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Addi Turbo Circular Needles I've never been a knitter who cared too much about how quickly she was knitting, but I have always been intrigued by the promises of the Addi Turbo needles. It's said that these are incredibly fast needles and that you can actually finish a project more quickly when using them.

I've always wondered if this was true, so I finally took the time to find out. The great Addi Turbo test was largely inconclusive, but it's fine to use knitting tools because you love them even if they don't strictly "improve" your knitting.

I do find Addi Turbos a joy to work with, even if they didn't turn out to be much faster than my tried-and-true Denises. And that's the main thing to remember when picking your go-to knitting accessories: choose things you love, and you will enjoy your knitting even more.


January 8, 2007 at 1:44 pm
(1) Jonna says:

Have you or has anyone tried the new Knitpic needles? They seem to be made of the same stuff as Addi’s with almost the flexibility of Denise’s. (There doesn’t seem to be a way to join two lengths together as there is with Denise which is what I mean as less flexible.)

January 8, 2007 at 6:34 pm
(2) knitting says:

Jonna, I haven’t tried those yet but I would love to! I am hearing good things, and I believe they’re less expensive than the Addis, which would be nice!

January 10, 2007 at 2:23 pm
(3) Gail says:

I’ve been using Knitpicks http://www.knitpicks.com since last summer and now don’t use anything else. They feel like Addis, but with a much more pronounced point and smooth join and no memory in the cable (no kinks). You have to buy them from Knitpicks, they don’t sell from shops. You buy the cables separately from the tips: $3.99 for a pair of needle tips & $3.99 for a pkg of 2 cables. Free shipping over $50; knitting buddies and I combine our orders to save $. Size 3 and under do not have removable cables. Cables up to 60″ long.

January 10, 2007 at 3:43 pm
(4) knitting says:

Thanks Gail! I’m going to check them out soon (and review them for everyone, of course!)

January 12, 2007 at 12:34 pm
(5) Jamie says:

I, too, love the Knit Picks knitting needles! I like the option of removing the needle tips and leaving my work on the cable, with the ends secured. I only wish they would make a 16″ cable – perhaps sometime!

January 12, 2007 at 1:41 pm
(6) Carrie says:

I’ve been using Addis for the past couple of years and like them very much. However, my one complaint is that the points are not pronounced enough. Thanks for the info on the KnitPicks needles. They’re certainly MUCH less expensive than the Addis, and the better point makes me want to give them a try!

January 12, 2007 at 2:00 pm
(7) Isobel says:

I have been using Addis for a couple of years and really enjoy knitting with them. I much prefer to use circular needles to straight and Addi cable is flexible enough to use for lower stitch count. I am always looking for new tools and will certainly give Knitpics a try.

January 12, 2007 at 4:03 pm
(8) Bonnie says:

Hi, I wanted to add my two cents! I’ve been using Denise needles for over a year now and I love them.

January 12, 2007 at 4:33 pm
(9) m anderson says:

Addis are ok. My favorite are Bryspuns and all my old nylon needles that are no longer made. Also try the Swallow needles. I love the old susan bates silverados with the black cords. They are very supple. When you get older you need very flexible points so that is why I chose Bryspun. I haven’t tried their circulars yet.

January 12, 2007 at 5:46 pm
(10) Lynn says:

I have been using Denise’s needles for years. My problem with them is that I break the glue joint of the point going into the needle. The store I purchased them from was sold. Anyone know a good glue or an address for Denise? I bought and use the Addi #0 for knitting two socks at once with the magic loop method.

January 12, 2007 at 6:47 pm
(11) Sandy says:

I like Addi Turbos because they are smooth and the circular needles come in lengths longer than 29 inches. I own them in 8 different sizes–recommend them highly.

January 12, 2007 at 6:54 pm
(12) Neil says:

Hello Lynn, I have had that problem point coming out of string, I tried crazy glue they would last for a while however inevitably it would come out, then I happened to have some Epoxy around you can buy this in a hardware store, it could be two strips that you mix a portion of, ( it is like putty) I put a drop of crazy glue in the hole of the needle, then wrapped a bit of mixed epoxy put a bit in the hole insert your needle the excess epoxy will come out make sure the point in in very snug, smooth off the excess epoxy otherwise your yarn will always get caught on it, use wet fingers, and make it as smooth and even all around let it dry 24 hours, this epoxy hardens like steel, I did this on a pair of bamboo needles as well 5 years ago, still intact!!
Good luck11

January 12, 2007 at 7:36 pm
(13) Brenda says:

I have 2 sets of Denise needles with changeable tips and cables; they are plastic and I have had them for 30 years. Wouldn’t know a new Denise needle. Mostly use my use my Boye set of multiple tips and cables.

January 12, 2007 at 9:56 pm
(14) Catherine says:

Have been using the Addis for socks and I love them. Had to change to bamboo and it felt like I was knitting in slow motion! I also am a great fan of knitpicks because of the great selection. the new crystal needles are good, but have only found large sizes.

January 12, 2007 at 10:09 pm
(15) Zenia says:

I Love the Knitpick, My mother bought me the set and I knit much faster with them. But i still like the wood needles for slippery yarn since things really slide on the knitpick set. I love the case they come in too! They are the best bet,

January 12, 2007 at 10:54 pm
(16) Nancy says:

Denise has awesome customer service – as their website says: “The lifetime guarantee covers all knitting parts on the new kits for normal knitting use. This means if something breaks without you sitting on it or your dog or cat chewing on it (and dogs and cats do seem to like doing this), we will replace the part. If a part is not working correctly, please let us know about it. Manufacturing problems can occur, and we are grateful for any feedback to let us know what needs fixing.” “Please put the problem part in an envelope (small padded ones are best, but if you’d prefer to use a regular envelope, please wrap the part securely in strong paper first so it does not pop through the paper and disappear) with $1 to cover shipping and mail it to us at Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles, 1618 Miller School Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22903. Please put in a short note explaining why you’re returning the part (though in most cases it’ll be pretty evident).”

January 13, 2007 at 12:24 am
(17) Sandie Knapp says:

I’ve been using Addi circulars because they were gifts, and I love them, but too pricey for me. So I just recently bought some Knitpicks Classic Circulars, and love them! They are just as good as the Addi Turbo’s in their flexibility and smoothness in the join. Their points are more pronounced, so they work great in the small sock needle sizes (I am usually using US#0). I would highly recommend the Knitpicks Classic Circulars, and their price can’t be beat.

January 13, 2007 at 7:28 am
(18) laura says:

Bonjour from France – I really don’t know why the Addi Turbo needles carry the promise “turbo”. First of all, the name is misleading, you don’t really knit any faster or easier just by using the Turbo needles. Secondly, they are by far not as flexible in use as the Denise Needle Set or better than the KnitPick Classic Circulars – I think the name “Turbo” and implicated promise is unjustified. The best needles for one’s knitting habits are always those that handle the best in the knitter’s hands for a specific project. I find that the Denise set is the most versatile, I appreciate the flexibility, such as using two different sized tips (my purl rows are inevitably less tight if I don’t use a smaller size than for the knit row) and the fact that I can extend the length as the project grows (such as for triangular shawls etc.).

January 13, 2007 at 8:50 am
(19) Carol says:

I like the Addi turbos and ebony needles. I use circular needles for most projects as I find them less fatiguing. I have knitted since I was six years old, when I was taught by my grandmother, also known as the world’s toughest Indian! She was also one of the fastest knitters I have ever encountered, she knitted in the continental style (I knit English style) and could she fly! My sister competed with her on a six-foot scarf–my sister used her knitting machine and Grandma hand knitted. Grandma won. Toward the end of her life she lost her leg due to diabetes. During a month-long hospitalization she knitted capes for every nurse and aide on the hospital floor she was on, for all three shifts. That was thirty-three capes in twenty-nine days. I could barely keep up with supplying her yarn. And she was incredibly accurate in gauge and stitch. That was twenty-eight years ago, I didn’t know about the Guinness book of world records, but if I had I would have sent it in.

January 13, 2007 at 11:12 pm
(20) Lynn says:

Nancy, thanks a million for the address for Denise. I’ll get the parts in the mail on Monday. I prefer them to my Boyle set, because I don’t take the time to tighten the needle with the wire, and after knitting awhile I find the needle in one hand with the stitches floating between it and the cord, because it came unscrewed.

