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Old 11-30-2013, 03:49 PM   #1
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Need help deciding on needles
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I'm hoping to get some advice on a new needle set. I really like the circular needles but to buy all the sizes and different lengths is pricy and they are hard to manage. Not to mention when I need a new size the craft store is too far away and they don't carry a good variety. I purchased a Boye Needlecraft set but I find I don't like the feel and they are terrible for smaller projects like hats. I also purchased a set of bamboo DPN's that I only like to use for doing decreases. The tips of those I'm wearing out already so for me to do a whole hat I'm sure I would just destroy them. I purchased a set of Boye fixed circs that are 16" and I like those but using the 12" cable on my interchangeable needles makes them way too long to do hats and the needles are not curved so joining in the round is impossible. Any suggestions for other sets and the lengths of the needles would be very helpful. I like to make hats of various sizes and I am really disappointed with the Boye set I purchased.
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Old 11-30-2013, 04:10 PM   #2
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I mostly use my Knitter's Pride Nova interchangeables and sometimes my Knit Picks Sunstruck inerchangeables and do magic loop; that way I don't have to switch anything unless I want to and changing out the cable for a different length is easy. The Knitter's Pride comby set is available in the shop here if you want to give them a go without investing in an entire set. I won't use cables that look like they should be on a weed wacker - they have too much memory and aren't flexible enough.
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Old 11-30-2013, 04:58 PM   #3
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Yeah, the cables for my needle craft set are almost as thick as the line for my walk behind weed eater! I was considering the Knit Picks set, is one better for you than the other? I have never attempted the magic loop method, I saw a video and it looks confusing so I'll have to go search out more. If I can figure it out though, it will sure beat using DPN's!
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Knit Picks needles are basically the same as Knitter's Pride. I think the black Knitter's Pride cable might be just a little more flexible. I have needles from Knit Picks and WEBS and am very pleased with them all. I got my Nova needles right here.
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After watching the Nova review, I think those are for me. I tend to be a real tight knitter and those will probably work best for me on durability and texture. Now to learn the magic loop method! Thanks for the advice GG!
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Magic Loop looks very confusing at first. I thought it looked impossible. Then I tried it. It didn't take me long to get the hang of it and now I use it all the time.

There are other brands of needles you might want to consider. I think that for the price and versatility, the Nova set is hard to beat. Meanwhile, try to loosen up on the stitches, if you can manage it you'll be glad you did. Your hands will you for it! It's also easier to work k2tog or p2tog with looser stitches.
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I love my Knitters Pride needles. Knitting Help sells them in the shop so consider getting them here to help support the forum.
http://shop.knittinghelp.com/interch...e-needle-sets/

And I also use Magic Loop for most small circular projects like hats, socks, sweater sleeves, etc.
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