Part 7 of the Interchangeable Knitting Needle Guide - Additional Sets by Dyak, Tulip, KA and Lantern Moon

In the latest saga of the Interchangeable Knitting Needle Guide we're going to take a look at some of the Interchangeable Knitting Needle sets that we didn't mention in part two from Dyak Craft, Tulip (Caron), KA and Lantern Moon. There was a little oversight on our parts, but not anymore! Here's each set and what they include and what's the big deal with each of them:

darnprettyneedlesDyak Craft

Keep hearing about those Darn Pretty interchangeable knitting needles? Yeah, so do we, but what we mostly hear is that there's a 6 month wait to get them and any of their wood needles. There's a good reason for that. These are some of the few knitting needles made in the USA, handmade in Vermont. That and the needles come in mad awesome colors. Those Dyak craft people are smart because they know that one of the things that draws knitters is color, so their needles are available in some of the most vibrant colors in the market.

For $140 You get:

  • Sizes 4 - 10.5 Needles in either 3.5 or 5" tips, with the choice of lace tips.
  • 4 cables including (2) 16", (1) 21", (1) 29" (shorter cables come with the shorter tips)
  • A custom-made, signed and numbered cloth needle case
  • The comfort of knowing you have an American handmade knitting needle set custom made for you.

Tulip/Caron C

tulipinterchangeables

The Tulip Interchangeables are Caron's foray into interchangeable knitting needles and they aren't cheap at $179.00. The unique part of this set is that it goes down to size 3 and includes needles 10.5. They also come with three cables, 16", 24" and 32" with a connector to make super long cables if you like.

Here's what the set includes:

  • 11 Needle tips
  • 3 cables
  • cable connector
  • tapestry needles
  • thread cutter

KA

If you're looking for the most extensive collection of cables to come in an interchangeable knitting needle set, then you might want to check out KA's bamboo set. You get sizes 5 through 15 with 16", 24", 29", 36" and 51". The last two largest cable sizes won't work for sizes 5,6,7 and 8 (at least that's how I understand it). You can purchase extra needle tips (including size 4's) and cables. And that's just the original regular set for $119. KA also produces an expanded set that goes all the way down to size 2. I would like to try these size 2's because none of the major companies have been able to achieve a smaller than size 3 without a sticky needle join. The expanded set is around $159.00. Both sets come with cloth needle organizers.

lanternmooninterchangeable Lantern Moon

Lantern Moon's set is rather expensive at $270.00 for the rosewood and $320.00 for the ebony, but it is a luxury set with its own silk carry case and gold plated needle joins. It would be interesting to find out more about these materials to find out what makes them so great for knitting needles.We'll have to do a more in-depth review, but we can figure out at least what the set includes. The needle case and needles are beautiful with exquisite materials. It's the kind of set that royalty would give as gifts. I would love to find out how they knit.

 

The Lantern Moon set includes:

  • 10 sizes 4-13
  • 4 cables: 17", 26", 32", and 40"
  • Silk Carry Case

Have you tried any of these interchangeable knitting needle sets out? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.

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0 #1 Sparkle and CO 2012-05-25 01:41
the last case is beautiful. I don't have tested any of these kits
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0 #2 Pamela 2013-02-10 05:23
Hi: I love to knit and to collect circular needles. I just ordered the KA basic set through Dharma Trading at a great price. I fear the tip length issue may arise, but perhaps not, we'll see. I really enjoy the Lantern Moon regular circular needles. Unfortunately, Lantern Moon interchangeable tips are too short for my rather large hands, so I'm returning both the rosewood and ebony sets I bought. I also returned the excellent Takumi interchangeable set for the same reason - short tips. I'm mulling over the Dyakraft needles even with the wait because they offer longer tips. But, the gold standard for me is Addi Natura's as I love to knit with bamboo (even tho' the 3-5mm range needles can warp with use). The Addi click interchangeable joins sometimes click off, which annoys me, but the needles are terrific. Mostly, I'm glad knitters now have so many choices even tho'some are pricey. PLS
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