Hello, my name is Mari and I hoard knitting needles. I have… 7 sets of interchangeable needles on top of DPN sets and many fixed circular needles in a variety of styles and sizes. Today, a blog post about my favorite Knitter’s Pride needles. I have a lot of Knitter’s Pride needles, and one of the main perks for me is that ALL of the needles and cables are interchangeable.
First up, the Symfonie Cubics. I have the 16″ special interchangeable set, the tips are shorter and combined with the cords they create 16″ circular needles. I quite like these needles, and I use them for knitting hats a fair bit. I like the cuboid shape, but I don’t find that it really affects the tension or evenness of my knitting.
The Trendz needles are made from acrylic. I love the rainbow colors (I mean, who doesn’t love rainbows?!). The needles are quite flexible and sticky. I think these would be ideal for beginners. I like them in the bigger sizes for knitting with slippery yarns.
I don’t have a full set of the Bamboo needles, just a few random interchangeable tips. I have to admit, bamboo needles are not my favorite. They tend to grip the yarn a little more than I like, though these are a great needle with nice tapered points.
These are, by far, the fastest needles I’ve ever knit with. They are nice and slick without being overly slippery like nickel needles. The Nova Platinas have sharp points and are great for knitting lace. These are an updated version of the previous Nova needles, and after doing a side-by-side comparison I can say that these are noticeably faster to knit with.
The Marblz needles are new, and this is the special holiday set that Knitter’s Pride released at the end of 2014. They are the prettiest needles I’ve ever owned! They are stiffer and less flexible than the Trendz needle, and I find the finish a little slicker too. For me this totally redefines acrylic needles into a needle I’d knit with on a regular basis.
The Karbonz are probably one of the most popular Knitter’s Pride needles. They have nice smooth and sharp points, a lightweight body that’s warm to the touch, and like every other Knitter’s Pride needle the join is smooth. I don’t have an interchangeable set of these, but I do have a variety of the fixed circular needles and I’ve knit several pairs of socks on them. I like these needles, but they’ll never replace my all time favorite, the Dreamz.
The Dreamz are my all time favorite knitting needles. I also own the Symfonie set, which is similar, the big advantage of the Dreamz is that the tips are all different colors, so it’s much easier to make sure you have two needles that are the same size. I use these needles so frequently that instead of putting them in a case I have them in a needle stand on my desk. As a knitwear designer I knit 90% of my own samples, and that means most days I spend a minimum of 4 hours knitting, and sometimes I spend up to 7 or 8 hours a day knitting (mostly on the weekends, I do have a day job!) This means a lot of stress on my hands. I’d previously been pretty monogamous with my various metal needles, but when I started knitting with the Dreamz I didn’t lose any of the speed because the wood is coated and much slicker and faster than bamboo needles, but my hand pain has been noticeably improved! I don’t understand completely why, I’m guessing the wood isn’t as hard and doesn’t put as much pressure on my hands, either way, these needles have been a lifesaver. It used to be that after finishing a series of deadline projects I’d have to take loads of Ibuprofen and a strict ice regimen to deal with the pain in my hands. Now I still ice my hands on a pretty regular basis, but I rarely need to take anything for the pain, as I can usually prevent it from happening!
Disclaimer: I received some of these Knitter’s Pride needles for free, since I work Knitter’s Pride as part of my day job with Stitchcraft Marketing. However, these opinions are all my own and I was not compensated in any way for writing this review.
What are your favorite needles?