The Lion Brand Speed Stix are a size 50 needles that make short work of any big project. They're feather-light, fun and easy to use. These needles were tested on a quick and easy capelet pattern.
They're Large, Yet Light
The first thing you'll notice when you pick up the plastic Speed Stix is that they are incredibly light which is unexpected given their size.
The second thing you'll notice is these needles are huge. They're a whopping 25 millimeters wide. You get about two stitches per inch just because of the large diameter of the needles. This means these needles are only good for patterns that require a large gauge.
That means no matter what you want to knit, it will knit up quickly with these speed demons. You can knit a scarf in an hour, a wrap in two, and a small blanket in four hours.
They Make for Quick Knitting Work
These needles are perfect for big projects with big yarn. You can combine up to four different strands of yarn to knit with these needles or use one strand of super-thick yarn to make a project that's open and holey.
Any project knit on these needles would go quickly. The huge stitches are easy to work with and because the needles are so light and big they are no trouble to hold.
They Have a Great Grip
Using these needles is ideal for people with repetitive strain problems because they are so easy to grip. It would truly be possible to finish a project in one sitting and in comfort.
While these needles are a joy to work with, it's impossible to use your standard knitting grip with needles so large.
Once you figure out the grip that works for you, you'll be on your way to finishing a big, cozy project in no time. Even though you will need to adjust your grip to use these needles they won't strain you the way smaller needles will.
Speed Stix Patterns
If you'd like to try out the Speed Stix for yourself, you can make a simple scarf super-quick by just combining three or four yarns and knitting a simple pattern like garter stitch.
If you'd like a fancier pattern to try, Lion Brand has more than a dozen patterns for the Speed Stix on its website (free registration required).
The Bottom Line
Speed Stix are a lot of fun to work with and will make short work of any project you want to knit big. You probably won't find a lot of projects you want to make with such large stitches, but they're fun to use and the perfect tool when you need to make a last-minute gift.
Speed Stix can be found yarn shops and other retail stores that sell Lion Brand yarn, or they can be purchased directly from Lion in the U.S. and Canada.