Looking for some new needles? We can help! In this guide we’ll cover the best knitting needles available to suit all levels of knitter, from beginner to pro. Whether you’re looking for the best circular knitting needles for making socks or jumpers, or you want to know the best brand of knitting needles to try for lace, cables and more, there’ll be something in our list for you.
There are lots of different types of needles, with different functions and made from different materials, so if you need to know more about your options before you buy, check out our guide on how to choose the right knitting needles for your particular project. For help learning to knit take a look at our complete guide to knitting for beginners, which includes advice on how to hold your needles, and much more.
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Best knitting needles in 2020
Addi Addilinos – Best knitting needles for beginners
These needles are aimed at children, but we think they’re great for adults too. Their short 20cm length means they’re not unweildy like longer needles can be for beginners – you don’t need to worry about trying to tuck one under your arm or accidentally poking yourself in the ribs as you get to grips with the basics!
The white slip-resistant coating on these aluminium needles makes it easy to see your stitches, and helps prevent them falling off the tip while you’re knitting. Plus each needle has a different coloured head, to help remind you which hand to hold them in when you pick up your knitting after a break. If you’re looking for the best knitting needles for beginners, Addi Addilinos are hard to beat!
Clover Takumi – Best bamboo knitting needles
Bamboo knitting needles are popular amongst knitters of all abilities. They’re warm and comfortable to hold, lightweight, and have plenty of grip for working with slippery yarns.
Clover Takumi are the best brand of knitting needles to try if you’re looking for sturdy bamboo pins at a great price. They’re polished with a fine abrasive to give them a smooth finish, and are carefully made to ensure no splinters that might catch your yarn. The Takumi range includes straight needles in three lengths (23cm, 33/35cm and 40cm), and sizes from 2mm to 10mm. You can also buy them as circular and double-pointed needles.
HiyaHiya Circular – Best circular knitting needles
Fixed circular needles can be used for a wide range of projects, and are ideal for heavier knits such as jumpers and blankets where using straight needles can be hard on your wrists.
The best circular knitting needles have flexible cables (perfect for projects with smaller circumferences) and seamless joins to allow smooth movement of stitches. These circular needles from HiyaHiya fit the bill perfectly. Weight can be a downside with some metal needles, but their stainless steel tips have a hollow construction, so they’re fantastically light to hold while still being durable.
Give them a try – we think you’ll be impressed!
KnitPro Symfonie – Best interchangeable needles
If you’ve caught the knitting bug and are slowly amassing a varied collection of needles in different shapes and sizes, it may be worth investing in a set of interchangeables. Interchangeable needles come in two parts, a tip and a cable, which you can mix and match to create the perfect tool for every project.
The eye-catching Symfonie range from KnitPro is a great first set of interchables that will last you for years. Made from layers of laminated birch wood, the tips not only look beautiful but also have plenty of strenth and grip. They’re easy to swap out using the cable keys, and you can also join the cables together using cable connectors (sold separately) for even more flexibility.
Buy the needle tips and cables individually, or get them as a set complete with a handy carry case.
Addi Lace – Best needles for lace knitting
Addi have a reputation for being the best brand of knitting needles for lace knitters – and for good reason. Their specially designed lace needles have extra-sharp ‘Turbo’ tips to make working knitting decreases, nupps, and more in fine (and sometimes fiddly) laceweight yarn a doddle. Add to that a super-smooth join between the needle and the cable and you have an all-round winner for lace knitting. And if you don’t like to knit lace, but you do like to knit at speed, you might just love them too!
Addi Lace needles are available in sizes 1.5mm to 8mm and lengths from 40cm to 150cm. They come with Polished White Bronze tips, or you can choose Brass tips if you prefer a slightly more resistant surface.
Knitting beginner’s guides
Learn to knit with our complete guides for beginner knitters. Whether you want to know what tools you need or how to make your first stitches, we can help!
- A complete guide to knitting for beginners
- Knitting starter kits and essentials for beginners
- Stocking stitch (stockinette stitch) for beginners
- Knitting terms explained: a kintter’s glossary
- How to do a knit stitch
Milward Double Point – Best double-pointed needles
Sometimes the simplest knitting needles are the best knitting needles, and you can’t go wrong with these Milward Double Point pins! 20cm long and made from sturdy but lightweight aluminium, they’re a trusty friend for hat and sock knitters, as well as being invaluable for making jumper sleeves, baby knits and more.
Sizes start at 2mm and go up in handy 0.5mm intervals. They come in a set of five, which means you can either divide your stitches across four needles (if you want two ‘back’ and two ‘front’ needles when working socks, for example), or keep one as a spare – very useful if you’re as good at losing them as we are!
ChiaoGoo Red Circulars – Best for sock knitting
Which side of the sock knitting divide do you fall on: double-points or circulars? If you’re all about the circular needles then you need to try these small-circumference ones from ChiaoGoo. No more wrangling with long wires for the magic loop method, just round and round in endless circles – sock knitting bliss!
With their satin finish and tapered tips making them suited to working with lighter yarns, plus a slight bend in the needle tips for added comfort in your hands, we think these are the best circular needles for sock knitting. Try them today!
LYKKE Driftwood – Best luxury knitting needles
No they’re not cheap, but yes they’re worth it! These gorgeous LYKKE straight single-pointed needles are handcrafted in Kathmandu, Nepal, and some of the revenue from their sale goes towards programmes that benefit the local community.
They’re made from birch wood, which is warm, smooth and light to hold, and come in a smart faux leather case for easy storage and portability. The set includes 12 pairs of 14-inch single-pointed needles in sizes from 3.5mm to 12mm, so whether you’re knitting with laceweight or super-chunky yarn, they’ve got you covered. Why not treat yourself?
Pony Maple – Best knitting needles for children
It’s tempting to buy the cheapest needles you can for teaching kids to knit, just in case they lose interest after a few rows, but we think one of the keys to keeping them going is making sure they have high-quality tools, right from the start. A good pair of knitting needles can be the difference between a fun first experience of knitting and an off-putting one.
With that in mind we’d recommend Pony’s Maple needles as the best brand of knitting needles for children. Made from sustainable hardwood, they have enough grip to keep their first stitches in place, and are light and comfortable for little hands to hold. Their short length also makes them ideal for kids. They come in sizes 3.25mm to 4.5mm, ideal for working with 4ply and DK yarns.
Want some for yourself too? Look out for the full-size needles in the same range.
Prym Yoga – Best cable needle
These innovative cable needles are for more than just cabling – they can also be used as stitch markers, stitch holders and auxiliary needles. Plus the droplet-shaped needle tips mean that they’re handy for picking up dropped stitches too.
The shaft of the needle has a wire core, making it fully flexible so it can bend into the shape you need. You can even wrap it around your wrist when it’s not in use! The Prym Yoga comes in two sizes, 4mm and 7mm, and is sold in packs of two.
Don’t make your cable needles an afterthought: invest in one that will be a must-have tool for all your knitting projects.
Now you’ve found your best knitting needles, we can help you choose the rest of the tools for your project bag! Check out our guide to knitting starter kits, which includes advice on must-have knitting accessories plus 10 of the best knitting kits for beginners.