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ChiaoGoo Needles – My Complete Knitting Guide for 2020

Chiaogoo is a loved brand by many knitters. They have an amazing range of chiaogoo needles and sets. The reason for this is they listen to their customers’ feedback.

If there is enough interest in a request for different needles, they will make them, which is wonderful! The versatility of their products make knitting even more enjoyable, particularly if you love knitting in the round.

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Chiaogoo Interchangeable Knitting Needles

Twist Mini Sets

4″ Set

Chiaogoo Mini Set 4 inch

5″ Set

Chiaogoo Mini Set 5 inch

Chiagoo listened to the needs of their customers who wanted smaller diameter needle tips and cables to make smaller circumference projects.

The needles have two tightening holes to ensure a secure connection.

Features

  • Needle Sizes Included – 4″ (10cm) TWIST MINI interchangeable set comes with five solid stainless steel tip sizes US 000 (1.5mm), 00 (1.75mm), 0 (2mm), 1 (2.25mm), and 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • There is also a 5″ (13cm) tips in sizes US 000 (1.5mm), 00 (1.75mm), 0 (2mm), 1 (2.25mm), and 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Cord Lengths Included in 4″ set- three twist mini cable lengths to make 16″ (40cm), 22″ (56cm) and 30″ (76cm) circulars
  • Cord Lengths included in 5″ set – 3 Twist Mini cables measuring 14″, 22″, and 30″ to make circulars of 24″ (60cm), 32″ (80cm), and 40″(100cm).
  • Two Options Available, Needles Either 4″ Or 5″ Long
  • Other Notions Included – The set comes in a compact, black mesh pouch and includes a sleeve to store your tips in, 2 stoppers, 6 stitch markers, 4 key pins, 2 adapters and a silicon heart for tightening the connection, in a notions plastic compact holder. Also, a needle gauge and ruler.
  • Made From – Needles tips are stainless steel and the cords are multi-strand steel coated with red nylon.

Pros

  • Smooth needle surface
  • Long tapered needles with a sharp point
  • Cables don’t kink and are memory free
  • Perfect for fine lace designs

Cons

  • Please note: The mini system isn’t compatible with Chiagoo’s other Small [S] or Large [L] interchangeable systems without the use of one or both of their adapters.

4″ Red Lace Twist Set

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5″ Red Lace Twist Set

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Red Lace Twist Sets

Red Lace Twist Small SetRed Lace Twist Large Set

ChiaoGoo sells three types of Red Lace Twist sets.

Small, containing 7 sizes – US 2 (2.75mm), US 3 (3.25mm), US 4 (3.55mm) , US 5 (3.75mm), US 6 (4mm), US 7 (4.5mm), US 8 (5mm.)

Large, containing 6 sizes – US 9 (5.5mm), US 10 (6mm), US 10.5 (6.5mm), US 11 (8mm), US 13 (9mm), and US 15 (10mm).

Finally, the Complete set featured in this article containing 13 sizes overall.

The Small 4″ (10 cm) set includes, surgical-grade, stainless steel lace tips and three cable lengths: 8″ (20 cm), 14″ (35 cm), and 22″ (55 cm) cables to make 16″ (40 cm), 22″ (56 cm), and 30″ (76 cm) circulars.

The Large 5″(13cm) tips set includes, stainless steel lace tips and three cable lengths to make 24″ (60 cm), 32″ (80 cm) and 40″ (100 cm) circulars.

The complete set includes all of the above.

Twist red cables consist of a multi-strand, steel cord coated with red nylon and are memory free, so no kinks!

Included are coded cable connectors, end stoppers, T-shaped tightening keys, stitch markers, a needle gauge and compact, zipper-enclosed, fabric case.

Twist & Spin tips, cables and accessories are all switchable!

The needle tips feature a lifeline hole making adding a lifeline as simple as knitting across the row.

These sets are made in China.

Pros

  • Tip are smooth and fast
  • They have a longer taper than HiyaHiya tips and slightly sharper
  • Variety of nifty tools included
  • Needle tips have a lifeline hole
  • A popular choice for lace knitters.

