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Do you have favorite knitting needles? A type, brand or a set that you always can trust in? I do, my Hiyahiya interchangeable knitting needles are the only ones I ever use.

There’s a couple of reasons why I like these needles so much. The first one is that I get less tired in my hands, wrists, and shoulders when knitting on circulars.

Another reason is that I like to have one tool that can do it all. With this set, I can knit whatever I want, flat, in the round or magic loop, big or small projects. And it doesn’t take a lot of tools to do it, all I need is in this set!

That allows me to have all my tools in one place, in a small and portable case. Everything is in one place and that makes it easy to stay organized. It’s also good when I want to take my knitting with me.

There’s also a set of straight needles and some fixed circulars with stiff cables sitting on my shelf, but I never use them. Or almost never, sometimes they come handy. Like when my kids put lego in strange places where only a knitting needle can poke it out again …

But, before my rant about my loved HiyaHiya knitting needles goes any further, I’m going to walk you through everything you will ever need to know about interchangeable knitting needles. Let’s dive in!

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What are interchangeable knitting needles?

Interchangeable knitting needles are circular knitting needles, only a little better … you can take them apart. The parts, the tips and the cables, can then be combined to create the needle you need at the moment.

How do interchangeable knitting needles work?

As mentioned earlier, the tips and the cables can be taken apart and mixed and matched together to suit your needs.

For instance, if you have a fixed circular needle and need one in the same size but with a longer cable, you would have to buy another needle. But with interchangeable knitting needles, you can put your tips on a longer cable instead.

As a result of this, you won’t need as many needles. One pair of tips in every size you need and one cable of every preferred length is all it takes to build all the combinations you want.

How to use interchangeable knitting needles?

You use interchangeable knitting needles just like any circular knitting needles.

The only difference is that you can put them together as you like. Which is awesome!

Some fantastic advantages of interchangeable knitting needles:

  • You only need one pair of tips in every size.
  • You only need to have one cable of every length you like to use.
  • You save money. A set of interchangeable knitting needles can be expensive, but in the long run, you will save money compared to buying several needles in every size to get the right lengths.
  • You save space in your needle case. It’s also much easier to organize than a bunch of needles in different sizes and lengths.
  • You can knit with two different sizes of needles at the same time, for example if you need to even out your gauge between knit and purl rows.
  • The interchangeable needles have lifeline holes. Slip a thread in there and add a lifeline while you knit a row. Easy and timesaving!
  • Change needle size easy when knitting a swatch to find the gauge fast.
  • Have multiple projects in progress with the same needles. Just take the tips off and add end caps to your cable, you wont loose a stitch!
  • Create flexible straight needles by adding a tip to one end and an end cap to the other end of a cable.

How to attach the tips to the cable

How to attach the tips to the cable varies amongst different brands of knitting needles. There are needles that click together, needles that screw on and needles that need a little key for locking the tips to the cables.

The ones I use and recommend, the interchangeable knitting needles with steel tips from HiyaHiya, are screw-on.

They are really easy to attach, just pick a pair of tips and a cable and screw them together. I got a little rubber patch, called a needle grip, with my needles that make it really easy to get a good grip of the smooth metal.

Click here to find the HiyaHiya small stainless steel set on Amazon

Interchangeable knitting needles unscrewing

I have heard other knitters complaining about their tips unscrewing when knitting. My HiyaHiya tips rarely unscrew, and if they do it’s because I have been lazy and not used the needle grip.

The thread is quite long and I have always been able to see it and tighten them before they came apart. No lost stitches yet!

How to tighten interchangeable knitting needles

My needles rarely need to be tightened during the knitting process. But when it occasionaly happens I just take my needle grip and screw them on tighter. The needle grip is a rubber grip that’s included when buying sets of HiyaHiya needles.

How to measure interchangeable knitting needles

How are interchangeable knitting needles measured?

Sometimes tips and cables are measured separately. For example, 4 inch tips and a 24 inch cable. This is because the tips and needles are often sold separately. Even when you get them together in a set it’s good to know the individual lengths of the parts. Because then you will be able to calculate which needles you can put together within the set.

At other times you can see the measurements given for the whole needle. Then you measure from needlepoint to needlepoint.

For example, two 4 inch tips attached to a 24 inch cable creates a 32 inch knitting needle. In the metric system that would be, two 10cm tips attached to a 60cm cable creating a 80cm knitting needle.

What can I knit on interchangeable knitting needles?

Small projects

Can you knit socks on interchangeable knitting needles?

Absolutely, you can knit anything on interchangeable knitting needles, including socks, I do it all the time!

When knitting socks on a circular knitting needle you can use a super short cable with short tips. I find this quite fiddly and choose to magic loop instead. But some knitters like it so I guess it just depends on who you are and how you knit.

Knitting socks on interchangeable knitting needles

You could also use two circular needles and keep half of the stitches on one and the other half on the second needle. This way you don’t have to out the loop or knit on that tiny needle.

How to knit magic loop on interchangeable knitting needles

Magic loop works really well with the flexible cables of the HiyaHiya needles. Magic loop, by the way, is more of a really simple knitting hack than a technique in my opinion. Don’t let the name scare you off!

