Basix are the knitters answer to the big yarn question. Few needles on the market are as user friendly for bulky yarns as these extremely lightweight birch needles. Basix begin at US size 11 going all the way up to a whopping 50, a fine match to the bulkiest of adversaries!
Basix are constructed from birch wood with a smooth finish. The natural color of these needles lends a nice contrast to any yarn and feature the Knitter’s Pride nickel plated join and flexible cord.
The Basix fixed circulars come in a range of lengths (24″, 32″, 40″ and 47″) in US sizes 11-50. I was genuinely surprised with how easy these needles were to maneuver, even in the largest size. Despite the large needle tip these needles maintain an even finish and smooth join, I consider this the mark of a well manufactured needle.
Basix double pointed needles are offered in 8” length, in US sizes 11-36. The adequate point and smooth finish are aided by its cloudlike weight to make heavy knitting an easy adventure.
Watch me knit with the Basix in this video!
Basix are ideal for the regular chunky yarns all the way to novelty bulkys as big as you can find. Be easy on your hands and give these needles a try for your next blanket, garment or accessory. You won’t be sorry!
1. Artyarns Shawl for All Seasons Kits – Luxury yarn, sparkle and killer packaging? That’s what you’ll get with the Artyarns Shawl for All Seasons Kit. Featuring five mini skeins of Rhapsody Light and Beaded Silk Light, this shawl kit is available in three stunning color combinations. The best part after the yarn, sparkle and packaging? The price – $68.00 for a gorgeous, luxurious shawl kit. Love it! > Kathy E.
2. Weekend Hats – The latest book by Melissa LaBarre and Cecily Glowick MacDonald Weekend Hats was on the top of my list for purchasing! Not only is it a wonderful collection of hats by a start studded cast of designers, there are many hats I would wear personally. I nabbed a book the minute it came in and purchased some Manos Silk Blend Semi Solid to start my first hat which will be the Greenery Beret. The book has some very helpful Tips and Techniques throughout, which is a very nice touch. > Karen M.
3. Knitter’s Pride Cubics Interchangeable Circular Needle Tips – I recently got a Dreamz Deluxe Set and noticed all the extra space and roomy pockets in the case. So I’ve been supplementing the set with Cubix interchangeable tips as I need them. It’s really handy to have 2 pairs of frequently used sizes. I love using the Cubix, and I love the easy color-coded sizes of the Dreamz, so it’s the best of both worlds! > Kirsten H.
4. WEBS Gift Cards – Every year it seems like the holidays sneak up on us and leave us scrambling to get all of our shopping done in time. WEBS Gift Cards make a great holiday gift for any knitter, crocheter, weaver, or spinner. As we get closer to the holiday rush, we know that we’ll be making out a ton of these gift cards for our customers to help make the holiday season even better for someone special. Why not get a jump on the holidays and order yours today or start nudging your friends and family towards a great gift idea? > Mike W.
5. Plymouth Yarn Tweed Closeout – Rustic and simple, with fun little bits of tweedy color, I’ve always liked the look of this yarn, but haven’t gotten around to using it. I just spotted it in the warehouse on closeout, so I think I’ll grab a few to play with. I’m thinking a warm, simple Fair Isle hat to wear in the snow! > Tina M.
Our Knitters Pride Trendz Interchangeable Circular Deluxe Set has been hard to get a hold of, and for a good reason. This extremely affordable set is a gateway drug for the new knitter into the experience of owning a quality set of needles. The set comes with 8 pairs of 4.5” tips in US sizes 4-11, along with 4 cables in 24”, 32”, 40” and 47” lengths.
The Trendz feature an opaque color coded, lightweight acrylic needle with slightly more grab than the other materials. It features the same smooth join and supple cord you would expect from the Knitters Pride line. The colors help differentiate sizes and contrast nicely with yarn. I can see these strong needles holding up to some serious work hours.
For young knitters this is a great material to practice on, as opposed to a slicker needle, with an ample point that won’t snag yarn or be too dull for inexperienced hands. This would also be ideal for the young knitter because of the whimsical packaging; cheerfully colored needles in a bright zippered storage case to keep all your parts from getting lost.
For the price point there’s nothing standing between you and your own set of interchangeable needles. Still not sure these are the needles for you? Try the Comby Interchangeable Sampler Set to try out various materials and make your own choice! The Comby set lets you play with one each of the Nova, Dreamz and Trendz needles. Although I don’t know if the choice will be easy, all of these needles are unique and lovely to work with!
Check out this video we made featuring the Trendz needles!
