Recommendations for Needles

When I began knitting, I used solely Addi Turbo circulars. It didn't take long until I grew annoyed with the horrible stiff cable (the company actually recommended holding them in the steam over boiling water to soften and straighten them) and I looked around for an alternative. I bought the Addi Clicks but the needle sizes are too large as I often knit with a 3.25 mm size. On the recommendation of Bill on this site, I switched to Hiya-Hiya interchangeable. I really appreciate the swivel at the join. I've been happy with these until just recently. I ordered several replacement cords from different places and the joins snag my yarns. Very recently, I heard about the Signature range and they look good but are they? So, I ask the MWK folks for recommendations on needles. I don't want Bamboo and interchangeable needles may or may not be important. I will be grateful for any assistance offered.

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Bill's picture

My favorite needles are now chiao goo. They're essentially the same stainless steel as HiyaHiya. I prefer the ChiaoGoo red lace...which have a red plastic coated wire cable, the there is also a monofilament cable available. Both fit the same tips. I get mine from
https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/grandmashandknitting?ref=l2-shopheader-name&section_id=6944403

she ships quickly, and usually has discounts. Look on her home page for the discounts.

Be careful...the ChiaoGoo Red have a bend in them, the Red Lace do not.

kiwiknitter's picture

Bill, Thanks for this. You gave me good advice about the HiyaHiya. What about the ChiaoGoo TWIST? I'm not certain about the difference between the Red and the Red Lace.

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

Red have a bend in the needle just before it joins the cable. (I think they're uncomfortable)
Twist needles are bamboo and have a monofilament cable.
Red lace have a red coated wire cable
Both Bamboo and Red lace fit the same cables.
Cables come in small and large depending on how big the needle is....and varying lengths. There is also a little connector that allows you to connect two cables to get a longer one.

kiwiknitter's picture

Thanks, Bill, for this clarification. I had figured out about the TWIST needles being bamboo; now I understand that the needles have the bend, not the cable. I appreciate your help.

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

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I like both the Chiao Goo Red Lace needles and the Addi Sock Rockets. Sock Rockets have a bit stiffer cable but are very pointy and are chrome plated. All of mine are fixed needle circulars so I can't weigh in on interchangeable issues. However, the Sock Rocets are more comfortable to knit with when you get a longer cable, in my opinion.

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kiwiknitter's picture

Hi Joe. Thanks for your opinion here. I've not looked at the Addi Sock Rockets so I'll do that. Addi Turbos were my first metal needles, having commenced to learn knitting on bamboos. I can still remember how the stitches flew off the Addis, much to my astonishment - and at times, consternation. As odd as this may sound, I still feel a pang of guilt for not using the Addis any longer. I love the needles but hate the cables. Also, since I knit loosely, I seem to always be downsizing the needles on a project and Addi doesn't have the interchangeables in the smaller sizes. What I am learning in this search is how far knitting needles have advanced since I first learned about 13 years ago.

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