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dfox@net1plus.com


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Posted - 05/27/2013 :  4:39:05 PM  Show Profile Send dfox@net1plus.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am currently working on a scarf with size 4 needles and lace yarn. I am having trouble with the stitches and my circular nickle plated needles just do not seem sharp enough to pick up the stitches. Does anyone have any suggestions? I have tried all of my needles and none seem to work. I love the yarn but I am growing frustrated.

LJ
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Posted - 05/27/2013 :  5:17:12 PM  Show Profile  Visit LJ's Homepage Send LJ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My favorite needles are Addi Turbo. You might try their Lace Tips.

Linda in Va

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Shelia
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Posted - 05/28/2013 :  06:39:06 AM  Show Profile  Visit Shelia's Homepage Send Shelia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Addi Lace or Chaio Goo (is that spelled correctly?) are my favorites for lace knitting. Regular Addition needles are almost my least favorites as the tips are so blunt.

Shelia
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robinstephanie
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Posted - 05/28/2013 :  08:06:23 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love addie turbo lace tips. I also have some... what are these things... Knitter's Pride Dreamz that I got for free at Interweave Lab a few years back. Initially I didn't like them, then I needed a sharper needle than my addies and the Dreamz really cut the mustard. They're really sharp.

Robinsteph

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Ditzy Girl
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Posted - 05/28/2013 :  09:44:41 AM  Show Profile Send Ditzy Girl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Knit Pics are the sharpest. I have both Addi and Knit Pics and the KP are much more tapered.

Zola, Seattle, Wash.

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purlthis
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Posted - 05/28/2013 :  3:57:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit purlthis's Homepage Send purlthis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like chia goo or however you spell it.

Rachel
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dfox@net1plus.com


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Posted - 06/02/2013 :  06:43:53 AM  Show Profile Send dfox@net1plus.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you for responding! I will give some of those a try!
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Kade1301
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Posted - 06/04/2013 :  11:56:49 AM  Show Profile  Visit Kade1301's Homepage Send Kade1301 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Or you get some cheap bamboo needles from China and sharpen them yourself...

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Riley
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Posted - 08/14/2013 :  10:48:46 AM  Show Profile Send Riley a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Signature needles have the best points. Really expensive, however.
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jlpanecki
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Posted - 08/14/2013 :  8:49:07 PM  Show Profile Send jlpanecki a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love my Addi Turbo needles - I use them right down to a size 0 = with laceweight yarn and they are as smooth as I could ever ask. I've never used their lace needles, I'm afraid I stick my fingers with them!
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akmtngrl
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Posted - 08/15/2013 :  01:09:28 AM  Show Profile Send akmtngrl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My KnitPics wooden ones work well for fine lace, as they are sharp but not slippery. In general, I dislike wooden needles because they are so slow, but lace is slow anyway. I have a new Chai Goo metal one that is also sharp and works well. I would love to try a Signature one, as I adore my sharp-pointed sock needles.

Gail in Fairbanks
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FluffyKnitterDeb
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Posted - 08/15/2013 :  01:14:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit FluffyKnitterDeb's Homepage Send FluffyKnitterDeb a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm a die hard addi lover and ADORE my addi lace clicks and my new Sock Rockets for the smaller sizes BUT I am currently knitting a lace cardi in a cotton/microfiber blend. I swatched with Kollage Square Circs, Addi Turbos, Addi Lace with the turbo finish (clicks), my "old" addi lace circs in the brass finish (a bit stickier than the clicks) and my Hiya Hiya Sharps and HANDS DOWN the Hiya Hiya Sharps were the winner!

They have a perfect, sharp point, deliciously soft cables, imperceptible joins and just enough grab to make knitting (even with cotton!) sheer PLEASURE!

I have the HH Sharps in fixed 32" circs in sizes 0-2 and I was fortunate enough to be gifted the "small" set (sizes 2-9) of the Sharps interchangeables! I can't recommend them highly enough and they sound like *just* what you need to solve your current knitting woes!

Hope this helps!

