So....For years I have been using the Boyd interchangeable needles. They were good enough for me because I was mostly knitting blankets. Now that I have expanded my horizons and want to make socks on one circular needles, and some lace shawls I have found that these needles no longer meet my needs. I have looked at the addi clicks, but have a hard time clicking them in. I also checked out the Hiya needles and the Knit Picks Nickel and Harmony needles. I was just wondering if y'all would give your opinions on these needles, so I may make a decision on which to purchase. I really like the Harmony wood and the nickel ones....I just cant decide which ones to buy! Thanks
I'd recommend Knit Picks Harmony. A good all around needle. You will also greatly appreciate the verrrrrrry long extra cable cords you can purchase from them which make for great magic loop sock knitting. Knit Picks has recently added an "extender" thingie which will allow two cable cords to be joined together.
I have Knit Picks Nickel-Plated, Harmony and Zephyr, as well as Denise Interchangeables, Boye Interchangeables, and Addi Clicks. I've used them all extensively. I think you will love Harmony's for all-purpose knitting and they don't break the bank.
I love my Harmonies as well! The only (minor) drawback I have is when I use dark yarns, it is harder to see my stitches~but that's just a personal thing, and may not be an issue for you. Have fun choosing!
If you want to make socks, you may need to buy fixed circular needles instead of (or in addition to) interchangeables. The Knitpicks interchangeables only go down to a size 4, but they do have fixed needles in smaller sizes. I thing Addi Clicks also only go down to a 4. HiyaHiya interchangeables go down to a size 2, which may work for socks or they also have fixed needles going down to teeny tiny sizes (like 00000 or something).
Hope you find some that you like!
You are right, Yarncharmer. I just got a set of Addis clicks which I love, but they are not small enough for socks. I, too, have decided I like knitting socks on two circular needles. The people on this forum helped me decide to try Knit Picks. I've ordered two of fixed circular Harmonies size 2.5 and two of the nickle plated 2.75. From what everyone has written, I will be happy with either one. Now I cannot wait for them to arrive!
Boye Interchanable - hated the cables so I replaced them
Personally I like the Boye Needlemasters and the fact they have size 3 and 2, but I HATED the cables so I have been replacing the cable with weed trimmer line.
I have not worked this out enough to give a lot of detail, I learn and change each time I do it. But here is what I have done.
What I have done is use the plastic ink tube from a cheap ball point pen to connect the cable end to weed trimmer line. I then file/sand the plastic tube to fit.
Plastic ink tube from a Ball point pen (only one is needed but grab a couple for learning)
Weed trimmer line. ( I don’t remember the the size, use what you have at home of play with some at the store to find the flexibility you like)
Super Glue (gel type) You could also use epoxy
File ( I used a nail file – Hey it was what was handy)
Sandpaper (I used am nail emery board with a very smooth side)
Candle and lighter
Paper cup or something to hold a small amount of alcohol
e) When you see the center of the ink tube begin to get soft pull it out of the flame and allow it to cool a second or two. If you wait to long you can reheat.
f) Pull slowly until the center of the ink tube fits on the trimmer line.
g) Allow the tube to cool for a minute or so.
So far I have done 2 cables and the only problem so far is getting the connectors tapered enough for the US size 2 needle.
If you want pictures it will have to be after the holidays. My DW want to do knitted gifts for Christmas and can you guess who her assistant knitter might be?
THANK YOU EVERYONE! I want to address everyone that replied to me in one post so.... Since I can't decide on whether to buy the Harmony or Nickel I am going to buy BOTH! I am going to buy the Nickel interchangeable set, and then buy the fixed circulars in the Harmony wood! The best of both worlds! I am so excited to start working on my daughters socks from the toes up on 1 circular needle! This working from the cuff and on DP needles has got to STOP! I have the one sock syndrome! :-P Now I just hope that they get here BEFORE i leave for Florida!
Thanks again everyone!
I recently got another set of DPNs in the size I use for most of my sock patterns so I can make two at a time.
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