Neko Bamboo Flex Needles Review

Disclaimer: This product was given to me for the purpose of reviewing them. I did not pay for the product. All opinions in this article are mine and I have not received any form of payment or compensation other than the needles. The links in this article are not affiliate links, I don’t benefit in any way if you click them.

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Recently, I was gifted a set of Neko Bamboo Flex Needles from Neko. I’ve previously tried their Neko curved DPNs, so I’m going to start by saying that the Bamboo Flex Needles are a completely different knitting experience than the curved DPNs, so whether your opinion of the plastic curved DPNs is good or bad, I recommend trying the Bamboo Flex Needles before forming an opinion.  

How Do They Work?

Bamboo Flex DPNs are a set of 3 needles with bamboo tips and a flexible plastic cable between the tips, quite similar to the Addi Flexi-Flips. These needles are designed specifically for working small circumference in the round (think: socks, mitts, baby hats, baby sleeves). The stitches are divided between 2 needles and the third needle is used for knitting. These needles aim to combine the benefits of working with DPNs: short needles and no long cables, with the benefits of working with magic loop: only 2 needles with stitches, less frequent and less fiddly needle changes.  

The bamboo flex needles and the package they arrived in

The bamboo flex needles and the package they arrived in

I used these needles to work a sock with unique heel construction and after using them for 8-10 hours, here’s what I learned:

What I Like

  • The bamboo feels lovely! I don’t know why, but for the past 2 years or so, I’ve gravitated to metal needles and I’d forgotten how warm bamboo needles are and how gentle they are on the hands.  

  • According to their website, the bamboo and plastic used in these needles is eco-friendly and the plastic is fully recyclable.

  • The cables are colour coded so you know what size they are. I love this feature and hope it becomes an industry standard. If your needles become intermingled (it happens to all of us), you won’t have to use a needle gauge to put the sets back together.  

  • These are great cable needles when you’re in a pinch. I had another project with cables on the go while I was testing these needles and I found myself reaching for the bamboo flex needle more than once when I was working cables and it did a great job. (I’ve since learned that Neko actually makes cable needles).  

  • They’re very portable and the curved shape and sticky cable means that stitches won’t fall off the needles when you’re not using them and while they’re in transit.  

  • The joins are super-smooth. The joins are so smooth that it’s difficult to distinguish a seam where they are attached. No snagging stitches. Not once.

What Could Be Improved

  • Like their plastic curved DPNs, the bamboo flex needles are not available in quarter sizes. This is a problem for me because I usually use 2.25 mm (US 1) needles when I knit socks. I reliably get a gauge of 8 stitches per round in stockinette. I wasn’t able to get gauge with the 2.5 mm (US 1.5) needles they sent me. To compensate, I went down a circumference size on the sock I was making, but this is a deal breaker for me because I’m set in my ways and like a reliable gauge.

  • The tips could be sharper. I wouldn’t use these tips for lace or cabling without a needle.

  • The cable is ‘sticky’ which is great if you are a knitter who tends to drop stitches, but it means frequently stopping to help move the stitches along the cable toward the tip of the needle. I found this frustrating, as it interrupted my flow, slowing me down.

  • If you lose a needle, the remaining 2 needles aren’t particularly useful anymore (except they make great cable needles). This method of working in the round requires 3 needles. Unless you have multiple sets and can sub a spare needle in when necessary.  

In Summary

Compared to Neko’s plastic curved DPNs, I really prefer the bamboo flex needles. The quality of the needles is great, the bamboo feels therapeutic and the joins are smooth. To add them to my regular needle rotation, I’d need a wider range of available sizes, a less ‘sticky’ cable and sharper tips.

Have you tried the new bamboo flex needles by Neko? What do you think?


These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things...

Disclaimer: The sweater pattern, yarn, and toothbrushes were purchased by me with my own money. None of these products were given to me for the purposes of review.  All opinions in this article are mine and I have not received any form of payment or compensation.  The links in this article are not affiliate links, I don’t benefit in any way if you click them.  

I thought I’d share some of the knitterly things that have been making me happy lately!

Right now I ‘m in love with this sweater by Kate Oates.

Antilogy photo credit: Kate Oates

Antilogy photo credit: Kate Oates

Antilogy is really well-written, and it’s graded for lots of sizes. I think this will be a great wardrobe addition for those in-between days when it’s too chilly to dress for warm weather, but too warm to dress for chilly weather. It will be gorgeous over a tank top with jeans or capris.

I’m making mine in this fabulous yellow yarn by LakeKnitYarns. Which brings me to my next favourite thing…

photo credit: me

photo credit: me

I am loving this yellow yarn from my friend, Christa at Lake Knit Yarns. She dyed the yellow for my by special request. I’m on a mission to add a few colours to my wardrobe that I don’t usually wear, and yellow is one of those colours. This worsted weight yarn is dyed on her Shorleine Worsted base. This is an eco-processed yarn. It’s non-felting, but the process to make it non-felting is new and is less harmful to the environment than the traditional method of creating superwash yarn.

Also, it’s really nice to feel the instant gratification that comes from knitting with worsted weight yarn. I knit so many socks in fingering weight yarn, that I forget how quickly thicker yarns (especially with the lace pattern in Antiogy) knit up.

I also have a small sock crush on Emma Kerian’s new sock pattern, Not Your Average Cat Lady Socks. They’re absolutely adorable, and if you love cats and colourwork you should check them out. I haven’t seen the pattern, so I can’t tell you much about it, but the finished product is adorable! This colourwork pattern would make a great mitts and hat combo, too!

Not Your Average Cat Lady Socks photo credit: Emma Kerian

Not Your Average Cat Lady Socks photo credit: Emma Kerian

Lastly, while not kntting related, my family and i are loving our bamboo toothbrushes. We picked these up on Amazon and have just opened our 3rd box. Bamboo is kinder to the environment than plastic and won’t end up in our oceans. These toothbrushes also use less packaging, and are (surprisingly) less expensive than the plastic toothbrushes we were using. We are currently using these ones (the numbers are great for making sure we don’t mix them up) and we’ve also used these ones, and we’ve loved them both.

photo credit: amazon.ca

photo credit: amazon.ca

Have you used any of the favourite things I mentioned? I’d love to hear your opinion if you have.

2019 Strickplaner Review & Comparison

As promised, here is a review of the 2019 Strickplaner. I’ve compared it to the 2018 Strickplaner, and I love the 2019 edition more than the 2018 edition. You can see the review of the 2018 Strickplaner here. This video features one of our cats, Sammy, who loves to be the centre of attention and is hopefully not too distracting.

The opinions expressed in this review are my own. I purchased this planner with my own money and I am not receiving any consideration, financial or otherwise, in exchange for this review. When I love something I want to spread the love!

Strickplaner 2018 Review

Disclaimer:  All opinions are my own.  I have not received any financial compensation in exchange for this review.  I purchased this product with my own money for my own use. This is not a sponsored post. 

A few weeks ago I posted a photo of my 2018 Strickplaner on social media and suggested that I could do a review of the planner.  The response was overwhelming, so I've filmed a quick video of the planner and how I use it.  Spoiler alert: I love this planner and will definitely be ordering one for 2019!  Enjoy the review!