I love color. Probably not the most surprising statement in the world considering what I do for a living.
When I saw the Marblz needles on the Knitters Pride website my heart did a happy dance. So pretty! So many colors! I had to try them out. I wanted to dive right in and get the whole darn set. The DPNs and the interchangeables. But I actually listened to my brain for once and got a single US 7/4.5mm circular needle.
Knitting with the Marblz needle is interesting, not in a bad way, just different. I’ve been using ChiaoGoo needles exclusively for about the past 2 years. I have the small interchangeable set 5″ tips in red lace (steel) and the small short 4″ tip set in steel. For larger sizes I use the bamboo SPIN tips (but still use the red lace cords, I don’t care for the SPIN cords at all). I also use ChiaoGoo bamboo DPNs (bamboo for all sizes).
As soon as I began knitting I could tell the Marblz needle had a lot more grip. It’s not sticky, though. I was using my Jig DK yarn (superwash merino and nylon NEP) and was knitting just as fast as I usually do.
Marblz are very lightweight. If you have wrist issues I think they would be ok for you. The material has more give than metal, yet remains strong. I straight up tried bending the needle, not to the point of trying to make it snap, but I wanted to see if the claim of “strong but flexible” had any merit. Turns out it does. My size 7 needle definitely flexed and didn’t seem like it would break while I was experimenting. That’s not to say it’s at all floppy in your hand. During normal knitting I had no sensation of the needle bending. I also don’t held my needle particularly hard.
My hands are always cold, especially when I’m knitting or using the computer. The Marblz needle was warmer than my skin, which was nice, but not any warmer than my bamboo needles.
If you’re a super speedy knitter you probably won’t like the Marblz. Although they don’t slow me down I could see it being an issue for someone used to taking advantage of the glide of metal needles. Also, if you’re a very tight knitter I don’t think you’ll do well with these either. However, if you tend to be a loose knitter (me!) these work out really well.
As you can see, I dangled the needle with the stitches close to the tip and my somewhat loose stitches didn’t run away. If you do a lot of knitting with silk or bamboo or other slippery fibers then the finish on the marblz needles could be very helpful.
My ChiaoGoo needles will remain my number 1 love. However, I don’t like to admit it, but I do have issues with them sometimes. Rarely, but it happens. And that issue is sometimes I find them too pointy (smaller size bamboo and steel) and too slippery (steel only). While the Marblz have nice pointy tips, they’re not as sharp as the ChiaGoos. This means knitting with splitty yarn is less problematic. Also knitting with smaller size needles won’t create little puncture holes all over your fingers. I took a side-by-side comparison photo of a US 7/4.5mm needle tip of the Marblz and the same size ChiaoGoo Red Lace. You can tell the ChiaoGoo needle has a longer taper and sharper edge.
I do plan on getting both the Marblz interchangeable and DPN sets. Would I buy them if they weren’t so pretty? Probably not at the moment since I’m mostly satisfied with my ChiaoGoo sets. However, I don’t think I’ll regret having the Marblz since I’ve highlighted several pros (and no cons as an additional set other than spending more money). As I mentioned, they’re better for slippery yarn and splitty yarn. So that’s a plus. They’re also very light. I haven’t tried the DPNs yet, but I think the combination of lightweight and grip will be a huge help for me on DPNs. Being a looser knitter I find that sometimes my DPNs have a high tendency of sliding out of my stitches, especially on sizes larger than a US 7.
I don’t think I would buy Marblz as my only set of needles. My personal feeling is, if you’re only going to have one set of interchangeable needles, to have something in a smooth bamboo unless you already know you love another material. If you’re just looking around online trying to decide then that’s where I would recommend starting. Overall I find bamboo needles the most versatile. Of course, I promote the ChiaoGoo ones, but even Clover bamboo is pretty good and there are many other companies I haven’t tried. Bamboo is more slippery than acrylic, but less than metal so it can easily handle a range of fibers. It isn’t as strong and smaller size bamboo needles will warp and can break (I’ve personally never broken a needle), but the lightness, warmth, and finish all make up for this in my opinion.
If you already have interchangeable needles and want to expand your collection then the Marblz are great. They’re also reasonably priced. A full “deluxe” set of Marblz is $89.99 and comes with 9 needle pairs in US sizes 4 through 11, 4 cords to make lengths 24″, 40″, and two 32″, 8 end caps, 4 cord keys, and 1 cord connector.