Just Curious About Needles

Knitting WomanI have a huge collection of needles that include various sizes of double-pointed needles, 10″ straights, 14″ straights, circulars in multiple sizes and brands, and two sets of interchangeable needles.

I am a knitter who loves to try new things,  new brands and new methods.  During this time of trying out all the latest and greatest,  I have noticed one thing about me, I keep coming back to one particular brand that I find to be a favorite, and that is Addi.  To me, Addi always has the smoothest joins between the tip and the cord.  There’s nothing worse than to have a rough join to cause yarn to catch, which I currently have going on with one particular needle that is driving me bonkers but one much finish the sock one started!

sockSince I have discovered how much I love knitting toe up socks, I have decided it’s time to knit two-at-a-time toe up and purchased two 24″ size 1 (2.25mm) circular needles by Addi called Turbo Sock Rockets  (on sale for 20% of at Paradise Fibers.

“Styled after our popular addi Turbo® Lace, these extra-pointy tips feature the same great nickel-plating that gives the classic addi Turbo its incomparable zip. Available in a 40” cable that is perfect for the Magic Loop method and a 24” cable that will work wonderfully in pairs. “

Now I am very excited to try these needles, but I am curious to know about you and what you like.

So….

  1. Do you use a set of DPNs, a circular for magic loop, two 24″ circular for two-at-a-time  or two circulars for one-at-a-time?
  2. What is your favorite brand of needle and why?

Have a wonderful Sunday afternoon!

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!

 

48 thoughts on “Just Curious About Needles

  1. Ginny

    I admit that I’m a fiberholic, sockaholic a woman that loves to keep her hands busy! When I’m not knitting socks, or spinning, I’m working in the garden/yard with my husband and our dog Sue-chi. I love quilting, crocheting, counted cross stitch, meeting other people who share the same passions. I use clover dpns and knit from the top down. I’ve tried knitting from the toe up and like it that way too. However, I knit faster from the top down, why I don’t know but just do. I’ve knitted 14 socks since January and I’m working on the 15th pair now.

    1. Tina Post author

      Holy moly Ginny, it’s only May and you’ve already knitted 14 pairs of socks!!! You are a rock star sock knitter :)

      1. Ginny

        6 of the 14 pairs are listed on my website and on Etsy, but the other 8 were custom orders. These are also plain socks with no designs other then the design that is already in the yarn. If I was adding designs to my socks I probably would only have 7 pairs finished. Guess it just depends on the sock. LOL But hey I like the name “rock star sock knitter” hehehehe

      2. Tina Post author

        Well, dear one you really are a “rock star sock knitter” and you must wear that name proudly! Basic socks do go fast and it’s wonderful that you’ve had so many custom orders. By the way, what is your Etsy site address?

  2. sewsable

    I do a lot of knitting too, mostly socks from the top down as I find it easier to get the fit right on top-down. I prefer to knit using circulars and my favourite pair are from Chiao-Goo; they have good joins and a springy cable. I also love that the cable is wire in the middle as it means I no longer have to dread the “snick” sound if my cat is around; she can’t bite through them.
    Unfortunately I’m not getting a lot of knitting done right now, too busy shifting furniture around, painting and installing wardrobes

    1. Tina Post author

      I have several pairs of Chiao-Goo needles and really enjoy knitting with them. I know what you mean about the cable, that is one thing I do like about them. Fingers crossed that you will get to knit soon :)

  3. Sindy

    I prefer toe up too. I use two circulars and I try to be sure they don’t match as it is easier to keep track of where I am. I am a thrift store buyer so most of my needles have no name on them. I do like the ones with metal cords though.

    1. Tina Post author

      Now that is an awesome tip Sindy for keeping track of your rows, thank you :) Metal cords that are flexible are wonderful and make knitting so much easier. Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Word Lily

    I knit my socks top-down, mostly. My favorite needles are ChiaoGoo; I love that they’re stainless, and that they have the size etched into them. Plating always seems to wear/flake off for me, so nickel needles are a no-go for me. So far I prefer DPNs for sock knitting.

    1. Tina Post author

      Another Chiao Goo fan! They are wonderful needles. I find it very interesting how many ladies prefer DPNs over circulars. I personally gave up DPNs a few years ago simply because I got tired of being poked.

  5. caityrosey

    I like my Addi sock rockets for knitting socks. I’ve gotten into using the really long circulars for magic loop. I’m not a big fan of using fine lace yarns with my Addi interchangeables, though, as I find they catch at the join. The Addi interchangeables are just fine with sock and up. I’ve never tried knitting socks on Addi interchangeables, though, since they don’t come that small. The fixed circulars don’t really have the same problem at the join.

    1. Tina Post author

      I’m so happy to hear that you like your sock rockets Caity and I can’t wait to try mine. I totally agree with you on the interchangeable sets and I don’t use them for finer projects either for that very same reason.

