It’s always interesting to look at my blog statistics because I can see what people are googling that ultimately leads them to my site. One popular search is for reviews of the Knit Picks Options Nickel Plated Circular Interchangeable Knitting Needle Set. While I hadn’t previously reviewed these needles, I did write a post a while back asking for opinions (I was debating whether or not to include this set on my Xmas list). Well, I did write it on my list, and thanks for the gift, Mom!
Overall a great needle set. So now I think a full review is in order so you can decide if this set would be worth having in your knitting bag.
This set contains nickel plated needle tips ranging from sizes 4 US to 11 US. It also comes with 4 flexible cables to make needle lengths of 24″ and 32″ (2 of each). Also included are end caps that screw onto the cables for times when you need to either put aside your work or swap out needle tips for another project, and a pin for tightening the needle tips to the cord. All this is enclosed in a zippered see-through plastic pouch.
These nickel plated needles are super slick, they are pointier than Addi Turbos (yet not so pointy that you stab yourself), and the cable is extremely pliable. The join from the needle tip to the cable is ultra smooth, and the thread on the end of the cable is so long that I’ve not yet had any problems with the needle tip coming apart from the cable. I also received the 40″ and 47″ cables (which need to be ordered separately), and these have worked great for magic loop.
However, I’m sad that the set doesn’t come with 16″ cables, but I guess this would be physically impossible to create. With fixed circular needles, the length of the needle tip is somewhat proportional to the cable length. The needle tips in this set would be much too long to accommodate a 16″ cable. Also, the needle sizes don’t go smaller than a size 4 US. Again, I suppose it’s not physically possible to make sizes 0-3 US as interchangeable needles because the join wouldn’t be stable enough.
Even though I’m very satisfied with this set, here are some improvements I’d recommend (and I’ll be sure to send Knit Picks my suggestions):
1). Make different colored cables for different cable lengths. When I need a specific length circular needle for a project, I sometimes have to measure the cables first to be able to tell which length is which. It’s a little harder to do this when the cable is being used in another project.
2). I’d like a nickel-plated join that can be used to join cable to cable. When I’m working on a sweater in the round, I often need to slide part of the knitting onto a longer length cable to either try the garment on or to lay it flat. This additional join would make inserting this new cable a much quicker job, rather than having to knit across one side with another length needle. (If anyone has any tips how to do this more efficiently, let me know).
3). Make the circular loop end of the tightening pin completely closed so it can be attached to a key chain or measuring tape for easy access. I hate having to root around for it in the little ziplock pouch it comes in because the pin is so tiny. I suppose I could take pliers and force it shut, but I’d rather not…
All in all, I am very happy with this interchangeable set. And comparing prices, this set clearly wins over the new Addi Turbo interchangeable set. I believe the Addi needle set clocks in at close to $140, whereas the Knit Picks set is about $60. And I’ve heard negative reviews of the plastic Denise set, mainly that the join pops open fairly easily, and the cables are much too massive to work with.
So there you go. I hope my review tips the scales for you one way or the other. Happy Knitting! 🙂