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When I first heard about Addi Flexi Flips (I’m told my European friends know them as Addi CraSyTrio) I wanted to try them. I have an innate *need* to try all things related to sock knitting. I immediately (in September) ordered them from a local LYS and waited patiently for them to arrive from Germany. They arrived last week!
What Are They?
These needles come in a package of 3 with a long test-tube-style hard plastic case. They are a cross between DPNs and circular needles: the 3.5 inch/9 centimetre metal tips are connected by a short 1 inch/2.5 centimetre cord between them for a total needle length of 8 inches/20 centimetres, measured tip to tip. The idea is to cast your stitches onto 2 needles and use the 3rd needle to work the sts.
Addi needles have a reputation for being high quality, and these needles are priced accordingly. This set of needles set me back $32CAD (for perspective, I could purchase 6 sets of 2.25mm nickel 32 inch fixed circs from Knitpicks for the same amount of money).
The tips are reminiscent of my other Addi needles: the cords are flexible, and the joins are smooth to the touch. The information included with the needles explains that each needle has 2 different tips: one tip is the Addi Turbo tip and the other is the sharper Addi Rocket tip. To be honest, I have trouble differentiating the tips and I have to poke my finger with both tips to determine which end is the sharper of the two.
When knitting small circumference in the round, I use either magic loop or 4 DPNs (depending on which needles are available to me at the time). I love and use both methods equally. That being said, using these needles felt like knitting with DPNs, but less fiddly. The quality is great, and the joins are super smooth. I was able to adapt to them very quickly and I’m really enjoying knitting with them. I haven’t turned a heel or worked a toe with them yet, but I don’t anticipate having any needle-related issues with either.
Pros: high quality, choice of 2 tips with each needle, these would make great cable needles, they are easy to adapt to and would be ideal if you like magic loop but don’t like the cord, or if you like DPNs but wish you could use fewer needles.
Cons: premium priced, the tips are difficult to distinguish from each other, the needle size is printed on the needle tip in silver which is really difficult to read, knitting socks two-at-a-time would not be possible with these needles.
I would recommend this needles if:
You like to try all the things
Like DPNs but wish you could use fewer needles
Like Magic loop but dislike the excess cord
Like 2 circular needles but dislike the excess cord
I would not recommend these needles if:
You want to knit socks two-at-a-time
You want a more affordable needle
Have you used Addi Flexi Flips? What do you think?