The Chiao Goo needles are the latest I’ve added to my shop range, I have the interchangeable in Twist (metal) and Spin (bamboo). I’d have to say that the Twist metal are my new favourite needle. These needles are made out of stainless steel and I find they have a little more grip to them than other metal needles (though less than wood and bamboo) and don’t click!! They do make a swoosh sound which I more than happy with. They have a nice medium-sharp tip and I’m finding they are now my go-to needle. Being stainless steel rather than nickel plated is also an added bonus, I’m one of those people that corrodes nickel jewellery and I’ve noticed a slight tarnishing on my nickel plated needles where the needle sits in my hand. They are not quite as fast though, as the slicker nickel plated metal needles.
The Spin needles are made from bamboo and are very lightweight, they have a nice grip to them and a medium sharp tip, these needles are very popular and a great go-to needle for pretty much any knit.
Chiao Goo also have two different cable types, both are compatible with the Twist and Spin tips, the Twist Red Cables are a stiff cable “they consist of a multi-strand, steel cable coasted with red nylon”, I’ve found that this cable suits my knitting style, I’m a fairly tight knitter and I’m finding the stitches slide easily from cable to tip.
The Spin “cables allow your tips to swivel freely! They are made of a pliable, clear nylon”, these cables quite thin and designed to spin as you knit which means stitches don’t get twisted and your tip/cable join is highly unlikely to come loose, these cables are perfect for complicated lace or cables where your doing a lot of stitch manipulation with your tips as the tips are free to move independently. I’ve found that the stitches don’t slide as smoothly from cable to tip but I think that is because I do make a tighter fabric, a few knitters I know that knit quite loosely love these cables. I’ve only tried them with a 4mm needle and dk/8ply weight yarn in stocking stitch and will be experimenting with my next lace project – 4mm needles combined with fingering/4ply weight yarn and I’ll report back as I think this will be a better mix. Again it’s one of those things where everybody is different!