In Review: Trendz Acrylic Needles

After my posts from last week saying how few projects I like to have going at one time, at the moment I find myself with four projects in motion.

1. Quick’s Point Socks

2. Retort Socks

3. Mary, Millie, and Morgan

4. Wayfarer Scarf

The first one I started in the beginning of September at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival and have been working on here and there, but admittedly they are coming along slowly. This isn’t for lack of love — I am completely smitten — but life keeps getting in the way of significant progress on them. Sometimes that’s just how it goes. The Retort Socks, of course, are for the Knitter’s Pride Conversation Socks Knitalong that I wrote about a couple days ago. Mary, Millie, and Morgan are for my daughter’s birthday at the end of the month and since I’m trying to make it a surprise, I only work on this project in the evening after my girl goes to sleep. The Wayfarer Scarf though… this one has been on the needles for — gulp — nearly a year.

Having a project on the needles for a year is totally not my style. I am generally quite committed to my 6-month rule: if a project isn’t finished in 6months, I frog it or finish it. My Wayfarer Scarf has managed to skirt the rules though and there are a few reasons for this. First, I am absolutely sure this is the pattern for this yarn. I love it, I really do. Second, it is a scarf and I am terrible with scarves. I have a really, really, really hard time knitting them. They go on and on and there is nothing that changes throughout the project. It just make me so crazy. Third, it is charted. Now I don’t know anyone who loves charts quite as much as I do in knitting — I’m very, very visual in how I learn and navigate the world, so charts are totally my cup of tea. That being said, a charted scarf makes it difficult to work on on-the-go. It’s not as easy to pick up and set down. These points have landed this scarf squarely in knitting limbo. I won’t frog it because I want to finish, but I won’t finish it because just the idea makes me want to take a big ‘ol nap.

With the one year anniversary looming (the official start date is logged at November 8, 2013) I found myself motivated to make the scarf finishing happen, but I wanted to at least attempt to make it fun. I do try to make sure none of my knitting is a complete pain in the keister. Now usually I would never change needles mid-project and I certainly wouldn’t on a fitted item like socks or a sweater, but a scarf I was pretty comfortable doing so. I pulled out my brand new Knitter’s Pride Trendz Acrylic Needles Interchangeable Deluxe Set.

IMG_6548-0Now I certainly know my way around needle sets as I have a few, but every now and then I’m asked if I’d like to try a new one to review. To be clear, I am not paid for these reviews. The thoughts and opinions are my own and they are genuine — I wouldn’t have it any other way.Β  I had read good things about these, but as almost any knitter who has been around the knitting needle block the words ‘acrylic needles’ immediately made me skeptical. Flashbacks to the less than awesome acrylics of the ’80s flooded back as I cringed. Having read the good reviews though and trusting the Knitter’s Pride brand to market good quality needles, I was actually pretty excited to try these out. So a couple days ago I knitted my Wayfarer Scarf onto them.

IMG_6547-0As with any needle change, it took me a couple rows to adjust. I did notice right away that they are super lightweight and very comfortable in my hands. The needle itself is tackier with the yarn than my metal needles as well as brand new bamboo, but unlike the grainy bamboo, stitches slide effortlessly across these babies. I found the tips to be comparable to an Addi Lace tip, maybe even just a bit sharper. With my scarf project, that’s a little more point than is ideal for me. I split the single yarn easily if I’m sloppy with my needle placement, but that is no knock on the needle at all — that’s my own issue. I think on 95% of projects, this point would be perfect for my needs and prove to be wonderfully versatile.Β  As with the other Knitter’s Pride needles I’ve tried, the join (where the cable meets the needle) is nice and smooth and does not snag my yarn. Once going, I could not have been happier with the change to these needles. I have to say, as a knitter that owns interchangeable sets that are four times as expensive, I am really, really, really impressed. Bang for your buck, these are pretty darn nice! While the Trendz won’t replace my professional kits, I can guarantee there will be times I choose these needles over the others in my toolkit.

The Trendz Acrylic Needles Interchangeable Deluxe Set comes with the following:

9 pairs of Knitting Needles:

US Size 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5, 11

(Metric Size (mm) 3.5, 3.75, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, 8.0)

4 Cords:

24″ (60cm), 32″ (80cm), 40″ (100cm), 47″(120cm)

Accessories:

8 end caps, 4 cord keys

For those wondering, the end caps screw onto your cords to hold projects without fear of stitches slipping off (I just figured that out this morning – lol!) and the cord keys help you to tighten the needle/cord join. It is also worth noting that the Knitter’s Pride cords are universal, so the cords from this set will also work interchangeably with all the other Knitter’s Pride circular sets.

