There’s not a day goes by that we don’t answer this question — what’s the difference between wood, metal and carbon fibre needles? We’ve put our heads together and hashed out what we love about each type. In an effort to thwart the universal truth that the one needle size you need is the one you haven’t got, we’ve also included a list of our most popular interchangeable sets. We can’t think of a better way to ring in the new year than with a beautiful set of needles!
Laminated hardwood knitting needles, such as Knitter’s Pride Dreamz, are a great basic needle. They’re smooth, somewhat flexible and warm up in the hands while you’re knitting. They make a super beginner needle because the wood grips the yarn a bit, so stitches won’t slide off the needle when you don’t want them to. They’re also economical as well as beautiful. The Dreamz are colour-coded, so finding the right one isn’t like searching for a needle in a haystack.
Metal needles, such as Knitter’s Pride Nova Platina or Skacel’s addi, are incredibly smooth. This slickness allows stitches to flow from one needle to the other in the blink of an eye. Metal needles get the job done fast and efficiently. Sharp tips give every movement no-nonsense precision. They’re sleek, slippery and light — you’ll take no prisoners when knitting with metal.
If you want the best of both worlds — the warmth and flexibility of wood but the sharp tip of metal, a carbon-metal hybrid, such as Knitter’s Pride Karbonz, may be your cup of tea. These needles may feel like wood, but they won’t break or splinter — we know because we tried.
(Even a 1.5 mm needle withstood everything we threw at it.)
Top Three Interchangeable Sets
Nothing says, “I love you” quite like … an interchangeable set of knitting needles! We’ve made the job easy for the people in your life who want to spoil you this holiday. And it’s truly a gift that keeps on giving — the sky’s the limit on the number of knits you can have on the go at one time. All sizes and shapes at your fingertips, it’s a knitter’s dream come true. Just print out this list, circle the one you want and hand it to the Santa Claus in your life.
If you love knitting hats, you’ll adore the Knitter’s Pride Dreamz Symfonie Wood Special Interchangeable Needle Set. The special tips are designed to make circulars 16 inches in length.
With a set of seven needle pairs ranging from 3.5 mm to 6.0 mm, your knits can be created in fingering to bulky weight yarns. The kit includes a black fabric case, two 16” cords, end caps and cord keys. Needles come with a polished wood surface, which are colour-coded for ease of use — and can be used with any other Knitter’s Pride interchangeable set. A smooth, screw-in join and lightweight, flexible tips make this an excellent starter set for beginner knitters. Extra cords can be added as needed. The set is $90 and extra cords are $3.30.
Knitter’s Pride Karbonz Interchangeable Deluxe Set is sure to please everybody — the carbon fibre shafts are strong, warm to the touch, and easy on the hands, while the nickel-plated brass tips are sharp. The needles are lightweight, flexible, strong and elegant, and can be used with any other Knitter’s Pride interchangeable set. This set was designed with versatility in mind; nine pairs of needles range from 3.0 mm to 6.0 mm, with four cords from 24” to 40”. Cords screw into needle tips making a smooth join. Extra cords can be added as needed. The set costs $166 and extra cords are $3.30.
The Addi Lace Click Short Tips Interchangeable Set comes with eight pairs of smooth, nickel-plated needles, which range in size from 3.5 mm to 8.0 mm. Cords click into needle tips and don’t come apart until you want them to. Stitches slip seamlessly over joins. This set is fully interchangeable with all other Click systems, cords and connectors. A purse-sized, soft-sided case fits needle tips, five cords ranging from 16” to 40”, connector piece, and needle gauge among other notions. All needles are German-engineered and come with a lifetime guarantee. The set is $219.95 and extra cords range in price from $11.95 to $32.50.