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A knitting-needle revolution

20 October 2017

Prym’s new ergonomic design means an easy grip and effortless knitting every time!

Prym knitting needles
Prym knitting needles

Any regular knitter will tell you that finding the right needles helps make hand knitting a real joy. A task that is easier said than done: needles can be difficult to hold, too heavy, stitches can slip off the needle ends. Until now, that is.

Using the latest technology and innovative design, the new Prym Ergonomics knitting needles have been developed for ease and comfort, so you can enjoy your favourite pastime whether you’re just starting out or have been knitting for years.

Centuries of expertise

With roots dating back to the 16th century, this family-owned German company has been the name in perfect precision needles for generations. Now, after extensive research into how people use their hands when knitting, Prym has developed this revolutionary, award-winning knitting needle.

Light as air

Made from a high-performance synthetic material, the knitting needles are light and flexible to use, warm to touch and pleasant to hold. The thickened, drop-shaped hook tips help to pick up and guide the yarn safely without splitting. You’ll also find ingeniously designed needle ends, or click heads, which work as stitch stoppers and keep pairs of singled-pointed knitting needles together.

Easy to grip

The sleek, modern design means that the body of the needle changes seamlessly from a round cross section to a triangular shaft, so that stitches glide easily and the needles are easy to grip. You’ll be surprised at how silent the Prym Ergonomics knitting needles are too. Just think, no more clacking noise!

For comfortable hands and effortless knitting, pick up a pair of Prym Ergonomics knitting needles.

Where to buy Prym needles

Pick up your own Prym Ergonomics knitting needles in John Lewis’s Oxford St store. Or find them online at: plus other leading independent yarn and haberdashery retailers, including and For further information please contact

Knitted cowl

Make this beautiful cowl

Designed by Sue Amphlett. Cottontail Crafts – Settle

Expert knitter Sue Amphlett, owner of Cottontail Crafts in Settle, Yorkshire, is a fan of Prym needles as their ergonomic design enabled her to keep knitting after a number of shoulder operations. Try her beautiful easy-to-knit cowl.

If you haven’t used circular needles before this is an ideal project. Circular needles help take the weight off your shoulders as most of the stitches are on the cord not the needles.

One size to fit average adult.


1 x 100g Aran Approx 200m ( I used WYS Aire Valley Aran col 862)
1 x 5mm Circular knitting needle. 80cms


18 sts and 24 rows to 10 cms
(Tension not important but if less stitches use a smaller needle, if more use a larger needle. My tension is loose so I used a 4.5mm needle)


K – Knit. P – Purl. Yfwd – yarn forward. Tog – together.

How to make twist on cowl

Lay knitting on a flat surface & check all the stitches are facing the same way.( If there is already a twist in the stitches that’s fine but ignore the pattern instructions when it tells you to twist.)

Twist 3 or 4 stitches 180° on either needle.

If unsure YouTube has videos showing how to do this.


Using thumb method cast on 130 stitches.
Place a marker at the end of cast on row. This marks the row end.
Continue all knitting in the round.
1st Row. (Right side) Knit.
2nd Row. Purl. Twist the stitches as described above.
3rd to 5th Rows. Knit.
6th Row. Purl. Place yarn at back of needle as if to knit when you have reached row end.
7th Row. * Yfwd, K2tog, repeat from* to end.
8th Row. Purl.
9th to 12th Rows. Knit.
13th Row. * K3, k2 tog, repeat from* to end. (104 stitches.)
14th Row. Knit.
15th to 17th Rows. Purl.
*Knit next 4 rows, Purl next 3 rows* Repeat twice.
32nd Row.* K2, k2 tog, repeat from* to end. (78 stitches).
33rd to 35th Rows. Knit.
Purl 3 rows, knit 4 rows. Repeat these 7 rows 6 times more.
Knit 7 more rows.
Cast off loosely knitwise.

To complete

Place cowl over ironing board. Cover with damp cloth and leave until dry. Continue turning cowl round and covering with damp cloth until the entire cowl has been pressed.

Prym This article was produced in association with Prym.

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