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« on: February 09, 2007 05:35:10 PM »

I'd like to buy some dpns soon, but I'm not sure of a good brand. My only criteria really is that I'd like them in sets of 5 rather than four, because most patterns I've looked at call for 5. I'm mainly considering Lion Brand (shown here) and I'd really like some feedback on them. Any other suggestions would be most welcome as well! Thanks.

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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2007 06:45:43 PM »

recently got into bamboo needles. big time. besides the four "the collection" ones that i just scored offa destash (thanks karin Wink )
i've about 4 pairs of takumi/clover dpns all have 5 sticks
they aren't as quick as metal but adds that slight catch thats helpfull when using slick yarns.

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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2007 06:54:55 PM »

I love bamboos as well.  I've never used metal double points but I imagine they'd be super slippery.  Plastics would probably be less slippery, and cheaper than bamboos.

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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2007 06:58:27 PM »

oh, and there is the pointy factor.
i've found metal needles to be super pointy while bamboo are more rounded but still defined and plastic being the most blunt

« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2007 07:32:21 PM »

Thanks for replying so quickly. I was just looking at some Clover bamboo dpns online. They're less expensive than I thought, so I'll consider them, too. How flexible are they, btw? They aren't gonna snap, I hope. 

Steezah, I'm glad you mentioned the points. I found a pic of the points of the lion brand plastic dpns and they look, well, concave. Maybe it was just that set, but I doubt it. They weren't pointy at all. They were the total reverse. I'm also trying to steer away from metal ones for fear of stabbing my fingers to death.

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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2007 08:38:57 PM »

I use Susan Bates DPNs and I like them so far (I'm making socks ATM). Although they don't come in sets of 5 (sort of a setback), I like them for the 'pointy' factor. They're sharper than bamboo DPNs and slicker but I haven't had any problems so far with the yarn slipping off... yet.

They're relatively cheap so buying another set won't set you back a lot.
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2007 08:53:04 PM »

I have a few pairs of Clover bamboo and I'm not so fond of them. I'm not a tight knitter, but one of the sets warped after a few hours of use and now they drive me nuts. I hate warped needles!

I recently got a few pairs of Knit Picks needles. I was concerned that they would be too slippery and would fall out of the stitches, but I haven't had any problems. They're really pointy, which is a plus for me. Since they're metal, they're super shiny which I find distracting.

My very favorite DPNs are Brittany Birch. No warping! Pointy, but not too pointy! Not slippery, but not sticky! I can't recommend them enough!
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« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2007 09:37:41 PM »

I use the Susan Bates ones right now (aluminum) and they've never done me wrong. I'm looking to maybe acquire some KnitPicks ones when the tax refund comes in (pointness factor is major for me, I desire pointy).
I had some plastic ones, but felt like I was knitting with pick up sticks- I hated them.
There is a JoAnns generic brand of DPNs (which every single set is this weird battleship grey) that I abhor. They're aluminum, and the finish they have is not smooth at all but bumpy- like knitting with a rock or sandpaper or kitchen counter. I used them once and never again.

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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2007 10:13:38 PM »

I always buy clover brand, that's what works for me. Bamboo is great, but only for sizes 5 and up otherwise they tend to warp. Stick with a metal for smaller sizes. Addi Turbo's are nice but pricey. The only brand I would recommend staying away from is Brittany. I think they're cut to short and hit my palm in a weird, annoying and slightly painful way.

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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2007 03:45:39 AM »

I use Birch metal ones most of the time. I tend to knit really tightly, so I think I'm better off with the slippyness. I'd prefer them in a set of 5, but oh well. I'm looking at Inox ones for Next Time.

I had a set of plastic ones and they were just awful.

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