  6. Debbie Winn

    My preferred method for knitting socks two-at-a-time from the toe up is the Magic Loop method using Knit Picks Options wooden needles in either 32″ or 40″. I have a few Addi circular needles but they are only 16″. Might have to try them in the longer length.

    1. Tina Post author

      Debbie I really thought about buying the Knit Picks Options but I was reading mixed reviews on them. How do you like them?

  7. Sonya

    I love dpns for socks, and have just started using the KnitPro carbon fibre ones. So far I haven’t managed to bend or break them, which is the usual fate of my sock needles. I have a Chiaogoo 9″ circular to try sometime too, although it does look terrifyingly tiny.

    1. Tina Post author

      I use the Chiaogoo9″ for top down socks Sonya and while they’re tiny, they really make knitting in the round a breeze :) I hope you enjoy your new DPNs, I heard they are really good :)

  8. Sandie Knapp

    I’ve knit many a pair of socks over the last 7 years or so. I have knit toe up and from cuff down, and find it easier, faster and a better fit for me, knitting cuff down. My needles of choice are my KnitPicks Harmony wood interchangeagles, 32″ circular for socks. I personally found the cables on the KnitPicks to be more flexible than those on my Addi Turbo’s, but they may have improved them since I bought my Addi’s too.

    I use the magic loop method, and I’ve tried two socks at the same time, but the only way that works for me is if I do each sock on a separate needle, and just go back and forth, taking turns knitting them. Most of the time, I am just fine knitting one sock at a time. Second sock syndrome is not a problem for me.

    It’s good to try new things and new methods. It’s a way to challenge yourself, expand your knowledge and skill, and while you are learning about your chosen craft, you are learning about yourself as well. :)

    1. Tina Post author

      Sounds like you like your Knit Picks needles Sandie – I really must try a couple and see what they’re like. I have yet to try magic loop, but that’s next on my list. Lol, I only have second sock syndrome when I knit something I really don’t like and finish quickly on ones I really like :)

      It really is good to learn new things and challenge oneself. For me, life would be too boring otherwise :)

      1. Sandie Knapp

        I really like my KnitPick’s needles. I have the nickel plated, Harmon wood sets, both, and several of the fixed size in the blonde woods for when knitting with very dark yarns. All circular. I never use straight needles for anything these days, since the circular needles seem much easier on my hands, and the fact that the weight is held on the cable. KnitPicks needles have pointy ends, and the wood needles are lighter in weight, which is also helpful with my wrists. They are extremely smooth, and I’ve knit many lace pieces with my interchangeable needles, and have yet to find them a problem where the joins are concerned. I am hooked on KnitPicks. Extremely affordable too, and a very good product.

      2. Tina Post author

        I very seldom use straights and I also use circulars for almost everything. I truly appreciate your thoughts on the Knit Pick needles. I may have to order a couple, and soon!

  9. ilsafay

    Hi Tina, I’m an old fashioned sock knitter I think. I love double pointed needles and my favourite brand is Karbonz. I knit one sock at a time from top down. Before I got my karbonz dpns I used wooden ones, but sat on them so many times and broke them that I needed to find ones I could sit on without breaking them! I love the silver points. They make knitting socks such a joy!
    Happy Knitting,
    Ilsa Fay

    1. Tina Post author

      Oh do tell me more about the Karbonz DPNs Ilsa!! I have the interchangeable set but have not tried the DPNs yet but have heard good things about them. Thank you so much for sharing :)

  10. soknitsome

    I, too, love DPNs. I use KnitPro Symphony needles – 8″ length as I only use 3 for the sock and the fourth to knit with. They are very smooth but not as slippery as metal needles and a bit quieter too. I also have Clover bamboo DPNs for dark yarn and Prym Bamboo DPNs that I’ve used when travelling (incase they get taken off me). The Prym needles are sold everywhere here but they are very bendy and I don’t really like them. 8″ needles are harder to find here as many germans knit with the sock on 4 needles and the 5th to knit with. So they are happy with shorter needles. I’m not tempted by two at a time although it is probably excellent for guaranteeing that you have identical socks but I like the portability of one sock, especially if knitted with 50g balls of yarn.

    1. Tina Post author

      I’ve not heard of KnitPro Symphony but they sound interesting – much check those out. When I have used DPNs for sock knitting I always used short needles, I never thought about the 8″ but I may try that some time. Portability is a good thing, one reason I like knitting one at a time too :)

      1. soknitsome

        I thought KnitPro needles were also marketed under the KnitPicks name outside of the EU. Funnily enough the KnitPro website has a link to ww.knitterspride.com – the website is identical but there are no language options. The Symphony range is laminated birch wood. Very smooth with a bit of ‘give’ but no real ‘bend’.

