Boye Interchangeable Needles

Nehkhasi's picture

I've have these Boye Interchangeable Needles and I have a problem with them and I'm wondering has anyone else experienced the same thing. I use them maybe once and the sleeve where the cord and needles connect inevitably bend outwardly creating a sort of beveling which catches the yarn as it's supposed to slide smoothly as I'm knitting. I've used the US 6, to US 10.5 all with the same results. What is your experience and have you had a better experience with other brands?

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HuskerChub's picture

My first experience with

My first experience with interchangeable needle sets was with Boye and I hated them. Therefor I spent years avoiding any and all sets. I recently was inspired to try a set that has not been mentioned by others and I love them! Go figure. They are the Knitter Pride needles. The joins are great, the cables nice and flexible and the points are just right for me. They are more pointy than my beloved Addi Turbo's but not as sharp as Addi Lace. The best part is they have metal or wood tips so it is a very, vary flexible line. I bought a set that had metal points sizes 4-10.5 US with 4 cable lengths. I've purchased separately some smaller and larger points and every size cable and cable extenders/joiners and am using them for every thing LOL. Get tied of a project, no problem, take off the points, put end caps on the cable and voila your have instant stitch holders. And the bestest part is the price! Cables are less than $2.50 and tips around $8!

Bill's picture

my favorite interchangeable

my favorite interchangeable needles are ChiaoGoo Red lace.
...no problems with catching anywhere...and they're very inexpensive!
I also have the Hiya Hiya set...but I like the cable on the CG better...

gardenguy42's picture

Thanks Bill! Now I have 2

Thanks Bill! Now I have 2 more sets of needles on my wish list, LOL. I like the sound of the red lace set and will probably check those out first.

Brian

Bill's picture

Brian, my favorite source for

Brian,
my favorite source for the ChiaoGoo needles is:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/grandmashandknitting

She often has discounts, and ships very quickly!
...it's sometimes hard to find where to buy them...

Nehkhasi's picture

:-)

:-)

Nehkhasi's picture

I looked at both the Hiya

I looked at both the Hiya Hiya and the Red Lace and I'm very tempted by the Red Lace..... Why? Because they're Red! lol! I know that isn't the right reason. But eventually I'm going to try some or all before I settle for one that I feel good about. Thank You again. :-)

Bill's picture

Nehkhasi ...be careful to get

Nehkhasi ...be careful to get the Red LACE...
the regular Red needles have an odd bend in the needles where it joins the cable...the Red LACE is straight...as well as more pointed...

Nehkhasi's picture

Thank You Bill. :-)

Thank You Bill. :-)

ilhiker's picture

Hi Nehkhasi, I have the

Hi Nehkhasi,
I have the nickle-plated set from KnitPicks and I really like them. They are a sharper needle though, and when using the smaller ones, it gets a bit painful if you push the point of the needle through your stitch as I do sometimes. They have never had any yarn catching issues. I grew tired of having to screw the cord into the needle. It gets tedious at times as I dislike fiddly things like that. My wife and son surprised me with the Addi Clicks and I really like them. The needles are a tad rounder at the ends. They do however slightly catch the yarn and it doesn't move as smoothly over the part where the cord joins the needle. It's nothing that gets annoying, but I would have thought for the price the wouldn't happen. Ah, the burdens we bear.

Another thing that happened to me when I was working with thicker yarn. I tend to have a tighter tension at times, especially when adding stitches, or working in the round and have to tug to close up the space between needles. Since the needles have a spring loaded hole in which the cord is inserted then twisted to join, I have had the cord come apart from the needle. It was a bit distressing to feel no drag at all on the needle only to find that the stitches were just falling off the back of the needle. I was holding the needle with no cord, rather like working with DPNs. Thankfully, I hadn't gone too far before I realized it, so repair was easy.

I agree with Brian. KnitPicks will replace damaged goods without question. I had issues with several skeins of yarn while making a sweater near Christmas and when I sent them pictures of how the yarn was defective, they refunded all my money and let me keep the yarn. I made a silk purse out of a sow's ear, but now I have a lovely credit waiting for my next sweater project. Addi Clicks is also excellent with damages. The leather case that arrived with the new set had a fray at one corner and I sent them a note and a picture and they sent me a new one. They did not ask for the old one back, so now my KnitPicks set has a nice comfy home as well.

Here is a good article about the Boye Needlemaster needle set that may interest you.
http://knitting.about.com/od/toolsandsupplies/gr/boye_interchang.htm

Here's an article on the Knit Picks set.
http://knitting.about.com/od/toolsandsupplies/gr/knitpicks_opts.htm

And finally one on Addi Clicks - they actually did speed test on the needles.
http://knitting.about.com/od/toolsandsupplies/p/addi_turbo.htm

Happy reading and happy knitting!
Mark

Nehkhasi's picture

Thank You for your response.

Thank You for your response. I feel the same way about things I have to fiddle with. Less fiddle the better! LOL. Glad to know that everyone is so good about dealing with issues concerning products. I will look at each of these articles. Thank You ihiker. :-)

gardenguy42's picture

My Boye Needlemaster needles

My Boye Needlemaster needles do the same thing and it is very annoying so I don't use them much anymore, except maybe when I am knitting a pair of sleeves for a sweater and need the extra needles.

My Knit Picks Options needle set in stainless steel are my favorites and I haven't had any problem with them catching the yarn at the join after several years. However, on occasion the glue that holds the join gives out and the cord separates from the screw end but Knit Picks will replace them without question. They are on sale right now for $84.

Knitter's Pride is from the same manufacturer that makes the Knit Picks needles and they are available with wooden, metal, and long wooden tips (about $40 - $75 at Amazon). I don't have them but have heard good things about them.

I also have the Clover Interchangeable needle set (bamboo) and the joins swivel on them which is great and eliminates all problems with the join. The yarn glides smoothly past the join without any catching at all. They are about $95 on Amazon.

I know lots of people like the Addi Clicks, which also eliminate the join problem by having the cords inserted into the base of the needle points but they are expensive at $170 but many knitters swear by them. I guess they are the Cadillac of needles, lol.

Good luck to you and hope you find some needles you like! I am a needle-holic and buy new sets all the time. I've spent way too much money on them!

Nehkhasi's picture

Thank You gardenguy42. I've

Thank You gardenguy42. I've seen many of these sets, but it help to get input from those that have used them. I've invested in the Boyes and Oh Boy! Also, the bamboo... a few. but I feel like they work better with a sleeker yarn. I'm sure with the help of everyone here I can make a good choice. Regarding the purchases of needles, I've had to test and buy more than I'd like (ie those plastic one I haven't touch in 5 or 6 years) but I'm beginning to think this too is part of the process. As I keep hearing from everyone I think I find the needle in the haystack. LOL Thank You again. :-)

Bill's picture

Please check out the ChiaoGoo

Please check out the ChiaoGoo stainless steel sets. I prefer the red lace cables...but if you do magic loop, you may fine those too stiff. The Hiya Hiya are also stainless steel, but use a thinner monofilament cable.
Both brands are very affordable...and you can just order individual tips and/or cables to try them out.

Nehkhasi's picture

I will Bill, Thank You! :-)

I will Bill, Thank You! :-)