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Mom2Rebecca
11-16-2006, 02:02 PM
I have only used plastic and metal and prefer metal but would like to try bamboo. What does everyone prefer?
Jessica

MrTea
11-16-2006, 02:12 PM
I like metal circs for straight knitting and bamboo for DPNs.

The bamboo will probably be a little stickier than what you are used to.

gardenmommy
11-16-2006, 02:15 PM
It's hard to say because everybody has their personal preference, and a lot of people vary the type of needle they use with the type of yarn they are using. I think usually metal is the slickest of them all, which makes for fast knitting but also can increase your chances for dropped stitches or stitches sliding off when you set down your project. Even among metal there are variations of slickness, like aluminum versus plated brass like the Knitpicks Options or Addi Turbos.

Bamboo is less slick that metal, so if you are working with a tricky, slick yarn, that can help. A lot of people prefer bamboo DPNs for socks for this reason, the needle won't go flying out of the stitches like metal ones have the potential to do. Even among brands of needles of the same material there can be a difference, such as Clover bamboo versus Crystal Palace bamboo.

Birch or other wood ones are another possibility. Or the resin like the Denise set. Not quite plastic, I think smoother, but I haven't used them personally, so I can't vouch for them.

The pointiness of the tips is another factor too, some yarns work better with tips that are a bit more blunt, some work better with sharper points. The Options are especially known for their pointy tips.

If stores were smart, they would let you "try before you buy," so you can determine which needle feels the best for the yarn you will use. You're not expected to purchase a car without taking it for a spin first! LOL

dustinac
11-16-2006, 02:15 PM
I use my Denise's all the time which are a resin... and for DPNs I prefer Bamboo esp. for socks but have the metal ones for the larger size DPNs and they work ok...

I keep bending my bamboos... my 1s,2s, and 3s all have a bend in them now... :shrug: :teehee:

Jan in CA
11-16-2006, 02:16 PM
I have a set of Denise Interchangeables which are made of resin and bamboo DPNs. I also have a few Addi Turbos. I like my Denise needles a lot, but the yarn doesn't slide as smoothly as I'd like so I'm pining for a set of Knitpicks Options (http://www.knitpicks.com/needles/Needles_Options.aspx)! I love bamboo for DPNs as the yarn doesn't fall off the needles.

All this being said sometimes it depends on the yarn or stitch type and personal preference. You're going to get a dozen or more different answers if you ask 12 people. :teehee:

MrTea
11-16-2006, 02:19 PM
I keep bending my bamboos... my 1s,2s, and 3s all have a bend in them now... :shrug: :teehee:

I've had this problem with the small gauge bamboo needles as well. Although, i'm not sure it's me that's doing it. I think it has more to do with humidity/atmospheric pressure changes.

brendajos
11-16-2006, 02:21 PM
I keep bending my bamboos... my 1s,2s, and 3s all have a bend in them now... :shrug: :teehee:

I've had this problem with the small gauge bamboo needles as well. Although, i'm not sure it's me that's doing it. I think it has more to do with humidity/atmospheric pressure changes.

bah...i think it is because she holds on to them so tight that it is surprising they don't snap! :teehee:

dustinac
11-16-2006, 02:36 PM
:whistle: I have no idea what you are talking about...

:flirt: I agree with Mr.Tea

MrTea
11-16-2006, 02:44 PM
:whistle: I have no idea what you are talking about...

:flirt: I agree with Mr.Tea

Cute

CarmenIbanez
11-16-2006, 02:47 PM
I like metal circs for straight knitting and bamboo for DPNs.

The bamboo will probably be a little stickier than what you are used to.

Yes that is exactly why I like the bamboo. Because I am DPNs challenged and the bamboo helps me keep my stitches, you know, actually on the needles!

Momma_Jo
11-16-2006, 03:03 PM
Depends on the yarn texture; generally, I find that metal needles work for everything. However, I also knit loosely, so I don't mind if my stitches are sliding around the needle, but I can imagine it annoying some people. I, on the other side, hate to have to pull on my stitches to get them to the end of the needle.

cgd
11-16-2006, 03:03 PM
I prefer bamboo and some plastic. Of the plastic ones I've tried, I don't like the Crystalite, but I love Boye Balene IIs. I find aluminum needles heavy, and I'm more likely to drop stitches because they're slicker than other materials.

SabrinaJL
11-16-2006, 03:04 PM
I'll have to third what MrTea said. I like my Options because they're so slippery, but when you've got needles hanging all over the place, slippery is not so great.

nonny2t
11-16-2006, 03:10 PM
I only use metal, can't use plastic at all and haven't ever used wooden.

trollgirl
11-16-2006, 03:35 PM
I find I like metal needles best, even for DPNs, as long as they're not too heavy. Have a pair of US8s that are really heavy and they're dreadful. I am a fairly tight knitter though, so I generally don't have a problem with my stitches falling off my needles, unless there's only one or two stitches left on the needle.

I've a pair of bamboo needles and I have not been able to do anything with them because the yarn just sticks to them and even seems to snag sometimes. I think I might just have a really crappy pair. I bought them on a whim just to try out the new material.

I'm neutral about plastic.

craftymom
11-16-2006, 04:33 PM
I love my Denise set (resin) and bamboo for DPNs. I have a few metal DPNs and I just don't like them. They feel "cold" in my hands and I just don't like the clicking and scraping sounds.

MrTea
11-16-2006, 04:34 PM
Wood is good for the larger sizes if you don't like plastic.

Also there is a big difference between brands of bamboo needles. The Clover bamboos are MUCH stickier than the Crystal Palace for example. Clovers are way too sticky in my opinion.

Yes, bamboo is good for DPNs not only because they are stickier than metal, but they are also lighter. i.e. less likely to slip out (and then get thrown across the room at high velocity.) Also, if you do get angry, they are less likely to cause harm. :teehee:

I have never tried plastic, but I have a general aversion to such materials. Although those ones that light up seem like they might be a hoot.

lissalue
11-16-2006, 04:37 PM
i love, love, love my denise set!!! :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: of course, the only others i have used are a cheap pair of bamboo size 11 that came with my knitting kit. i can see how they would be good for some yarns.

jolenel
11-16-2006, 04:47 PM
Metal all the way for me! Most of my needles are aluminum, but I have a KP Options set in the mail--it should be on my doorstep when I get home from work today. :happydance: (Edit: I've been tracking the package like crazy all day, and it's been delivered! Woohoo!)

I have a couple pairs of bamboo and plastic too, but I didn't like them as much. Somehow I like slick needles, even though I'm a medium-to-loose knitter. I even like metal DPNs and haven't had many slipping problems, but I think I tend to knit more tightly on DPNs (to avoid ladders between needles).

My one exception might be with cable needles. I've only used metal cable needles, and they drive me nuts. I need to make a couple wood ones and see if I like them better.

MrTea
11-16-2006, 04:49 PM
Oh, a couple of other things to note about bamboo needles.

Bamboo is an extremely hard and durable material, more durable than wood or plastic.

Bamboo needles sizes US#3 and below can bend, especially long straight ones. None of my bamboo DPNs have bent yet, I have used them down to #3. However, I have a pair of #3 straights that look like a boomerang. You can still knit with them if they bend, but it's sort of annoying.

I would suggest metal needles for the really small sizes.

Braden
11-18-2006, 12:01 AM
Nickel plated is my 1st choice, followed by aluminum. I would never use anything besides some type of metal.