This is the first post in our new feature: Notions & Tools. With each new post, we will focus on one of the notions, accessories, or tools that make crafting easier and more satisfying. We'll explore how to use it, and why we chose to feature it at Purl. As always, we invite your comments to widen the conversation.
Addi Turbo Lace Needles
Skacel's Addi Turbo circular needles have been a longtime favorite of knitters for their lightening-fast smooth texture and superior construction. Their new product, Addi Lace Needles, are designed specifically for knitting lace.
Knitting Experience: Advanced Intermediate with a wide range of knitting interests
I use Addi Turbo needles for just about every project, so I was excited to hear that they had developed new needles especially for lace. The lace needles differ from their original aluminium needles in that they have longer, more pointed tips, a raspberry colored cord, and a brass tip instead of aluminium.
The longer, more pointed tip of the needles enable you to easily work lace stitches, whether you need to knit into the back of a yarn over, work a left slanting decrease or purl into the back of a stitch. I really enjoyed the smooth surface of these needles; it made the stitches glide easily and kept my hands from feeling cramped or tense. The flexibility of the cord and the long length of the needle tips also gave my knitting added movement. I didn't have to constantly readjust my fingers to inch my stitches along.
I highly recommend these needles. In fact, I would even recommend these brass-tip needles for knitting other things besides lace since they come in size 1 (2.5 mm) all the way up to size 6 (4 mm). I look forward to using them for my next Koigu sweater in the round!
If you'd like to try these needles out but don't have a pattern in mind, read on! Our following Ask Purl Bee post includes the lovely lace pattern below!