Welcome 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.
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.
The 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.
If 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.
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?