There are many things to consider when picking the right tool for your project... and sadly no one size fits all answer. Each crafter's preferences are key and the best option varies from person to person and project to project. The very quality that makes a knitting needle your favorite might be a deal-breaker for your bff!
What's it Made of?
Metal needles and hooks are sturdy, cool to the touch, and smooth - allowing yarn to glide over them. The tip can also be honed to, and keep, a sharper point. But they can rankle arthritis and repetitive strain injuries, or be too slippery.
What's the Point?
Extra-pointy needles and hooks offer precision, making them a favorite for lacework. Depending on your yarn or knitting motion, though, they might be more weapon than tool.
Classic tipped tools that are a tried and true, best-of-both worlds compromise.
Some might call these blunt, but we think of them as refreshingly honest. They are a good choice when working with yarn that splits easily, and for knitters who push the tip of the needle with each stitch.
Of course, finding the perfect needle or hook is all for naught if it's not the right size! Did you know that the names of US needle sizes are not consistent across brands? It drives us batty. We recommend relying first and foremost on the mm size, or using the same brand needle and gauge.