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Apr 19, 2017 14:34:58   #
vislandgirl54
 
I am thinking of treating myself to a set of interchangeable circular knitting needles. However, I've read reviews of many brands that are out there and there seems to be both good and bad reviews of them. The main issues are two; the connection comes loose between needle and cable and comes apart, then loss of several stitches before they can be reconnected. The second issue is yarn snags at the connection point. Some knitters have this problem, yet other knitters rave about how wonderful their set is...
Since this is a "large financial investment" for me, I really want to be convinced that these are more than just a fad and they will be a sound investment.
What is your experience with these and what brand do you use?
I am thinking of buying the Nickel Plated tips from Knit Picks.
 
Apr 19, 2017 14:41:58   #
tanguera
 
I bought the basic Addi click set to save money! I didn't want all sizes and lengths of circular needles and these let you combine the cords for different lengths. I find them very smooth to knit with and so far the cords have not come loose from the needles (obviously, you have to insert them firmly to begin with - these "click" into place and can't be removed unless you squeeze the little dot to let them out). Maybe a local knitting store will let you try different kinds before you buy them. (Where are you on Vancouver Island? I'm in Victoria!)
Apr 19, 2017 14:51:17   #
tonyastewart (a regular here)
 
While my favorite 3 brands in no particular order are addi click short tips denise and knitters pride royale special set (short tips)I have had little or no problems with any of these as for the knit picks I have had them and had no issues when properly connected if I had I would have returned them for a refund. When I bought others and have winnowed out my favorite 3 brands to keep I am giving all the rest to my youngest daughter (she will be 28 next month)she loves them and I have given her some of the fixed circular knitpicks as well.
If you don't put them on properly with the key you can't blame the tools for not working properly. To me that is like blaming your care for not traveling because you failed to put gas in it. There is always going to be flawed needles but all of their needles aren't flawed.
I never had any of the tips snap or split on me (I had them for fifteenish years)the worst I did have was randomly they would get rough so I would sand them a bit buff them with wax paper and they were like new and I knit ALOT!!
The complaints about knitpicks needles I don't know and I won't presume they mistreat their knitting tools but the flip side is truthfully only the owners of each know how they take care or don't take care of their knitting needles and what is or is not to blame for their condition.
The best advice I have heard given is buy a starter set and see if you do or don't like them yourself, before investing in a set, and another good bit of advice I have heard offered is buy the sizes you use most, the only problem with that that I see, is isn't that always when you get that I just have to make this pattern with a size needle you don't have that you would have with a complete set? In all 3 of my IC sets the sizes I have are sizes I will use constantly, now the exception is my knitters Pride since starting to make Gypsycreams toy patterns I have bought the 2.5 USA size tips and 3.0 USA size tips in addition to what comes in the set what I haven't stated in this is why these are my favorite 3 just like with knit picks they have lifetime guarantees on their products when bought through an authorized retailer so if (for some reason the past month has been a bad month for me on my KP 2.5 and 3.o tips)I break a tip and I have they are replaced at no charge to me and I have invested in extras in these sizes so I never have to stop in mid project because I have broken one. Handsome fibers is awesome in their turn around time. SO are denise and addi and knitpicks
These brands have endured because they have quality and a following because of the quality, I hope I have been of some help, btw the only thing I hated and I did have the ones you are thinking of buying I hated them but only because of the glare it's blinding! They are slick if that is an important feature for you.
Apr 19, 2017 14:51:29   #
vislandgirl54
 
Howdy, neighbour! I'm in Nanaimo!
Apr 19, 2017 14:55:19   #
Paulaross
 
I bought the add I click set and rarely use them, I don't have the strength I in my fingers to twist them Daughter has no problem, but she isn't always available to change them for me. So my ole stand boys are knit picks and I love then, easy to tighten them so cable doesn't come lose. I use a safety pin to tighten them as it is easy to grip.
Apr 19, 2017 15:05:00   #
kponsw (a regular here)
 
Interchangeables are not a fad. I have used interchangeables almost exclusively since the 1980's, although they have been around much longer than that.

I've never used the Knit Picks Nickels, but I do know people who love them. I have used the Knit Picks Harmony and had problems with cables coming apart and wood tips popping out of the metal joins. If you can, look into Chiaogoo (Twist Red Lace Twist is my favorite, although they also make bamboo). They are even available from Amazon, in addition to many other sources. They are a bit more expensive than Knit Picks, but well worth it.
 
