Point Needles 33cm

    Pony Bamboo Single Point Needles 33cm

    33cm (13"), Bamboo

  • KnitPro Symfonie Single Point Needles 35cm (Set of 8)

    KnitPro Symfonie Single Point Needles 35cm (Set of 8)

    35cm (14"), Wood

  • Addi Bamboo Single Point Needles 25cm

    Addi Bamboo Single Point Needles 25cm

    25cm (10"), Bamboo

There are lots of different ways to hold your knitting needles – it varies according to where in the world you’ve been taught and, of course, what feels comfy for you. There are no right or wrongs here, just go with the flow and do what feels right.

Step-by-step guide on how to hold knitting needles & yarn

Step 1 - Pick your needles

step Step 1 - Pick your needles

Pick up a needle in each hand, in a gentle and relaxed fashion. Remember, there's no right or wrong way to get started – just do what feels right for you!

Step 2 - Hold your needles with your fingers and thumbs

step Step 2 - Hold your needles with your fingers and thumbs

Place each needle in your four fingers, holding the top with your thumbs.

Step 3 - Grab your yarn

step Step 3 - Grab your yarn

You're ready to start knitting! You’ll only know once you get going what feels comfy. The closer you are to the end, the easier it is to pick up the yarn. To start tie a slip knot.

FREE knitting patterns for beginners

  • Tasseled Tartan Scarf - Free Knitting Pattern For Women in Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran

    Tasseled Tartan Scarf - Free Knitting Pattern For Women in Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran

    Downloadable PDF

  • "Daylight Beanie" - Free Beanie Knitting Pattern in Paintbox Yarns Simply DK

    "Daylight Beanie" - Free Beanie Knitting Pattern in Paintbox Yarns Simply DK

  • Children's Comforter - Free Knitting Pattern For Home in Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Super Chunky

    Children's Comforter - Free Knitting Pattern For Home in Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Super Chunky

    Downloadable PDF

Once you’ve mastered how to hold your knitting needles properly, you need to learn the basic knitting stitches. We recommend mastering how to make a slip knot before learning how to cast on and how to knit your first row.