I’m pretty new to this whole knitting thing, but I bought a huge lot of knitting stuff from someone for dirt cheap, and so I don’t have to buy new knitting needles very often (they’re mainly metal needles).
So, for Knitty’s “Topi” hat I ended up buying the following :
Balene circular needle
Boye metal circular needle
Clover bamboo circular needle
Maybe I’m crazy, but I just loved that Balene needle! The pattern uses tons of increases, and the funky tip on the Balene really made the kfb sooooo much easier to do, without splitting yarn!
I definitely hated the Boye’s. Blech. Yuck. Very stiff, my hands just ached when I put down the knitting.
The Clover’s were very nice too, although I didn’t love them as much as the Balene’s.
So here’s my question… I hadn’t even heard of these needles being mentioned as good ones (the Balene’s that is), and I only got them because it was the only brand at Hobby Lobby in the size I needed. So is there something I’m missing about these, that most people don’t like them?
I’m just curious as it will help me learn more about knitting.
And, why is it Boye seems so popular? I mean, I really truly hated that circular needle. It was a 16 incher though. Maybe the bigger ones aren’t bad?