View Full Version : About Denise Interchangeables..

01-23-2009, 12:36 AM
I know this has been talked about a lot, but i dont think anyone specifically mentioned about the cables and whether the extension connectors(?) can be bothering because it sometimes blocks the stitches from sliding. I heard this problem from a forum... just once.. so if anyone has used Denise interchangeables, could you please tell me whether that was a problem for you or not?

01-23-2009, 01:49 AM
I'm using them right now (I just got them on Friday) to knit a sweater and I'm not having that problem at all. I LOVE my Denise set!

01-23-2009, 07:38 AM
It may depend on the yarn you're using, too. Some yarn is slippery/slidy and you'll have no trouble. Something else will be sticky and won't slide easily. It's a pretty smooth join.

I have the Denise set. I often use the connectors and rarely have trouble w/this.

01-23-2009, 01:58 PM
I'm going to echo what the other posters said. I have the Denise set and often join the cables. I've never had a problem with the yarn hanging up on the joins; they are really smooth.

01-23-2009, 04:09 PM
I love my Denise needles and have had no problems with the connectors. The only problem I've had is that I always have multiple projects going and sometimes wish I had a second set of Denise needles.

01-23-2009, 04:54 PM
I too recently got a set; no complaints as far as the joins. The connectors were a little 'tight' at first, and I did have some trouble, but once I did/un-did them a couple of times they were ok. Tight is better than starting out too loose. I am enjoying the set.

01-23-2009, 07:00 PM
how's the feel of the needles?? the main concern for me is metal vs resin(i think that's what denise is) when i looked at the pictures of denise, it looked really cheap so i was kinda leaning toward options interchangeable... is denise feel like cheap plastic at all? i dont think so but i just wanna make sure.. knitpicks options looks good but it's kinda expensive w/ add-ons

01-23-2009, 09:35 PM
They have kind of a rubber-y feel to them. It's not at all like the cheap-o plastic needles I've used! I've never been afraid that they'll snap or anything like that. (Much more reliable than KPs!)


01-24-2009, 12:03 AM
This thread is so timely. Yesterday I was going to buy a Denise set. But then I read the thread "Differences in Interchangeable Circulars?" & decided against it. Now I'm reading this thread & leaning back to Denise. I have a LYS coupon for 15% off anything. Thought I'd use it on a Denise set. It's one of those deals where I spent so much $ to get the discount.

I appreciate all your comments.

01-24-2009, 12:32 AM
haha :] i was really leaning toward KP Options because of its nickle-plate finish and thin, flexible cable but it's much more expensive compared to Denise if you want everything.. i just need to get some size 4 circulars if im buying Denise while i have to get 13/15 size needles and some extra cable if im buying KP Options, which is like $24 add-on... so i think it's basically look&"slickness" vs. practicality... so im leaning more toward Denise also

01-24-2009, 12:56 AM
I have a set of Denise, Boye, and Options interchangables and a few Harmony points, and I have to say, I love them all for certain things.

I like the larger sizes of Denise because of their sharp points, but find that anything under size 8 in the Denise seem to be hard to get past the cable to the needle, especially sizes 6 and 5. I've only used the cable links a few times, but didn't have any trouble with yarn catching on them. I did have a problem with the shortest cable breaking at the connection point to the needle because it was so short that the angle the needles had to be to knit with put quite a crimp on it and it just broke there... but I do have to say, that it was after a lot of knitting. The other thing I had trouble with the Denise needles is wear of the connectors where the cable twists into the needles. If you use them a lot, putting them on and off the needles I mean, the little bumps that give them their little "snap" into place will break down and they will just turn and no longer snap into place and eventually just slip off while knitting... but again... that is after a lot of use. For the price, Denise needles are not a bad deal at all.

I started off over 25 years ago with a set of Boyle interchangeables and loved them, but they were the only ones around that I had ever seen. But I found that over the years they would start unscrewing, so I screwed them together harder and harder, which actually ended up pushing the little connector into a "bell" shape, which would hook on the yarn something awful. Hubby is a fixer upper kind of guy, so he took a grinder and rounded the ends off and they were good again, but it's something to be aware of.

I've only owned my Options and Harmony needles and cables for a year or so, or shortly after they first came out, and so far, I'd pick them as my favorite. Sharp tips, thin cables, easy transfers of yarn from cable to tip, lots of sizes, etc. Of course, I haven't used them as much as I have the Boye or Denise because I haven't had them as long.

Like I said, I've got them all and they all are good for different things. My bottom line suggestion would be, if you can afford it, go with the Options, pick up a few Harmonies tips in your favorite sizes because they will work with your Options cables. If you do a lot of big needle knitting with novelty yarns, the Denise are fabulous, work well with different types of fibers, and much more affordable. I don't think the Boye can stand up to the Options, but if you can find them at a cheap price, they wouldn't be bad to have around for a backup.

