As you well know, socks have been the focus of my 2014 knitting. I currently have pair #19 & #20 on the needles (technically #18 & #20 due to a leap-frogging incident, but that’s beside the point here). It’s no small miracle since I went into the year with one or two handknit socks in my sock drawer. As you can imagine when you knit this many pairs of socks, good quality, comfortable needles for the job are really important.
When it comes to sock knitting needles, I tend to run the gamut. While it’s true that I will use magic loop almost as often as double pointed needles (DPNs), I tend to default to using DPNs. Personally, I like the rhythm of a comfortable set of double-points. We are all aware that there are no shortage of options within the double-pointed needle market — from the simple differentiation between metal & wood, to more detailed distinctions between type of wood, type of metal, how they are polished, and what coatings are applied. I started off with bamboo needles way back in the early days of my knitting and now, with the exception of the occasional foray into rosewood, I tend to stick with metal. Naturally when I had the opportunity to test drive Knitter’s Pride new Nova Platina 6″ double-points for a review, I jumped. I was so excited to try them out after picking them up at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival that I didn’t even wait to get home to get my stitches on these new needles…
My first impression was that they felt great in my hands. They are slightly heavier than the metal Hiya-Hiya double pointed needles I had been knitting with, but the extra weight makes the needles feel substantial without being heavy. The points of these needles are perfect for sock knitting — sharp, but not so sharp that they slow you down splitting plies. Within a couple rounds, I was in a great rhythm — I completely think that tiny bit of extra weight actually made it easier for me to move stitches from needle to needle. I was pretty impressed and so happy to have replaced my other needles. I was even happier that I had a whole set of Nova Platinas to complement my sock knitting toolkit!
The Knitter’s Pride Nova Platina 6″ Double Pointed Needle Set – available also in 5″ sets if that’s your preference – includes 5 needles in each of the following sizes: US sizes 0, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5 and 3, so it really is a great addition for any sock knitter as it contains all the most commonly used needle sizes used in making socks. I have fancier needles, sure, and I love them, but there is something really great about a well-designed needle that is also affordable. And the Nova Platinas are just that. Individually, the sets of 5 needles are available for between $6 & $8 from WEBS. The 6″ set of DPNs is under $40. In my opinion, this are an exceptional kit of needles for that price. No question.
While the above needles are still on the needles (they are the leaped socks in the leap-frogging that happened), I am finally getting back to them. I’m also working with my size 2s for the Knitter’s Pride Conversation Socks KAL. It’s so convenient that for this KAL all the socks are knit in sport-weight yarn so I don’t even have to free up my in-use needles!
And these socks are proving to be completely addictive. As promised by the designer, the pattern is interesting without really requiring a ton of focus, so I am cruising on them. Progress is aided, of course, by my lovely Nova Platinas.
Whether you are thinking about getting your first set of DPNs, looking for a travel kit (wow! this would be perfect!), or just looking to try something new, I definitely recommend you take a look at the new Nova Platinas from Knitter’s Pride. I enjoyed my test drive so much that I’m going to keep on “driving” them for a good long while. I think you might love them, too!