Knitting needles are the basic tool used to create any hand-knitted item. They measure from a slim 2.0mm for delicate projects to a chunky 50mm for super-sized knits, and are available in a wide range of materials such as steel, plastic and wood, depending on your preference. Different knitting patterns sometimes ask for a specific type of knitting needle - cosy jumpers will need a pair of straight single-pointed needles, while double-pointed and circular knitting needles are perfect for handmade socks and warm winter hats. Get to grips with your needles so you can ace those knitting projects, with our needle buying guide.
For beginner's advice on choosing the right needles, and expert tips from top designers, see our buying guide.