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Needle Type Material Length Per Set US Sizes Available
Double Pointed Bamboo 6 inch five 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Price $6-7/set European Sizes Available  


Janice In Plano, Illinois
I have some of the Plymouth bamboos in the 6" length in 3.25 mm (3's?) that I'm using for socks.  I also have Crystal Palace bamboos in sizes 7 and 8 (8" length) that I've used for hats, and some of the 5" Brittany Birch in 1's (I think).  What I'm seeing in all of them is the tips vary from needle to needle.  Some of the Plymouth's are > real pointy (the way I like them) and some are less so. Same with the Crystal Palace and the birch.  Crystal Palace's seem the most consistent. Crystal Palace and Plymouth both have nice finishes initially, but it's starting to wear off, and they're becoming stickier (which I don't like). The Crystal Palace are supposed to be impregnated all the way through the needle, but I still feel the shiny surface is wearing off and the stitches aren't slipping as easily.  One tip on the Plymouth's has a split or developed a snag. I hate the birches...can't get my stitches to slip at all on them. Among the three, I'd choose the Crystal Palace, but given their price, I'm really disappointed that the finish isn't holding up better.
Chrisanne G  
I think that these are my favorite needles; the point is sharp enough to do cabling and slip stitch patterns, but doesn't 'scratch'; the finish is like silk; the color is lovely (this is frivolous, I know, but it pleases me to have the sock look pretty on the needles); and I have yet to seriously bend a needle--after probably 40 pr of socks. The only downer is that the size notation tends to wear off, so you have to keep track of which needles go with which.