I’ve been excited about the new Knitter’s Pride Cubics line of square needles since I first got to touch them. The densified laminated birch wood used in their construction is super strong, warp-resistant and has a beautiful natural finish. Warm to the touch, they offer a wrist-friendly ergonomic square shaped shaft, which tapers to a rounded, smooth tip. The special square shape provides a natural flat plane surface that helps your needle tip slide easily under your chosen yarn, reducing the tension in your fingers, hands and wrists while you knit, which aids you in creating a more uniform stitch. The needles sit tightly against each other when held together, and they won’t roll around on the table when you put them down. They are sized in the same way as regular needles, measured diagonally, and they fit into standard needle gauges.
I love sock knitting, and cast on for a sock cuff immediately with a set of the 6 inch US 1 size double pointed needles. The square shape keeps me from wrestling with the yarn, even when I knit tightly, and the yarn moves across the needle surface smoothly, with no snags and a clean, smooth transition between the square shaft and the rounded tip. Since I do tend to poke my fingertips with my needles while I knit, I found the tips to be just right; pointy enough to effortlessly slide under thin, fine yarn, and rounded enough to keep my fingertips happy. The wood holds firm under the normal pressures of knitting, with a gentle flexible give. Even in the thinnest sizes, the needles feel strong and capable of withstanding my enthusiasm. The double pointed needles also come in 8 inch lengths for those who love working with a longer needle.
If you prefer a straight single pointed needle, they come in 10 inch lengths and range in size from US 4 to 11. The fixed circular needles come with a range of sizes from US 2.5 to 11, with cables in 24″, 32″ and 40″ lengths.
Want to see these needles in action? Here’s a video with our assistant store manager Cara.
If you’ve been wondering about square knitting needles, now is the time to go for it and give the Cubics a try. The line has a needle to match anyone’s preference, from DPNs to fixed circulars and even interchangeable tips, and they’re an affordable ergonomic treat for yourself, or for a knitter you love to pamper.
The Knitter’s Pride Dreamz line of colorful wooden knitting needles and crochet hooks has been quite the hit in the past few weeks. But I’d like to show a little love for the line of Knitter’s Pride Nova knitting needles.
Nova needles are made from hollow brass pipes and plated with high quality nickel. This slick surface is probably what I love most about the needles; I can knit fast! My stitches slide across the needle effortlessly with next to no resistance. Their tips are pointy but not painfully so, with a gradual taper. They work great for most yarns I work with including laceweight yarn for intricate projects. When I work with particularly splitty yarn, I would grab blunter needles though.
The Knitter’s Pride Nova needles are also light weight and quickly warm up in my hands, providing comfortable knitting for hours. I love the rhythm of the click, click, click that the metal needles make as I knit along. It’s a soothing sound. Though it’s a little loud for those times where you find you may need to be knitting silently such as at a kids music assembly at school.
Durable & Affordable
You’ll find the durability of metal guarantees minimal wear of your needles and provides maximum life. And a streamlined manufacturing process makes Nova needles highly affordable, the finest and most affordable brass needle on the market.
One thing I appreciate in a line of knitting needles are choices, and the Nova line has many, many choices. When knitting a hat on circular needles, I want to be able to switch to double pointed needles for the top in same needle line. Needles in the Nova range are available from 2.0mm (US 0) – 15.0mm (US 19), a size for just about any project. Each needle has the size printed right on the metal making it easy to grab the pair that you need without fumbling with your needle gauge.
Check out our Knitter’s Pride Nova video where Cara gives a nice overview of this line of needles and you can hear what the needles sound like and see how flexible the cables are (great for magic loop!)
Try some of the Nova needles today. You’ll love their superior quality, yet affordable prices. Whether you’re a DPN fan or committed to magic loop knitting, or only like knitting with straight needles or love the compactness of circular needles, there’s a Nova needle just right for your next project.
Our Dreamz knitting needles hardly need an introduction they’ve been so popular. But in case you hadn’t heard we wanted to make sure you didn’t get left out. The staff (and customers) have been particularly excited by the new line of Dreamz needles. And for good reason, the Dreamz are a unique color tinted set of needles with a smooth hand at a reasonable price. The Dreamz line is so extensive I wanted to take a moment to walk you through it and familiarize you with this great and affordable needle line.
The Dreamz are constructed of laminated birch, an affordable needle to make and a durable needle to invest in. Not only is it considered a dense, smooth wood allowing for sharp points and smooth finish; it is considered stronger than ebony and rosewood at a much less expensive price point. Additionally, its construction is resistant to water absorption, making it particularly suited against warping.
A favorite aspect of this line is its color coded system. Each size is assigned a different lovely wood stain, and the colors are consistently matched to sizes across the Dreamz line. Sizes are marked clearly on the needles as well.
