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Comparing Interchangeable Knitting Needles

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Needles pictured from left to right: Tulip {US11}, Lykke {US17}, HiyaHiya {US13}, ChiaGoo {US15}, Craftsy {US11}, Knit Picks Metal {US7}, Knitter's Pride Metal {US8}, Addi {US10}, Knitter's Pride Square Wood {US7}, Knitter's Pride Wood {US6}, Knit Picks Square {US6}


Comparing Interchangeable Knitting Needles:

  • I've been using HiyaHiya for 5 years now and I absolutely love them.
  • I recommend them all the time, but I wonder... is there a better brand?
  • There are so many different brands and styles to choose from these days.
  • I'm going to be testing different brands and different needle types within brands.
  • Everyone has their own personal preference, so I'm going to try to share as many facts about each brand as I possibly can.
  • If you have any questions, please ask in the comments below.
  • After I try all these different brands I'm curious to know if HiyaHiya will still be my favorite.

This is not a sponsored post, I didn't receive any of these products as gifts and all of my opinions are my own.

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Addi Interchangeable Needles:

  • Made in : Germany
  • Tip length : 5 1/8"
  • Tip type : Aluminum. They feel smooth, light-weight and hollow.
  • Thread type : metal and use the addi-click insertion system. The ends are not threaded. You insert the cable into the tip and twist to lock into place.
  • Cable : gold, hard plastic. The length, brand and Made in Germany are stamped on each cable.
  • Lifeline holes : No
  • My thoughts: I, personally, had a hard time getting it the cables to lock into place so they kept slipping off the tip and they're a little stiff.
Addi Interchangeable Needle Set
Addi Interchangeable Needle Set
Addi Interchangeable Needle Set
Addi Interchangeable Needle Set
Addi Interchangeable Needle Set

ChiaGoo Twist Red Lace Interchangeable Needle Tips and Cables:

  • Made in : China
  • Tip length : 5"
  • Tip type : metal, surgical-grade stainless steel. They feel smooth, light-weight and hollow.
  • Thread type : Fine thread. 4mm. The tip inserts into the cable.
  • Cable : flexible, memory-free, nylon-coated, multi-stranded steel, size is stamped on the metal tip.
  • Lifeline holes : Yes
  • My thoughts: These are high quality needles, very well made. The cord is a bit stiff for my liking.
Chiagoo Interchangeable Needle
Chiagoo Interchangeable Needle
Chiagoo Interchangeable Needle
Chiagoo Interchangeable Needle
Chiagoo Interchangeable Needle
Chiagoo Interchangeable Needle

HiyaHiya Interchangeable Needles:

  • Made in : China
  • Tip length : 4" tip, I measured them and they're closer to 3 1/2" in length.
  • Tip type : stainless steel. They feel smooth, light-weight and hollow.
  • Thread type : Medium thread. 6mm. The tip inserts into the cable. The treading is a goldish metal, maybe brass, but it isn't specified.
  • Cable : hard, pliable plasic
  • Lifeline holes : Yes
  • My thoughts: I've had my set of needles since 2012. I've abused these needles for years and they're still going strong. I've only had to replace 1 cord because I broke it... 4 years later. That's a pretty good track record. I like how short the tips are, it makes hats, leg warmers and boot cuffs easier to knit.
HiyaHiya Interchangeable Needles
HiyaHiya Interchangeable Needles
HiyaHiya Interchangeable Needles
HiyaHiya Interchangeable Needles
HiyaHiya Interchangeable Needles
HiyaHiya Interchangeable Needles

Knit Picks Interchangeable Needles:

  • Made in : China
  • Tip length : 4 3/4"
  • Tip type : Nickel Plated. The size is etched into it, small and inconspicuously, about 2mm in height. They feel smooth, light-weight and hollow.
  • Thread type : Fine thread. 5mm. The cable inserts into the tip.
  • Cable : Black pliable plastic. Unmarked.
  • Lifeline holes : Yes
  • My thoughts: It's plated, which tells me that it's probably going to chip or wear off. It doesn't have the highest quality feel to it. It doesn't have the smoothest transition where the tip and cable meets, a thin yarn might catch on it.

Knit Picks Interchangeable Needles:

  • Made in : China
  • Tip length : 4 3/4"
  • Tip type : Foursquare majestic Wood. The size is etched into it the metal end, small and inconspicuously, about 2mm in height.
  • Thread type : Fine thread. 5mm. The cable inserts into the tip.
  • Cable : Black pliable plastic. Unmarked.
  • Lifeline holes : Yes
  • My thoughts: It's plated, which tells me that it's probably going to chip or wear off. They feel smooth and have a slight square shape, the edges are smooth and kinda rounded. It was hard to tell that it's square.
Knit Picks Interchangeable Needles
Knit Picks Interchangeable Needles
Knit Picks Interchangeable Needles
Knit Picks Interchangeable Needles
Knit Picks Interchangeable Needles
Knit Picks Interchangeable Needles

Knitter's Pride Interchangeable Needles:

  • Made in : India
  • Tip length : 4 1/2"
  • Tip type : Nova Platina IC. It's metal, not sure what type. They feel smooth, a little bit of a weight to them. I'm not sure if it's hollow, it doesn't really sound like it.
  • Thread type : Fine thread. 5mm. The cable inserts into the tip.
  • Cable : Pliable plastic. Unmarked and color coded for size. Neon green is 24". Red is 40".
  • Lifeline holes : Yes
  • My thoughts: I don't know if they're plated or solid metal. It has a nice thread, but not the highest quality. It doesn't have the smoothest transition where the tip and cable meets, a thin yarn might catch on it.

Knitter's Pride Interchangeable Needles:

  • Made in : India
  • Tip length : 4 1/2"
  • Tip type : Symfonie Dreamz IC. Polished wood, they're nice and smooth, not grabby at all, but not as slick as metal.
  • Thread type : Fine thread. 5mm. The cable inserts into the tip.
  • Cable : Pliable plastic. Unmarked and color coded for size. Neon green is 24". Red is 40".
  • Lifeline holes : Yes
  • My thoughts: It has a nice thread, but not the highest quality. It doesn't have the smoothest transition where the tip and cable meets, a thin yarn might catch on it.

Knitter's Pride Interchangeable Needles:

  • Made in : India
  • Tip length : 4 1/2"
  • Tip type : Cubics Rose IC, tapered birch wood. They're nice and smooth, not grabby at all, but not as slick as metal.
  • Thread type : Fine thread. 5mm. The cable inserts into the tip.
  • Cable : Pliable plastic. Unmarked and color coded for size. Neon green is 24". Red is 40".
  • Lifeline holes : Yes
  • My thoughts: I wonder if the square shape of the tip changes the gauge.
Knitters Pride Interchangeable Needles
Knitters Pride Interchangeable Needles
Knitters Pride Interchangeable Needles
Knitters Pride Interchangeable Needles
Knitters Pride Interchangeable Needles
Knitters Pride Interchangeable Needles

Lykke Interchangeable Needle Tips and Cables:

  • Made in : Nepal
  • Tip length : 4 1/2"
  • Tip type : Driftwood. They feel nice and smooth, not grabby like wood normally feels. They have a nice weight to them if you're looking for a heavier needle.
  • Thread type : Fine thread. 5mm. The cable inserts into the tip. It's metal. The type of metal isn't specified, but it's silver in color.
  • Cable : hard plastic
  • Lifeline holes : No
  • They come with a lifetime guarantee.
  • My thoughts: These are beautiful wooden needles. I'm not keen on knitting with wood needles, but they're so photogenic, which is important for my photos, so I might just buy a whole set just to take photos of them :)
Lykke Interchangeable Knitting Needles
Lykke Interchangeable Knitting Needles
Lykke Interchangeable Knitting Needles
Lykke Interchangeable Knitting Needles
Lykke Interchangeable Knitting Needles
Lykke Interchangeable Knitting Needles

Silverlite Interchangeable Needles:

  • Made in : India
  • Tip length : 4 5/8"
  • Tip type : Aluminum. They feel smooth, light-weight and hollow.
  • Thread type : Fine thread. 5mm. The cable inserts into the tip.
  • Cable : matte pliable plastic.
  • Lifeline holes : Yes
  • My thoughts: The metal cable tip is a slightly different "color" than the needles. The needles is a brushed metal and the cable tip is not brushed.
Silverlite Interchangeable Needles
Silverlite Interchangeable Needles
Silverlite Interchangeable Needles
Silverlite Interchangeable Needles
Silverlite Interchangeable Needles
Silverlite Interchangeable Needles

Tulip Interchangeable Needles:

  • Made in : Japan
  • Tip length : 3 7/8"
  • Tip type : Bamboo. The size is stamped on it with black ink, kinda big making it easy to read.
  • Thread type : Fine thread. 4mm. The cable inserts into the tip.
  • Cable : Clear pliable plastic, not hard, smooth and doesn't kink. On the cable threaded end there's ridges to help your grip when tightening. There's an o-ring by the threads.
  • Lifeline holes : No
  • My thoughts: These are nicely made. The o-ring and grip are what take these to the next level, for me. I just wish the tips were smoother.
Tulip Interchangeable Needles
Tulip Interchangeable Needles
Tulip Interchangeable Needles
Tulip Interchangeable Needles
Tulip Interchangeable Needles
Tulip Interchangeable Needles

Comparison Chart:

AddiChiaGooHiyaKnit PicksKnitter's PrideLykkeSilverliteTulip
Thread Length:Click-lock4mm6mm5mm5mm5mm5mm4mm
Cable Type:PlasticFlex SteelPlasticPlasticPlasticPlasticPlasticPlastic
Made In:GermanyChinaChinaChinaIndiaNepalIndiaJapan
Life Line:NoYesYesYesYesNoYesNo
Tip Length:5 1/8"5"3 1/2"4 3/4"4 1/2"4 1/2"4 5/8"3 7/8"
Tip Type:AlumSt. SteelSt. SteelPlatedNova PlatinaDriftwoodAlumBamboo


My Favorite Interchangeable Knitting Needles:

Alright, so I decided to rank these 8 brands.

It was really hard to decide...

I don't like picking favorites.

But, I really want to know which set is my favorite.

Things I look for in a good set of interchangeable needles : metal tips, made with high quality materials, tips aren't too sharp, the cable & tips have a smooth connection & stay connected and the cables are smooth, flexible and don't twist.

Whew! That's a lot to ask for in a set of needles!


What's your favorite brand of interchangeable needles and why do you love them?

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This is not a sponsored post, I didn't receive any of these products as gifts and all of my opinions are my own.

Pick Your Favorite Interchangeable Knitting Needles by Brome Fields by Brome Fields

2 Responses

  1. thea.a.stewart
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    Hi Jennifer,

    Thanks for a very thorough review. I have to say that my Addi Interchangeables are not the same ones you reviewed. Mine are the Addi turbo with blue cords and they all have lifelines. I will say that I also had trouble with the join until I figured out what I was doing wrong. Once I figured out exactly how to attach them and knew when they were properly joined, they have never come apart. Once this skill is mastered you just know. I love them. You and I have talked about this tip issue in the past and the only thing that stopped me from buying the Hiya Hiya was the extremely sharp point on the one fixed pair I bought and they weren’t even the Hiya Hiya Sharps.
    I have the Knitters Pride Platina for lace but they can hurt me too. I wish there were one brand that had the perfect tip but I have yet to find them. I use ChiaGoo as well but again the cords I have are so stiff.
    In conclusion I appreciate all of your thoughts and wish I had a local yarn shop that sells the Hiya Hiya but there are none around here. At least that way I could see them in person. For now it’s the Addi’s for me unless I need a sharper tip for lace. But I am looking around. This has been very helpful!
    Thanks!
    Thea

    • Jennifer Thompson
      |

      Hi Thea,

      Thank you for taking your time to read all this and for sharing your experience! :)

      That’s good to know, I thought there was something off about the Addi needles, I’ve heard so many people rave about them and I was disappointed, so I thought something was wrong. It looks like I have a different “model”. These don’t say Turbo on them anywhere, so I’ll look for those and give them a try. These were hard to click together, like I’m not strong enough and/or they don’t have enough grip. I’m excited to try the Addi Turbo needles! I want to see what everyone is raving about. I’m curious to see the difference in the tips too.

      I forgot that HiyaHiya offers standard and sharp tips. I don’t have any with the sharp tips, but I need to get a pair so I can have a direct comparison.

      It’s amazing how different the needles are and that you need different needles for different projects.

      Thank you again my friend!
      Jennifer

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