I wanted to show you the sock I am knitting...
...well, actually it's not the sock that I wanted to tell you about, but the needles.
Can you see that I am using two different makes of circular needles here? One is a Knit Pro needle and the other is a metal circular from China...
I have used the Knit Pro needles for many years ago and love them dearly EXCEPT that they break on a regular basis. I have broken so many that I felt I had to try some other brand that was going to last a bit longer! After all, the price of a Knit Pro circular needle is somewhere around £5 - £6 for just the one circular needle. I have broken about 4 of these in the last six months, so it becomes an expensive process.
Initially I had one or two Knit Pros replaced from interchangeable sets where the acrylic tips had broken, but I had to know who I had bought them from - send the broken needle back and then wait for a replacement. Frankly, this is not what I would desire from what Knit Pro laughingly call 'customer service', so I set out to find a replacement manufacturer.
I mostly knit socks on two circulars, so my Knit Pros were short and I even managed to find some with short TIPS - and these were less prone to breaking. I must explain that the breaking here ALWAYS took place where the needle tip met the plastic cord. ALWAYS.
Recently I found a set on Amazon Marketplace - made in China - that were metal, with a metal 'cord' connecting the tips. They looked good and were only £11.99 for a set. Needless to say I sent for them, and they arrived within a couple of weeks which, to rural France, is quite amazing!
I have just started using them - with this current pair of socks - and I AM AMAZED!!! They are absolutely brilliant. So much so that I have just ordered a second set, so that I can use two of the same in my next pair of socks.
They arrived in a neat little case, and included a crochet hook (presumably to pick up dropped stitches) and a needle for sewing up the knitting.
They are smooth to use with absolutely no 'catch' between the cord and the needle tip. You should try them!