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Old 08-13-2006, 06:50 PM   #1
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Best Brand of Needles
I am relatively new to knitting and need to buy some more needles. In your opinon what is the best brand and best internet site to get them. TIA

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Old 08-13-2006, 07:00 PM   #2
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Hi Meredith, welcome to KH! I the Knit Picks Options interchangeable needle set. You can get them at www.knitpicks.com
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Old 08-13-2006, 07:08 PM   #3
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Many of us have gotten to the point where we only use circular needles for all knitting, whether in the round or flat.

I love my Addi Turbos, and have enough that I can't see buying others.

However, the KnitPicks Options seem to be very well received around here. They are an interchangeable set, so you get most of your needle sizes in one package and can add the sizes you don't get in the set at a reasonable price.

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Old 08-13-2006, 07:45 PM   #4
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LOve them
I have the Denise Interchangeable needles and just love them. But since you are just starting out you may not want to spend that amount of money. I also love Bamboo and wooden knitting needles. Give them a try!
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Old 08-13-2006, 11:14 PM   #5
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I also would recommend the Knit Picks Options needles. I mine!
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Old 08-13-2006, 11:47 PM   #6
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As a new knitter, I needed the bamboo or plastic ones so the yarn wouldn't be so slippery. But now that I have gained some experience, I am enjoying the Addi circulars the most. So it is possible for your taste in needles to change with experience. Just a thought.
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Old 08-14-2006, 01:02 AM   #7
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I'm the opposite of mshelton. I hated bamboo as a beginner, still do, so I went with Denise's. However, now I only use my KP Options. I think as a beginner getting an interchangable should be a priority because of gauge. I would do a swatch for a project with the recommended needles from the pattern and find out my gauge was wrong. It really wasn't a big deal since I got my Denise's a month into my knitting experience but it would have been if I didn't have them.
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Old 08-14-2006, 01:14 AM   #8
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i loved my bamboo when i started but i rarely use them now that i have my denises. i do like the feel and all that but i wouldn't go with them again unless i was in a needle emergency and had to stop and buy something.

The reason is because i covered the entire cost of my Denise set with the cost of about 4 or 5 pairs of bamboo circs. the cost seems like a lot initially but when you look at it in terms of that....
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Old 08-14-2006, 08:38 AM   #9
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My first needles was a pair of sz 13 bamboo. I loved them then and I love them now even though I rarely use them. I've basically give up knitting on straight needles. But my 13s were great beginner needles. Why don't you try making your own. It's easy and cheap. You can go to ACMoore, Michael's or the hardware store for the dowels and Amy shows you how to do it in the Basic Techniques section of this site.

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Old 08-14-2006, 08:41 AM   #10
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about those circulars
OK, I am using a pair right now to knit a baby afghan but it calls for circular needles. Is there somewhere on this site where I can get instructions on how to convert straight needle patterns to circular? I really like using them they are much easier to work with!

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