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Ka Knitting Needles: My Review Of The Whole Needle Range

Kinki Amibari KA has supplied high-quality bamboo knitting needles since 1916.

The company is famous for ka bamboo knitting needles in Japan, but not well-known in the United States. Their range is also called SeeKnit.

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What To Look For In The Best Ka Knitting Needles

Here are some key decision-making factors to look for when choosing the best Ka knitting needles.

What’s It Made Of?

Selected Moso and Madake bamboo grown in Japan are used. The surface is polished with natural plant wax. This gives needles excellent luster and smooth texture.

The Koshitsu line has a brown tint, and the Shirotake line is a natural color.

What Type Of Needles Are They?

KA Needles offer SeeKnit Double Pointed Needles, Single pointed needles, Circular needles, and Interchangeable Knitting Needles.

How Long Are They?

Depending on the type of knitting needle, the length varies.

What Sizes Are Available?

There is a range of sizes depending on the style of needle. The specific sizes are given below for each type.

Are They Comfortable To Use?

Kinki Amibari KA circular needles are high-quality bamboo, with an enhanced quality finish making knitting comfortable and effortless.

Do The Stitches Stay On The Needle?

There’s a fair amount of drag on the needle shaft, so they stay on.

Are They Durable?

As with any smaller diameter needles made of bamboo, they break if you don’t treat them with care.

Ka Straights – Best For Flat Knitting

KA SeeKnit Single Point Bamboo Needles

How Does It Compare?

  • Made Of – Japanese Moso and Madake bamboo
  • Length – 9″ / 23 cm, 12″ / 30cm, 14″ / 35cm
  • Available Sizes – Size: US 0 (2.00mm), 1 (2.25), 1.5 (2.50), 2 (2.75), 3mm 3 (3.25mm), 4 (3.50), 5, 6 (4.00mm) 7 (4.50mm), 8 (5.00mm), 9 (5.50mm), 10 (6.00mm), 10.5 (6.50mm), 7.00mm, 11 (8.00mm), 13 (9.00mm), 15 (10.00mm), 17 (12.00mm), 15.00mm, 20.00 mm
  • (15.00mm and above are made from wood)
  • Are They Comfortable? – Smooth and lightweight, these needles are a dream to knit with.
  • Do The Stitches Stay On The Needle? – ‘Grabbier’ than metal or plastic.
  • Durability – Bamboo is long-lasting. With the smaller diameter needles, don’t leave them where someone could sit on them.

Product Design

The needle tips are pointy enough to pick up stitches. Complicated stitch designs are effortless for these needles.

Product Evolution

KA Needles have been around for over 100 years. The bamboo is of exceptional quality. The skilled craftspeople who make them value precision and form.

They have extra-long needles, too, called Flex Needles, 19.5″ long. They have a wooden needle tip with a brass end and a plastic cable connected. At the end of the cable is a wooden bead to stop stitches from falling off.

Pros

  • Sustainable
  • They feel warm in the hand
  • Exceptional quality
  • Super smooth surface
  • Many sizes available

Cons

  • Don’t leave your tiny diameter needles where someone could sit and snap them!

Ka Interchangeable Needles – Best Range Of Sizes

KA Seeknit Shirotake Comfort Bamboo Interchangeable Set. 

There is a range of interchangeables available. I’m featuring the Shirotake Comfort Interchangeable Set. 

How Does It Compare?

  • Made Of – Bamboo – The Shirotake needles have the natural bamboo look
  • Length – 5″ / 12.5 cm
  • Needle Sizes Included – Size M1.8 : 2.25mm / US1 , 2.50 mm / US1.5, 2.75 mm/US2, 3.00 mm / US2.5, 3.25 mm/ US3
  • Size M2 : 3.50 mm / US4, 3.75 mm / US5, 4.00 mm/ US6, 4.50 mm/ US7, 5.00 mm/ US8
  • Cable Lengths: Size M1.8 : 14 inch / 35 cm, 22 inch / 55 cm, 29.5 inch / 75 cm -Size M2 : 14 inch / 35 cm, 22 inch / 55 cm, 29.5 inch / 75 cm
  • Are They Comfortable? – They are warm to the touch, and the swivel cables make knitting a breeze.
  • Do The Stitches Stay On The Needle? – Bamboo has grab, so stitches stay on
  • Durability – These needles are made to last. Keep in mind they snap if sat on.

