Knitting needles are available in a variety of materials - the most popular are metal, plastic and wood. Your choice of material can make a difference to your knitting and you may find you prefer knitting with one particular kind.
Metal needles are available in aluminium, steel or nickel. They are slippery and your stitches will glide without friction. Plastic needles are lighter than metal ones and are great for chunky yarns that need larger needles. Wooden needles are available in bamboo, birch and rosewood. They are great for beginners as they are slightly textured and less slippy so your stitches stay in place. They are also lightweight and comfortable to hold. Wooden needles are great for people with arthritis.