The older version of the set did come with 2 of the 5" cords, and the newer one comes with the 9" instead of one of the 5". I do use my two 5"s as single needles sometimes. You can always buy extra cords from Denise if you want. I have bought their two extra long sizes just in case I need them some day. I LOVE my Denise set & use it all the time. Truly it's the best knitting investment I've made.