Just my two cents... hope this helps.

01-24-2009, 01:28 AM
now i'm back to Options again... hmm...with an extra cable and two extra needles, i have to spend $79.96 for Options nickle-plated..

for Denise, i just have to spend $49.95 for almost everything, but as you mentioned, the connectors between the needles and the cable will wear off,,,, so i probably should go for Options since it would be better in the long run..? GOSH I'M SO CONFUSED

01-24-2009, 01:49 PM

(sigh) I hear ya. :hug:

Then there's the talk about cables coming unconnected. I've been following the interchangeable issues for quite a while. Now that I have the money, I'm tempted to just do without them. (sigh)

01-24-2009, 03:02 PM
I got mine last week. I've done a fair amount with the Nickles, have hardly touched the Harmonys. But then, I already knew that my favorite needles were Addi's. (I'd have sprung for the Addi Click set, but couldn't justify the cost as a beginning knitter; it was hard enough to justify the cost of the KPs -- knowing that I'd be knitting as I traveled was the big justification there.) My Goddess Of Knitting friend told me that she had the Denise set, but if she had to do it over again, she would get the Nickles. (She says she can't justify the cost when she already has the Denise set.) People here said they were most like the Addi's. And I knew I needed sharp points for the kind of knitting I want to do later.

Have you knit on any of the sets? Does your LYS carry any of them and would they let you try them, or are there knitters you know who own them and might let you try it?

If you can't do that, do you prefer plastic, wood, or metal needles in general? It's a big enough expense to get a set that buying a pair of needles in plastic, wood, and metal to try them and get an idea of the differences isn't a big cost.

None of them are going to be perfect. All three have had people who say the connections are perfect for them. All three have had people who have had problems with the connections. I'd say it's going to vary anyway, so get the set that you like to knit with. :)

01-24-2009, 09:32 PM
I love my Denise Interchangeables for everything except magic loop; I use KnitPicks Harmony needles for that.

01-25-2009, 03:46 PM
I have all three as well, and I would say go with the Denises. They were the first set I bought and I LOVED them right away (even the smaller sizes!). I have no trouble scooching stitches over the joins, but then, I am a rather loose knitter.

They are *so* easy to put together, and they feel so light and warm (unlike metal, which to me feels cold). Also, you can make a short needle (it's not 16 inches exactly, closer to 17") for making hats~something you *cannot* do with Harmonies or Options. The case they come in is so well organized and I never feel I'm having to flip around and search for what I want. Plus the case is lightweight, sturdy, and easy to carry. I truly enjoy these needles and I think you would too-but of course everyone has their own idea of wonderful knitting needles :p

I want to add that I reallly love my KP Options and Harmonies as well, and don't by any means want to knock them. I just mean if I was looking for my first set, and price was a consideration (it no doubt is for most of us!) then I think the Denises are the *perfect* choice. You get a lot more in one set for your $$ and I can't imagine you'd be dissappointed.

And then you can save up for the luxury set of Harmonies (or Options!) :teehee:

Anyway, just thought I'd confuse you some more :-P No really I was trying to help! Hopefully I didn't make it worse, lol!

01-25-2009, 03:51 PM
BTW, khyu 777, I've never had *any* problems with my connectors wearing out-and I've had them at least 5 years. I wouldn't think it'd be a problem to get them replaced either. Denise needles have been around for quite a bit longer than KP, and from what I hear, they're also great about replacement parts, should you ever have the need.

(btw, I'm not affiliated in anyway! lol-i'm beginning to sound like an ad! :teehee:)

01-25-2009, 04:05 PM
well... even if that's the case, i dont know if i'll like the plastic feel.. and it doesnt have size 4 needle, which i dont think is a big problem, but it kinda bugs me -_- also, i dont really need size more than 11, so im kinda leaning more toward options.

i still gotta try denise at a LYS... that would allow me to make a final decision!

01-25-2009, 05:59 PM
that would allow me to make a final decision!

Wishing you all the best. :grphug:

01-25-2009, 08:20 PM
yes my friend has the same problom with the stitches not going over the conecters me my self would no i have never tryed them would love to but can aford them with every thing going on with my hubby at this time he is very ill any way i make my knitting needles out of dowel sticks from the daller tree.

01-26-2009, 01:56 PM
I too just bought a set of Denise's. I had been following the posts online and was pretty much convinced to wait and save up a bit more for anything other than the Denise needles. Then I went to my LYS on Saturday looking for a size 7 needle with a 16" cable and she didn't have any. She could have ordered some for me, but I really didn't want to wait so I broke down and bought the Denise needles.

And I LOVE them! The needles don't feel like cheap plastic at all, the
cables are really smooth and so far using worsted weight yarn, haven't had a problem with the yarn getting stuck in the joins. Knitting the first row was a bit difficult and I really did think I was going to break them, but it all worked out in the end!

