addi needles

does anyone use addi circular needle? I have just started as I've heard so many great things. I an knitting a tea cozy and I quite like using dpn but for this project I thought I'd experiment. I have only done a few rounds but already my thumb is very sore.
Is this just because I am new to addi or are my suspicians correct about the needle being too small.
any help would be appreciated.


kiwiknitter's picture

I use only Addi Turbos and have well over a 100 of them in different sizes and lengths. I just yesterday received another 14 of them in the 20" length so that now I have an option between the 16" and the 24" lengths for knitting the sleeves. I won't use anything else because I like the way the "work" when I'm knitting.

I have found that when I knit with the shorter lengths (eg 12" & 16") that my fingers work differently with the shorter needles and consequently I have some hand fatigue which passes after a bit of knitting time.

I never knitted with straight needles but I'd guess that perhaps the soreness you're experiencing is a result of changing the way you hold the shorter needles and will pass after a little practice.



My knitting is totally tubular!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

Bill's picture

I've used the Turbo needles...(but prefer the new KnitPicks changeable tip needles...)
...currently knitting a sweater on size five and six (US) hands do get tired...but possibly because I'm knitting for several hours at a stretch... biggest problem is the shine...
I've chemically darkened them so they don't glare as much in the strong light I need to knit...

I have a couple pair of Addi Turbos. One in 16" length, which is ok and one in 12" length. The 12" is pretty unweildy to me. The needle part is very short and my hands started hurting pretty quickly with them. I guess I'm used to being able to grip the needles in pretty much my whole hand and the 12" needles are just too short to do that.

kiwiknitter's picture

I rarely use the 12" needles, preferring the Magic Loop method. However, at certain times they are useful. I, too, find a lot of hand strain when using such short needles so they're best for shorter projects.

My knitting is totally tubular!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

Eikon's picture

I regret that I ever have to use circulars but when I do I have found Addi's to be the best and entirely worth the extra money they cost.


VillageKnittiot's picture

I also love the Addi Turbos, however I am using the Addi Naturals for a pair of socks (one sock/2 circs). The nice thing, if you get longer circs, you can always go into a 'magic loop' setup when you get to the top of the hat.. or start that way depending on how you're going to work it. I do find that the Addi Turbos are very slick, which is great, the Addi Naturals, being bamboo (I think) have a bit more friction and will not slide out of your work. If you use the Naturals and find they're holding you back I rub them with waxed paper and that gives them enough slickness so I can move at a faster pace.

Good luck! Happy Investing!

kiwiknitter's picture

I agree about the difference between the bamboo and the Turbos; I've heard that the bamboo are better for the slicker yarns, such as silk.

I like to use the longer lengths for the Magic Loop method. I use ML for the narrow parts of the sleeve (cuff and just above it) and then switch to a 16" for the remainder of the sleeve.

My knitting is totally tubular!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

The fatigue is probably due to the fact that the yarn slips a lot easier on the metal and you are probably compensating by holding the needles tighter. After a short while you will learn to grip the needles less. I had the same experience with Addis when I switched from bamboo. I now only prefer Addis.

The times that I have to use the bamboo circulars I find that the yarn doesn't glide as easily and also gets caught a bit at the joins where the wire meets the needle.