View Full Version : your favorite sock needles?
03-14-2008, 01:17 PM
Hi, I want to start knitting socks. Please recommend good sock needles. Thanks!
03-14-2008, 01:47 PM
I use Knit Picks Options on fixed cables and do Magic Loop. I've used DPNs and just hate the fiddly-ness of them.
03-14-2008, 01:57 PM
...and I'm the opposite of Jenny. I tried ML once and hated it. I love doing socks (or anything small in the round) on bamboo DPNs. I might try some addi DPNs soon, though. I knit pretty tight. It's pretty much just personal preference.
03-14-2008, 02:13 PM
I prefer the 2 circulars method myself, using knitpicks fixed circs. I couldn't get the hang of the DPNs.
03-14-2008, 02:38 PM
I use bamboo DPNs and they work great for me.
03-14-2008, 02:44 PM
I love my Harmony wood needles from Knit Picks. I have sizes 3 and 6 and I love them and WILL be buying more for sure.
I also love aluminum needles. Especially if you knit tightly.
I love bamboo as well and have many sizes of them. I just have to remind myself not to knit so tightly.
03-14-2008, 02:54 PM
I am fairly new to knitting but I have found 12 inch circular needles and try to use them as much as possible. I start the toe with ML on a long needle and as soon as possible move to the 12 inch.
I find 12 inch circular save time by not having to slide the needles for ML or two circular needles back and forth. In addition there is not a problem with ladders as I more from one needle to another.
Down side is you can't use 12 inch for casting on, need to move to a second circular needle at the heel and you can't try the sock on as you go.
There may also be a problem for those with small feet, I wear mens US size 13s, and if you do an intricate pattern you might have difficulties.
03-14-2008, 03:12 PM
I myself am using knitpicks Options circular needle and the Magic loop(ML) method.
I have received lot of great help here. Below is a link to a thread with many helpful links. :)
Knit Picks metal DPNs.
I don't think fidgeting with pulling a long loop would be for me, I don't even like pushing the extra length of DPNs through.
I tried Boye DPNs (craptastic anodizing scratched up and made working with them difficult) and Susan Bates (very rounded tips, easy to get used to but impossible-hard to get into a tight decrease).
Knit Picks seems to have a solid plating, the nickel plating is very smooth and the sharp points are harder to get used to but work very well (I was just using my Options in a darkened room with no problem and I've only had the DPNs a week so it didn't take long for me to get used to the sharp points).
As you may have noticed, DPNs vs circular and metal vs wood are very personal choices.
03-14-2008, 04:16 PM
KP nickel plated sock dpns. THE BEST!
03-14-2008, 06:12 PM
I like metal sock needles (DPNs specifically), but if you're just starting out with socks, you might like bamboo DPNs as they hold your stitches better. One of my biggest problems when I started knitting socks was that the stitches kept sliding off of the metal needles.
03-15-2008, 08:47 AM
Inox 6 in. DPN's are still my favorite. Lightwt. for a metal needle and not too long. They also come in a 2.5 mm size (US 1.5). I use the 2.5 mm for the cuff and a 2.0 mm (US 0) for the heel and foot. On fingering wt. yarn this puts me around 8 st./inch for the cuff and around 9.5 for the foot. If I need a 2.25 mm (US 1) needle, I've been using the Pony Pearls. Also quite nice.
03-15-2008, 10:02 AM
I am with Rachel I LOVE my Options they are the best.
I got the whole set this past month and I just LOOVE them. I have used the wood, bamboo, and now the metal. I won't go back to the others but then it is up to you and what you like using.
03-15-2008, 10:11 AM
I have been on a sock frenzy and am currently on my 8th pair this winter. I'm working on sizes 0-2 and am doing a lot of cabling and lace work. I have managed to bend one of my 0 dpn when doing a cable and I'm not generally a tight knitter. I am looking at the Options sock set rather than any type of wood because I'm afraid of breaking the smallest sizes. I also tend to sit on my knitting from time to time because I leave it sitting on the sofa.
03-15-2008, 10:40 AM
I have always useds DPN's and now I have the full set of Harmony's and they are devine xx
03-15-2008, 10:47 AM
I have had my Knit Picks Nickle Plated DPN's for a couple of months and love them, bought them because my bamboo 2.5mm snapped mid glove. One day I will give magic loop a go but it does seem like a lot of work to pull the cables out etc. Don't know if the wooden Knit picks DPN's are stronger than the bamboo, as others have said when you are a beginner it would probably be easier to use wood as it holds on to the yarn a bit and you won't loose the needle in mid row.
03-15-2008, 10:52 AM
I have the KP Harmony dpn sock needle set. I am in LOVE with it. I tried metal but the stitches slip off, I tried bamboo but the stitches did not move freely. I got the Harmony set and will never go back to another kind of needle. It's all in what you prefer. Each kind of needle has it's good and it's bad points. The only thing I found I didn't like about the Harmony's is that they are dark so you have to work in good lighting if you are working with dark yarn.
The Knitpicks Harmony sock needle set includes sizes US 0 or 2.00mm; US 1 or 2.25mm; US 1 or2.50mm; US 2 or 2.75mm; US 2 or 3.00mm; and US 3 or 3.25mm; and is only $34.99 plus tax and shipping! It all comes in a neat case to keep your needles organized. They are solid birch wood needles with a thick verathane coating so they glide easily but still have a bit of grip. They are nice and pointy so they slide in and out of stitches easily.
03-15-2008, 03:17 PM
I'm using 2 KnitPicks Harmony 16" circulars: but I've had issues with breaking them. BUT I do like them very much because they are lightweight (the Options are a little heavier to me), they don't make the noise, and since I knit on the fly, I can just shove them in my bag and not worry about losing/dropping a needle. I like to think of them as commuter needles.
03-18-2008, 10:44 AM
I'm partial to bamboo dpns, possibly because that is what I learned to knit socks on and I feel very comfortable using dpns. There is just enough 'grab' to keep the stitches on the needle, but not enough to slow me down.
However, I'm trying to keep an open mind and learn new things. Right now I'm trying two socks on one long circular and next I want to try two socks on two circs.
03-18-2008, 04:20 PM
I used to love Crystal Palace DPNS, but now favor KnitPicks Harmony DPNS. Love that wood!
Denise in Michigan
03-19-2008, 06:47 PM
Susan Bates Quicksilver double pointed needles are my favorite for socks. Less slippery than most metal needles, less clingy than bamboo, well-priced, extremely durable, light-weight, and they only get better with use! I've made close to four dozen pairs of socks with them!:thumbsup: