December 15: Twist and Match

25 years ago interchangeable needle sets were a nice concept, but in reality they were terrible. Back then the Boye Needlemaster was the only game in town. They came apart, had horrid cables, and the aluminum needles left a lot to be desired.
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Interchangeable needle technology has come a long way!  We have several fantastic and affordable options.


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We love LYKKE needles! Most interchangeable sets stop at a size 11, but LYKKE includes sizes 4-17. They also offer a short-tip set with sizes 3-10.5. Best of all, LYKKE needles are interchangeable with Knitter’s Pride interchangeables so if you’ve already invested in a Knitter’s Pride set there’s no need to buy all new cables and such.
LYKKE needles are now available in three wood tones: Driftwood, Indigo, and Umber. Standard Sets $125/Short Tip Sets $99.95
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The new limited edition Knit & Purr set from Knitter’s Pride is packaged in a super cute box and includes a tote bag. Inside are sizes 4-11 of the new Millennium needles, a birch laminate in striking red/black shades. $125


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If you prefer a metal tip, you’ll absolutely love ChiaoGoo TWIST featuring surgical steel with a pointy lace tip, and their signature flexible red cables all packaged in an attractive fabric case. $170, size 2-15 tips.


You don’t have to invest in a set to enjoy the benefits of interchangeable needles. Shortly after various sets starting hitting the market, the manufacturers began to offer the tips and cables individually. Initially they were intended as supplements for knitters who had already purchased a set, however they quickly took on a life of their own as a stand-alone product.
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One standard length tip (5″) can be combined with different cables to make 24″, 32″, 40″, 47″, and 60″ needles. One tip can make at least 5 cable lengths! And the cables are priced as low as $2.75/cable. This is far more affordable than purchasing multiple fixed circulars in different lengths.
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The short tips (3.5-4″) are designed for 16″-20″ lengths. You need the shorter tip with these short lengths; the standard tips are just too long to loop around and still be able to maneuver. You can also use the short tips with the longer cables.
One downside of interchangeable needles can be a more limited availability of sizes. It is difficult to manufacture one connection that will work with needles, large and small. The size ranges for the needles we stock are:

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If you like a metal needle, ChiaoGoo has an incredible range available:


If you’re in to microknitting, ChiaoGoo has new Shorties with 2″ & 3″ tips ranging in size from 000-3 to make super short circular needles ranging from 9″to 14″ in circumference.
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These short lengths and small tip sizes allow you to knit socks and such in the round without double points and the likes, although you have to knit pretty daintily! Sets include sizes 0-3, including half-sizes. Individual needles include both the 2″ & 3″ tips in one package, with sizes 000-3 available.
Shortie Set/$100; Individual Needles/$22


Needle sets of any kind are always nice to own. There’s nothing better than having a broad range of sizes packaged in one case.
I still love my LYKKE Double Point sets:
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And you can now buy LYKKE double points individually. Sizes 0-13 are in stock now.
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Crocheters, you really need to try LYKKE’s hooks. They are so nice, and available in sets or individually. The sets include sizes E – M, and individually sizes D-P+. Currently LYKKE hooks are only available in the original driftwood, however we are waiting for INDIGO and UMBER in the sets. Hopefully we’ll see those soon.


It only seems fitting that I give away needles and hooks today! Three lucky readers will win a pair of LYKKE interchangeable needles with a cable -or- a LYKKE crochet hook. Simply state in the comments: Sorry, drawing is over!

  • Needle or Hook Size, 4-19 for knit/D-P for crochet
  • Cable Length (for needles)
  • Driftwood, Indigo, or Umber color (sorry crocheters, driftwood is the only option at this time)

You have until midnight!
 
 

46 Comments

  • Bonnie Malone

    15.12.2018 at 08:08 Reply

    The Lykke Indigo needles are so beautiful. Size 6 40 inch cable would be amazing

  • Stephenia

    15.12.2018 at 08:14 Reply

    Lykke short tip 7-16″ cable in indigo
    What a nice set those all are, everything in one package! Those micro knitting needles look so tiny!

  • Ashley

    15.12.2018 at 08:16 Reply

    Size 8, 24” needles in Indigo

    • knorthup

      16.12.2018 at 08:43 Reply

      Congratulations! You’ve won a Lykke interchangeable knitting needle. Please pick up your prize before 1/31/19 or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

      • Ashley

        16.12.2018 at 09:27 Reply

        Thank you!!

  • Martha

    15.12.2018 at 09:09 Reply

    Size I or J crochet hook

  • Tammy Adamson

    15.12.2018 at 09:09 Reply

    Size 7, 24”, indigo! Please

  • Mary B

    15.12.2018 at 09:19 Reply

    Decisions, decisions! Size 10, 32 inch cable, umber

  • Debbie walker

    15.12.2018 at 09:20 Reply

    Size 10 24” in indigo. These needles look amazing

  • Jenny E.

    15.12.2018 at 09:29 Reply

    size 5US indigo 32inch

  • Diann Riter

    15.12.2018 at 09:30 Reply

    Size 6 32″ indigo knitting needles
    Lykke needles knit really well!

  • Clarissa Coble

    15.12.2018 at 09:33 Reply

    Size 7 24″ in indigo.

