The Bottom Line
Many knitters have sworn their allegiance to the Knit Picks Options, and they are a find choice for knitters who like the smoothness of metal needles and the convenience of a knitting needle set.
The Options set has been compared to Addi Turbos in terms of feel and ease of knitting, so if you like those needles you will like these as well.
While the joins still sometimes come loose and the set doesn't offer as many sizes as some others, this is still a great choice for knitters who want a nice, portable set of needles.
- Needle tips are very light and smooth.
- Cables are quite flexible and are said to have little "memory."
- The joins between cable and point are smooth.
- Set is a good value for the money.
- Accessories make set easier to use.
- Points are unlabeled and are stored in pouches, which may make finding the right size difficult.
- A relatively small number of needle sizes are included, compared to other sets out there.
- Set comes with only four cables, which can get used quickly if you have lots of projects on needles.
- Small cable sizes (smaller than 24 inches) are not available.
- Points may come unscrewed from cables.
- Nickel-plated steel tips are tapered for smoothness and speed, rivaling Addit Turbos for comfort and ease of knitting.
- Needles in size US 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5 and 11 come with the set, while 13, 15 and 17 are available.
- Large carrying case provides plenty of room for other knitting needs such as scissors, measuring tape and yarn needles.
Guide Review - Knit Picks Options
Knit Picks is known for its wonderful selection of fine yarns at value prices, and its foray into the knitting needle world shows once again that it is possible to make a great product that is also a great value.
The Knit Picks Options set includes nine needle sizes (US 4 to 11) made of nickel-plated steel, as well as four cables. Sets of tips can also be purchased in sizes 13, 15 and 17, and cables are available in lengths of 24, 32, 40, 47 and 60 inch lengths.
Cables cannot be joined to make them longer. The mechanism for attaching the points to the cables is similar to the Needlemaster, with tips screwing into the cables with the help of a metal tool.
The joins seem to be a little firmer than the Needlemaster, however, and I have had fewer problems with the points coming untwisted from the cables using these needles.
The carrying case for the needles is much bigger than the other options on the market. It is a small six-ring binder with organizing pouches for the different needles.
If you are diligent about putting your needles away in the right order, you won't have a problem with the needles being unlabeled, but you can also buy a knitting needle gauge to store with the set so you'll be sure not to pick the wrong needle.
Another cool accessory is needle size ID tags, which are like stitch markers with the needle numbers on them. If you need to borrow the points from one project to work on another, slip on a tag and a cable cap and you'll know what size needles to use when you come back to the first project.