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What Brand of Needles?
You have a few choices when shopping for needles.
Common brands you will find at your LYS will be Clover bamboo circular needles, as well as Addi Turbo and Lace needles. You can also find Clover circulars at Michael's and JoAnn Fabrics, but I don't recommend them.
You may be used to knitting on bamboo needles, but bamboo circulars can have an inflexible cable and can have a rough join (the place where the cable is connected to the needle tips), causing snags and frustration as you try to move your knitting along. I don't recommend them.
If you like the security of a bamboo needle, I recommend you try a pair of Addi Lace needles.
Addi Lace needles have a slightly rougher surface than the super-slick Addi Turbos, and they also have a pointier tip. This translates into more dexterity while you are knitting, and the ability to knit complicated stitches with ease.
Ask any LYS employee and they will rave about Addi Lace. Once you've gotten the hang of the techniques, Addi Turbos are a great choice for making quick progress on your projects. They have a blunt tip and a smooth finish, helping you speed along like a Knitting Superstar.
Addi also has a fun option, called Addi Click, a set of interchangeable needles and cables. With one purchase, you'll have most of the needles you'll ever need. You can buy other cables and needle-tips separately. As of this writing, the Clicks are only available in the Turbo style, but they are working hard on a Lace version.
The set of Addi Clicks is pricey, but compared to buying each Addi needle individually, it's a steal.
KnitPicks, an online knit shop, has a popular and inexpensive set of interchangeable circular needles as well. They come in wood and metal, and the gorgeous multicolored wooden ones have a nice sharp point similar to the Addi Lace.
The cables are very flexible (and purple!), and the price is the lowest available for this type of product. A set of these makes a great gift for any knitter. HiyaHiya interchangeable needles have also been coming on to the scene recently, and are worth a look.
This list wouldn't be complete without the cream of the crop, Signature NeedleArts, the finest knitting tools money can buy. Made in a factory that machines airline parts, these precision aluminum needles now come in circulars as well. At $40 per pair of needles, these are a real treat for any Magic Looper in your life. Good thing they have a wish list on their site.
My opinion If you want me to pick for you, support your LYS and buy a pair of 47" Addi Lace in size 7. I know you'll be very pleased.
You're ready. Grab your 47-inch, circular needle, a scrap of worsted-weight yarn, and follow along with the next video.