I Prefer Them Sharp!
Yes, definitely like sharply dressed guys. But I’m really talking about needles for weaving in ends. I prefer them sharp.
Why Do I Prefer Them Sharp?
You don’t need to listen to my YouTube tutorial on weaving in ends (although many have found it to be a very useful video tutorial). But when I’m weaving in ends, I want to split the yarns I’m weaving into. It both hides and secures the yarn-end in better. I also usually prefer a longer needle so I can weave in more of the end on each insertion of the needle
In the photo above, the two needles on the left have a large enough eye to thread worsted weight yarn. They are 52.5 mm long (2.07″). And the tips are blunt. The standard type of needle most knitters and crocheters use to weave in ends.
The third needle from the left is known as a Chenille needle. Slightly bigger eye for threading and a sharp tip. It’s 58 mm (2.28″).
Finally, the furthest needle to the right is also a Chenille needle (the largest size I’ve seen available, which is Size 13 – sizes get smaller as the number goes up). A slightly larger eye for threading and a sharp tip. It’s 69 mm (2.72″).
I had been randomly finding sharp needles with big eyes at yard sales and the local flea market. But I never knew what they were called and I hadn’t been able to order them on-line. Then someone gave me a clue. He said look for “crewel needles.” It turns out that what I was really looking for was “Chenille needles” in sizes 13-16.
So I ordered some!
They Arrived Just In Time!
Turns out that the size 13 needles work great for DK weight yarn and heavier. And I just got to this point with my half-finger gloves (in worsted weight).
You’ll see in “Current Knitting” that the new needles made an easy job of weaving in LOTS of glove-finger yarn ends.
I finished the second glove of the pair, and started another pair.
Soon, I’ll have to inventory how many of each size glove I have in my craft show inventory. But I honestly don’t think I could have too many of these in stock. I’m thinking these will be nice, hand-knit gifts for folks this year.