In the knitting world, there are a couple of things all beginners will realize quickly:
- The quality of your needles matter,
- Your needles seem to multiply overnight.
Do You Really Need Interchangeable Knitting Needles?
Before you begin shopping, you should ask yourself if you really need a set of interchangeable needles? Not every project is going to require the circular needles, for example, blankets, scarfs, and throws. However, if you fancy yourself making socks, hats, sweaters, and other tubular projects, interchangeable needles can be a huge help in producing beautiful, even stitches.
What Should Be Included in a Good Set?
The idea behind interchangeable needles is to reduce the number of needles you need to complete a wide range of knitting projects. A good set of interchangeable needles will include:
- A selection of tip sizes ranging from 2 to 11
- A selection of cords sizes 24″ 32″ and 40″
- High-quality cable ends
Signs of a Quality Join
One key feature you should pay special attention to is the join, where the cable meets the tips. You want to make sure the join is:
- Smooth to prevent snags
- Secure to prevent the cable from disconnecting while in use
- Swivel capable to prevent kinking
Watch this video to see a good quality join in action.
Another important feature is the cords as this allows you to better customize the size of your project. A good set will have a few sizes to pick from, commonly 24″, 32″, and 40″. Through the cord lengths can range from 16″ to 61″. Keep in mind that total length is measured from needle tip to needle tip. Here at Louet North America, we offer both firm and soft cords.
Other Beneficial Features
Once you fall in love with your new interchangeable needles, you’re going to find yourself doing a lot of knitting. To help reduce the risks of hand and wrist pain, look for a set that offers an ergonomic design, such as the Kollage Square Knitting Needles. You should also look for a sturdy storage case to further reduce your knitting basket clutter.
For more information about interchangeable knitting needles and their uses, please contact the experts at Louet North America today!