A few weeks ago when I did my needle review, I wasn’t really thrilled my Signature needles. I’ll go ahead and tell you what I don’t like about them first:
- They’re outrageously expensive.
- The cables fit ONE needle. If I have a 32″ cable for a 4.0 mm needle, and a 47″cable; and I have a 4.5 mm needle with a 24″ cable, I can’t interchange those cables. The cables are specific to the needle size so if I want 24″ cables and 47″ cables, I have to buy both for the 4.0 mm needle, and for the 4.5 mm needle.
- I have a really hard time with the cables staying tight on the smaller size needles (3.25 mm and lower). No matter how much I tighten, they want to come undone and the “stem” is very short so just a little bit of untwisting and the cable has separated from the needle.
- The 2.25 mm and 2.75 mm needles come with a clear/white cable and, in my opinion, it is just awful. I’m not the only one who feels that way. I’ve sent some back and they’ve sent me new needles/cables but I’ve just never been happy with those.
Having said that, I had started the brown sweater I’m working on with Signature 3.25 mm needles. I haven’t used my Signatures in a while but when I started knitting with them, I remembered why I paid the price for them. The points are sharp, but not so sharp that they poke holes in my fingers. The stiletto tips are my favorite – very tapered and so easy to use for cables, knit 2 together, etc.
The black cables are so flexible! When I’m knitting with all other circular needles and using magic loop for sleeves, I get “ladders” where there’s a spacing issue at the loop and it’s almost always noticeable.
With the cable being so very flexible, I can snug it up as I’m going from one needle to the other and not end up with any noticeable difference in the stitch spacing.
I definitely have a love/hate relationship with these needles but the love may have just trumped the hate.
I just happened to go over to the Signature website to check on a new 9″ circular needle they were advertising (but I didn’t get it) but I did notice they have a Labor Day Special with free shipping on orders over $50 and and $30 off orders of $300 or more.
If you’re a diehard knitter, haven’t tried Signature needles and want to try them, spend $50 and get free shipping. No affiliation. Nothing in it for me . . just wanted to share in the event someone wanted to try them.