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How to choose your knitting material ?

How to choose your knitting material?

For all knitters and beginner knitters who thought that choosing their needles would be easy and discovered that they existed in all sizes, diameters and even in different materials. Do not panic, you are told below everything about the material to adopt!

THE NEEDLE SIZE

The diameter of the needles is based on a basic numbering system. Start with 2 (even 1/2) to indicate a needle size of 2 mm and go up to 25 mm or more. The reason why the diameter of the needles differs is the thickness of the thread. Indeed, we choose our needles according to our way of knitting, loose or tight. Intermediate knitting needles, that is to say between 4 and 7mm, are recommended for beginner knitters. Their length generally varies between 20 and 40 cm (although sometimes they can reach 60 cm). Needles of 40 cm are recommended to start!

THE MATERIAL

For the material, there are knitting needles made of wood, plastic, aluminum or bamboo. The plastic needles are the lightest and have an unbeatable value for money. The aluminum ones are rather heavy and slippery, they will be less suitable for beginners. Wooden needles are comfortable to use, same as for the ones in bamboo that are light and smooth. However, they are more expensive because they are natural materials.

You can begin to knit!

 

THE WOOL

It is important to choose well its wool according to the pattern you wish to realize. Especially for the babies. Indeed, the children do not  bear the threads who scratch and might be allergic to them. That is why it is deeply recommended to use some wool composed with acrylic, polyester or cotton. If you choose a 100% wool quality, it has to be soft to avoid the irritations. Cheval Blanc propose you baby cloth balls as "Merino Baby", "Babylux", " Babylux color ", "Poulinette" or still "Orient" which are adapted threads to the toddlers.

Furthermore, there are three big families in terms of ball of wool. The summer threads, the winter threads and the fancy threads. The summer threads such as "Ambre", "Salsa", "Comete" or still "Indy" allow to make ideal clothes for summer. The winter threads such as "Baya", " Country tweed " or still "Bamboulène" are resistant thick threads to the cold to create warm clothes. The fancy threads such as "Melody", "Fauve", "Ecume" or still "Bride" allow to make more original patterns.