January 14, 2007 at 5:47 pm
(21) Sandra says:

I have had my Denise set about 4 years. I have been able to replace parts and just purchased the 30″cord which is great for afghans. I most always use circular needles even when knitting straight.

January 15, 2007 at 12:02 am
(22) Judy says:

I’ve been knitting a while now (almost 40 years) and have tried all sorts of needles but I love the bamboo needles the best. The stiches don’t seem to slip off accidentaly like they do with plastic and metal needles.

January 15, 2007 at 1:50 pm
(23) Kate says:

Have been an Addi lover/user for about 2years now. But I did just get the KnitPicks “set” with $$ from Christmas. I was intrigued with being able to change points. I changed over a shawl project from a set of Addis to the new KnitPicks and have not noticed any difference in handling, etc. The plus point however, goes to KnitPicks more pronounced needle point. I am doing this shawl in Patons “Divine” which is “mohairy” and the more pointed needles make accurate stitch movement much better. And of course, the major PLUS is the difference in $$$$. The test of “time” will be the real test. Seeing how the needles themselves, as well as the cables, hold up. I love the storage binder. Happy knitting everyone!!

January 15, 2007 at 6:56 pm
(24) Gitl says:

I have had a set of Denise needles for over 20 years they rock. I am totally impressed with Knitpicks as a company.So at some point, I’m sure that I will try their version of Addis. What I love is you can buy only what you need.
Knitpicks also makes double pointed needles now too.

January 22, 2007 at 2:36 am
(25) Pam says:

I have 2 sets of Denise Interchangeables, almost every size of Addi Turbos in the 16″ & 24″, plus Clover Bamboo needles in every size of the straights. Quite a few bamboo circulars also, and several Inox circulars in sock sizes. They all have their pros and cons. But my favorite needles continue to be Addi Turbo. I tried the Knit Picks needles, and wore a hole in my finger! Sharper points are NOT a plus for me!

March 20, 2007 at 11:00 am
(26) Tammy says:

I’ve had a set of DENISE needles for years, but I’m always hesitant to use them due to a problem of the cable coming off the needles. It’s VERY frustrating to find your stitches floating off the cable, then the task of putting them back on the cable. I’m anxious to visit the knitpicks site. (I “am” an avid “knitpicker!” Thanks to all of you for your info!

June 3, 2007 at 2:54 am
(27) CheleBelle says:

I have been knitting with Denise for years in Australia and love them. I tried Addi for a couple of years and loved them too. I don’t really like the metal ones as the point is not fine enough and the metal is not always suitable. I love the Bamboo Addi’s for fine knitting. But I don’t think you can go past Denise, and have decided to start importing them to sell in Australia for my knitters as they seem to be the best value from my POV. I looked at Knit Piks and thought the screw on thread might be annoying and difficult or at least fiddly for those who don’t have a lot of feeling in their fingertips (such as me!). I also love Denise for the compact container the main needles come in. They have just added a pink range which would be great for contrast when knitting lace. The Pink range donates $5 to Breast Cancer research and gets my vote, being a breast cancer survivor. I’ve never had the trouble of the cords coming away from the insert.

June 3, 2007 at 2:59 am
(28) CheleBelle says:

I forgot to mention that circulars are just so much better to knit with even with straight knitting. It means that you have the weight in your lap not on one wrist and arm. This is essential for me post breast cancer and having some trouble with lymphodema. I wouldn’t be knitting at all now save for circular needles!

June 3, 2007 at 3:10 am
(29) CheleBelle says:

Apologies! there was an error in my blog address. Leave off the .au!

April 19, 2008 at 10:37 am
(30) humsue says:

My Boyle changable knitting needles always loosen up and I am constantly having to screw the points in tighter. Any ideas as to what I am doing wrong. Also the cable stays kinked. (I think this is why the points unscrew, because the kink twists the ends.) Help please. I really don’t want to have so many different sizes of cables. Thanks

May 2, 2011 at 7:26 pm
(31) maggie says:

your comments about bamboo circulars tells me that they are not smooth. I bought the bamboo and made an afghan in a couple days, and it wore off the shine and made knitting impossible. How do I get them slippery again?

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