My mom sent me a couple sets of square knitting needles that are suppose to be easier on the hands than the regular round type. I have seen square needles before, but never thought to use them. Square just seems wrong. But if they are indeed easier on the hands, than they deserve a fair shake.
I replaced the needles from my current sock and knit a couple of rounds. They really are easier to hold. I find that I do not grip them as tightly as regular needles and at the end of the day my hands did not hurt any more than usual. So I tried them again the next day, 2 more rounds, and everything was fine. I plan to give them a good 15 minutes this weekend and see how it goes.
A close look at the stitches shows that my gauge is the same with the square needles.
The needles have very pointy tips, I love pointy tips, and are made in the USA, I love made in the USA. The only drawback I can find, is that the name and needle size are etched into the side and that catches on the yarn a bit. Not a big deal with sock yarn, but may present a problem with lace weights. My lace weight days are over, but something to think about if yours are not.
So far I really like them and I am looking forward to using them for longer periods of time. Thank you mom!!!