Hi, Signature Needle Arts Fans, if you follow me at all on my blog , Twitter @SusanBAnderson, Facebook, or Instagram , you will already know how much I love my Signature circular needles and sets of double-pointed needles. Through my knitting and photography my devotion to the Signature Needles shines through on an almost daily basis. I was asked to guest post on Signature’s blog but I feel it is important to note that I have personally purchased all of my Signature Needle Arts needles on my own. My review and constant use of these needles is strictly by choice.
I feel that using these beautifully-crafted and designed needles has upped my knitting game to new levels. The speed and clarity of my stitches has benefitted by the crystal-clear points and the smoothness of the needle and cable construction. I love both the circular needles and the double-points but today I am focusing on the double-pointed needles. As I say in the video I’ve provided, I use my Signature Double-Pointed needles for all sorts of projects (hats, sleeves, mittens, socks), but as a knit toy designer I most often use them to make toys. Most of the time for my toy patterns the knitter needs to cast-on a small number of stitches onto double-pointed needles to begin working in the round. When I am teaching toy-knitting workshops I have noticed that the cast-on and the first few rounds of working in the round can be challenging for some knitters. Of course, as with everything, practice over time always makes things easier but using these lightweight and smooth Signature needles also helps the process. I have made a short video showing how I cast-on 9 stitches onto 3 Signature double-pointed needles to begin working in the round. I am showing you how I cast-on and set up a small number of stitches for working in the round on DPNs. For more technique-based instructional videos please check out my YouTube Channel at SusanBAnderson. Here is the video. Enjoy!
If you are interested in toy-knitting, please check out my newest toy book, Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys. It is chock-full of fun and whimsical reversible toys that you will love knitting on Signature DPNs! You can always preview the patterns on Ravelry for all of my books. Here are the links to my other books and my knitting blog (where I use Signature double-points and circular needles a lot!): Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys Itty-Bitty Hats Itty-Bitty Nursery Itty-Bitty Toys Spud & Chloe at the Farm Susan B. Anderson (blog) Happy Knitting and thanks for having me! Best, Susan