It's All About the Tools !

I’m really enjoying my current WIP, a very simple top down cardigan in Tahki Vermont.  

Due to yardage constraints for the length I’m shooting for, I’ve decided to go ahead an knit the ribbing for my sleeves.  Typically I use DPNs for my sleeves but I opted to try my short points by Knit Picks and oh my, I love them!!

If you haven’t used Knit Pick interchangeable needles, it’s something I would suggest giving a try.  Mind you I have just about every knitting needle set out there (Lykke, Addi, Knitter’s Pride, etc), but my often go to interchangeable are my Knit Picks Caspian Circulars

Since I love this set so much I purchased their Options Short Interchangeable Caspians and I’m thrilled I did. These needles are typically used for hats, but I find them very useful for sleeves and ribbing.

The Short Options Interchangeable Needle Set is designed with shorter needle tips that connect snag-free to our distinctive emerald cable. This set includes two cables – simply attach the needle tips to create a versatile 16″ interchangeable circular needle perfect for hats, sleeves, and other, more compact projects. Tip sizes are US 4,5,6,7,8,9,and 10 (3.5mm,3.75mm,4mm,4.5mm,5mm,5.5mm,and 6mm), and each tip is 2.75″ long.

Featuring smooth joins, perfectly tapered tips and flexible cables, this set includes 7 of our bestselling needle tips and 2 cables to create a 16″ circular knitting needle – all of which are stored in a handy vinyl case. Two small cable keys are included, which allow you to tighten your needle tips to the cables. Working on multiple projects that call for the same needle size? Use the included endcaps to safely store your project as you start the next. 

Needles are the most important part of knitting and it’s smart to have a couple of sets to trade off on and to try out.  It’s also important to find the needles that suite you and your knitting style.  As a knitter we often fall into the trap of the “latest and greatest” needles only to find out that they aren’t quite what we hoped for or they just don’t meet our needs.  Always read reviews from others regarding needles before purchasing too and see what the pros and cons are before purchasing.  As my husband often tells me, you are only as good as your tools, so make sure you choose what suites you best.

Until next time ~ be creative!

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