Lantern Moon was a small manufacturing company that made beautiful and functional handcrafted knitting needles, bags and accessories.
Although the business closed in 2018, some of their knitting needles are still available to purchase online.
In my post, I explain where to find them, and the best alternatives.
Table Of Contents
- Lantern Moon Knitting Needles
- Where Can I Buy Lantern Moon Knitting Needles?
- Alternatives To Lantern Moon Needles
Lantern Moon Knitting Needles
The luxury needles were made of Ebony, Rosewood and Palmwood crafted by artisans in Vietnam and Bali, Indonesia. Lantern Moon’s philosophy was to support the skills and cultures of these artisans.
They supported socially and globally conscious living as they worked directly with the producers to provide income, education and self-reliance to those women and their families.
The natural materials inspiring their Lantern Moon Knitting Needles were combined with traditional handcrafting skills, passed down from generation to generation.
Their knitting needles were crafted in a family owned and managed business that provided training and opportunities.
Lantern Moon Knitting needles were crafted in twenty-nine steps to produce an heirloom quality tool.
The “liquid silk” finishing process made for an enjoyable knitting experience and prevented the splintering that can be experienced in a wooden needle.
The types of needles they made were Straights, Circulars, Lantern Moon Double Pointed Needles and Interchangeable circulars.
At the time of writing you can still purchase some of the straights, double pointed needles and circulars.
The Rosewood knitting needles seem to be difficult to find.
Where Can I Buy Lantern Moon Knitting Needles?
Blue Ridge Needle Arts has a range of Lantern Moon needles available at the time of writing, including straights and the destiny circular 16 inch, with brass connection and nylon cord.
How long they will still be available is hard to know.
As these needles will eventually not be in stock, I have some suggestions for other lovely wooden needles.
Alternatives To Lantern Moon Needles
I highly recommend the wooden needles available at Knit Picks.
Knit Picks has a company philosophy of ethical manufacturing.
On their website they state, “We work closely with responsible partners and spend several months of travel each year to ensure safe and respectful working conditions that exclude child labor.”
Knit Picks have a variety of laminated birch wood needles.
The Rainbow, Caspian, Radiant, Sunstruck and Majestic needles are made up of layers of laminated wood. This process creates a strong and smooth needle, which means yarn glides easily when working with them.
Their Cocobolo interchangeable needles are made of a solid piece of wood. These are slightly heavier than the other varieties Knit Picks offers. They also have a slicker surface for faster knitting.
Caspian come in an interchangeable longer tip and shorter tip size, fixed circulars, double pointed needles and cable needles.
Rainbow are available in interchangeable circular, fixed circular and double pointed versions.
Radiant are available in interchangeable circular, fixed circular and double pointed versions and straights.
Sunstruck come in interchangeable circular, fixed circulars, double pointed needles and straights.
The Majestic range has interchangeable circular, fixed circulars and double pointed needles.
It’s such a shame Lantern Moon no longer produces their luxury needles. My understanding is the people behind the company moved on to other projects.
If you have any other suggestions for your favorite wooden needles, please get in touch with me or leave a pop a note below.