      2. Tina Post author

        Thank you and I own the Knitter’s Pride Karbonz but now I’ll have to try the symphony ☺️

  11. lizella

    I usually knit top-down one at a time on dpns. I’m interested in trying the other methods, but I haven’t gotten around to it and I have a nice stash of Knitter’s Pride Dreamz DPNs that I love. I tend to like wood needles and these are great – they have enough bend, but don’t break easily.

    1. Tina Post author

      I haven’t tried the Knitter’s Pride Dreamz DPNs, good to know you like them. I have two of their fixed circulars and I really love them. Wood DPNs are still my DPN of choice, that is when I use them :)

  12. sandandsky

    I look forward to hearing all about your new needles. I usually knit my socks in magic loop but have recently starting knitting them two at a time with one long circular and it works great. I’ve even started knitting my sweater sleeves this way as well :-)

    1. Tina Post author

      I will be posting my thoughts on my new needles Simone and I’m very excited about trying them out. I still haven’t tried magic loop but that is on my list to learn this year, and soon :)

  13. linda gaylord

    I usually knit my socks on dpns or magic loop,one at a time,cuff down.I have only done two at a time by magic loop once,and it was headache inducing! Next sock challenge is two circulars,hopefully followed shortly by toe up(as I think that method might make toe up easier for the first try).my favorite needles so far have been clover bamboo or Susan Bates silvalume for smaller sizes,and lion brand(only larger sizes available).what fiber my yarn is determines which needles I use.my budget is nonexistent,so alot of my yarn and needles are gifted to me,which means all the lovely yarns and needles I read about are things of my dreams only….

    1. Tina Post author

      You will love using two circulars Linda! I started using two circulars about four years ago and haven’t gone back to my DPNs. I no longer have ladder issues and it seems to be faster knitting for me. Clover bamboo was my first set of circulars, which I use for many projects, not just socks as I prefer metal. Great needles!

      So, what is a yarn you would like to try that is a dream of yours? I would love to know :)

      1. linda gaylord

        I have heard so many beautiful yarns ranted and raved about on ravelry(I’m “grannysticks”),but from the ones I’ve actually seen,I’d have to say my top pick would have to be madelinetosh.everybody seems to love it,and the colors are drool worthy! I can picture so many beautiful cowls,scarves and shawls that a skein or two could become…:)

      2. Tina Post author

        Linda Madelinetosh is one of my favorite yarns to knit with. It’s super soft, high quality and as you said, the colors are drool worthy! :)

  14. stitches'n'scraps

    Addi sock rockets are amazing. Definitely a good choice :) I also have a set of Hiya Hiya interchangeables – the 4″ small steel set, which I love and use for everything. I’ve just added another set (4″ small sharps) to my Amazon wish list

    1. Tina Post author

      Hurray … glad to hear that! I have used Hiya Hiya fixed but not the interchangeables. Good to know they work well. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the DPNs :)

      1. lollyknits

        I thought it was very intuitive! It just makes logical sense to have half of the stitches on each needle. For toe up, I still cast on with my DPNs, and then switch to magic loop after a few rows, because that first bit is hard on the hands, and much more so if you’re trying to do two at once!

  15. rainbowjunkiecorner

    I have only been knitting socks for a year or two but I like using the Addi very short 20cm (8 inches?) circulars. I like these because you just knit round and round and round not adjusting cables, only two ends for the stitches to come off.

    1. Tina Post author

      I like to use those for cuff down socks until I get to the heel. Makes knitting in the round a bit faster.

  16. ottomomma

    I usually use a 42″ circular needle for two-at-a-time socks and gloves — I don’t do magic loop, exactly, but I don’t know the name of the method I use; it sure works well, though! Basically, I fold the circular in half, divide the stitches for each sock/glove in half and treat the long cable like two 24″ cables.

    My absolute favorite needles are Addis, but they are PRICEY, so when I bought my interchangeables, I bought HyaHyas instead. I LOVE them! The quality is very good, and the price very affordable. I still buy Addis when I need to buy a single set of needles, though.

    1. Tina Post author

      Your method sounds very interesting Lori and almost like magic loop. You’re right about the Addis, but they are worth the price and I love mine too 😊

  17. remilyknits

    For any/all circular knitting, I’m a hardcore magic-looper. I put a premium on ultra-flexible cords and smooth needle-to-cord transitions. If possible, I use my Signatures — I love the pointy tips, the swivel joins, etc. etc. To my endless sorrow, they only go down to US#3. For smaller projects (socks!), I am content with Sock Rockets — a very close second best.

    1. Tina Post author

      I have yet to try magic loop but need too! Glad to hear you use Sock Rockets, they are a great needle and I’ve heard awesome things about Signature needles.

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