  • Tammie Hulsey

    15.12.2018 at 09:36 Reply

    Size 10, 32″ cable, Driftwood

  • Amanda Shirley

    15.12.2018 at 09:36 Reply

    I love my Lykke double points! I could make great things with a set of size 9 32″ driftwood circulars.

  • Courtney Wilson

    15.12.2018 at 09:41 Reply

    These are gorgeous! Size 8 32”.

  • Linda W.

    15.12.2018 at 09:42 Reply

    I use my Boye Needlemaster tips with red Chiaogoo cables and size “S” adapters; works great, and I have so many more length options!
    So, since I’m happy with my interchangeable status, I think I’d like to try a size G crochet hook. I love the few rosewood hooks I have, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy this one!

  • Anita Roesler

    15.12.2018 at 09:58 Reply

    Lykke Indigo size 6 and a 40 inch cable. Thank you!

  • Jennifer Smallwood

    15.12.2018 at 10:32 Reply

    Size 9, 32 inch cable in driftwood please.

    • knorthup

      16.12.2018 at 08:42 Reply

      Congratulations! You’ve won a Lykke interchangeable knitting needle. Please pick up your prize before 1/31/19 or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  • Beth Seeliger

    15.12.2018 at 10:42 Reply

    Needle size 8 standard length and a cable somewhere around 36 inches. I’m a shawl knitter, so cable length is not imperative. The driftwood color looks gorgeous, I love it.

  • Barbara Seiver

    15.12.2018 at 10:47 Reply

    I have the Lykke Indigo interchangeable needles, and love them! I’d like to try the crochet hook, H or I, please.

  • Amanda S

    15.12.2018 at 10:54 Reply

    Size H crochet hook

  • Stacy Fudickar

    15.12.2018 at 11:00 Reply

    I need a shortie set so bad!!!

  • Judy

    15.12.2018 at 11:11 Reply

    Size 6 indigo 32 inch cable

    • knorthup

      16.12.2018 at 08:42 Reply

      Congratulations! You’ve won a Lykke interchangeable knitting needle. Please pick up your prize before 1/31/19 or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  • Ellen

    15.12.2018 at 11:12 Reply

    Needle, size 6, 36 or 40”, indigo 😉

  • Liz Hall

    15.12.2018 at 11:44 Reply

    32 or 36 inch chord, umber 7 please.

  • Courtnie Vance

    15.12.2018 at 12:56 Reply

    Lykke indigo in a size 5 with a 32″ cable!

  • Renee

    15.12.2018 at 13:00 Reply

    A hook is size M would be nice, though I’d much rather have the indigo color.

  • Beatrix Haggard

    15.12.2018 at 13:23 Reply

    Size 4 32” in driftwood.

  • Shawndalynn

    15.12.2018 at 13:24 Reply

    Umber #6, 24′ cord
    You no that micro set of chiaogoo are way cool I am going to have to think about those.

  • Sarah Steele

    15.12.2018 at 13:32 Reply

    Would love size 8 in indigo 32”. They are lovely.

  • Jennifer Walker

    15.12.2018 at 13:36 Reply

    Double point set!!! Ahhh!!! I may have to save up for those! I want a size 7 driftwood with 24” cable.

  • Shirley

    15.12.2018 at 14:12 Reply

    Size 9 , 32 cable please

  • Sarah Bailey

    15.12.2018 at 15:01 Reply

    I’d like size 10, 32inch in umber, please!

  • Pattye McAbee

    15.12.2018 at 15:11 Reply

    Definitely driftwood. I’d say 32” cable and No. 4 needles. Whew! Now I’m worn out! All that decision making!

  • Betty Schlotthauer

    15.12.2018 at 15:17 Reply

    size 9 indigo needle with 40 inch cable

  • Alexandra Edwards

    15.12.2018 at 15:54 Reply

    I’m very new to knitting, but I know that cable needles are something I’ll need, and these are so beautiful! I’d love to try the LYKKE size 10 in indigo with 32” cable.

  • Rachael King

    15.12.2018 at 17:14 Reply

    They all are such eye candy!!! Size I crochet hook.

  • Teresa

    15.12.2018 at 17:52 Reply

    Size 4 needle 24 inch in umber

  • Patricia Riden

    15.12.2018 at 18:11 Reply

    Size 8 needle, 32” cable, and in Driftwood.

  • Melissa

    15.12.2018 at 19:22 Reply

    I still have the Boye set from when it was the only game in town; although I have moved on from there. The size 4 in indigo with a 32″ cable would fit in nicely for planned projects…..

  • Brandie Ferguson

    15.12.2018 at 21:25 Reply

    Size 8 Indigo on 40″ cable would be great 🙂

  • Heidi

    15.12.2018 at 22:31 Reply

    Size 4, 60”, Driftwood
    I have a shawl I would like to knit. Got the pattern and yarn from SWAK and never started it. Appears to be really wide.
    Thank you for your time putting all the information above together. I really enjoyed reading about the various needles.

  • Sherry Irvin

    15.12.2018 at 23:31 Reply

    I haven’t tired the LYKKE needles yet but they sound really nice.
    Sherry

  • Elise N

    15.12.2018 at 23:38 Reply

    Knitting with wood is actually my favorite!
    Needle size 17
    Cable length 32
    Umber color

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