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Old 03-26-2013, 10:28 AM   #1
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Circular needles

I'm about to take the plunge to start on some shorties. What brand of circular needles do you recommend? And where is the best place to purchase them? I want decent quality without breaking the bank. But definitely on the higher quality end. Suggestions please . Thanks!

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I'm a big fan of the Addi Turbos. Your local yarn store may have them. Otherwise, do a Google search.
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What kind of material do you prefer in your needles?

I like Addis and Knit Pick, I'm not sure KP has 12" circs.
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The only ones I've used are the cheaper metal ones. I'm still new at this but do t want to buy cheap ones and want better ones later. I think it will be a lifelong hobby
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And I don't have a local yarn store :/. It will be hobby lobby or hancocks. So I'll probably order them online
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If you are comfortable using the aluminum ones, then the addi ones or some from knit picks seem to be popular.

I'm really new at knitting and not very fast, and I found the metal ones way too slippery, so I got a set of clover bamboo ones on amazon. It's a interchangable set and they seem pretty nice.
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Re: Circular needles

I have a set of Knit Picks Interchangeables...the nickel tips w/ several add-on wood & plastic tips. I gather the KP ones have been changed to a different manufacturer & the tips are more blunt & the cords a little thicker. Knitter's Pride are fully compatible, made in the same factory as the KP used to be, and comparable price.

I also have the smaller (sizes 2-8) HiyaHiya ICs w/ the bamboo tips. I haven't used them as much as my KP needles, but I've got them in a project right now & they're very nice as well.

Knit Picks is a popular option b/c of the low cost, but they seem to be hit & miss in terms of quality (FTR, I have had no problems or complaints w/ mine), but HiyaHiya, Addi, and ChiaGoo are probably the most popular "next tier" brands. Really, I'd recommend trying a couple/few of the cheap ones to get a feel for what materials you like best. Like, I really thought I'd be a bamboo/wood girl, but I'm not; I really like metal tips, particularly nickel. Some people like floppy cables, some like firmer; you just won't know until you try. If it's a reasonable drive to a LYS, it still might be worth it to drive there, just to handle & sample different needles so you know what you truly like to work with.
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I'm not sure where the closest store would be. I may order the knit picks sampler pack. That way I can try a variety and also knit a gauge swatch to check my gauge since I'll have three different size needles. I do have one set of the inexpensive circulars in metal but I thought the cord on them was way too stiff.
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starting off ... I just used the bamboo ones from JoAnns/Michaels. They actually are my go to ones now too
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I second ChiaGoo... there's places you can get them on etsy
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