Product Review: Interchangeable Needles!

Way back when I first started knitting, I quickly tired of wanting to start a project and realizing that I either didn’t own that size needle or that my needles were caught up in another project (monogamous knitter is not my middle name). Interchangeable needle sets were the perfect solution. Now, that’s not to say that I don’t own many single sets of needles or that I’ve never come upon a project where I’ve needed to buy needles. But, for me, interchangeable needle sets are an essential tool in my knitting bag.

Over the last few years, I’ve had several different brands of interchangeable needles and my two favorites by FAR are my Addis and my recently acquired Hiya Hiyas. Here at Stash we have both of these with several different options, so there’s really something for every knitter!

Addi Click Lace-Long Tips in their pretty pink case

Let’s start with the Addis, shall we? There are 3 different interchangeable needle sets by Addi: the Addi Click Basic, Addi Click Lace, and Addi Click Lace – Long Tips. All three sets have the same sort of join (where the cord attaches to the needle) where the cord “clicks” into the needle by doing a push and turn motion. All of the Addi sets sell for $169.95.

Addi Click Basic: This set comes with 10 pairs of Addi Turbo needle tips (sizes 4-15), 3 cords that make lengths of 24″, 32″, and 40″, 1 connector, and it all comes packaged in a very sturdy case that stores all the pieces. The Click Basic set will give you the largest needle size range of all of the interchangeable sets we carry here at the shop. The needle tips are 5″ long and have the slick finish of the fixed Addi circular needles.

Addi Click Lace: The Click Lace set has 8 pairs of Addi Lace tips (sizes 4-11), 5 cords that make lengths of 16″, 20″, 24″, 32″ and 40″, 1 connector, and the same sturdy case as the Addi Click Basics. One of the advantages of this set is the additional cord lengths, particularly the 16″ for hat knitting, made possible by the shorter needle tips. The tips on the Click Lace set are 4″ long and have the same finish as the Addi Click Basic needles (different than the fixed lace tipped needles by Addi). The points are sharper than the basic set and although the 4″ tip length doesn’t bother me at all, some knitters prefer a bit longer of a needle. Which brings us to….

Addi Click Lace – Long Tips: This set comes with 8 pairs of Addi Lace tips (sizes 4-11) , 3 cords that make lengths of 24″, 32, and 40″, 1 connector and the same case as the other Click Sets…but in PINK! Snazzy, right?! The actual needle tips are exactly the same as the Addi Click Lace, but longer. These are 5″ instead of 4″, but the finish is the same and they have the same sharp points on the needles.

Now, onto the Hiya, Hiyas! The Hiya Hiya interchangeable needle sets all have a screw system to attach the needle to the cord. Your set will come with a little rubber oval that you can use to make sure they’re screwed tightly together. But, truth be told I haven’t used mine and haven’t had a single problem with my needles coming unscrewed. All of the Hiya Hiya sets that we carry sell for $80.

Hiya Hiya Bamboo Interchangeable Set: Bamboo lovers rejoice! There are many knitters out there who really love the Hiya Hiya Bamboo fixed circular needles. Those knitters will love the interchangeable set, too! The set comes with 7 pairs of bamboo tips that are 4″ long (sizes 2-8),  4 cables which make lengths of 16″, 24″, 32″, and 40″, and a beautiful case to store them in (with room for extra needle tips!).

Hiya Hiya Sharp Steel Interchangeable Set: The Sharp interchangeable sets come in two different needle tip lengths. You can either choose a set that has 4″ long needles or 5″ long needles. This, like the Addis, will impact the length of your finished circular needles. Both sets come with 4 cables which will make 16″, 24″, 32″, & 40″ for the shorter tips or 18″, 26″, 34″ & 42″ for the 5″ tips. I think the choice between the two comes down to personal preference and whether or not you really want the 16″ size needles. The Sharp sets also come with 7 pairs of tips in sizes 2-8 and a case to store them in.

Additional Thoughts

I have the Addi Click Lace (the shorter tips) and the Hiya Hiya Sharp Steel interchangeables (also in the shorter tips) and think they’re both phenomenal. I typically reach for the Addis when I want a super slick needle . The slickness of these needles would be great for knitters who find that they knit very tightly and might want to loosen up their knitting a bit. The opposite is true for loose knitters or knitting with slippery yarns…the Hiya Hiya Sharps or the Hiya Hiya Bamboo needles are a bit more grabby and would be better suited to those scenarios.

I’ve found that the Addi Lace tips and the Hiya Hiya Sharps tips are very similar in terms of pointy-ness. The Addi Turbo tips are more blunt and would be good for knitters who aren’t a fan of the super pointy needles. The one additional feature that the Addi has is the connector that allows you to connect 2 cords to make one longer cord. I find this especially useful when I’m in the middle of knitting a sweater. Instead of threading scrap yarn through all your stitches so that you can try the sweater WIP on, you can just attach another cord without taking your needles out! 

Comparison shot of the needle tips. From top–>botttom: Addi Click Lace, Addi Click Basic, Hiya Hiya Sharps, Hiya Hiya Bamboo

Obviously, I could go on and on about my love of interchangeable needle sets! One last thing to think about if you’re on the fence about investing in a set: it’s just that. An investment. For most knitters, it’s a good investment since most of us knit a variety of projects on a variety of needle sizes. Stop by the shop and check them out! The Stash Enhancers would be happy to answer any questions you might have!

9 Comments

  • Ann Burgess says:

    Hiyas now also have a cable connector. The smallest, dinkiest piece of precision engineering you could wish for!

  • melyow says:

    Hi! I’m new to knitting but am falling in love with it. I’m looking into getting a set of metal interchangeables since I don’t hv a ‘stash’ yet. I see great reviews on the Addi Turbo but for now, I think they’re too pricey. Which set wld you recommend? I also hv my eye on KnitPro Nova. Any advice.

  • Elin says:

    Thank you for a great review on theese two brands. I ll just reply that Addi has four sets; the fourth is bamboo.

  • Linda Peterson says:

    I love my Addi Lace interchangeable set. I recently got the HiyaHiya interchangeable sets and like them too. I too usually reach for my Addi 1st but you can never have to many sets of knitting needles!

  • Cindy says:

    I have the Hiya Hiya bamboo set. If I’m looking for something a bit slicker, would the steel version be better? Or just go with Addi?

    • StashLocal says:

      Metal would definitely give you a slicker surface. If you enjoy your Hiya Hiya set, it would make sense to check out their steel interchangeables. Keep in mind they come with choices in tips and needle length. The Addis are great too, with several choices in metal tips. The assortment of needle sizes and the prices are different among both companies. Hope this helps!

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