Bamboo Knitting Needles: A Renewable Resource That Feels Good

bamboo trees

Bamboo is not only strong, but is considered a renewable resource.  According to Climate Central, “It’s the fastest growing plant in the world and can grow 1-to-4 inches in a day and regrows quickly after being cut down, making it the No. 1 renewable resource.”

Not only is bamboo a good renewable resource, but when used for knitting, bamboo needles last a long time and are good for beginners and more seasoned knitters.  One of the main features of bamboo knitting needles is that they are so smooth that you can reduce  the possibility of splitting yarn.  Their light weight helps keep your hands from tiring.  In fact, they feel good in your hands.

Bamboo needles get smoother the more you use them. They’re flexible and strong, just like bamboo trees, and are hard to break.  Although they will last a long time, it is a good idea to occasionally to sand bamboo needle tips to keep them smooth. This stops the needles from splitting yarn and breaking it. Apart from this, no special maintenance is required.

Many knitters find that that their knitting work doesn’t slide off of bamboo needles as easily as the aluminum ones.

Available in a variety of sizes, bamboo needles are great for knitting sweaters, scarves, socks, gloves, hats and much more.  These different products require different size needles.  Fortunately, there are many kits available at an affordable price.


Deborah lives in rural Arizona, near the New Mexico border. She has a variety of interests, including water rights, writing/reading and web development. Her goal this year is to write consistently on things that she finds interesting.

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