Addi Unicorn needle review :::::::::::::: Blogtober 2022 : Day 7

It’s raining again.  Ugh, I think yesterday was the only day it hasn’t rained – it’s been a wet week overall and the dog and I got soaked as we were out walking with a friend and her dog this morning.  We kept telling each other that we didn’t dissolve when we got wet and a bit of rain wouldn’t hurt us, but as it got heavier and heavier, we walked a little bit more quickly to get back! 🙂

Now that we’re back home again after some errands (I dripped around a few shops but that couldn’t be helped!), it feels like the kind of day to get on with some more finishing off jobs on my List.  I’ve got some jobs on there that I’ve been putting off for a very long time and I would really like to get them out of the way so doing something to make a start at least seems like a good idea.  Cleaning and re-grouting the shower room is on that list, as is clearing out the garage before the Winter.  You can maybe see why the jobs are still on there!

First, though, the most important things of the day.  A brew and a catch-up of other Blogtober posts … this is a good time of year to find new writers and new blogs to read, and I am using being part of Blogtober as a good excuse to do that!

How about you?  Have you found any new blogs to read this month?

A screenshot showing the home screen of Christine's Bloglovin' feed

I’ve been using Bloglovin for years to keep up with the blogs that I enjoy reading – you add in the names of the blogs that you want to read and it presents them to you on a “home page” of posts to read.  It’s great!  It also gives you other blog suggestions so that it’s easy to find other blogs that you might like too.

The blogs I’ve been reading so far this Blogtober are Coastal Ripples, Planet Penny, A mug for hooks, The Barefoot Crafter and One Creative Cat – if you’ve been reading any others, please do let me know as it’s always good to have new blogs to look at! 🙂  (If you’re wondering why Attic24 isn’t on the list this year, it’s because Lucy is away in the south of France teaching at a crochet retreat. )

As I am sure that you don’t want to see photos of shower enclosures or grout trowels, today I’m going to show you a new long circular needle from Addi which I’ve been trying out recently instead.

A long circular needle with a pink cable in a packet, lying on a pale wooden table next to a partly-knitted sock

Addi mentioned on social media that they were launching their Unicorn needles some time ago and I’ve been waiting with interest to see what they were like.  Addi have always been a first-choice needle for me and I do love unicorns so this seemed like a match made in heaven 🙂

The needle tips are twisted like a unicorn’s horn and the idea is that they massage your hands whilst you’re knitting.  An interesting idea, eh?

A close up of Addi unicorn twisted needle tips. A partly-knitted sock is in the photo for context

Can you see how they twist?  It’s quite noticeable when you touch the needle tips, there’s a very definite twist in there!

A partly-knitted multicoloured sock on a long circular needle.

I often use a long circular needle for the toes of my socks these days and I was just coming up to the end of the Twilight Rainbow sock that I was knitting so it seemed like an excellent opportunity to try the new needle out.  This is an 80cm 2.5mm needle – there are different cable lengths and tip sizes to choose from too.

What I noticed straight away is that the cable isn’t nearly as curly as the old Addi long circular that I have – there’s no memory in this one so even though it had been curled up in the packet, it was perfectly straight when I took it out and started using it.  That makes quite a difference and is a big improvement on my old needle, and to be fair, my “old” needle is easily anything up to 10 years old so you would think that Addi would have made some changes by now! 🙂

A close up of the pink cable of an Addi Unicorn needle

I like that the size is stamped on the cable (I was talking about sizing marked on needles the other day) and I think it’s fun that it’s pink!  Well, why not?

And here are my finished socks, toes completed …

A close up of the toes of a pair of multicoloured socks

If they look like these are well-worn socks already then you’d be right.  I love them!

The needles worked just as well as any other needles that I’ve used – the join was lovely and smooth, the non-twisty cable made life easier when working with magic loop and whilst I can’t honestly say that I noticed my hands being massaged by the needle tips, that’s not to say that they weren’t or that you wouldn’t notice it more with a bigger project.  What I did notice, though, was that the twist slowed the stitches down as they moved along the needle which is not a bad thing sometimes for metal needles – the yarn can slide a bit too quickly for some people depending on the yarn.  I quite liked that the twist made it a more mindful process to create the toe decreases as I was aware of moving the stitches along instead of trying to get through the toe decreases as fast as possible.

Would I use this needle with the twisty tips again?  Yes, absolutely!  I did like it very much and it’s yet another needle addition to my collection (I will try not to lose this one!) – it’s already got a home in my project bag 🙂

At the moment, Addi only make their Unicorn needles in fixed long circular sizes so I won’t be swapping my short circular needle for one any time soon.  However, with changes in needle options available happening all the time, it’ll be interesting to see what comes up in the future!  If you’re tempted to try one of these, my needle came from Laughing Hens and you can buy them from Addi stockists worldwide.

Christine is wearing a pair of blue jeans and pair of blue and rainbow socks. She is sitting on a mustard-coloured sofa

I’ll be back tomorrow with another Blogtober post – the first week has gone past already, can you believe it?  I’ll see you tomorrow! xx


With many thanks to Addi Needles UK for sending me the Unicorn needle to try out!


