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    Need help with knitting needle suggestion

    I haven't knitted in 20 years and want to start again. I am using a chenille yarn with metal needles. I am having trouble because the yarn and the needle are both slippery making it hard to knit. Any suggestions on what type of material I should choose for me needles (such as bamboo, plastic, etc)? I would greatly appreciate your help on this one.

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    I would say bamboo - it's got a sticky quality that I've found works well with chenille (and everything, actually).

    Good luck!

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    i'd say don't expect anything to be easy. chenille is famously annoying to knit.

    i'm a very experienced knitter, and i won't knit with chenille because it's such a pain in the ass.

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    I actually just finished a chenille scarf and it was a TOTAL pain! It was significantly less of a pain on the bamboo though.

    I probably won't do it again either.

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    That is good to know! I've eyed chenille yarn before, but now I know to stay faaaar away.

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    I crocheted with chenille yarn and it wasn't so bad - haven't tried to knit with it. I used an acrylic hook.

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    The trouble with chenille is that it tends to "worm" when it's knitted. The fuzz lies in one direction (think of velvet), so when the strands rub together they can only go one way - sort of a "ratchet" effect is how I describe it. This makes it twist into long loops that stick out of the finished knitted piece and can't be pulled back in.

    I've read that because of this, knitting with chenille is never recommended. It has to do with the particular shape of knitted stitches, apparently, because the same sources say that crocheting with it is fine. Of course I only learned this after I'd knitted something with chenille.

    As for needles, I recommend Denise for everything.


 

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