When it comes to interchangeable circular knitting needles I always recommend Knitter’s Pride Dreamz Symfonie Deluxe Wooden Interchangeable set.
For the longest time, I put off using circular needles, I learned to knit on double point needles, and the idea of constantly buying different sized circular knitting needles was a turn off. I was then introduced to interchangeable circular knitting needles by a friend, I fell in love with the idea almost immediately, but I still had reservations.
What are interchangeable circular knitting needles anyways?
Traditional circular needles come as one piece, two needles and an attached cable. They allow you to knit in the round, which is great for socks, mittens, hats and the like. Often times you purchase single circular knitting needles with a limited length of cable, and it is either too long or too short for a project. Which means you must purchase many needles in the same size, with different length cords.
With an interchangeable set, you simply need the size of needle and you may change the cable length at any time. This set includes 9 of the most commonly used needle sizes and 4 different cable sizes.
Why did I prolong purchasing a set?
As I mentioned, I was sold on just using double point needles. This is how I had learned to knit in the round, and I am a creature of comfort and habit.
The idea of learning how to use circular needles not only intimidated me, but I did not want to learn a new skill that would take up my knitting time. I had become quite proficient with double point needles, and I could knit at a decent pace of them. With little time to begin with for knitting, I did not want to waste any of it learning a new skill.
I also did not like that most of the interchangeable sets were metal based, I much prefer to work on natural materials such as rosewood and bamboo. Natural materials feel much nicer, and have a comfortable feeling, however I find that some bamboo sets catch the yarn and snag.
What changed my mind
As my friend pointed out, circular needles are versatile! You can knit anything on them you are not limited to knitting in the round. Knitting a blanket for example on circular needles is much more comfortable, the weight of the item is distributed evenly which eases discomfort of heavy projects.
I also liked the idea of being able to pick a starter set with the most common sizes, and have the ability to add different sizes of needles and cables to my existing set.
Why Knitter’s Pride Dreamz Symfonie Deluxe?
I chose this set at first because they are made from densified laminated birch wood, which is much harder than ebony or rosewood. The laminated part makes for a nice glide for any type of yarn to slide off of, which means I do not get a single snag!
I have, as many wooden needle users will admit too, broken a few sets of needles by accident, either because I have left them sitting out on the couch and someone has sat on them, or by cramming my project in a travel bag. A harder wood, means less breakage, and I have yet to break a pair of needles from this set.
The cables are great! I have not had them coil up, or kink on me once! Even after being in a storage unit for a year enduring our harsh winter and extremely humid summers.
I fell in the love with the colours, I am all about colour! I love to knit on fun funky coloured needles, I am not quite sure why that is but I do. Having different colours in the set was not only fun, but functional, I am able to distinguish between the sizes based on the colour.
The deluxe set included 9 different common sizes, which meant that I was getting a great value! It also came in a great case for organizing my needles and cables, I did not have to worry about purchasing extra storage for the needles,
Changing the needles couldn’t be easier! The set comes with a great little tool to ensure you have tightened the needles just enough that they will not unscrew while you are working with them.
Buying extra sized needles and cables is not all that expensive, and in fact, I find it much cheaper than purchasing individual circular needle units.
There must be a downfall, right?!
I have owned my symfonie set for 4 years now, and I honestly do not have a single complaint to make. If I had to choose one thing though, the size of needle is painted on the needles. Over time, I found that this has worn off and is not visible any longer on my most used sizes.
This is a minor problem, and an easy solution is to have a measure gauge and needle size tool like this one
Would I consider changing sets?
NEVER!! The Symfonie deluxe set is truly a dream!
I very rarely use my beloved double point knitting needles, in fact, I reserve them for knitting socks.
I never touch my straight needles anymore. I always reach for my symfonie needles for each and every single project!
In fact, I will be extremely disappointed if the set gets discontinued! I recommend this set to everyone I know and meet, even when tempted with a new set for my birthday I refused.
I would gladly purchase this starter set as a gift to a friend or family member who knits, it truly is a pleasure to use.
As always if you have any questions, or comments about this set please share them with me.
Do you own this set? What do you think? Have you recommended it?