I was super excited to find the Addi FlexiFlips on my road trip. I love knitting socks, and I prefer to use three 5″ DPNs, with a fourth as a working needle. I’ve tried 9″ circs and the tips are just too tiny to be comfortable to hold. I haven’t tried magic loop yet because it looks fiddly and weird and I resist trying strange new things. So these seemed like a great combination of DPNs and circs. As soon as I finished my current sock WIP, I grabbed the FlexiFlips and some sock yarn, and cast on.
Or rather, I tried to cast on. I got the needles on the first needle just fine. Then I split them evenly onto two needles. But then I couldn’t figure out how to join them like I would on DPNs. I fiddled for a little while before turning to the experts on YouTube. I found lots of videos on how to knit with them, but they all showed socks with several rows already started. I couldn’t find any that showed how to cast on and join in the round with these particular needles. But I’m not a quitter, so I knit the first row, slid two completed stitches to the next needle, and joined in the round that way. It was awkward, but I think it worked.
Once I got going, I realized it was going to take a bit to get used to them and to figure out how I wanted the needle not in use to behave. It took several rounds before I decided I liked to bunch the stitches onto the cable portion and bend the back needle so it was kind of out of the way. After that I was off and running!
One of the interesting features of these needles is that that have different tips. On each needle, one tip is more pointy and one is more blunt. That’s very versatile for different preferences…except it means I have to pause and make sure I’ve got the pointy tip each time I switch needles.
So far, these make for slower knitting than my DPNs. I can’t tell for sure yet, but I think my gauge will be a bit looser than with my DPNs, and I’ve got to be more careful about laddering, though I think that’s more about the learning curve and getting comfortable with the needles than with the needle design itself. I do like the metal, and it makes me want some Signature DPNs even more. And I like how they fit neatly in a project bag with no worries of stitches falling off! All in all, I wanted to love them, but I don’t. However, I like them enough that I’ll keep going with them through at least one sock and see if I’m comfortable with them after that.
Have you tried the FlexiFlips yet? What did you think?
I’ve only used dpn’s. I’m interested in other techniques but once I find a way that works for me I generally feel more comfortable sticking with it. I’ll be interested to hear what other people say 🙂
Yeah, it’s really hard for me to switch once I’m comfortable. I’m not convinced I’ll ever like these as much as DPNs.
I’ve used DPNS, 2 circs, and magic loop. Usually I like the 2 circs method the best, but I think a lot of that is because the circs in question are ChiaoGoo lace needles and I LOVE THEM. I miss using my DPNs, but I don’t like the tips as much for a lot of projects. Maybe I’ll have to try the FlexiFlips.
I haven’t looked into the 2-circ method. What length do you use when you do that?
I usually use short circs for that, 12″ – 16″, I think. Unless I’m knitting two socks at once, though, which I do on a rare occasion. Then I need long needles.
Your knitting matches your socks. 💞 I haven’t tried them yet but it might be nice to have another option in my sock knitting bag
That’s what I thought! I’d like to know what more knitters think of them.
I received my needles today. I have the long Addi flexiflip size 2.75 mm. It took multiple tries but finally got the jest of it. Once I figured it out all is well. I am wondering the best way to hold them. The length of needles and cord is almost 12 inches. I like that I can rest both sides on cords when not knitting. But while knitting it can be a challenge managing all three needles. Perhaps in time I will figure it out. I am a DPN sock knitter but willing to learn something new.