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Knitting materials

1. Knitting needles are used in pairs to produce a flat knitted fabric. They are pointed at an end to retain the stitched formed. The pins may be made in plastic, wood, steel or alloy and rays in sizes from 2 mm to 17 mm in daintier.

2. Circular and double pointed needles- They are used to produce a tubular fabric of flat rounds. They are sold in sets of four or six.

3. Cable needles are short and they are used to hold the stitches of a cable to the back or front of the main body of the knitting.

4. Stitch holder – This resembles large safety pins and is used to hold stitches while they are not being worked. For example, when working around a neckline, the neckband stitches will be picked up and worked both front and back of a garment or sweater where they have been joined.

5. Wool sewing needles – These are used to sew complete pieces of knitting together.

6. A tape measure – This is used for checking tension swatches and for measuring the length and width of complete knitting.

7. Knitting yarn – This is the term used for strands of spun fibre, which are twisted together into a continuous thread of the required thickness. They can be of animal origin (wool, angora, mohair, skill and apaco), vegetable origin (cotton and linen) or man-made (nylon, acrylic and rayon).