A few months ago a stumbled across a set of Addi FlexiFlips in my local yarn shop. They basically combine the flexibility of circular needles with the size of double points.
Full disclosure: I’ve never been a fan of magic loop. I’ve tried sock knitting on really small circulars; I barely made it six rounds before I reverted to my double points. I’ve been steadfastly in the DPNs-for-sock-knitting camp since I finished my first pair of socks. That being said, I will dabble with a new
toy tool just to see how it stacks up (or doesn’t).
During my frantic finish-the-socks-for-Christmas knitting fiesta that was December, I used these needles without actually thinking about it, which must mean that I liked them. I even used them side by side with my DPNs on my last pair of socks which was really the ultimate test.
The not changing from needle to needle that happens with DPNs is great, especially with smaller socks and fewer stitches. I’d like to try a larger size for mittens for precisely that reason. The downside is with larger socks they get really congested after picking up stitches on the heel. (I’m also not sure I’ve really got the knack of the heel stitch pick up down with them; I use a DPN for the left side of heel.)
I’m also struggling with travelling with them. Most of my socks are knit on the go, so portability is key. My holder for DPNs doesn’t work; I’ve tried a couple of needle stoppers but they’re a bit too fiddly for my liking. That being said, they still are in active use in my purse.
All in all, I’m glad I tried them. It’s nice to have another needle option for socks, though part of me will always be loyal to my reliable old double points.