Interchangeable Knitting Needle Guide, Part 8 - Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles

knittingneedles2Welcome to part 8 of the Interchangeable Knitting Needle Guide. In the past we've reviewed the Knitters Pride, Knit Picks, Addi Clicks and now we're moving onto the Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles to give them a thorough review.

 

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First off, these are some of the first interchangeable knitting needles on the market, they've been around for a long time and they are very reasonably priced around $50. You can buy extra cords and extra needles. The needles and cords are both plastic, but sturdy. The needle points are pointy enough for most projects. This is not the needle set for you if you're a lace knitter, they don't make small enough needles and the cords themselves are too thick for that kind of knitting. However most anything else from sport weight to chunky will work well with the Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles.

 

DeniseneedletipsThe low cost scared me a bit. I was concerned about the quality, whether the cords would disconnect from the needles too easily, or if the cords were too clunky to maneuver with my knitting. These two concerns were totally unfounded. I used the size 7 needles with a 16" cord and made the same flower washcloth that I have made with all of the other interchangeable knitting needle sets and was very pleased with the results. At first my knitting was a bit loose with the needles because they are more flexible than say wood or metal and my gauge ended up much looser (which is actually a good thing for this tight knitter). However after I knit the second petal, my gauge tightened up. I had no problems k2tog (which I have had with other needles on this project), the points entered stitches smoothly and were excellent wherever I had to make one stitch as an increase. The yarn passed over the joins problem free. I rarely had to push the yarn over the joins. Furthermore, the needles stayed on the cords without becoming loose and did not require a tightening tool.

DeniseJoinIf you want an Interchangeable Knitting Needle set and don't have the extra cash for the more expensive sets that this is the best quality that you can get for the price. I would choose these over the acrylic interchangeables from either Knitter's Pride or Knit Picks. There's a reason that these needles have been on the market for so long and it's because they work well. They may not be the sexiest set on the market, but they are good quality and do the job well.

My only complaint about the Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles is the god-awful case they come in. It's clunky and takes up too much space in a knitting bag, the cables and needles don't stay in their spots very well. Fortunately this is a problem easily solved by moving everything into a needle organizer so it's just a minor problem, otherwise I recommend these needles.

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Soon I hope to knit with the Hiya Hiya needles, the luxury needles from Lantern Moon.

Have you knit with the Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles? What did you think?

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0 #1 Renee Anne 2012-11-15 23:55
I own a set of these but I'm unsure of they're physical location since we moved. I have used them here and there and I found them to be......well, I like them but I'd rather use my Knit Picks Interchangeable s (haven't had the problem where the needle breaks yet). I also agree about the case but it works well if you're trying to keep a bag organized while traveling....
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0 #2 Angela P 2012-11-16 02:33
I love knitting with bamboo and wood so my favorites so far are the knitters pride harmony wood and the addi click bamboo.
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0 #3 Sandra 2012-11-30 17:58
Denise are my go to needles. I own Harmony, Boyes, Knit Pro and Knitters Pride but the Denise are by far my favorite. The only problem I have with them is they don't come in smaller sizes. Also if your interested in buying products made in the USA every thing is made here even their packaging.
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0 #4 Kimberli 2012-12-03 03:34
I love my Denise needles and have used them since I first started knitting. They are so light and comfortable allowing me to knit without wrist and finger pain. I have had some issues with the cords disconnecting on larger projects when I used the connector to make a really long cord, but overall this rarely happens. I do wish they came in sizes smaller than 5 since I enjoy lace knitting. I love how easily yarn moves on these needles.
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0 #5 Jessica-Jean 2013-04-02 07:45
I've had my first Denise set since the 80s. Love'em! When they became the first interchangeable knitting needle company to add crochet hooks that fit the same cables, I bought another set of the needles and two sets of the hooks!
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0 #6 RE: Interchangeable Knitting Needle Guide, Part 8 - Denise Interchangeable Knitting NeedlesPomme 2014-03-28 14:45
I like my Denise, they were a birthday present from a cople of eyars ago, and they got me started on knitting in the round. i've successfully knitted my first ever jumper with them. However, with every project I've done with them, the cords have disconnected from each other several times, to the point where i would add a stitch holder around the place where the joint was if i was carrying my knitting around. I'm currently looking to buy another set, because I prefer wood, and I like my needles to be pretty. I'll still use my Denise, but for smaller project maybe, or to stay at home (rather than disconnect in my knitting bag and make me swear in public)
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