So who would I recommend this needle set to? Well, honestly anyone! Whether you are a knitting enthusiast who just enjoys trying new tools or a knitter who is looking for an extra set of needles (perhaps for travel)Β  or a beginner looking for a first interchangeable set — the Trendz Interchangeable Set would be a great option for you. Beginners really come to mind though and I would strongly recommend it for this purpose. WEBS has this set available for $36.99, so it is a relatively modest investment for the large selection of needles & cords you get. Plus, I think the needles themselves would fit a beginner’s needs very well. The easy movement, yet tacky characteristics of the needles combined with the smooth join make these needles really easy to use. As a mother, with two young beginner knitters in the house, you can bet these will be in my kids’ hands, too. Besides, what young knitters wouldn’t love these fun colors!

IMG_6549-0Easy to organize and fun to use, the colors on these are brilliant and just a bonus bit of awesome to enjoy with this set.

All in all — and I almost can’t believe I’m saying it — but Knitter’s Pride has made an acrylic needle I can really get behind. These needles are comfortable in my hands, a fantastic deal, and have the potential to play a lot of different roles for a wide variety of knitters. From beginners to the seasoned vet, I think the Trendz Acrylic Needles Interchangeable Deluxe Set is a really great addition to anyone’s toolkit.

5 responses to “In Review: Trendz Acrylic Needles

  1. First of all, I really like your 6 months rule!
    And I am glad to see that you are so happy with the needle set but unfortunately – and I am really sorry to say this, I hope I don’t come across as rude- but I can not share your positive experience as I have the same set and I would not recommend them to be honest.
    I got them for free with a subscription of a magazine so I should not be complaining but over the last two years or so, a few of my needle tips have broken. Two of them broke at the point where acrylic meets metal, one broke in the middle when I dropped it on the floor and one actually broke WHILE I was knitting with it (and I am not a particularly aggressive knitter πŸ™‚ ) and although I would mainly agree with you on the smoothness of most of the joins, there is one cable that does not link smoothly with the needle tip and I can not use it when knitting something delicate as the knitting keeps getting stuck.
    I really like the idea of an interchangeable set, not only for traveling but also to get my needle mess under control but I was always wondering if I should splash out on a more expensive set or not as I don’t know if my problems were only quality related or if I would still have the same problems with a more expensive one. As you saying that these ones are actually better than some of the more expensive ones, I might just keep my messy needle box then. 😦

    • I’m so sorry you haven’t had a great experience! Have you contacted Knitter’s Pride with your problems? I don’t know their policies, so I am not sure if they would replace the pieces with issues, but I’m certain your feedback would be appreciated.

      When I am using a tool or yarn or fiber (and reviewing them), I am always looking at the balancing act of cash vs quality. I tthink it’s like anything you buy anywhere – the more you pay for it, generally speaking the longer it lasts. Unfortunately I don’t have the benefit of having used these over many months or years and while they are holding up just fine for me at this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was wear & tear over time. I still think at $37 this is a really good kit considering the prices of other interchangeable needles out there. And there definitely are instances where I’d use these over my more expensive needles. That being said, I it sounds like your demands & expectations may appreciate an upgrade. If I were you, I wouldn’t give up on interchangeables just yet. I know some local yarn shops will let you ‘test drive’ different interchangeable needles before you purchase – perhaps this would help? I would also ask around for your friends’ thoughts (they may also let you try theirs out). And of course, if you are interested in a more direct comparison or feedback on further sets, you are always welcome to email me directly at knittingsarah@gmail.com – I’ll be happy to help!

      • I agree with you that the value for money is not too bad (especially as mine came free πŸ™‚ I can’t really ask friends as I seem to be the only one knitting….. and they rather come to me to ask for help. Maybe Christmas will be a good moment to get myself a better set. Thanks for your support and opinion πŸ™‚

      • Well, as I said, I can give you more comprehensive comparisons, too, via email if you’d like. And yes, I think needles would be a fab Christmas gift. πŸ˜‰

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