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Knitter’s Pride Trendz Knitting Needles

Friday, October 14th, 2011
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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.

Knitter's Pride Trendz Interchangeable Circular Deluxe Set

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!

Knitter's Pride Comby Interchangeable Sampler Set

Check out this video we made featuring the Trendz needles!

Happy Knitting!

Cara

Knitter’s Pride Cubics Knitting Needles

Monday, October 10th, 2011
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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.

If you’ve already purchased one of the Knitters’ Pride Interchangeable Needle sets, and you’d like to add some of the Cubics needles to your set, we are currently carrying the 4.5″ Cubics Interchangeable Needle Tips in sizes ranging from US 6-11.

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.

-Ashley

Knitter’s Pride Nova Knitting Needles

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
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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.

Speed
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.

Comfort
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.

Choices
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.

The Knitter’s Pride Nova line of needles include interchangeable tips, fixed circulars, single pointed, and double pointed all in various lengths and sizes, available individually or in sets. I’m particularly excited for the 5″ double pointed needles which are great for making gloves, and the soon-to-arrive special interchangeable tips which are shorter and when paired with the 16″ cable is perfect for knitting hats. I also love that the interchangeable tips go as small as a US 2.5 (3mm). What can I say…I like knitting with finer yarns.

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.

Happy Knitting!

Dena

Knitter’s Pride Dreamz Knitting Needles and Crochet Hooks

Monday, October 3rd, 2011
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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.

Knitter's Pride Dreamz Single Points Needle Set

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.

The Dreamz Interchangeable Circular Deluxe Set is a great way to economically collect all sizes and lengths of needles in one compact vinyl case. The set comes with a set of 9 tips, US sizes 4–11. Shorter tips are available separately for creating a 16” needle to supplement the interchangeable set.

Knitter's Pride Dreamz Interchangeable Circular Deluxe Set

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.

Knitter's Pride Dreamz Interchangeable Circular Chunky SetKnitter's Pride Dreamz Interchangeable Circular Starter Set

Although we’ve covered the crochet line before, the Dreamz lineup would not be complete without its mention. Our Dreamz Crochet Hooks and Dreamz Interchangeable Tunisian Crochet Hooks are available singly in US sizes E–12mm as a perfect supplement for any collection. The Dreamz Crochet Hook Set and Interchangeable Tunisian Crochet Hook Set sets feature sizes US E–L and come in a handy vinyl carrying case.

Knitter's Pride Dreamz Crochet Hook SetKnitter's Pride Dreamz Interchangeable Tunisian Crochet Hook Set

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!

Knitter's Pride Dreamz Cable Needles

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.

Cara