- Clover Bamboo: best quality Bamboo surface with a somewhat rounded tip. Many people love working with bamboo, but I am not one of them because I find that they are slow!
- ChiaGoo Knit Red Lace fixed needle. I really like the pointy tip. They're quick and comfortable and I like the red, coated cable on this brand.
- HiyaHiya interchangeable: I am a big fan of HiyaHiya needles. They're light, slick and pointy with a cable that is similar to Addi click sets. I think the HiyaHiya cable is a bit more flexible.
- Addi Turbo fixed: these needles will always hold a soft spot in my heart as I used them exclusively when I began to knit. They have a generally much more rounded tip. The tip works alright for me in the smaller sized, but becomes far too round when I use them for worsted weights. I really do prefer a sharp point.
- Addi Click Lace (Interchangeable): unlike the regular Addi Lace needles the click set is nickle coated rather than brass. I was surprised to see that when I got the set. I prefer the brass. When I inquired I was told that the nickle coating on the click set had something to do with the joins on the cables. I like Addi Lace needles. They are fast knitting and dependable. I'm not so fond of the Addi cable in general. It tens to be the most inflexible of the cables that I have tried. That holds true for all Addi needles that I have tried both fixed and interechangeable.
- Addi Click Interchangable Regular: pretty much the same as the Addi Turbo with generally rounded but still pointy enough tips in the smaller sizes.
- Addi Lace fixed: the same as Addi Clicks but with a fixed cable.
- Signature Needles: Size 3. This was a brand that I had wanted to try, but at $42.00 a pair they were not in my budget. DH kindly gifted me with sizes3 & 6 for the holidays. I love the cable on these needles! It is by far the most flexible of the bunch. The tips are, for me, the best - they are called Stiletto for a reason! Signature also offers a "Middy" needle tip for those folks who are not fond of super pointy needles. The needles are smooth and lightweight. Lovely to work with. I found that there is a slight hesitation of the yarn as it passes over the 'colored' ares of the needle onto the uncolored tip. I wasn't sure how I would like that, but after using these for awhile I really do enjoy these needles and they are definitely on my short list of preferred needle brands now.
- Addi Lace Click (interchangelable) size 4
- ChiaGoo Knit Red Lace (fixed) size 4
- HiyaHiya (interchangeable) size 4
- Knitter's Pride Karbonz. I am liking these! They are lightweight, strong, warm to the touch and have lovely, sharp, smooth points, although they are just a bit more rounded than the stiletto tips on Signatures. The carbon fiber is not as slick as some of the other, metal, brands and I wondered how I would like it but, as I knit along on my current shawl project, I am finding that I like these very well and would purchase some additional sets. Size 4
- Signature Brand size 3
|This is the cable on the ChiaGoo Knit Red Lace needle. It sort of looks like a very miniature version of the cable that is used on many bicycle locks!|
|Above: The connection on the Addi Click sets. You push and turn as you set the needle into the cable. They are very secure. I find a slight resistance as the yarns moves over the connection but not enough that I would not choose the brand|
|The screw on join for HiyaHiya|
- Signature Needle Arts come the closest to being my perfect needle. I love the flexible, soft, smooth cable, the stiletto tips and the light weight of them. They are so comfortable to knit with! I would prefer that they did not have the ever-so-slight hesitation over the needle, but I am told that this effect lessons as, the needles are used, and I can see how this might be true. Terribly expensive and rather cost prohibitive.
- Knitter's Pride Karbonz: I like the light weight of them, the warm feeling in your hand, smooth tips and very flexible cable. Definitely 'doable' for my personal price point. They are a pleasure to use and I will be purchasing more I think.
- HiyaHiya: I am very fond of these modestly priced, fast, smooth needles with an effortless cable connection. The cable could be more flexible but it really it's not a deal breaker - it's good enough and I love the needles themselves.
- ChaiGoo Knit Red Lace: There is nothing not to like about these needles. On par with HiyaHiya as far as cost goes and quality. They are light weight, fast and pointy with good cables. I consider HiyaHiya and ChiaGoo to be quite comparable all in all.
- Addi Clicks, Addi Turbo, Addi Lace: How could I place these needles last on my list when they were my favorite for so many years?!