I am often asked what the difference is between The Que Circular Needle Case and the Tri-Fold Circular Needle Case. My first response is simply “It is a matter of design preference”.
The Que Circular Needle Case is a more square case with a bit of padding.
– 12 labeled pockets
– US numbers 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5, 11, 13, 15
– Metric numbers 3.25, 3.5, 3.75, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
– One zippered pocket for notions
– Available in both silk (solid or stripe fabrics) and cotton prints
The Tri-Fold Circular Needle Case is flatter, but longer and does not include padding.
– 13 numbered pockets, 5 unnumbered
– US numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5, 11, 13, 15
– Metric numbers 2.75, 3.25, 3.5, 3.75, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
– Two zippered pockets for notions
– Available in both a silk stripe/solid combination and cotton prints
Both cases allow you to store multiple sets in each pocket. I think both store about the same number of needles. However, the Tri-Fold does include a few unnumbered pockets as well as a labeled pocket for US 2/2.75 mm.
As far as number of needles per pocket, I generally say three to five sets in the smaller sizes and two to three in the larger sizes. This really all depends upon the cord length and the total number of needles you are storing.
I also am asked “How big is the case when it is full of needles?”. Think about if you were to take all of your needles and stack them up. Now add a bit of fabric and you’ll get the general idea.
Here are a few photos with needles in the cases so you get an idea of what they look like with one, two and three sets of needles in each numbered pocket. There is plenty of room for more, it is simply a matter of how thick the case becomes.
Just remember you can’t shrink the size of your needles simply by putting them in a case! However, you can keep them a bit more organized.
Check out more details and videos of each case: