Interchangeable Needle Systems at a Glance

Posted by Stephanie Earp on

Interchangeable needles are truly a new innovation in knitting. The concept was perfected by the Denise Co in the 1970s, and if you're curious about how they came about, here's a great article about it. Since then, the materials and brands available have increased exponentially.

This chart gives you a side-by-side look at the most important elements of the best-known interchangeable knitting needles systems. While this may not offer enough detail for you to decide which kit is right for you, it will at least help you narrow it down to the systems you'd like to know more about.

Brand

Needle
Material
Smallest
Needle
Largest
Needle
Tip
Lengths
Join
Type
Cable
Type
Crochet Tips Highlight
Addi

Metal
Bamboo
Wood

3.5 mm / US 4
12 mm / US 17 3.5"
5"
Click Fixed Yes Click connector
Boye Metal

2.75 mm
/ US 2

10 mm
/ US 15
5" Screw
1 size
Fixed No Bargain price
ChiaoGoo Metal
Bamboo
1.5 mm/
US 00
10 mm
/ US 15
2"
3"
4"
5"
Screw
3 sizes
Fixed
Swivel
Yes Sharp tips
Clover Takumi Bamboo 3.25 mm
/ US 3
10 mm
/ US 15
4" Screw
1 size
Fixed Yes Quality bamboo
Denise,
Love2
Plastic 3.75 mm
/ US 5
US 19 /
15 mm
4"
4.5"
Click Fixed Yes The original
DyakCraft
Metal
Wood
3.25 mm
/ US 3
5.5 mm
/ US 9
3.5"
4"
5"
Screw
1 size
Fixed Yes Handmade in USA
Hiya Hiya Metal
Bamboo
2 mm
/ US 0
10 mm
/ US 15
4"
5"

Screw
3 sizes

Swivel No Range of sizes, tips
Kinki Amibari Bamboo 2 mm
/ US 0
10 mm
/ US 15
2"
4"
5"
5.5"
Screw
3 sizes
Swivel Yes Widest bamboo range
Knitter's Pride,
Knit Pro
Metal
Bamboo
Plastic
Wood
Carbon
3 mm
/ US 2.5
15 mm
/ US 19
4"
5"
Screw
1 size
Fixed Yes Widest range 
Knit Picks Metal
Wood
3.5 mm
/ US 4
25 mm
/ US 50
2.75"
4.75"
Screw
1 size
Fixed Yes Good value
Kollage Square* Metal 2.75 mm / US 2 8 mm
/ US 11
4" Click Fixed
Swivel
No Square profile, made in Canada
Lykke Bamboo
Wood
3.5 mm /
US 4
12 mm
/ US 17
3.5"
5"
Screw
1 size
Fixed Yes Beautiful colors
Signature Metal 3.25 mm
/ US 3
6 mm
/ US 10
4"
5"
6"
Screw
7+ sizes
Fixed No Highly customizable
Tulip† Bamboo 3.25 mm
/ US 3
9 mm 
/ US 13
3.75"
5"
Screw
1 size
Swivel Yes Firm, smooth join

 

† These brands offer fine gauge interchangeables that are not compatible with their wider range.
*Kollage have offered other tip lengths in the past, and may again, but right now only 4" are available.


Want to read more about interchangeable needles? Check out more blog posts on the topic.

Looking at a system you don't see covered here? I'd love to know about it - email me


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