Cons

  • Some knitters don’t like the ‘zing’ sound the needle tips make
  • Like the Hiya Hiyas, you can’t use the small size needle tip cables with the large size needle tip cables

4″ Red Lace Twist Set

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5″ Red Lace Twist Set

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Twist Red Shorties Set

Twist Red Shorties Set

Chiaogoo Twist Shorties are wonderful for making small circumference knitted items. They make 9″ (23 cm) through 14″ (36 cm) circulars. The tips have a tightening hole to ensure a secure connection.

Features

  • Needle Sizes Included – The Twist Red Shorties set includes 12 pairs of solid, surgical stainless steel tips needle tips: 6 x 2″ (5cm) in sizes US 0 (2mm) , US 1 (2.25mm), US 1.5 (2.5mm) , US 2 (2.75), US 2.5 (3mm) and US 3 (3.25mm) & 3″ ( 8cm) in sizes US 0 (2mm) , US 1 (2.25mm), US 1.5 (2.5mm) , US 2 (2.75), US 2.5 (3mm) and US 3 (3.25mm).
  • Cord Lengths Included – three MINI diameter red cables (5″/13cm, 6″/15cm & 8″/20cm)
  • Other Notions Included – end stoppers, tightening keys, connectors, stitch markers and a mini needle gauge in a red, pocket-sized nylon fabric pouch.

Pros

  • Chiaogoo shorties are perfect for socks, fingerless mitts, wristwarmers, sleeves, baby items like hats and booties.

Cons

  • These very short needle tips will take some getting use to. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy they are.
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Twist Blue Shorties Set

Chiaogoo Twist Blue Shorties Set

With Chiaogoo’s Blue Shorties set you can make 9″ (23 cm) through 14″ (36 cm) circulars. This set includes 10 sets of needle sizes.

5 x 2″ (5cm) solid stainless steel & 3″ (8cm) hollow stainless steel interchangeable tips from US4 – US8 (3.5 – 5mm).

5 x 3″ (5cm) solid stainless steel & 3″ (8cm) hollow stainless steel interchangeable tips from US4 – US8 (3.5 – 5mm).

The 2″ (5cm) tips have a tightening hole to ensure a secure connection.

Features

  • Cord Lengths Included – three [S] diameter blue X-Flex cables (5″/13cm, 6″/15cm & 8″/20cm) in a secure tip sleeve.
  • Other Notions Included – end stoppers, tightening keys, connectors, stitch markers and a mini needle gauge in a blue, pocket-sized nylon pouch.

Pros

  • Versatile
  • Great for all sorts of knitted projects – small-circumference knits like hats, sleeves, and toys!

Cons

  • Takes some time to adjust to small diameter
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Spin Sets

4″ Set

Chiaogoo Spin Set Bamboo 4 inch

5″ Set

Chiaogoo Spin Set Bamboo 5 inch

These bamboo needles have well-defined tips but not pointy enough to irritate your finger if you’re one who pushes the tip with your index finger.

There’s enough of a tip definition to allow easy stitch manipulation, whether you’re working cables or the elusive P3tog.

SPIN nylon cables allow the tips to swivel freely. SPIN & TWIST tips, cables and accessories are all switchable! If you have the Red cables you can use them on these needle tips.

Features

  • Needle Sizes Included in 4″and 5″ Tips Sets – Contains 13 needle tips in US 2 (2.75mm), US 3 (3.25mm), US 4 (3.55mm), US 5 (3.75mm), US 6 (4mm), US 7 (4.5mm), US 8 (5mm), US 9 (5.5mm), US 10 (6mm), US 10-1/2 (6.5mm), US 11 (8mm), US 13 (9mm), and US 15 (10mm).
  • Cord Lengths Included in the 4″ complete set – three clear, nylon cable lengths: 8″ (20 cm), 14″ (35 cm), and 22″ (55 cm) cables to make 16″ (40 cm), 22″ (56 cm), and 30″ (76 cm) circulars.
  • Cord Lengths included in the 5″ complete set – three clear, nylon cable lengths to make 24″ (60 cm), 32″ (80 cm) and 40″ (100 cm) circulars.
  • Two Options Available, Needles Either 4″ Or 5″ Long
  • Other Notions Included – Two S and L end caps, one S and L cord connector for making longer cords, two cord keys, a ruler/needle sizer, and a collection of stitch markers.

