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Susan Bates Quicksilver Single-Pointed Needles

Susan Bates Quicksilver
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Susan Bates


Coated aluminum


Arguably the most economical and widespread needle on the market, Susan Bates Quicksilvers are coated with a heat-treated aluminum alloy for added durability and scratch-resistance.

These have a fair amount of heft to them, and the metal feels cool and inflexible to the touch.

The needles have a long taper and medium-sized tip.

Available Sizes

Needles marked in U.S. and metric sizes.

10- and 14-inch:
US 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Average retail price


Made in

United States

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Reader Comments

"I only recently started knitting (and am hooked, of course) and have used these (Susan Bates) needles more than any others. I haven't yet tried plastic or bamboo needles but I have tried wood needles. In fact, once in boredom I used pencils and REALLY old yarn (probably 30 years old!) just to see if it would work. (Only sort of) The thing that I love about these needles is that the yarn slides VERY easily on them (sometimes too easily!) and this is a HUGE help because I tend to knit a little tightly and at the points of the needles. Because the yarn slides very easily I can still pull off stitches that were too tight and (if I notice that the stitch is too tight when I stitch it) can slide the stich back and forth on the needle easily to loosen it." Mike, 10/2/2001