When you think of the word “acrylic,” you might think of the synthetic material yarn is sometimes made of in the knitting world. But did you know you can get needles made of acrylic too?
Acrylic, in this instance, is transparent plastic, a shatter-free and cheaper alternative to glass. Needles made with this material are smooth, slightly slippery, lightweight, and often available in lovely colors.
In this post, I review the best acrylic knitting needles available on the market.
Table Of Contents
- Acrylic Interchangeable Knitting Needles
- Acrylic Needles Interchangeable Starter Knitting Set
- KnitPro Trendz Interchangeable Circular Needles Deluxe Set
- Acrylic Circular Knitting Needles
- Knit-Pro Trendz Fixed Circular Needles
- Acrylic Double Pointed Knitting Needles
- Knitpro Trendz DPNS
- Acrylic Straight Knitting Needles
- Crystalline by Susan Bates Straight Knitting Needles
- 9″ Acrylic Single Pointed Knitting Needles
- KnitUK Straight Knitting Needles Set
- Your Questions Answered
Acrylic Interchangeable Knitting Needles
A popular choice of an interchangeable knitting needle set was the Premier Yarns Acrylic Interchangeable Set.
It seems it has since ceased being available online, though some yarn stores may still carry it.
The only place online I could find it available to purchase is on the Company’s website. Click here to view the item.
However, here is a review on an Acrylic Needles Interchangeable Starter Knitting Set from Premier Yarns.
Acrylic Needles Interchangeable Starter Knitting Set
A small interchangeable set from Premier yarns with three sizes and three cords, perfect for someone wanting to try out an interchangeable needle system but not ready to commit to a full-size set.
- Sizes Included – Us Sizes 6/4mm, US 8/5mm, and US 10/6mm,
- Cord Lengths Included – One 24 inch long cord, one 32 inches long cord, one 40 inches long cord,
- Needle Tips Are 4″ Long
- Notions Included – Six end caps and three cable keys
- Each size is a different color
- Sizes are etched onto the side of each needle
- Simple & easy to use connection system
- Shipping is expensive if you live outside the United States
- A little pricey for so few sizes
Here is an excellent equivalent to premier acrylic interchangeable knitting needles.
KnitPro Trendz Interchangeable Circular Needles Deluxe Set
The “Trendz” range from KnitPro (known as Knitter’s Pride in North America) is made of smooth, brightly colored acrylic plastic. Reasonably priced and of excellent quality, this is a great set with various sizes included.
- Sizes Included – 3.5mm, 4.0mm, 4.5mm, 5.0mm, 5.5mm, 6.0mm, 7.00mm, 8.0mm
- Cord Lengths Included – 60cm, 80cm, 100cm, 120cm
- Needle Tips Are 5″ Long
- Notions Included – 8 cable end caps, 4 cable connectors and one case
- Excellent value
- Snagless joins
- Easy connection system
- Each size is a different color for easy identification
- The needle size etched on the side of the knitting needle can wear off after time.
Acrylic Circular Knitting Needles
Knit-Pro Trendz Fixed Circular Needles
The fixed circulars available from the KnitPro Trendz line are smooth, lightweight and flexible but no-memory cords, perfect for various projects.
- Sizes Available – 3.5mm, 4mm & 5mm (For more sizing options, look through the other listings in their shop)
- Cord Lengths Available – This listing is for 100cm only, look in their shop for more options
- Needle Tips Are 5″ Long
- Smooth and comfortable to use
- Flexible no memory cables
- Limited sizing available
- Shipping does take a while
Acrylic Double Pointed Knitting Needles
Knitpro Trendz DPNS
Featuring not too sharp, not to blunt tips for various designs and yarn weights, these dpns are lightweight, durable, and guaranteed to last.
- Needle Sizes Available – 4.00mm (US 6) to 12.00mm (US 17)
- Total Needle Length – 20cm
- Comes In A Pack Of 5
- A choice of lovely radiant colors
- Just a little bit of flexibility
- Good range of sizes
- Lightweight and comfortable to use
- Not suitable for speed knitters as they still grab the yarn slightly
Acrylic Straight Knitting Needles
Crystalline by Susan Bates Straight Knitting Needles
These are smooth, affordable needles from the Crystalline line by Susan Bates. A great length for kids and the vibrant colors should keep them interested, a perfect choice of knitting needles for teaching kids to knit.
- Needle Sizes Available – A set of four sizes, US Sizes 8, 9, 10 and 10.5
- Total Needle Length – 9″
- Vibrant colors
- Good value for the price
- Made In India
- Fast shipping
- They might not last as long as other needles.
9″ Acrylic Single Pointed Knitting Needles
These needles are made by a small business and available ina variety of vibrant colors.
- Needle Sizes Available – US 6 4.0mm, 8 (5.0mm), 10 (6.0mm), 11 (8.0mm), 13 (9.0mm), 15 (10.0mm), 17 (12.0mm)
- Total Needle Length – 9″ – But there are other length options available in their shop
- Good customer service
- Fast shipping
- Good choice of sizes
- You don’t get a choice of colors as they’re sent randomly.
KnitUK Straight Knitting Needles Set
Made by the UK company KnitUK, this a set of several different sizes. Affordable and available in a wide variety of colors, these are smooth and lightweight.
- Needle Sizes Included – 4.0mm / 5.0mm / 6.0mm / 7.0mm / 8.0mm / 9.0mm 10mm and 12mm.
- Total Needle Length – 35cm
- Great value for the number of sizes
- Smooth and brightly colored
- Comfortable to use
- Not suitable for speed knitters
Your Questions Answered
Acrylic Vs Wood Knitting Needles
Here is a comparison of two knitting needle materials, acrylic, and wood.
- A comfortable and lightweight alternative to metal
- Made of a synthetic material
- Takes much longer to decompose than needles made of natural materials
- Slightly more slippery than wood
- Made of natural materials
- Arguably more sustainable as it’s a regenerative material
- Grippier than plastic
- A little more expensive
I hope this post helped you decide whether acrylic knitting needles are right for you. Smooth, slightly less grippy than other types of plastic, these are comfortable and lightweight to use.
Do you like using this type of needle, or have you never heard of it before? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.