We offer 10” Single Pointed Needles in US sizes 2.5–17 (3-12mm). These lightweight needles share the graduated and ample tip of the other Dreamz needles. All sizes are available separately as well as together in the Dreamz Single Points Needle Set. The set includes sizes US 2.5–11 in a stylish black jacquard zippered case.
Our Dreamz Double Pointed Needles are sold in packs of 5 with a length option of 5”, 6” or 8”. The 5 and 6” lengths are available in sizes US 0–6, and the 8” spans the US 2.5–11. Additionally, there are Double Pointed Needle Sets available in 5” or 6” which include US sizes 0–3, each set is organized in its own vinyl carrying case. Although warping is of less concern for this style of needle the thinner needles will still need to be treated with care.
Dreamz Fixed Circular Knitting Needless have a smooth nickel plated join and supple cord particularly suited for magic loop. The wide range of cord lengths include 16” in US sizes 0-11 and 24”, 32”, 40” and 47” in US sizes 0–19. To aid in size differentiation MM and US sizes are etched into the join as well as the wooden tip.
Deluxe sets can be expanded with additional tips and cables including the Chunky Set, which includes US sizes 13, 15 and 17. If you aren’t ready for the investment of the Deluxe set the Starter Set provides a great low-commitment way to try them out. The Dreamz Starter Set includes US sizes 6, 9 and 10. If you haven’t set your heart on a needle material yet there’s also a Comby Set with samples of Dreamz, Nova and Trendz acrylic needles, to help you decide which needle you like working with best.
Our trio set of Dreamz Cable Needles is a really clever set. Not only are the cable needles various lengths, they are marked with US sizes and correspond with the color coded needles. How fantastic!
Check out this video covering the Knitter’s Pride Dreamz line.
It’s clear that this has been a customer favorite. I must admit that we are smitten with this needle line as well. But don’t just take our word for it, make sure to sample these needles yourself, and see what all the fuss is about.
1. Craft Activism is a gorgeous book with fun projects representing the many different ways crafters are working to positively impact their environments, create community or support a cause! The book is filled with interesting stories and colorful projects – I especially like the choose-your-own-chart colorwork mittens, and the tin can flowers are adorable. I can’t wait to see some of these projects in person at the Craft Activism event next week! > Tina M.
2. Cascade Yarns 220 Fingering – The notoriously reliable 220 line introduces another versatile basic in a fingering weight. Soft and lightly plied at 7.5 stitches per one inch on a US 2. We are carrying a lovely range of 57 shades!! Visions of colorwork are dancing in my head! > Cara S.
3. Swans Island Fingering yarn is a magical combination of soft, sturdy, and sproing-y that you don’t see too often. I just knit up a sweater in it on size 6 needles, and the yarn not only held its own at the bigger gauge, but made an incredibly light, soft fabric – in fact, my boyfriend and roommate now make fun of me every time I pick it up because I’ve raved about it so much!
4. Knitter’s Pride Symfonie Rose Crochet Hook Set – I fell hard for this set of hooks when I first saw them. They are simply stunning and are embellished with Swarovski crystals! Sparkly crochet hooks that look and feel great – what more can a girl ask for? > Kathy
5. I am buzzing with excitement about the National Spinning and Weaving Week here at WEBS. We will be having a wide variety of activities including daily demonstrations, mini-workshops and more. Tuesday night will be a spinning open house and the store will be open until 9pm, with demonstrations of all our spinning wheels. Wednesday we will welcome weavers and spinners from near and far for a meetup day with raffles, goodies bags and more. > Leslie Ann B.
Have you gotten a chance to check out the Knitter’s Pride line that we recently started carrying? Today, I would like to introduce you to the interchangeable needles. Interchangeable sets are great because you pretty much always have the needle you need and if you’re a circular fan (like I am), one set is a lot more compact than nine sets of fixed circulars.
The cords screw onto the needle tips with the cord key. Simply insert the key into the hold on the cord after screwing the needle on and use it as leverage to securely tighten the tip to the cord.
In addition to the Deluxe Sets, we also have Starter sets in Dreamz and Nova and Chunky sets in Dreamz and Nova. Each comes with 3 sets of needle tips, 2 cords (24″ and 32″), 4 end caps, and 2 cord keys in a vinyl case.
If you’re not sure which needle material is best for you, we have the Comby Interchangeable Sampler Set which features a pair of tips from the Nova, Dreamz, and Spectra line. Also included are 2 cords (24″ and 40″) as well as end caps and cords.
Another interchangeable option that is not yet offered in a set, but is available as interchangeable tips is the Cubics line. These cube-shaped tips are ergonomic and comfortable. They are the same Symfonie birch wood as the Symfonie Rose and Dreamz needles.
