March 26, 2015
At first glance many people wonder how round knitting stitches can come off square needles. Knitting needles are supposed to be round, right? There’s a couple companies that are now making square needles. Why the change? Knitters who use the square needles say they can knit longer with less hand fatique. Who wouldn’t want that? Many people who may have arthritis, nerve damage, or their hands cramp while knitting find their hands are more comfortable while using square needles. The thought behind it is that the flat parts of the needles allow the fingers to have more of a grip without gripping hard. Others find that their gauge becomes more even.
If your curiosity is piqued and you would like to try square needles for yourself, come by Nitro. We carry Knitter’s Pride Platina Cubics, which are hollow brass tubes plated with chrome for a smooth finish and have a very sharp point. They are available in fixed circulars and interchangeable. We even have a demo pair for you to hold before buying. Maybe you will find your new favorite knitting tool!