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27 Responses

  1. Jo says:

    What an interesting concept, it’s amazing how companies keep coming up with new things. Who’d have thought that the humble knitting needle would evolve in such a way.

    • winwickmum says:

      It’s been really interesting to see how needles have developed since I first started knitting socks – there are so many choices now, there really is something for everyone! 🙂 xx

  2. Melissa says:

    Thank you for the review! I’ve placed my order and can’t wait to try them out! Love your blogs ❤️

  3. Helen says:

    Those socks are gorgeous.

  4. Susan Rayner says:

    I love your Twilight Rainbow socks – they just glow in the sock drawer don’t they – if they get a chance to languish there at all!
    I would be interested to know how your do the toes with a long circular! I still use DpNs for mine!
    Happy weekend – and hope the list of chores gets shorter!

  5. Michele says:

    I havebsome square DPNs and found them comfortable. I use metal ICs. I’d be curious to try the Unicorns when they make ICs or DPNs.

    • winwickmum says:

      It’s funny you should mention the square DPNs – I’ve just had a text from my contact at Addi about them! Do you find them comfortable in your hands? Addi interchangeables are currently a click system, not a screw like KnitPro and Hiya Hiya, which might make it more difficult to try them out if they ever make them unless you buy the cables to go with the tips – but I am sure that there will be many developments in needle technologies to come! 🙂 xx

  6. Geraldine says:

    I knit my toes magic loop , and also go as fast as I can on the decrease. So I can start the next pair – crazy or addicted ? Love your socks and blog.

  7. I love Addi knitting needles. I am working on my 2nd pair of socks, two at a time, cuff down. The idea of the Unicorn is awesome because I get clumsy and drop a stitch. I use the notched Addi Magic loop. It look of this new needle and cable is thrilling. Thank you for giving us your impressions on using the Unicorn by Addi.

    • winwickmum says:

      This might be a really good needle for as I definitely felt that the stitches didn’t slide as quickly as they can do with smooth metal needle tips. It didn’t slow them down so much that it was annoying, but you can feel a difference. I’d be interested to know if you felt the massage effect if you knitted a whole pair of socks with them! 🙂 xx

  8. Simon says:

    I love the colour of your socks! And I really like the idea of a no-memory cable. I only have a few cabled Tunisian Hooks but their cables really do retain the curl which I do find annoying as it makes the hook sort of twist round in my fingers. A week into Blogtober already, it’s gone so quickly hasn’t it?!

    • winwickmum says:

      It really has gone quickly – did you think you’d make it this far? 🙂 Only 3 more to go … we can do this! No memory cable makes such a difference, I can’t tell you how many times over the years I’ve soaked cables in hot water to get the curl out of them so this is a joy! 🙂 xx

  9. Rachel says:

    Those needles look amazing, I’m going to have to try and find an Aussie stockist! Thanks so much for including me in your round up, blogtober is such a great time to connect with new bloggers. I tend to use Feedly for my reader, but all the top suggested blogs are pretty much just Pinterest click bait. You’ve inspired me to dig out my bloglovin log in and see what it throws up as suggestions. Have a cozy rainy day, it’s starting to roll in here too!

    • winwickmum says:

      I don’t think it’s as easy to find blogs that are like they were in “the olden days” – blogs about chat and life and the weather and crafting – but there are still some of us out there and Blogtober seems to be a really good time to find them! I was so pleased that I’d found yours and I’m looking forward to reading your posts! 🙂 xx

  10. Gretchen says:

    oh I forgot about Blogtober so had the fun of binging on all seven at once! (a lot of rain in your week I guess)

  11. Barbara says:

    I’ve never thought to use a long circular to knit the toes. I’m still on my sticks at this point. I’ll have to YouTube to see how that works. Many thanks for the mention and I’m loving blogging this month too. You soon get into the hang of daily blogging. Sending some dry weather your way. B x

    • winwickmum says:

      Have a look at my Sockalong tutorial for working the toes – you’ll need to scroll down to the bottom for the magic loop section but it’s easier than you might think! And a day off the rain would be lovely, thank you! 🙂 xx

  12. Sarah Murray says:

    I love Addi needles too and didn’t know they’d realised a new set. Thanks for the heads up and the review. I love the idea of a long cable which doesn’t curl up. Looking forward to your next post. Sarah xxx

  13. Sara says:

    Ooh, I got all excited about a new circular needle, but they don’t seem to do a 2.25 mm (I’ve checked all sources I could find), my go-to sock knitting needle, so that’s me out. I do tire so quickly of the cables that knot up on you!

    • winwickmum says:

      Ah, you’re right, I’ve just checked too. They go from 2.00mm to 2.5mm which is a shame for you. You could try Hiya Hiya, they have 2.25mm tips and their cables don’t curl up either – I reviewed one of those earlier in the year and enjoyed using that one too 🙂 xx

  14. Claudia says:

    The Unicorn needles are very nice. Mine is a 5.00 mm 80cm. I find that they are very smooth but the stitches don’t slide off as on there one minute and not the next.

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