for a beginner knitter.........which set of interchangeable needles is best? Boyd? Bates? other????
I don't own any one set of needles but have a wide variety of brands/ types. Some I like...some I HATE. I've been knitting for about 45 yrs. My advice is not to go spend the $ on a whole set of anything. Wait + try out a variety of N's before you commit to one. When you've found what works for you...then by all means treat yourself to a great set of N's knowing that you are going to be glad you have them. It's possible you may even find you like different types of N's for different kinds of knitting/ yarn wts/ fibers. You will never be sorry to have a few "extra" sets of N's around. Never have too many KNs!!!
Take Care, Andrea
I really like the Knit Picks interchangeable needles. They have nice points and are reasonably priced.
I have several different sets & like something about all of them. If I'm using small needles I prefer the Hiya-Hiya's. I love their cord. If I'm using a slippery yarn I prefer the KA Switch bamboo needles. I finished a hat using my Denise needles the other day & the cord weight was perfect for that project. It's all a matter of what works best at the time. I sometimes even change needles for different areas of the project I'm working on. I don't own Addi's or KnitPic's or Web's but have most of the other popular brands. I like the swivel cords on the hiya-hiya's & KA switch needles. The Boyd set is OK to have for nearly every needle size in one place. (((HUGS)))Verna
I don't knit with interchangeable knitters, but I do like Boyd.
I don't knit with interchangeable needles, but I do like Boyd.
I am sorry. I just realized that I like Boye not Boyd. But that is for smaller needles, because bigger needles sound pretty bad scraping together if they're metal. My apologies.
My personal preference is Knit Picks Options. I have all three sets, the Nickle, Harmony wood and Zypher (acrylic). They are the easiest on my hands, less stress and strain. I have many straight needles from the 1970's (aluminum) up to today( Rosewood & Bamboo) but rarely use them.