In addition to common wood and metal needles, antique knitting needles were sometimes made from tortoiseshell, ivory and walrus tusks; these materials are now banned due to their impact on endangered species, and needles made from them are virtually impossible to find.
Modern knitting needles are made of bamboo, aluminium, steel, wood, plastic, glass and casein.
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