Product Design

The transparent nylon cords are flexible. The cord rotates, preventing kinking. The brass connection on the interchangeable knitting needle is so smooth, you won’t feel the join.

Pros

  • Needles and cord joins are smooth.
  • Tips are more pointed than round and have a nice taper.
  • Super easy to knit with, and don’t split stitches
  • The sizing is laser-printed, so it won’t rub off.
  • The cords swivel on the tips, no need to worry about twisted cables.
  • The nylon cords are high quality.
  • The screw connection doesn’t come loose. There is no need for a key.
  • Four different fabric designs for the case

Cons

  • The fabric case isn’t padded.

Watch the unboxing and use of these needles by Dino Marino.

Ka Circulars – Best For Knitting In The Round

KA Seeknit Circular Bamboo 16 inch/40cm Knitting Needle

There’s a range of Ka Circular sizes available. I’m featuring the 16 inch/40cm length, perfect for knitting hats.

Other lengths are:

  • 9 inch/22cm
  • 9.5 inch/23 cm (The needle tips are different lengths. One tip is 2inch/ 5cm, and the other is 2.5 inch/ 6cm). It’s for maximum comfort when doing small circumference knitting.
  • 12 inch/30cm
  • 24 Inch/60cm
  • 32 Inch/80cm
  • 40 inch/100cm

How Does It Compare?

  • Made Of – Moso and Madake Bamboos
  • Length – 16 Inch/40cm
  • Available Sizes – US 0, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5, 10.75, 11, 13, 15, 17
  • Diameter (mm) – 2.00, 2.25, 2.50, 2.75, 3.00, 3.25, 3.50, 3.75, 4.00, 4.50, 5.00, 5.50, 6.00, 6.50, 7,00, 8.00, 9.00, 10.00, 12.00 mm
  • Are They Comfortable? – Lightweight. With the swivel cord, knitting is easy.
  • Do The Stitches Stay On The Needle? – Although stitches glide over the surface, there’s a slight grab.
  • Durability – All Ka needles are built to last

Product Design

They’re cut from bamboo heartwood and are harder than typical bamboo needles. 

Product Evolution

The swivel cords make circular knitting much more manageable. The nylon material is flexible and high quality, so no kinking.

Pros

  • The needle is lighter and smooth
  • Ideal for every knitting pattern
  • Silken finish
  • Superior to another bamboo
  • Yarn slide over them
  • The joint swivels to prevent twisted cables

Cons

  • Be careful with the smaller diameters. Don’t leave them where they could be broken.

Ka DPNs – Best For Sock/Hat Knitting

KA Seeknit Shirotake 6 inch/15cm Double Pointed Knitting Needle Set.

See Knit double pointed needles come in varying lengths – 4 inch/5cm, 6 inch/15cm, and 8 inch/20cm.

They also come in sets. The set I’m featuring is the Seeknit Shirotake 6 inch/15cm Double Pointed Knitting Needle Set. There are 5 dpns in each size.

How Does It Compare?

  • Made Of – Bamboo
  • Length – 6 inch / 15 cm
  • Available Sizes – 12 sizes in the set
  • 2.00 mm, US 0, 2.25 mm, US 1, 2.75 mm, US 2, 3.25 mm, US 3, 3.50 mm, US 4, 3.75 mm, US 5, 4.00 mm, US 6, 4.50 mm, US 7, 5.00 mm, US 8, 5.50 mm, US 9, 6.00 mm, US 10, 6.50 mm, US 10.5
  • Are They Comfortable? – They are warm and smooth to touch.
  • Do The Stitches Stay On The Needle? – As they’re double-ended, don’t have too many on the needle.
  • Durability – Strong and sturdy.

Product Design

The tapered point makes it easy to get into stitches. The yarn doesn’t snag as the surface is smooth.

Pros

  • The size is laser printed so it won’t rub off
  • Natural color and bamboo grain is appealing
  • The case comes in three different fabric designs
  • The individual pockets for each size keep everything tidy
  • Made with care

Cons

  • The case isn’t padded, so don’t place heavy items on top.

Which One Is Best For You?

Comparable Products To Consider

You may want to look at our Clover Knitting Needles posts if you’re interested in more bamboo options.

Bamboo Knitting needles are a must-have in a knitter’s stash. Whether you’re looking for circulars or double-pointed needles, ka has what you need. Hope this review helped.

Have you used these before? I’d love to hear about your experience.

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