Excellent news!! I’ve recently learned that Knitter’s Pride/Knit Pro have taken over the manufacturing of Lantern Moon Needles.
I’ve updated my post on 21 January 2022.
Lantern Moon was a small company that made handcrafted knitting needles, bags, and accessories. The best knitting needles made by artisans.
In working collaboratively with local artisans, the mission of the organization was to preserve the indigenous craft and handwork of Vietnam and Cambodia. As a result of ongoing training and ethical employment, the Lantern Moon brand improved the lives of their workers and families for more than 16 years.
The business closed in 2018 but the manufacturing of the Ebony Destiny knitting needles has recommenced.
Recently Lantern Moon’s founders, Joel & Sharon Woodcock, visited Knitter’s Pride/KnitPro’s factory and offices in Jaipur, India and left convinced Knitter’s Pride/KnitPro’s manufacturing expertise would benefit Lantern Moon’s products. They were particularly pleased to see that the Ebony wood used in the knitting needle production will remain faithful to the original design.
Lantern Moon will be run as an independent brand under Knitter’s Pride/KnitPro, which has the production capacity to consistently produce quality knitting and crochet tools.
I explain where to find them, and the best alternatives.
Looking for great alternatives? Try these top knitting needle for beginners.
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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?
Jimmy Beans Wool are super excited to have Lantern Moon Needles back in stock.
They offer an excellent selection of Lantern Moon Ebony Needles including circulars, double pointed needles and 4 different interchangeable sets!
Lantern Moon Ebony Destiny Circular Needles
These lightweight needles are made of rich Ebony wood with kink-free cords and 24K finish on the brass connector.
Available in US sizes 2.5-17. Lengths 16, 24, 32, and 40 inches.
The needle tips are 5 inches long.
Lantern Moon Ebony Double Pointed Needles
The Lantern Moon Double Pointed Needles are ideal for knitting socks and small-circumference projects.
These beautiful needles are crafted of rich Ebony wood and have a silky smooth finish. They are available in US sizes 1.5-11.
Lantern Moon Ebony Interchangeable Sets
The stunning Lantern Moon Interchangeable Needle Sets are the perfect way to treat yourself or someone you know!
Heirloom Set: 10 needle sizes from US 2.5 to US 11 ( (5″ tips), embroidered silk carrying case, 6 stainless steel nylon-coated cords (swivel and fixed in 24″, 32″ and 40″) with lifeline holes, 4 end caps, 2 tightening tools, 5 stitch markers.
Legacy Set: 5 needle sizes from US 3 to US 8 (5″ tips), embroidered silk carrying case, 4 stainless steel nylon-coated cords (swivel and fixed in 24″ and 32″) with lifeline holes, 4 end caps, 2 tightening tools, 5 stitch markers.
Ancestry Set: 9 needle sizes from US 3 to US 10 (4″ tips), embroidered silk carrying case, 4 stainless steel nylon-coated cords (swivel and fixed in 16″ and 20″) with lifeline holes, 4 end caps, 2 tightening tools, 5 stitch markers.
Heritage Set: 5 needle sizes from US 3 to US 8 (4″ tips), embroidered silk carrying case, 4 stainless steel nylon-coated cords (swivel and fixed in 16″ and 20″) with lifeline holes, 4 end caps, 2 tightening tools, 5 stitch markers.
Lantern Moon Ebony Finishing Needles
You can pick up stitches and weave ends with Lantern Moon Ebony Notions!
These large eye needles are available in 3 different sizes that come in one packet. US sizes: US1 (2.25mm), US2 (2.75mm) & US3 (3.25mm)
Lantern Moon Ebony Repair Hook
This tool helps to pick up stitches or weave in ends.
One size of US 3(3.25mm)
Lantern Moon Ebony Cable Needles
Three sizes of wooden cable needles are included in this set: US3, US6 & US8.
While you work on beautiful cables, the grooved design keeps your off-needle stitches secure.
Well-shaped ends are useful for returning stitches back to the main needle.
Lantern Moon Ebony Single Points
The Ebony Lantern Moon Single Points are silky smooth and easy to work with.
They are 10 inches long and available in the following sizes: US 2.5 (3.00mm) to US 17(12.0mm)
Blue Ridge Needle Arts has a range of Lantern Moon needles available at the time of writing, including straights and the destiny circular, 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.
For those of you who want to know if the original Lantern Moon Interchangeable tips will work with the cords now in production, sadly they don’t.
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 excellent that Lantern Moon Ebony needles are being produced again!
If you have any other suggestions for your favorite wooden needles, please get in touch with me or leave a pop a note below.