When I was 5, I learned to knit on straight needles. As a teenager I learned to follow patterns and began collecting circular and straight needles every time I'd begin a new project. In adulthood I joined my first knitting group, there I was first introduced to interchangeable needles. That Christmas I had one wish, it was to have a set of my own.
That year I got my wish (thanks Mom!) and I've never looked back. All of my straights and fixed circular needles have been collecting dust since then. I can't bear to part with them, they represent an evolution of sorts, but rarely do I use them. Did I say rarely? I mean never.
If I could give just one piece of advice to new knitters it would be to purchase an interchangeable set before investing their money in endless fixed circular needles and straights of various lengths and sizes for each project.
Recently I had the opportunity to try the Knitter's Pride Nova Platina Interchangeable Deluxe Set. I was so excited for them to arrive. I already have in my stash the 16 inch interchangeable set (primarily for hat knitting--best investment ever!) so I already knew I'd be impressed with the quality. What I hadn't expected were the little extras that make this kit even more useful. But first let me tell you why I love this set so much.
Not all interchangeable tips have their sizes marked on them. This may not seam like a big deal but I can tell you from experience it is SO handy and a real time saver! I can't tell you how many times I've accidentally used the wrong needle because it didn't have a size stamped on it.
Hands down one of my favorite things about these needles is the slick finish and the pointy tip. I don't knit elaborate lace so I really appreciate a super smooth finish with zero drag, it boosts my speed immensely. I like a pointy tip because knitting in general is made easier but also knitting two or three stitches together or performing elaborate pattern stitches is much easier to do with a fine point. Even the larger sizes have a nice narrow tip!
With sizes 3.5mm/US4 to 8mm/US11 what more do you need! This set covers all of the most common sizes a knitter would need. And if you find yourself in need of additional sizes, needle tips are also available individually from sizes 3mm/US2.5 to a whopping 12mm/US17!!
I think Size Marker ID tags might be one of the most underrated accessory for interchangeable sets. I myself have 3 full sets of tags now and I use them constantly! What are they for, you ask? Well, have you ever wanted to cast on a new project only to find that the size needle you require is already being used for another project? Slide one of these little tags on the end of your cord and twist on an end cap to reclaim those needle tips! Honestly, before discovering these handy little things, I can't even count the number of projects in hibernation that I ignored or messed up because I had no idea what needle size I'd been working on. I think it's pure genius including these handy tags in the set because although they are available separately, I think they are an item that many knitters aren't aware of and don't know they need.
The cord lengths included in this set are ideal. Sizes 24", 32" and 40" allow you to work most circumferences in the round as well as the option of magic loop with the longer cord! I also love that they are black ♥
+ 9 knitting needle tips (3.5, 3.75, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 8mm/US4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5, 11)
+ 4 cords (1 x 24", 2 x 32", 1 x 40")
+ 1 set of size markers
+ 8 end caps
+ 4 cord keys
+ 1 cord case
+ 1 zippered case for tips, cords, and accessories
ENTER TO WIN!!!
I knew I couldn't review this awesome set without having one to giveaway (thank you Knitter's Pride!!!). I know you'll love them just as much as I do!!!
To qualify to win simply share some knitting wisdom: your best piece of knitting advice, something you've learned the hard way and would have done differently, or a tool you can't live without!
Enter in the comments below, please leave a contact (email, rav ID, or other), giveaway closes next Tuesday at noon!
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Congratulations to Beth S. who's sage advice was this:
My best advice is very basic.... read the pattern in full before you start. Second piece of advice is to make a copy of the pattern so you can write all over it, increased rows or where you had some troubles or just to keep track of row count.
Thank you to all who entered and left their words of wisdom, I truly enjoyed reading them.