For the past 6 or 7 years, I’ve mostly knit socks and since my preferred method is using double point needles, I’ve not had a great desire for a set of interchangeable needles. If you’re not a knitter, it’s hard to imagine how much frustrating it can be when trying to knit with circular needles. There are the standard tip sizes . . 2.75 mm on up to 10 mm . That’s 13 needle sizes that are pretty common. Then some patterns call for 16″ cables, some call for 24″ cables, some call for 32″ cables, some call for 40″ cables and some call for longer. Try knitting something on a 32″ able when the pattern called for a 16″ cable. You have stitches that are stretched way too far apart. Try cramming stitches on a 24″ cable when the pattern calls for a 40″ cable! And if you keep up with things the way I keep up with things, try finding the right size needle — that has the right tip with the right cable and .. that is how I ended up with so many circular needles. Some cables are stiffer and some are looser so finding the perfect circular needle isn’t as easy as one might think.
I have KnitPicks Harmony Interchangeables and, while I don’t dislike them, I don’t love them. It seems like with each size, one of the needles isn’t a perfect join and if I’m knitting tightly, which I have a tendency to do, the yarn snags. A couple of the tips aren’t real smooth on the end and that sometimes causes a snag. I find that I’m using those only when I don’t have the right size fixed circular needle.
I want a set that I love . . a set that I can use every time I need a circular needle — right in one little package. I was leaning towards the Addi Click Lace set but they’re rarely in stock at The Loopy Ewe. I continued to do research, since this is something I really want to love and had decided that the ChiaoGoo Twist Lace set was what I wanted. Reading ratings and reviews on these needles is a bit like asking for opinions about longarm quilting machines. Everyone loves the one they own and think it’s the best. I sometimes think that folks are defending and debating their decision, whether to buy a certain longarm or a certain brand of interchangeable needles, and not the actually “perfectness” of the item itself.
I would probably have bought either the Addi or the ChiaoGoo set . . whichever I happened to see first at The Loopy Ewe.
Monday night when I clicked to see the new updates at The Loopy Ewe . . there, right before my eyes was the ChiaoGoo interchangeable set – the Twist Red Lace Complete Set that I had decided I wanted. They are a bit more than I normally spend on things like that so I had planned on asking for them for my birthday or, maybe just buying them for myself for my birthday or better yet . . Vince has a birthday in March . . I could get them for him! But since they were right there, I snagged myself a pair. I put them in my cart and went to do some more shopping but something told me I’d better check out with those and then come back and finish my shopping. I think I must’ve gotten the last set because when I went back to finish my shopping, the ChiaoGoo Twist Red Lace Complete Sets were gone!
If you click on the Twist Rec Lace Complete Set link, you’ll see what all is included in the set.
It comes with a really nice zipper case. Inside are all the needles and cables.
The red things are the cables to which the various needle tips attach.
Inside the little outside zipper pouch are the following:
- Stitch markers
- End caps – these are for use when I’m knitting something . . say I’m using my size 4 mm tips on my 24″ cables and for some reason I stop that project and then my next project needs 4 mm tips on 32″ cables. I can unscrew the tips from the 24″ cables and then screw the end caps onto the ends of my cables and that keeps the stitches from all slipping off. Then I can screw the 4 mm tips onto the 32″ cables and begin a new project.
- Needle gauge – even though the the tips have a size stamped on each needle, it’s nice to have a gauge to check the size, if I need it.
I’m real happy with the needle set . . just the way it looks. I think by the end of this weekend, I will have cast on a new project and then I can report on whether or not I truly love these needles as much as I hoped I would.