ITO is the first company to introduce the in Japan best sold and most cherished dark bamboo needles to European knitters and crocheters. ITO also offers the needles in Europe for the first time in Japanese needle sizes with steps of 0.3 mm between sizes.
For the needles, the best Japanese bamboo is selected and processed carefully, so that the needles get a warm touch and smooth handle. For the dark Koshitsu bamboo needles (up to 10 mm) the material is stored up to 10 years and additionally steamed, which makes the bamboo very hard to prevent warping. Light bamboo needles get easily bent while knitting due to warm hands. Therefore, the Koshitsu bamboo is especially great for smaller needle sizes. The dark bamboo needles are further treated with natural wax for a beautiful finish. For the larger needle size, Shirotake bamboo is used, which is dried in the sun and processed with essential oils. The needles are accurately manufactured on modern machines, hand polished for a refined surface and thoroughly inspected.
ITO premium quality bamboo needles are sustainably manufactured in a traditional handicraft business between Osaka and Kyoto, which has been producing knitting needles for more than 100 years.
Circular needles are available in 40 cm and 60 cm / 16'' and 24'' length with sizes from 2,1 mm to 6,6 mm, in 80 cm / 32'' length with sizes from 2,1 mm to 10 mm as well as in 100 cm / 40'' length with sizes from 7 mm to 10 mm.
Asymmetric circular needles are available in 23 cm / 9'' length with sizes from 2,1 to 6,6 mm. The short tip is 5 cm / 2", the long tip is 6 cm / 2 1/4" long. They are especially suited for small projects worked in rounds like socks, sleeves, wrist warmers.
All circular needles have a rotating joint with a flexible cable and a sleek cable connection for smooth knitting.