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Last month I mentioned that I was going to try knitting my first cowl. Today I’d like to share a picture of the finished piece.

My First Cowl

My First Cowl

  • The pattern I used (but recalculated the stitches too big ooops) was from Sixsevenone’s blog.
  • The yarn I used was James Brett Chunky; in colour MC6.

The yarn was a joy to use, especially on my new Knit Pro: Basix; birch wood circulars, that I reviewed earlier this month. The yarn colours self stripe which give a pretty result and I managed to get this finished just in time for the cold snap. I had my hair cut very short this time and have found winter decidedly chilly.

My First cowl

My First cowl

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Hope you like it, try making a cowl, they are great for keeping out the drafts and less bother than a scarf in use. If you don’t have the best dexterity the good news is they don’t take too long to make either ;) Oh dear, perhaps it will be another pattern I’ll use for making Christmas gifts, they’ll be calling me Mrs Weasly (Harry Potter) next.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Knit Pro Basix Fixed length circular needles.

Knit Pro: Basix; Fixed Length Cirular knitting needles

Knit Pro: Basix; Fixed Length Cirular knitting needles

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Knit Pro: Basix
  • Item number: Birch WD Fixed Circular (80cm-6.00 mm) 35332
  • RRP at time of writing: Around £5, price varies with needle size/cable length.

Reason For Buying

I need 6mm circular needle for my new chunky yarn, but because of my dexterity issues metal needles make my hands lock up and I found bamboo and plastic have too much drag on the yarn. Ideally I was after a light wood but I’ve got on so well with birch the search began for birch circular needles. In the past I’ve not considered Knit Pro as their wooden needles had very busy patterns on them. After a search brought up this new Basix range which are plain coloured, I went to their website and looked for sellers.

Pros/Cons

  • The Birch wood is warm to the touch, making them very comfortable in the hand, kind to sore hands with dexterity issues
  • Because these are a fixed length cable the needle is longer than the interchangeable ones in the larger diameters.
  • The transaction from wooden needle to cable is made of metal but it quickly warms to your hand and is not freezing like all metal needles. Very smooth and comfortable.
  • The needles are easy to store, and are ideal if you want to take your knitting out and about. They take up little space and you can’t loose a needle on route, or prod your fellow passengers if you are on trains etc.
  • The birch wood makes them beautifully light, which is also a great help if you struggle with your dexterity.
  • Light coloured wood, makes them easy on the eye and not distracting
  • Super smooth in use, no snagging or dragging on the yarn
  • The cable is an excellent quality too.

Cons

I have no cons to this product, just a request to the company to extend the range to the smaller diameter needles, so I can use them with DK weight yarns too. It would also be good if they brought in a 40cm length for socks/ mittens etc.

Build Quality

Fantastic. The birch needles have a beautifully smooth finish, super slick connection between the needle and the cable which is very comfortable in the hand. Nothing to snag on the yarn, or scratch at your hands. The birch is a wonderful material to knit with and kind and gentle on sore hands. I can see why there is so many good things said about this brand. The materials they use and their finishing is fantastic.

Value for Money

Excellent. These are very well made and from quality products.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes. I’ll be collecting more sizes in these needles.

Summing up

Although the connection between the needle and cable is metal, it is far enough along that only your little finger comes in contact with it and it does warm up in use. Its NOTHING like working with a metal needle. I adore birch wood needles they are so much kinder to my hands. Yarn moves smoothly across it and even with limited dexterity I can knit for longer with it.

I adore my Brittany needles but they don’t make circulars. I was also worried that in the larger diameters, that I would struggle with the extra weight of the needles. These Knit Pro Basix are the bees knees! The main I haven’t tried Knit Pros in the past was the vivid colours on the Symfonies or very dark patterned wood on the Rose wood ones. I like the idea of interchangeable needles, for the versatility and easy storage but the fixed overall length of the cables, result in very short needles in the larger diameters and I my dexterity couldn’t cope with the very short ones.