All of the needle tips (except the Spectra acrylic) are available individually, so if there’s a size you use more often, or a size that doesn’t come with the set that you would like, you can purchase them. Cords can also be purchased individually to fill in lengths as you need them. The Knitter’s Pride cords are super flexible without being limp and you can easily magic loop with them (I’m working on a project right now using the needles and magic loop).
If you like interchangeable needles, but have been disappointed that you aren’t able to get 16″ interchangeable needles, you’ll be happy to know that next month, we’ll be getting shorter tips in the Dreamz and Nova line to go with the 16″ cord to create 16″ circular needles, perfect for hats, sleeves, and more.
Check out the interchangeable needle introductory video featuring our wonderful assistant store manager Cara.
Next week, we’ll feature a post about the wonderful crochet hooks that are available, including the Dreamz Interchangeable Tunisian Hook Set, which is quite handy to have to use in conjunction with your Interchangeable Knitting Needle Set. You can use the hook to easily pick up stitches along the edge of your project and simply switch tips to begin knitting!
There is not a week that goes by when we don’t receive some new product, be it a new yarn, book or tool. Last week, we received a very large and very special shipment of new products. Knitter’s Pride needles, hooks & accessories have finally arrived here at WEBS and we are all super excited!
Knitter’s Pride is a line of needles, hooks & accessories that are produced in India by KnitPro. Overall, the line is HUGE. It’s going to take a few blog posts to really do the line justice and to give you all of the info. Let me share an overview of each of the 5 different needle types:
The Dreamz line is made from Symfonie wood and each needle is color coded by size.
I love this concept – makes it so easy to find the size you want! The wood is smooth as are the joins. The cables are soft and flexible as well. The points are sharp, though I realize the degree of sharpness can be interpreted differently by different knitters. In working with the needles, I found my yarn moved easily and the needles felt great in my hands.
The Dreamz line is available in interchangeables, fixed circulars, dpns, straights, crochet hooks & tunisian crochet hooks. The interchangeables can be purchased individually or in sets. The Deluxe Set contains:
9 sets of tips in sizes #4-#11,
4 cords (1 each 24″ & 40″ and 2 each 32″),
1 set of of size markers, 8 end caps, 4 cord keys & 1 cord case
Set is packaged in a clear vinyl case
The Deluxe Set retails for $82.99. There is also a Starter Set of three different tip sizes that is a great way to give these needles a test run. The Starter Set retails for $29.99.
The Nova line includes interchangeables, fixed circs, dpns and 10″ straight needles in nickle plated brass. The Nova line has the same great construction features as the Dreamz line. The nickle plated brass finish makes for smooth movement of your stitches. The Nova Deluxe Set contains all of the same parts & pieces at the Dreamz Set and retails for $69.99. The Nova Starter Set is $26.99.
Both Dreamz & Nova also have a Chunky Set that contains tips in sizes #13-#17.
Knitter’s Pride Cubics are square needles made from Symfonie wood with a rosewood colored finish. The Cubics are not currently available as a set, but one will be coming shortly. Cubics come in interchangeables, fixed circs, dpns & straights. For those of you who love knitting with square needles or have been curious about them, the Cubics are worth a try.
Knitter’s Pride Basix are jumbo needles made of Birchwood. Available in fixed circs that range in size from #11-#50 in four different cord lengths. For those of you who like knitting bulkier weight yarns, our #50 fixed circs are the only ones on the market at this size. Basix are also available in 8″ dpns in sizes #11-#36. Basix are affordable starting in price at $5.49 for fixed circs and $6.99 for dpns.
Last in terms of type is the Trendz needles. Available only as an interchangeable set, Trendz are acrylic needle colored by size like the Dreamz interchangeables. The Deluxe Set features:
9 sets of tips in sizes #4-#11,
4 cords (1 each 24″, 32″, 40″, 47″ )
1 set of of size markers, 8 end caps, 4 cord keys & 1 cord case
Guest: Linda Pratt of Westminster fibers talks with Kathy about SMC Yarns. SMC is a shortened version of the Schachenmayr brand. The brand has been given a huge face-lift and rejuvenation. SMC Select is a little higher end, fashion-focused line. Several of the Gedifra yarns have been absorbed into SMC Select.
If you experience any problems with any of the parts and pieces of your Knitter’s Pride needles or hooks, just let us know and we’ll get a replacement right out to you!
We’ve also got a ton of accessories! Sock blockers, cable needles, stitch holders, chart keepers, magnet boards, shawl pins and more!
CAL with Kirsten
After the crochet chain, you’ll work the main body of the cowl. Round 4 and 5 you work into the chain, not the chain space. You should have a loose gauge here, so you shouldn’t have to force the hook.
Learn from us and make sure you check your gauge! A couple double crochets off over four inches makes a huge difference in the finished size. Make sure you’re working nice and loose!