Debi aka FluffyKnitterDeb

PS - Dyakraft's Darn Pretty Needles in the lace tips would be another GREAT choice but if you don't currently own them, the waiting list is about a year (but WELL WORTH IT!) so I guess unless you have a very generous and trusting friend who's willing to loan hers out, these aren't a option right now


Fluffy Knitters are well rounded :)
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ellenki
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Posted - 08/15/2013 :  04:50:58 AM  Show Profile Send ellenki a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love my signatures! They are expensive but the point is so sharp. Second choice is Knitpick wooden
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Punky
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Posted - 08/15/2013 :  05:18:25 AM  Show Profile Send Punky a Private Message  Reply with Quote
1st choice Signature

Laura May Fleck
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kaythearky
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Posted - 08/15/2013 :  09:04:44 AM  Show Profile Send kaythearky a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wooden tip needles; there is a little more cling than the slippery metal ones. Different knitters like different brands - I have the interchangeable KnitPicks Harmony and Knitters Pride Dreamz, and love 'em both.
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bwessel
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Posted - 08/15/2013 :  09:07:36 AM  Show Profile Send bwessel a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Addi Turbo Lace Long Tips are great. But if you have really slippery yarn, I find bamboo needles are good for "holding" the yarn (although the points usually aren't sharp enough)

BBW
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Ceil
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Posted - 08/15/2013 :  09:59:34 AM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just looked at a KA circ I have here. The bamboo tips would grab, but the points look too blunt. I have a set of Addi Lace clicks, and the points are sharp enough to almost jab my fingers. You've gotten lots of recommendations for Addi lace needles, so I'd go with them!

Ceil
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Mshark
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Posted - 08/15/2013 :  2:04:16 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mshark's Homepage Send Mshark a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This is a great discussion, very helpful insights from all! I seem to go a bit with my mood, but in general my starting point for a lace project has usually been Addi Lace or Signature (if I have the size) if its not terribly slippery yarn or my Dyakcrafts if it needs a bit of stickiness. I recently got a set of Chia Goo Twist interchangeables and I'm tending to start with those ... a really good balance of slippery/sticky, just the right amount of flex in the cable, and a point that has a long taper but not so sharp as to put fingers in danger. As has been mentioned, Dyakcraft takes a year or so to get (worth it!!) and Signatures are pricey (also worth it) so if you wanted to experiment a bit, you could get a fixed circ in both Addi Lace and Chia Goo and see which you like best. Both are very reasonably priced. Good luck!!

Miriam
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ohoites@netzero.com
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Posted - 08/15/2013 :  3:28:44 PM  Show Profile Send ohoites@netzero.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have been a lace knitter for many years and my very, very favorite needles for lace knitting are the vintage all nylon circular needles that were sold by the Super Yarn Mart back in the 70's & 80's. They were made by several companies(Susan Bates, Boye, Hero, Marcia Lynn). Since they are no longer in production, I search the internet for "vintage knitting needles" or garage/yard sales to find them. The search is well worth the effort for these wonderful needles. They are the very best for lace knitting since they have no join whatsoever! They are one continuous nylon filament and very lightweight. The needles have enough 'grab' so the fine mohair, silk & wool yarns don't slip off the needles as might happen with the shiny metal ones. I had bought quite a few, but don't have all the sizes I would want. If I don't have the size I need in the nylon circulars, my next best choice is the Susan Bates "Quicksilver" which are currently available.
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sollertia
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USA
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Posted - 08/16/2013 :  08:53:38 AM  Show Profile Send sollertia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love my HiyaHiya sharps! I have the steel interchangeable sets (had the small set 2-8 for about a year, and just bought the large set 9-15 this week). No problem getting into those small spaces, even doing nupps with linen thread. If I later find that I have problems with slippery yarns I may add the bamboo tips and sharpen the ends a bit.
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bearknitter
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USA
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Posted - 08/16/2013 :  11:39:44 AM  Show Profile Send bearknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've totally converted to Chiao Goo Red Lace needles for everything! The needles are sharp, the texture of them is great for any yarn, the joins are perfect, and the cables are flexible enough, but not to flexible to be in my face all the time.
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