Hello again, my fellow craft lovers! I thought I’d give you a review of the (now not so) new needles I treated myself to a while back. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen my beautiful pack of Chiaogoo Red Lace needles. Before we start, I will include a link or two to Amazon if you want to get a set for yourself, but note that this is an affiliate link, so as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
I was a little apprehensive about buying these needles as they aren’t the cheapest on the market, but after some more research, I took the plunge and I am so happy I did. The full set of Chiaogoo costs £137.10, plus delivery and includes the following sizes of needles: 2.75mm, 3.25mm, 3.5mm, 3.75mm, 4mm, 4.5mm, 5mm, 5.5mm, 6mm, 6.5mm, 8mm, 9mm, 10mm. My only bugbear is that the 3mm is not included in the set and if you’re sock knitting, that might be one you’ll want to add too.
The tips are a nice 5inches in length, so using them if very comfortable. I tend to struggle more with the shorter tips and they aren’t something I like using for any longer length of time, as I find my hand cramps up. These are also made of metal, rather than bamboo and I find they they hold your stitches well, without letting them slip off the ends and the needle sizes are etched in both metric and US sizes on the end. No risk of this rubbing off!
One of the main reasons I bought this set was for the sharper point; I wanted to start knitting lace and my other set of needles is just a little too short. I have found these tips to be just sharp enough to get through several stitches, they pick up stitches to pass over well and just make regular stitches so smoothly. They aren’t sharp enough that they split the yarn though, so I think these are more versatile than needles solely intended for lace-work.
Let’s talk about the cables! These cables are just fantastic! They have so little memory that even after being wrapped up, they fall pretty straight which makes using them so much easier. You get two bags of cables in the full set and one is for the larger tips (5.5mm and up) and one is for the smaller ones. The length of the cables is the same in each pack – 14 inches, 22 inches and 30 inches. There is a key included in the set to tighten the join and I have not had any problem of them coming loose or the yarn snagging.
I like the little bag of extras that is also included, which has four sizes of stitch markers, a needle gauge, cable ends and cable extenders. The cable extenders are really small, so avoid giving you that solid straight area that happens with some other sets.
This all comes in a nice, soft case, with designated slots for each size of needle, with the sizes stitched on. There’s also a couple of extra slots which will hold any extra needles you might want to add (such as that 3mm!) The case has a little pocket on the front for your extra bits and bobs and it zips up nice and securely.
If you are wanting to invest in the set, and it is an investment, you can get a set here, or if you only use smaller needles, you can also buy this set, which has sizes 2.75mm, 3.25mm, 3.5mm, 3.75mm, 4mm, 4.5mm, 5mm with the same lengths of cables.
I hope this helps to answer any questions you had about these needles, but feel free to ask anything I’ve missed in the comments below.
Until next time,