No complaints whatsoever…and a snaggy, hitchy join is my pet peeve! :wall:
I knit up a swatch, casting on 35 st so that the knitting would fill the nickel shank and the wood stalk of the needle and then onto the cable. As I knit along I had to queue the stitches along over the join, and no problems at all.
I also did a few little maneuvers to test the accuracy of the tip. I did an ssk and k2t, plus a 2x2 cable…all with no problem. The tip is nice and pointy.
As you can see from the comparison photo below, the Cubics tip is not a sharp as the Knit Picks Harmony. But on the other hand, if you are a knitter who “pushes” your stitches off the end of the needle with your fingertip…ouch…you know how that can get very painful after a while. So here is the comparison on that score. I pushed hard with the end of the Harmony with my fingertip…and it hurts. Not just pressure. H.U.R.T. When I did the same with the Cubics tip…I could feel the pressure, but it wasn’t sharp enough to cause pain.
[B]Cubics Fixed Circ: US8… Harmony straight: US8[/B]
On the other hand, too, I don’t think the Cubics will be as likely to split your yarn. But it is sharp enough for accurate maneuvers such as the K3tog, or P2Togtbl! Don’t’ we all just [COLOR=Red]love [/COLOR]those maneuvers!
As you can see by the photo below, the US8 is stamped on both stalks! Sweet![/B]
As for [U]how the needles knit[/U]: they knit very well. I didn’t notice much difference with the knit stitch, but I sure did like doing the purl stitch on the wrong side! Working with the square stalk made the purl stitch move along like a dream. It seemed to have quicker accuracy. The stitch was just easier to perform. More stable. Less kvetching between the needle and the stitches!
Measurements: the silver shank is 3.2cm; the wood stalk is 9.8cm. Overall, that makes the needle,
from cable-join-to-tip, a 5-incher. Oh, and BTW, the needles are very light in weight.
Overall, I like these fixed circs a lot. As I said in my initial post, I purchased them MAINLY to knit difficult yarns, slippery yarn, slippery fingering yarn for lacy scarves.
[B]Such as this scarf that I haven’t made much progress on due to fighting with my needles!
[B]I’m farther along with this scarf because the yarn is a little bit heavier.[/B]
[B]This scarf is done…but I sure could have used the fixed Cubics![/B]
PS: I haven’t blocked this scarf. I don’t know if I will. I sorta like the crumbled look.[/B]