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Mar 29, 2018 21:02:13   #
crivitz
 
There are so may different Addi knitting needle types, but I don't mean sizes. or circular versus straight or double pointed. It is mind boggling. Would someone please explain why someone would pick on over another? I am so confused!
 
Mar 29, 2018 21:09:08   #
lassiegirl
 
Here also.
Mar 29, 2018 21:12:18   #
jscushy
 
What the needles are made of can help grip the yarn or make it slide easier. Also the length of the tip makes a difference I have arthritis and much prefer a longer tip if using interchangeables.
Mar 29, 2018 21:14:30   #
Belle1
 
I think it is rather like men's toolboxes. How many screwdrivers do they have? Lots -- different sizes, ratchet, interchangeable bits, etc. etc. And if you ask them why, they always respond that you need the "right" tool for a particular job. I think of my knitting needles in exactly the same way -- sure I could try and use the same needles for everything, but that just wouldn't work -- so I have a variety of straights, circs, dp, with different sizes and different tip textures: wood, metal, plastic, etc. Then when I start a new project, I don't need to worry about fussing with "making do."
Mar 29, 2018 21:21:07   #
Glengirl
 
They have a wide variety from interchangeable to straight, circulars and dpns.

Addis is known for a quality product.

The ONLY Addi needle I do not enjoy are the brass looking circular needles. They have a strange odor which stays on my fingers even after washing my hands.

The difference in the needle you choice is based on your personal preference and what you plan to knit. I prefer metal because I knit fast and the metal allows the stitches to glide, rather than be pushed. As jscushy commented, short tips or long might be your preference. Some prefer wood if they have hand problems (I am told).... it is really a matter of preference.

The best way to decide is to go shopping! The website has excellent descriptions (including photos) to give you much of the information you need to make your choice.
http://www.additurbos.com/

If you have a yarn store nearby, they can also show you in person and explain the differences in needles to help you choose.
These are the only Addi needles I will not use. They have an odor and the finish becomes “sticky” over time. Some do not mind them. Again, personal preference.
These are the only Addi needles I will not use.  T...
Mar 29, 2018 22:13:46   #
Tove
 
I love my fixed cable long point circular Addi needles, all yarns slides smoothly on the needle part. I don't have the hassels of changing tips and cable lengths....I get the longest cable of each size I need. It has taken several years to get a good collection, only purchase what and when needed.
The long point or the 'lace' tip is lovely to work with, it's like working with a Sharpie fine point vs a bullet point.
 
Mar 29, 2018 22:37:01   #
Bobglory
 
I’ll try.

Fast knitting, non slippery yarns - I would choose the Addi Rockets or Addi Basic (both are nickle platted brass needles). “Basic” tips are more on the blunt side for regular knitting. “Rocket” (lace) tips are for when a pointer needle would come in handy. Ex. When my pattern has those pesky k 3 together type stitches.

Additionally, the Rockets come in two tip lengths - Long (5”) can be used for any knitting except for patterns calling for a 16” circular needle. The tips are just too long to make a usable 16” circular needle. The Short (4”) can be used for any and all knitting and can be used to make 16” circulars. Smaller hands might prefer the 4” tip length while those of us with larger hands might prefer the 5” tips.

I personally prefer the Rocket Long Lace tips when a metal needle is desired.

Slippery yarns or when my arthritis is screaming blue murder - I would go with either the Natura which are bamboo, or the Olive Wood, which are truly decadent and a bit pricey. They come in only the 5” tip length. The points are not excessively pointy and are suited for all knitting.

Some ultra fast knitters complain that wood needles are too slow but you can’t beat them if you have achy or easily fatigued hands.

Personally, I use the Olive Wood when my hands are killing me or when I am dropping more stitches than I am knitting. :)
Mar 29, 2018 22:37:41   #
Nanxy (a regular here)
 
I have a fairly good collection of Addi fixed needles, and I love them, I had inherited one of the lace tips and I like it a lot. But I also will not buy unless I need them.
Mar 30, 2018 06:12:53   #
grandmatimestwo (a regular here)
 
I have three sets of the addi interchangeables. My favorite are the long tipped lace. They fit so perfectly in my hands. I do switch to the bamboo when the yarn is super slippery. I use the turbos if the yarn is the type that splits really easily.
Mar 30, 2018 08:34:14   #
txgigi (a regular here)
 
My Addi needles are fixed circular.....the package just says Addi Premium......not shown in the charts??? Any ideas?
Mar 30, 2018 08:40:41   #
fergablu2
 
The Addi Turbos are nice, but the points are too blunt for lace knitting. The lace needles have a sharper point, but are less slippery, which isn’t what I like. I bought many sets of Addi Turbo circular needles in different lengths when I first started knitting, and a set of the lace needles. As I progressed, I discovered that I like metal, but needed sharper points, so I bought the Hiya Hiya sharp stainless steel interchangeable sets, which are now my preference. The cords are more flexible than the Addi’s, too.
 
Mar 30, 2018 09:12:54   #
Irene1
 
fergablu2 wrote:
The Addi Turbos are nice, but the points are too blunt for lace knitting. The lace needles have a sharper point, but are less slippery, which isn’t what I like. I bought many sets of Addi Turbo circular needles in different lengths when I first started knitting, and a set of the lace needles. As I progressed, I discovered that I like metal, but needed sharper points, so I bought the Hiya Hiya sharp stainless steel interchangeable sets, which are now my preference. The cords are more flexible than the Addi’s, too.
The Addi Turbos are nice, but the points are too b... (show quote)


Sounds like my journey over the years, except that, somehow, a small set of ChiaoGoos joined my household.
Mar 30, 2018 09:25:12   #
JavaGirl9
 
I just bought my first Addi needles. They are scakels (sp) meant for knitting lace as they are sharp with a coating to prevent yarn from slipping off. They work very well.
Mar 30, 2018 10:19:41   #
Becca (a regular here)
 
There is no one needle that plays nicely with every yarn, ergo, lots of needles to solve our knitting problems.
Mar 30, 2018 10:31:14   #
Hatchick
 
txgigi wrote:
My Addi needles are fixed circular.....the package just says Addi Premium......not shown in the charts??? Any ideas?


Hi, TxTigi.

I found this explanation of Addi Premiums on a UK Website: “These are Addi Premium Circular needles, Premiums are manufactured for the European market and are known as Turbos in the USA.
These needles have extra light brass tips and a highly flexible cord that is joined to the brass tips with a PVC sleeve for snag free use.”

(From http://www.jannettesrareyarns.co.uk/addi-knitting-needles/addi-premium-circular-needles-440-p.html)
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