These Basix resolve all the issues I had with other needles in their range and I highly recommend them. I did contact Knit Pro EU before writing this, and they said they had no plans to produce interchangeable needles in the Basix range at this time. At the time of writing the following sizes available in the fixed length circulars in the Basix range:

Metric Sizes:

  • mm: 5.5, 6.0, 6.50, 7.00, 8.00, 9.00, 10.00, 12.00, 15.00, 20.00, 25.00
  • on the following cable lengths
  • cm: 60, 80, 100, 120, 150

Links

For lists of more Knit Pro suppliers, please visit the Knit Pro EU site where they list a worldwide list of retailers of their products

For reference, the Basix range are also available in straight needles, and double-pointed needles too.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

PS. Knit Pro if you read this; Pretty please extend the range of Knit Pro Basix fixed length circulars, this is a superb product and I would collect even more of them.

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Recently I shared a picture of the lovely new James Brett yarn I bought, today I’d like to share how I found the Birch wood circular needles.

Needles

Well that’s a whole story in itself. Regular readers will remember how much I adore my Brittany birch needles, this has not changed but I wanted to knit a cowl and possibly mittens later on, so I needed circular needles and sadly Brittany do not make them. Knit Pro are scorching the search engines and other than bamboo or VERY expensive Lantern Moon needles, are all that were around.

Thanks to Irlens syndrome which is what causes my dyslexia, I cannot focus on busy backgrounds, so found Knit Pro’s Symfonie needles far too bright. The only way to try their rosewood circular needles was in complete sets and the wood on those is very dark. The other thing that concerned me about the interchangeable needles was the very short amount of wood that was left visible in the larger diameter needles. The overall length of regular interchangeable needles is said to be 11cm, but this includes the metal attachment section at the rear of the needle. In the larger diameters by the time you take off the metal section and the pointed end of the needle where it tapers, there was precious little wood before your hand rests on metal. So although they do look like an excellent idea, my dexterity was not going to cope well with so little needle to get hold of, any more than my wonky eyes could cope with the patterning.

THEN, after a visit to the Knit Pro European website ,I discovered that the manufacturer also make an uncoloured fixed length circular needle. The name is Basix, in fact the Basix range also includes straight needles and like Symfonie the name is for the colour way. These are lovely, birch wood, light in colour, warm in the hand and a decent length at 15 cm long :) After searching online, I found they are stocked by Art of Yarn and I bought mine from their Ebay shop. I’m very pleased with them and will be writing a full review of them once I’ve had a good play with them.

Knit Pro: Basix; Fixed Length Cirular knitting needles

Knit Pro: Basix; Fixed Length Cirular knitting needles

At last, nice quality needles, well made and no busy or dark patterning. I did email the company but at the time of writing they have no plans for producing the range as interchangeable needles. On the upside this has resulted in a better ‘in hand’ length of needle, so I’ll take the hit of having to buy lots to get the different sizes. Check out the links below for more details of the retailer and the sizes available from Knit Pro.

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Best wishes and thank for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Before Christmas I saw the most beautiful yarns by James C Brett, called Marble Chunky and I fell in love with them. The search for wooden circular needles began and now I’ve found Knit Pro Basix and got some in 6mm size, I treated myself to a ball of Marble Chunky in colour MC 6.

James Brett Marble Chunky Yarn

James Brett Marble Chunky Yarn

Personally I find actual wool itchy, however soft/fine etc people tell me it is, it still feels itchy to me when I’m wearing it. The sad thing is until now I hadn’t found any pure acrylic yarn in such nice colours as are available in wool. There are sooo many beautiful colour ways in this yarn that if I get on ok with it, I’ll be collecting lots more of them. Here’s a better picture of the colours in the ball I bought.

James Brett Marble Chunky Yarn

James Brett Marble Chunky Yarn

What are you making?

Well I really liked the Delores Cowl found on the Sixoneseven blog, so I’m having a go at modifying the number of stitches to see if I can make it in the James Brett Yarn.

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Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie :)

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