View Full Version : Nickle Plated Needles? Recommend?

05-20-2009, 02:40 PM
I was thinking of trying some of Knit Picks nickle plated DPNs, I hear they help you knit faster, I can use all the help I can get :lol:. Do you recommend it? Does the nickle plating wear off? When I mentioned them to DH, he, being more logical than I, said they might. What say you who have used them?

Jan in CA
05-20-2009, 03:12 PM
I don't like metal DPNs or the length of Knitpicks DPNs in general. However, I can tell you that I haven't had the plating peel off at all.

05-20-2009, 04:57 PM
I like mine.

I've seen some sparkles on my work before but I haven't been able to find where it's flaking off if it is and I looked when I first noticed it.
It's probably more likely gold filings from work getting carried into the knitting under a fingernail while taking a break (or knitting when I should be working, depending on how you look at it).

05-20-2009, 10:00 PM
I have only had mine a few months, but I love them. I almost always have at least one project going on them. I haven't had any problems with the finish. I wasn't used to the shorter length of needle, but now that I have used them for a while I find the longer length awkward. I would buy them again in a heartbeat. I wish they made 00 size. I bought some Inox brand and don't like them as well.

05-21-2009, 01:02 AM
I've had the KPOs since a few months after Knit Picks started selling them. I love them! I had an issue with one of the needles a while back. It must have been slightly bent when they shipped it, and when I went to use it the plating started chipping off - I think the plating cracked when the needle was bent. Surprisingly, I didn't even touch that specific needle size until maybe a year and a half after I ordered the set. I called Knit Picks about the issue and they replaced both of that size tip, no questions asked, and I didn't have to send anything back. They have great customer service.

Anyway, to answer your original question - other than the broken needle, I haven't had a single issue with the plating coming off, and I've had the needles since...hmm...I don't know, sometime in 2006. Can't remember exactly when they first came out! I wouldn't trade them for any other kind of needle.

05-22-2009, 07:08 PM
I love mine...and have subsequently sold at least 3 others to buy the same set!

Actually...I am slowly replacing or gaining knit picks nickel plated needles in general...They are just like addys but cheaper!

05-25-2009, 02:10 PM
I love my KP nickel-plated DPNs. I'm working on a coffee cup sleeve in the round now with them and they make me so happy :D They are smooth and slick yet I've not had any issue of them slipping out of my work. And I've never had any issue with the finish. I also have the KP nickel-plated interchangeable set and love it all to pieces. No problems with flaking here!

05-26-2009, 08:22 PM
I'm going to join the KP love fest... I have used several different types of store brand ones and then these ones and I will NEVER go back. I also love their Harmony set. Great if you're a loose knitter and worried about slippage. Best of luck to you.

Sunshine's Mom
05-27-2009, 09:47 AM
I'll agree with the others. I love my KP nickel-plated dpns and circulars. I pretty much use only the nickel-plated dpns. I, too, have noticed some occasional flaking, but can't figure where it's coming from as nothing seems to be wrong with the needles. I only wish they had sharper points like the Harmony wood needles.

05-27-2009, 10:59 AM
I started out on Bamboo needles and have a nice size collect of wooden needles now. Then one day I needed a needle size but the lys only had it in the metal. So I bought it. I loved it so much I went online to Knit Picks and ordered the set of the metal interchangeable circulars. I love them! The only issue I have is that the needle size starts at #us4 .

My Boye interchangeable set starts at #us2 and goes up to #us 15 where my Knit Picks starts at #us4 and only goes up to #us 11.

Since I got my KP set, I hardly ever use my Boye set. The KP set has a much smoother connection point and the cable is way more flexible .

To anwser one of your questions, I am a slow knitter in general , but it does feel like I can knit a smig faster with the metal needles. I find I have to be extra careful when I lay my knitting down, to make sure I pull the needles through enough so the sts don't fall off.

Now I am working at building up my metal needle collection. I love them!!

Jan in CA
05-27-2009, 11:07 AM
I only wish they had sharper points like the Harmony wood needles.

:noway: Whoa... any sharper and I couldn't use them!

Sunshine's Mom
05-27-2009, 11:24 AM
:noway: Whoa... any sharper and I couldn't use them!

Gotta toughen up those callouses, Jan! :rofl:

05-27-2009, 11:49 AM
I don't like metal DPNs or the length of Knitpicks DPNs in general. However, I can tell you that I haven't had the plating peel off at all.
Jan, that may not be saying much ...
:think: ... if you're avoiding them because you "don't like metal DPNs" or because you don't like "the length of Knitpicks DPNs in general!" :roll: :doh:

:) Okay, so that isn't exactly what you said. It is how I read it. Now, if it was what you meant, then...
I'm :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

I have one set of size 2 (3mm) KP fixed circulars. I guess they are nickle plated; they are very shiny. I've made one dish cloth using number 10 crochet cotton and no flakes from the needles.

And you can't count the flake that was using them, either.
(I said that just so Jan in CA couldn't.) :p