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Are You Using The Right Tools for the Job? Comparing Knitting Needles

Liat Gat - Founder

September 2, 2010

In knitting, you must use the right tools for the job. If you are using regular Addi Turbos to do lacework, or any pattern requiring many increases and decreases, the blunt-tipped knitting needles are probably slowing you down and making you work hard for those stitches.

Problem: If you are using regular Addi Turbos to do lacework, or any pattern requiring many increases and decreases, the blunt-tipped knitting needles are probably slowing you down and making you work hard for those stitches!

Solution: Pointier knitting needles like Addi Lace, KnitPicks Harmony, or Signature Needle Arts’ stiletto-tipped needles will make the job so much easier and faster.

Decrease Test: Three Brands Of Knitting Needles Attempting A K2TOG

You can see which knitting needles look like they are up for the job.

Addi Turbo needles attempting a k2tog
Regular Addi Turbos are fast for plain knitting but too blunt to easily do lace
Addi Lace needles doing a k2tog
Addi Lace Needles have a "grabby" coating and a sharp tapered point
Signature Needles stiletto tips
Signature Needle Arts' stiletto-tipped needles have a very long taper, with the added bonus that the points aren't painfully sharp

As you can see from the photo comparison, the Signature Needle Arts knitting needles easily do the job of performing a k2tog.

Stiletto-tipped Signature Needles are my top choice for working patterns with lots of increases and decreases, and you’ll probably see me using them a lot in my knitting demonstration videos.

But Those Are All Metal Needles. What About Wood Or Bamboo?

Problem: Bamboo knitting needles may give you a feeling of security on silky, slippery yarns, but will slow you way down on “grabby” yarns like mohair, angora, or homespun wool.

Solution: Addi Lace needles are just a little smoother, but they still have that “sticky” coating that helps reassure you that your stitches won’t fly off the tips.

Another choice is Knit Picks straight needles, wooden knitting needles that are smoother than bamboo but not as slippery as polished metal.

What are your favorite “tools for the job?”
Leave a comment and let me know what knitting needles and tools work best for you!

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