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  • September 18, 2023 3 min read 4 Comments

    Addi Needle Quality

    I always say that Addi needles are the Mercedes Benz of the knitting needle world, and I believe they are the highest quality knitting needle available.  Addi needles are precision engineered completely in Germany, where the company has been crafting knitting needles and crochet hooks since 1829. While technology and machinery have advanced greatly over the years, it still requires 25 production steps and a considerable amount of hands-on craftsmanship to create each needle.  

    Addi needle guarantee

    Addi and its exclusive United States distributor, Skacel, believe so strongly in the product, that they offer a full lifetime guarantee on Addi needles purchased in the United States through an authorized Addi retailer. That means that when you have a problem with any Addi needle you buy from me, you bring it to me, and, with the support of Skacel, I will make it right for you. To me, that guarantee speaks volumes about the quality of the Addi product. 

    Addi Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

    Unlike companies that have manufacturing facilities in regions with lower production and environmental costs, Addi has remained in Germany adhering to strict environmental regulations and offering fair wages to their employees. Addi is the only full-line needle producer in Europe.

    What are the different types of Addi needles

    All Addi needles are precision engineered with an ultra-flexible nylon cord and a smooth, snag free join.  The primary difference between the various Addi styles are the shape, material, and point of their shaft. Let’s look at the differences

    What is the Addi Turbo Needle 

    The original Addi needle was the Addi Turbo, so named because it was so smooth that stitches slipped off the needle easily allowing knitters to knit faster.  The Addi Turbo tip is more rounded than sharp. Most knitters today prefer a sharper tip, and Addi Rockets and Rocket Squares are more popular than the classic Turbos.  However, for larger gauge yarns and single plies, Turbos are useful as they help prevent splitting the yarn as you knit.  Addi Turbo needles are available in 24 sizes, from a US 000 to US 50, in 8" to 60" lengths and as an interchangeable set. 

    Addi Turbo Fixed Circular knitting needle


    What’s the difference between Addi Turbo and Addi Rocket?

    The Addi Rocket has a much sharper tip than the Addi Turbo.  The Rocket has the same smooth finish and cable, but the sharper and more tapered tip has become a fan favorite as the sharper tip makes it easier to knit lace stitches and to knit finer yarns generally. The Addi Rocket needles are available in 19 sizes, from a US 000 to US 13, in 16" to 60" lengths and as an interchangeable set.  

    Addi rocket tip vs addi turbo tip

    What are Addi Rocket Squared Needles 

    Introduced in 2020, the Rocket Squared needles are a version of the Rocket needles with a slightly rounded square shaft.  The shaft has the same smooth finish and sharp point as Rockets  but with a special no-slip texture that makes them easier to hold and helps keep the stitches on the needle until you’re ready for them to come off. The Rocket Squared are my personal favorite of all the Addi needles.  Addi Rocket Squared needles are available in 16 sizes, from a US 0 to US 11, in 16" to 60" lengths and as an interchangeable set.  

    addi rocket squared needles close up


    What are Addi Ewenicorn needles?

    Introduced in 2022, the Addi Ewenicorn needles are a playful twist for the Addi line - literally! The shaft of the Addi Ewenicorn is twisted like a magical unicorn’s horn. The fun pink super-flexible cable has a tiny SOS slit at the top near the snag-free join so you can add a lifeline to your project.  The tip on the Addi Ewenicorn fixed circular needles is more rounded, like the Turbo needles. However, the tip on the Ewenicorn interchangeable needles is the sharp Rocket tip. Available in 14 sizes, from a US 0 to US 11, in 24" to 60" lengths

    Addi Ewenicorn needle closeup

    4 Responses


    February 19, 2024


    Which would you recommend for blown / chainette yarns? Would they fall under the single-ply/use Turbo category? Also, would the twist of the Ewenicorn or no-slip texture of the Rocket affect the single ply?



    January 31, 2024

    Hi Jody—

    Thanks so much for reading the blog post and for reaching out about the Addi needles. There is a lot of confusion about the materials, so here are the facts.

    Addi Turbos used to be made from nickel-plated brass. Nickel is a base metal, which means it doesn’t tarnish, but apparently there are a lot of people with nickel allergies, so Addi changed their needle material to white bronze over brass. White bronze is a material often used in fine jewelry, as it looks just like sterling silver, but is less expensive. Like sterling silver, white bronze can tarnish, so the newer versions of Addis will benefit from a regular polishing with metal polish. It’s simple to do, and actually quite satisfying.


    January 31, 2024

    Hello! Thank you for this post. My question is about Addi Rocket Squared needles. I’m seeing differing opinions about what they’re made of and hope you can answer that question for me. Are they made of or plated with nickel? I have quite a few of them and am just wondering. Thank you and have a great day!

    Barbara Bryan-Wilson
    Barbara Bryan-Wilson

    September 19, 2023

    I have knit with square kneedle and love them, I can’t wait to to buy the new set of the Aldi ones! Let me know when they come in and I’ll order mine!

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