Apr 19, 2017 15:11:22   #
vislandgirl54
 
tonyastewart wrote:
While my favorite 3 brands in no particular order are addi click short tips denise and knitters pride royale special set (short tips)I have had little or no problems with any of these as for the knit picks I have had them and had no issues when properly connected if I had I would have returned them for a refund. When I bought others and have winnowed out my favorite 3 brands to keep I am giving all the rest to my youngest daughter (she will be 28 next month)she loves them and I have given her some of the fixed circular knitpicks as well.
If you don't put them on properly with the key you can't blame the tools for not working properly. To me that is like blaming your care for not traveling because you failed to put gas in it. There is always going to be flawed needles but all of their needles aren't flawed.
I never had any of the tips snap or split on me (I had them for fifteenish years)the worst I did have was randomly they would get rough so I would sand them a bit buff them with wax paper and they were like new and I knit ALOT!!
The complaints about knitpicks needles I don't know and I won't presume they mistreat their knitting tools but the flip side is truthfully only the owners of each know how they take care or don't take care of their knitting needles and what is or is not to blame for their condition.
The best advice I have heard given is buy a starter set and see if you do or don't like them yourself, before investing in a set, and another good bit of advice I have heard offered is buy the sizes you use most, the only problem with that that I see, is isn't that always when you get that I just have to make this pattern with a size needle you don't have that you would have with a complete set? In all 3 of my IC sets the sizes I have are sizes I will use constantly, now the exception is my knitters Pride since starting to make Gypsycreams toy patterns I have bought the 2.5 USA size tips and 3.0 USA size tips in addition to what comes in the set what I haven't stated in this is why these are my favorite 3 just like with knit picks they have lifetime guarantees on their products when bought through an authorized retailer so if (for some reason the past month has been a bad month for me on my KP 2.5 and 3.o tips)I break a tip and I have they are replaced at no charge to me and I have invested in extras in these sizes so I never have to stop in mid project because I have broken one. Handsome fibers is awesome in their turn around time. SO are denise and addi and knitpicks
These brands have endured because they have quality and a following because of the quality, I hope I have been of some help, btw the only thing I hated and I did have the ones you are thinking of buying I hated them but only because of the glare it's blinding! They are slick if that is an important feature for you.
While my favorite 3 brands in no particular order ... (show quote)


WOW! That is a thorough review. Thanks. I wasn't singling out Knit Picks for the problems I mentioned, but in general amongst all brands. As there are only two types of connections amongst all brands of ICN's; they are like camera lenses; they come in screw-mount or bayonet-mount; aka screw-in, or click-in. line up lens to camera and do a 1/4 turn to fix in place. The 3 brands you mention, Denise, Knit Picks and Addi are the 3 brands I've been considering. I can see you are an avid knitter! Thanks for taking the time to give a thorough answer.
Apr 19, 2017 15:59:48   #
nonak (a regular here)
 
i also have the addi's and a set of kollege interchangeables. These are my favorite. The cables don't twist and the square shape is great on your hands. The biggest issue with them was the TERRIBLE set of tweezers that came with them to get the tips off the cables - they were 3d manufactured and they kept breaking. However, they have designed a new tool to get the tips off (and they replaced my broken ones for free - great customer service) so that issue is resolved. I HIGHLY recommend the Kollege needles.
Apr 19, 2017 16:20:29   #
rahi (a regular here)
 
I have the Chiagoo interchangeables with red cords and i cant say enough praise fir them. They are wonderful and i have nit looked back. They are a huge investment but worth it. I found Amazon.com to have the bedt prices.
Apr 19, 2017 16:26:50   #
marilyngf (a regular here)
 
rahi wrote:
I have the Chiagoo interchangeables with red cords and i cant say enough praise fir them. They are wonderful and i have nit looked back. They are a huge investment but worth it. I found Amazon.com to have the bedt prices.


i really like mine too
Apr 19, 2017 17:09:06   #
lovethelake
 
I just bought the Chiagoo lace needles and really love them. I also like my Knitter's Pride, wood. Here is something to think about. If your needles are dark wood in color, it is hard to knit dark yarns. I find silky/slippery yarns hard to use with metal needles, I like the wood ones for those. I also 'file' my wood needles to a sharp point, since I like to knit lace. Dyak's are great, but very pricey. So basically I need both wood and metal. Prefer Knitter's Pride over Knit Picks, just in case you were thinking of either one.
 
Apr 19, 2017 17:12:35   #
Gaildh (a regular here)
 
Am happy with my Knitter's Pride Cubis a set of wood and the meta Nova Platina. I just check them periodically. My mindset is anything that must be put together in all likelihood will come apart - Murphy-s Law😀
Apr 19, 2017 17:17:26   #
Yarn Happy (a regular here)
 
When you make your purchase, if you buy from an authorized dealer you will not have any problems, because if something happens the problem needle or cord will be replace free. If you try to save a few dollars and buy from other sources, you could end up with problems in the future. Knit Picks has great customer service, so does HandsomeFibers.com and I'm sure many others, but those two I have used and had great problem solving with both. My personal preference is the Knitters Pride, their new Nova Platina are great!
Apr 19, 2017 17:48:14   #
vislandgirl54
 
There are so many to choose from that I've never heard of, especially the Chiagoo...never heard of these. I am grateful for all your responses. Lots of homework to do. I was going to check out Michael's craft store locally because they often have a coupon for 50% off any one item in the store, and a set of ICN's would fall in this category; half off, now that's a price I like!
Apr 19, 2017 18:21:35   #
Elin (a regular here)
 
I bought Nickel Plated tips from Knit Picks about four years ago and have to say that I have had only one slight problem with them. One of the cords didn't screw into the tip properly. I called KP and they sent out a new cord which I received in a few days--that's it. That was my only problem. If you connect the cord properly by using the small tool your yarn shouldn't snag and the needle shouldn't separate from the cord. These needles are nice and sleek and are "fast." I would suggest that you make your purchase directly from KP and not another agent because although KP has great customer service an outside agent may not be as customer-oriented.
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