When the cable is too long to fit inside the stitches you just pull it out between two stitches, there you have it, the magic loop.

Divide the stitches into half and pull the extra cable out in a loop between the two sections. Knit as usual and until you get to the loop (when you’re out of stitches to knit). Then you just pull your right needle tip until you have stitches on your left needle again. Let the extra cable create a new loop from your right needle.

Really, it isn’t any harder or more magical than that!

Larger projects

When knitting larger projects the interchangeable knitting needles are perfect. You can fit way more stitches on a long cable than a straight needle.

Furthermore, the cable let you rest the weight of a large project on your lap. This saves your shoulders, wrists, and arms.

Trying garments on during the project

A long cable make it possible to try garments on during the knitting process.

For instance, if you’re knitting a sweater top down and you want to see how it’s working up. Just attach a long cable and try it on!

Knitting sweaters on interchangeable knitting needles

Your cable isn’t long enough? Take one of your tips off and use a cable connector to attach another cable to the first. Put the tip in place again. Now you have a really long cable that allows you to pull that sweater project over your head and try it on.

You could also use spare cables as stitch holders while trying your garment on.

Why I love my HiyaHiya interchangeable knitting needles

I love my interchangeable knitting needles from HiyaHiya. These needles are a blast to knit with! They are kind of expensive, but you won’t need to break the bank to get them. And they are worth every penny.

The set I have are called the small one. The name ”Small” refers to the tip sizes included. There is also a large set and a sock set.

My set was bought in 2014, and believe me, I have used them a lot since then, and they are still as good as new!

These are the reasons I love my interchangeable needles from HiyaHiya

  • The metal tips let my stitches slip smoothly, which allow me to get into a good knitting flow.
  • The tips are lightweight and get warm in my hands surprisingly fast.
  • The tips are sturdy, not one of my tips has been bent and the inscription with the needle size has not been worn off.
  • The cable is made of nylon and really lightweight and flexible. It doesn’t weight down my knitting. They have a swivel cable, meaning the cable can rotate 360 degrees and doesn’t twist while you knit.
  • The joints between the tips and the cable are super smooth and don’t snag my yarn.
  • The joints rarely start to unscrew when knitting. Thus it’s easy to screw the tips on and unscrew them, especially when using the rubber grip included in the set.
  • When they occasionally unscrew (when I have been lazy and haven’t used the rubber grips to tighten them), the thread is quite long and I have always been able to see it and screw them back before they came apart. No lost stitches yet!
  • The case is practical and cute! It has room for all the tips inside and some additional slots if you want to add some more sizes. There are also two zippered pockets. One for the included cables and one to hold your knitting notions such as stitch markers, scissors, and tape measure.
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Other sets of interchangeable knitting needles from HiyaHiya

We knitters have different needs depending on what we like to knit. Therefore HiyaHiya’s sets of knitting needles comes in different shapes. The one thing they all have in common is the high quality of all the included parts. And the cute brocade cases!

I’m going to walk you through a couple of the sets that are on the market. I have picked a few that I think are the best. But first a short run through of the HiyaHiya-system.

How the HiyaHiya tips and cables work together

The tips comes in three different designs: resin injected bamboo, steel and sharp.

Three ranges of needles

The tips and cables are divided into three groups. Sock/miniature, small, and large. The needles have screw on connections and flexible nylon, swivel cables that don’t twist.

  • The sock/miniature range includes tips in sizes US 0–1.5 / 2mm–2,5mm and cables that fit these tips. The miniature cables are pink.
    Miniature cables are available in lengths from 24 inch / 60cm to 40 inch / 100cm.
  • The small range includes tips in sizes US 2– 8 / 2,75mm–5mm. The cables in the small range are blue. The small tips can be also be used with miniature cables and large cables by attaching a tip adapter.
    Small cables are available in lengths from 16inch / 40cm to 60 inch / 150cm. 
  • The large range includes tips in sizes US 9–15 / 5,5mm–10mm and cables that fit them. These cables are also blue.
    Large cables are available in lengths from 16inch / 40cm to 60 inch / 150cm.

Cable connector

The cable connector is added between two cables to create one longer. This is perfect for knitting large projects as blankets/afghans. It’s also great when you want to try a sweater on during the process.

Tip adaptor

The tip adaptors are used to attach a tip from the small range to a cable from the miniature or large ranges. It’s a little metal tube that you add between the tip and the cable and lock with a key.

Cable key

A key used to lock a tip adaptor to the cable. When the adaptor are attach you can screw on a tip from another range to the cable.

Needle grip

A rubber patch used to tighten the tips. The metal tips are really smooth and the needle grip is used to get a good grip when attaching/detaching the tips to the cable.

End Caps

The end caps are so smart. Add one to the end of a cable and a tip in the other and you have a flexible straight needle.

Add one at each end of a cable and it can hold your stitches while you use the tips elsewhere, try your garment on or need to switch tips.

The HiyaHiya Sharp steel interchangeable sock set

The HiyaHiya Sharp sock set includes the smallest needle sizes. This set is perfect for the lighter yarn weights like lace and fingering. And of course, as the name implies, knitting socks on magic loop!

