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Really tough (and stealthy) DPNs

Blackthorn needlesOne of the things interesting to every knitter I know who makes socks and other tubey kind of things using DPNs is the merits of all the DPNs out there, especially whether they break easily or not — and even more especially when they’re the tiny sizes. Here’s DPNs made of, ready for this?, the same material as a Blackbird Stealth Jet’s outer skin. (I’m thinking breaking shouldn’t be too big of a problem with these.)

The Blackthorn needles come in sets of five. There are eight sizes from US 0000 to 4. They make them in several different lengths, and will also custom a length for you between 4-8″. The makers say that the DPNs are strong, but more flexible than steel, with a feel more like bamboo. They feel warm to the touch, and they’re hypoallergenic.

They come in their own zippered fabric pouch, which is roomy enough to hold other knitting accessories as well. They are offered at $19.95 for the “teeny tiny sizes” and $29.95 for the small sizes.

If you get a set, let me know how you like them — I don’t generally knit with DPNs, but I’m fascinated by these!

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14 Responses to “Really tough (and stealthy) DPNs”

  1. Laurie says:

    I don’t know why this struck me as funny…stealth needles… I’ll have to remember these.

    • Zina says:

      Yes! As one Raveler hoped, it would be great if the stealth materials meant that it would get through airport security machines unseen…but no such luck! The carbon fiber shows up clearly.

  2. WANT!!!

    (and I just bought two new complete sets this year. sigh)

    • Zina says:

      I know what you mean…I don’t even knit with DPNs! I have a full set of KP DPNs that I’ve never used for anything but an icord in string once!

  3. They make good hair picks :-}

  4. Chris Hanner says:

    Thank you for blogging about my Blackthorn DPNs. I’ve gotten orders from quite a few knitters in the UK and associated countries. I appreciate each and every one and say, “Knit ON”

  5. Danese says:

    Yup…bought sizes 0 to 3 at Knitting Lab last weekend ;-). I’ll let you know how I like them.

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