Knit Picks Options Needles General Impression

Last week, I was intrigued by the Knit Picks Options needles and since they allow for buying them piecemeal, I ordered a 40″ cable (they come in sets of 2) and two sets of tips (US5 and US6). They arrived yesterday along with some yarn I need to complete a secret present sweater and two sets of dpns.

I’ve used other interchangable needles — Boye needlemaster, Denise — and I didn’t like any of them. I didn’t like the join on the Boye, and I find the Denise needles to not be pointy enough, the plastic to be a bit of a drag (ha ha), and the cable to be a pain in the tush.

These however, while a little fiddley (having to use the torque key to securely lock the end), are quite nice. I like the join. I love the cable! I love the tips!

When I pulled the cable out of the bag, I was amazed at how it was not kinked up despite being in the bag wrapped up. I surmised that must mean that the cable couldn’t bend as much, but in my quick testing, that didn’t seem to be the case.

Another interesting thing about these needles is that they come with caps for the ends so you can use them as straight needles. I do almost no knitting on straights, but it’s a benefit for those that do.

cap end + key
end cap on cable + tightener key

Are you curious about how the tips compare to your favorite pointy needle?

needle tips
tips of US5 needles
top to bottom: susan bates silverlume, knit picks option, inox grey, addi turbo, clover bamboo

The Knit Picks Options are much pointier than all of those examples. I have recently decided that the INOX grey needles are my favorite needles unless the cable has to be longer than 24″ (at which point I switch to Addis and curse their blunt ends).

I haven’t actually used them yet, so this is a mostly blind review. I am going to order another length cable and tips to work on a certain sweater in the round, which I think will be a good first test.

Price-wise, they are inexpensive. One cable ($3.99 per set of 2) and set of tips (tips range from $3.99 to $6.99 depending on the size) costs about the same as one INOX needle, and much less than an Addi Turbo. Since I tend to have a lot of projects on the needles at once, if I go with this solution, I will need to have many additional lengths of cable, but it should still work out cheaper in the long run.

Other reviews I’ve read that cover other topics (like the lack of having the sizes marked on the tips, which does suck):

9 Comments so far

  1. gleek on June 27th, 2006

    thanks for the review! these are looking more desirable over my boye needlemasters minute by minute! i believe that once my freelance is done in the fall, i’ll be able to plunk down for these.

  2. Vera on June 27th, 2006

    I got my needles yesterday. I agree with your review, and wish they would have the size on the needle, but I’m handy with the sizer, so it’s minor. I will try my size 7s on a lace shawl.

    I poked myself with the size one dpn, and I have a scar to prove it.

  3. Deneen on June 27th, 2006

    Good review-now, what size(s) would you suggest cable and tip wise for a beginner knitter? (As a started set for circs)

  4. Your Secret Pal on June 27th, 2006

    YOU ARE AWESOME! This is really great info. I’ve been looking at those needles myself.

  5. Julie on June 28th, 2006

    I want my needles, want my needles, want my needles!! *sigh* Maybe today. And I think I’ll send in my next order today too.

    I want my needles!

  6. Andrea on June 28th, 2006

    I’ll definitely be getting some of those! (A few to try now, hopefully a whole set later.)

  7. Julie on June 28th, 2006

    Got it! Whew!! Now I just have to start using them. :o)

  8. katie on June 29th, 2006

    Thanks for the review. I am definitely going to have to start dropping some birthday hints around here about those needles.

  9. Trilby on June 2nd, 2008

    I have invested in the Knitpick options nickel plated tips and the cables. I would recommend that you avoid these needles. The nickel is so highly reflective that working on them is like working on mirrors. The flickering light, sunlight and artificial both, is so distracting that it actually hurts my eyes to use them. I have no such problem working on regular wood needles.

    I haven’t tried the wood needles from Knitpicks because they are so highly decorated in color that it doesn’t make sense to use them for complex lace projects. I think Knitpicks has failed in both respects, and they really should produce simple hardwood or birch tips without all the painting. There’s a reason why plain birchwood needles are so popular with knitters through the years, and it has a lot to do with the fact that knitting is very visually intensive.