Worth noting about the sock set is that only the thinnest tips fit with the miniature (thin) cables included.

For the larger of the tips, you will have to use a sock tip adapter and cable key to attach them to the miniature cables. Both of these are included in the set. The larger of the tips in this set fits the small cables.

The HiyaHiya Sharp sock set includes:

  • This set includes five pairs of tips:
    • Three pairs of 5 inch / 13 cm tips in sizes US 0, 1 and 1.5 / 2mm, 2,25mm and 2,5mm.
    • Two pairs of 4 inch / 10 cm tips in sizes US 2 and 2.5 / 2,75mm and 3mm.
  • Four pink miniature cables. Two 24 inch, one 32 inch and one 40 inch / two 60cm, one 80cm and one 100cm.
  • Two sock tip adapters. The larger of these tips, the US 2 and 2.5 / 2,75mm and 3mm tips, fit the small cables. This set includes the miniature cables, to make that work you use the sock tip adapters between the tip and the cable.
  • Cable key, the cable key is used to lock the sock tip adapters to the cable. It works through the lifeline holes on the cable to tighten the connection and ensure a smooth joint.
  • Rubber grips for easier attachment, the tips are screw-on, no keys or other tools needed.
  • One cute brocade case to keep your tools organized and easy to take with you.

Click here to take a closer look at this set over at Amazon

The Small HiyaHiya steel interchangeable set

This is the set I use and love!

The small set includes needle tips suitable for all yarn weights except the thinnest and the bulky ones. These tips are suitable for yarns in the fingering, sport weight, DK and worsted categories.

My links go to a set with 5 inch /13 cm tips, which is the one I use, but its also available with 4 inch /10 cm tips.

The Small HiyaHiya steel interchangeable set includes:

  • Seven pairs of tips in sizes US 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 / 2,75mm, 3,25mm, 3,5mm, 3,75mm, 4mm, 4,5mm and 5mm
  • Four blue small cables in sizes 16 inch, 24 inch, 32 inch and 40 inch / 40cm, 60cm, 80cm and 100 cm.
  • Rubber grips for easier attachment, the tips are screw-on, no keys or other tools needed.
  • One cute brocade case to keep your tools organized and easy to bring with you.

Click here to take a closer look at this set over at Amazon

The Large HiyaHiya steel interchangeable set

The large HiyaHiya interchangeable set includes tips suitable for knitting with light worsted, DK, Aran and some of the bulkier yarns. This set also works well for lace knitting due to the sharp tips.

If you mostly use the larger needle sizes this set is for you!

My links go to a set with 4 inch /10 cm needle tips, but they are also available in 5 inch /13 cm.

If you choose this set you will get:

  • Five pairs of interchangeable tips in sizes US 9, 10, 10.5, 11, 13, 15 / 5,5mm, 6mm, 6,5mm, 8mm, 9mm, 10mm.
  • Four blue large interchangeable cables for larger tips in sizes 16 inch, 24 inch, 32 inch, 40 inch / 40cm, 60cm, 80cm and 100 cm.
  • Rubber grips for easier attachment, the tips are screw-on, no keys or other tools needed.
  • One cute brocade case to keep your tools organized and easy to bring with you.

Click here to take a closer look at the set over at Amazon

The HiyaHiya Limited Edition Sharp Knitting Needle Set

The HiyaHiya Limited Edition Sharp Knitting Needle Set.

This sets are for the pro knitters. The ones that spend a lot of time knitting and knit a lot of different things.

The Limited Edition set is a pricey one, but it also offers more of everything! There are more tips to choose from and some really handy knitting notions included.

And some really cute ones too, like the Panda stoppers…

What’s included in this beautiful limited edition set:

  • 13 pairs of 4 inch / 10 cm tips in sizes ranging from US 2–15 / 2,75mm – 10mm.
  • 4 cables in the sizes 16 inch, 24 inch, 32 inch and 40 inch / 40cm, 60cm, 80cm and, 100cm.
  • Small cable connectors, these allow you to put two cables together to create one longer.
  • Tip adapter, the small and the large tips have different joints, the adapter makes it possible to use them with the same cables.
  • Small and large single point adapters, attach them to your tips to transform them into straight needles.
  • Small and large panda stoppers, the panda stoppers are put at the cable ends to stop the stitches to fall off when you need to change your tips, or use them in another project for a while. You can also use them to create straight flexible needles from one pair of tips with a cable each attached, and then the panda stopper attached at the end.
  • Puppy snip, to snip off your thread.
  • Three Darn it’s, colorful darning needles to help you weave in ends and sew knitted pieces together.
  • Knitters Safety Pins, safety pins that can double as stitch markers.
  • Keyless screw-on connections.
  • Rubber grips to easily attach the tips to the cables.
  • Sharp tips that are great for increasing, decreasing and intricate stitch patterns.
  • A cute brocade case to keep the needle tips, cables and all the notions. Perfect for transportation and keeping your tools organized

Follow this link to see the price ranges on this set at Amazon

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