Jan in CA
01-26-2009, 02:09 PM
I have both Denise and Options. Since I got my Options I haven't knit with Denise at all. I prefer the thin cable and nickel needles. I like being able to order more cables and needles only if I need them and you can't do that with Denise as far as I know.

As you've seen though some people prefer Denise. If you are on the fence I'd get one set of Options cables and needles and see how you like them. If you don't care for them then you have your answer. You have to LIKE what you knit with or you won't want to do it. I really really wouldn't base it all on cost either since you are planning on using whatever you choose for a long time. The overall cost of buying a set will pay off over time whichever you choose.

01-26-2009, 07:15 PM
Hey everyone! Sorry to jump in, but I just joined this forum and have been reading and reading on the different interchangeable sets. Currently, I use the Boye fixed circulars and was wondering if the Needlemaster set's cables feel the same as these. Also, are the Denise cables as stiff as the Boye? I keep finding projects that I want to try but I'm tired of buying needles everytime I try something new!


01-27-2009, 01:25 AM
[QUOTE=married0621;1199782]Hey everyone! Sorry to jump in,/QUOTE]

Sorry? Why? C'mon in. Hearing different people's thoughts are what this forum's all about. Welcome. This is a great group of people.

Sorry that I don't have the answer to your question, but someone will.

01-27-2009, 08:17 AM
I own the Denise set and the KP's Harmony set. I use both sets but I do prefer the Denise.

01-27-2009, 11:23 AM
DH and I are new users of Denise needles and so far have had no problems with yarn getting hung up on the connectors or anywhere on the needles. I agree however, that some yarns are more prone to this than others, some really fine ones can catch a bit even on a regular circular needle. We love our denise needles, and feel purchasing them was money well spent.

01-27-2009, 07:36 PM
Ok, now I'm comparing the Options and the Denise sets. I have a pair of Auddi circular needles that I'm using and really like the feel of them, so would the Option needles have the same feel? It will be a while before I'm able to purchase a set so I'll be doing a lot of research. I've considered purchasing one of the larger size needles and the longer cable from Knitpicks so if I like them and get the set I won't have any duplicates. Thanks for your help!

01-27-2009, 07:38 PM
I went from Boyes fixed circulars to Harmony interchangeables and you will never get me to go back. I will bit by bit add the Option tips as I can afford. Who knew you didn't have to fight with your cables.

01-27-2009, 07:58 PM
I personally think the Addi needles have just a touch more grip than the Options. The Options are the slickest (and therefore fastest) needles I've tried yet. (Downside: I get less control over the more troublesome yarns.) The Options have a sharper tip, although I don't generally miss it when working with Addi's.

I love Addi needles and would have gotten Clicks but for the cost -- just couldn't parse it into reality!

01-27-2009, 08:43 PM
Zina, I know what you mean about the cost of the Addi needles (oops, I misspelled that pretty badly earlier!). I bought the one pair of 47" US 9 circulars because I had a little extra money from working more hours over Christmas break, but I definately could not buy them exclusively. Hobbies are just so expensive but so much fun!

01-27-2009, 10:36 PM
I actually feel pretty darn good about having both sets of KPs. Right now I'm tearing my hair out over Louisa. I've been taking cold medicine, and apparently a side effect is an inability to count. But I feel sure that a set of 9mm Harmony tips would have been the perfect tips for this yarn and would help. They're on order, should get here in a couple of days, but in the meantime I'm using Addi's. Just a scosh too slippery (for my level of knitting) on Addi's.

02-07-2009, 12:25 AM
The other thing I had trouble with the Denise needles is wear of the connectors where the cable twists into the needles. If you use them a lot, putting them on and off the needles I mean, the little bumps that give them their little "snap" into place will break down and they will just turn and no longer snap into place and eventually just slip off while knitting... but again... that is after a lot of use.

I bought a Denise set yesterday. The pink one where $5 goes to breast cancer research. Had that 15% off coupon.

I asked my LYS about your problem. She said that it is covered in the warranty. Return the problem part & $1 for return shipping. She said that if I had a problem, I could return it to her & she would take care of things with the company. Would your LYS remember that you bought your's there? :think:


02-07-2009, 09:37 AM
Hey everyone! Sorry to jump in, but I just joined this forum and have been reading and reading on the different interchangeable sets. Currently, I use the Boye fixed circulars and was wondering if the Needlemaster set's cables feel the same as these. Also, are the Denise cables as stiff as the Boye? I keep finding projects that I want to try but I'm tired of buying needles everytime I try something new!


NO, the cables aren't stiff at all! I used to complain all the time when trying to put my portable project back into my bag because the needles would not budge (Clovers) but haven't had that problem with my Denise needles.

02-07-2009, 09:45 AM
i love Denise!! I eventually had one connector that would detach too easily and they replaced it at NO charge including the postage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!