Small size needles for doll knitting

February 16, 2018

Small size needles for doll knitting

 

  

Knitting for dolls requires special needles. Everybody knows that. If my doll's clothes are hastily put together without regard for proper scaling, she will not like her reflection in the mirror, not at all.   And she will let me know that without mincing her words.

So, if  I want my knitting to look and behave proportionally to my doll's size I have to go searching for the appropriate tools.  In short, I am always on a search for light weight yarn and small size needles.

Let's talk the needles.  If you frequent Jo-Ann, Michaels, Hobby Lobby and even your local yarn shop you know that it is very difficult to find small size needles.  Anything down from 3.00mm (US#3) is quite a rare find.  Those who are tight knitters might try their luck with those needles, but if you knit at a regular gauge, or are a somewhat "loose" knitter ( as I am) you need a smaller size needles.

Where can you get those?  Well, England (Great Britain) is always sure bet. Their knitters and suppliers of knitting products are still keeping their fine knitting alive.

small size needles for doll knitting

 

 

small size needles for doll knitting

 

needles for small size doll knitting

 My fine knitting needles. I have bought all those some time ago from  different English shops, after  searching  online for a couple of hours. Over there  such very small size needles are  usually called 'knitting pins'.  They are not called 'pins' for nothing. The smaller their size is the sharper they are and prick fingers like nothing I have encountered. 

 If you are in the US the search might be more difficult,  but you still can find quite fine knitting nuggets. So here they are:

For 2.00mm (US#0) and up my personal first choice are Addi Turbo needles (nikel), they are sturdy, very smooth, the knitting just glides off them, and their tips are not too sharp. That means they will not split those  loosely woven yarns that dominate today's market.
You can find them at the Addi Needle ShopCamilla Valley Farm.

 

The only fine needles available in the USA (at least as far as I have found out) are the Hiyahiya double point stainless steel knitting needles. They are made in China by the Changhai Hiya Company. They have a nice hand and even at the size of 0.7mm (US# 000-000) are not sharp. They won’t split your yarn and prick your fingers.
You can find them at Little Knits and Paradise Fibers .

I am not endorsing any of the above businesses, but I have shopped at almost all of them and didn't have any complaints.




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