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Old 12-10-2011, 05:06 PM   #1
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KnitPicks needles... I'm torn and would love some advice
So my dearest, most wonderful boyfriend decided to surprise me with the full set of acrylic interchangeable needles for my birthday. I found the package on our doorstep last night, so the surprise was ruined, and I begged him to let me open it a week early. The funny thing is, I had ordered myself the Try-It set the other day, which I just received today. So I was planning on returning that one and maybe exchanging it for a couple of extra cables and the size 13 tips which I really want. Now the reason why I'm torn is because I decided to try out the nickel plated needles that came with my Try-It set and I'm kind of in love with them. The acrylic ones are nice too, and I love that I don't have to be afraid of my stitches slipping off the needles, which I tend to do quite a bit on needles that are more slippery. But since I'm a tight knitter, I'm finding that my stitches aren't gliding as easily as I would like on the acrylics, but they slide like a dream on the nickels. So I'm debating whether I should just return both sets of needles in exchange for the nickel-plated ones, or stick with the acrylics, learn to loosen up my knitting (which I really need to do) and get a few extras instead. And if I keep the acrylics, I don't have to go needle-less for another couple of weeks while the new needles arrive. Soooo I really don't know what to do!

But now that I've rambled enough, what would you guys do? I clearly have trouble making decisions.
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Old 12-10-2011, 06:15 PM   #2
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When I first got my Knit Picks Try it set I used the acrylic needles and the cord to knit a cotton shopping bag. As I was inserting the tip of the needle into a stitch preparing to knit it, the very tip of the needle snapped off. It left a flat spot on the needle tip. I was still able to knit with it bu the yarn kind of dragged on the needles. I tried the Harmony wooden needles and the yarn just slide across the needle very smoothly. The nickel tips made it slide very fast but smoothly. Keep your acrylics but get several nickel tips and wooden tips. I am in the process of getting the Harmony set a few pieces at a time.
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:19 PM   #3
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There are knitters who prefer each one of the types for various reasons. I knit 99% on the nickel plated because that is my preference. If you really think you'll like the nickel more then by all means go for it. Give them all a good practice on different types of yarn and see what works for you.

BTW..nice boyfriend!!
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:50 PM   #4
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What an awesome boyfriend you have!

It's incredible what knitting with that Try It set will make you contemplate doing, isn't it? I'd say to go with whatever set you're most comfortable using in the long term...
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Old 12-10-2011, 10:40 PM   #5
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FWIW, I like the acrylics and haven't had a tip break, but I have a 7mm and an 11, so they may be more prone to breaking in the smaller sizes. I've uses other brands of metal needles and like them too.
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Old 12-11-2011, 04:52 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the suggestions! I think I've decided to just send them back and get the nickels (I've decided about 5 times now.. lol). I was knitting some mitts I'm making my sister for Christmas, and they're squeaking horribly on the acrylic needles. I'm guessing it's because it's acrylic on acrylic, because the mitts were knitting up like a dream on the nickels. And I'm also knitting a wool hat for my boyfriend on the acrylics, and they're fine with that yarn. But since I work mostly with acrylics, I think I should just go for the nickels because the squeaking was driving me crazy. It's too bad I probably won't get them for another few weeks and I'll have to go without my cool needles!.
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Old 12-11-2011, 07:02 PM   #7
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I use acrylic yarn on the acrylics all the times, but as I mentioned, they're in the larger sizes so it's a pretty loose gauge.
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:33 PM   #8
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I bought two sets of acrylic needles, 4 & 5, just to use with slippery yarn like silk.
I put some silk on them and still dropped some stitches.
No where near as much dropping as with a metal needle so I am happy.
Moral:
If the yarn isn't slippery, I wouldn't use these suckers!!!!!
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:25 PM   #9
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If you are a tight knitter, I would not recommend the acrylic needles. I am quite a loose knitter, but the pattern that I was working on had several K3 togethers..... with lots of 2 YO's to make up the decrease. Much to my horror, my acrylic needle snapped in 1/2..... dropping all of the stitches from that row. It was very difficult to recover
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:31 PM   #10
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Oh no, that's terrible! I've had moments with decreases where I thought my metal needles that I bought at Michael's were going to break because my stitches were so impossibly tight. I'm glad I decided on returning them then. I just ordered the nickel-plated ones over the phone this morning so I'm hoping I won't have to wait too long!
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