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ITO Asymmetric Circular Needles


ITO Asymmetric Circular Needles


ITO is the first company to introduce the dark Koshitsu bamboo needles, that are best sold and most cherished in Japan, to European knitters and crocheters. ITO also offers the needles in Japanese needle sizes with steps of 0.3 mm between sizes for the first time in Europe.

The best Japanese bamboo is selected and carefully processed that the needles get a warm touch and smooth handle. The material for the dark Koshitsu bamboo needles (up to 10 mm) is stored up to 10 years and additionally steamed which makes the bamboo very hard and prevents 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. Shirotake bamboo is used for the larger needle size 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.

Asymmetric circular needles are  23 cm / 9” length . 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.

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ITO is Japanese for yarn or thread. ITO – Fine Yarn from Japan are special yarns, produced in Japan, a country with a long tradition in textiles.
ITO collaborates with small spinning and dyeing mills and understands itself as ambassador for the unique Japanese textile tradition.
The ITO yarn collection contains currently 25 different yarns and is complemented by knitting magazines and patterns. All yarns are distinguished for their special manufacturing process, extraordinary composition and unusual color palette or variety. ITO yarns provide a tactile experience: dry chenille linen paper yarn with cotton core, moldable silk with stainless steel, ultra-soft silk mohair yarn, yarn made of the bast fiber ramie or super fine soft merino. No less than five yarns made from paper show the high value of paper for textiles and garments in the Japanese culture. All yarns are subject to fair labor conditions and high industry standards and are – in part handcrafted, in part from recycled materials – produced entirely by small family businesses in Japan. The yarn collection is complemented by textile accessories made of these yarns and the ITO Accessories Collection made of Soft Naoron paper, which shows once more the use of paper as a textile material.

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