Pros

  • The clear cords are ideal for things like lace or other lightweight knitting projects where you don’t want a heavy cord kinking.

Cons

  • If your project is heavier and bulkier, the flexibility of the clear cord is a drawback. Users have reported It doesn’t hold up when you slide your stitches from the cable onto your needle.

4″ Set

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5″ Set

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Chiaogoo Single Point Needles

 

Patina Straight Needles

Patina Straight Needles

These 9″ (23 cm), patina, single points have precisely tapered, hand-crafted tips and are made of Moso bamboo. The size is permanently laser imprinted on each needle and cap. The patina color is obtained with thermal heat.

They also come in 13″ (33cm) length.

Features

  • The Following Sizes Available – US 1 (2.25mm), US2, (2.75mm) US3 (3.25mm), US4 (3.50mm), US5 (3.75mm), US6 (4.0mm), US7 (4.50mm), US8 (5.0mm), US9 (5.5mm), US10 (6.0mm), US 10.5 (6.5mm), US 11 (8.0mm), US 13 (9.0mm), US 15 (10.0mm)

Pros

  • Lovely tapered point
  • Smooth snag free surface
  • Needle size is Laser etched on, and won’t wear off.
  • Chinese Moso Bamboo, one of the strongest species in the world

Cons

  •  If you prefer a very slippery surface, these aren’t for you.
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Natural Straight Needles

Chiagoo Natural Straight Needles

The are made from bamboo with their natural color.

Features

  • The Following Sizes Available – US 1 (2.25mm), US2, (2.75mm) US3 (3.25mm), US4 (3.50mm), US5 (3.75mm), US6 (4.0mm), US7 (4.50mm), US8 (5.0mm), US9 (5.5mm), US10 (6.0mm), US 10.5 (6.5mm), US 11 (8.0mm), US 13 (9.0mm), US 15 (10.0mm).
  • Lengths of 9″ and 12″
  • Made From – Bamboo

Pros

  • Made from sustainable bamboo
  • Stitches glide smoothly over the surface

Cons

  •  Slight grip may not suit fine lace projects.
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Wood Straight Needles

Wood Straight Needles

ChiaoGoo wooden needles are made from Chinese Rubberwood, an eco-friendly, dense grain hardwood commonly used in high-end furniture.

Features

  • The Following Sizes Available – 17 (12.75mm), 19 (15.0mm) in the 9″ (23cm) length
  • US 1 (2.25mm), US 2, (2.75mm) US3 (3.25mm), US 4 (3.50mm), US5 (3.75mm), US 6 (4.0mm), US 7 (4.50mm), US 8 (5.0mm), US 9 (5.5mm), US 10 (6.0mm), US 10.5 (6.5mm), US 11 (8.0mm), US 13 (9.0mm), US 15 (10.0mm) in the 12″ (30cm) length

Pros

  • Satin smooth surface
  • Stitches are easy to get into with the tapered point
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Some people may not like the sound of the needles when working.
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Chiaogoo Double Point Needles

DPN Sock Set

Chiaogoo DPN Sock Set

This bamboo sock-sized set includes 5 sets of 6” (15 cm) patina double points in sizes 1 (2.25 mm), 1.5 (2.5 mm), 2 (2.75 mm), 2.5 (3.0 mm) & 3 (3.25 mm).

Also includes 12 stitch markers, a 3” (8 cm) needle gauge, and a compact, zipper-enclosed fabric case with outside zippered pocket.

Pros

  • Fabulous range of sizes to make socks with different weights of yarn

Cons

  • If you’re used to metal dpns for socks, these will feel very different and take some getting use to.
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DPN Patina

Chiaogoo DPN Patina

The 6″ (15 cm) patina, bamboo double points are made of Moso bamboo and have precisely tapered, hand-crafted tips.

The size is permanently laser imprinted on each chiaogoo needle. Sizes 1 (2.25 mm) through 2 (2.75 mm) come with six per set. The patina color is obtained with thermal heat.

Pros

  • Stitches glide easily
  • Satin-sheen finish
  • A tapered point

Cons

  • Knitters use to smaller DPNs may find these too long
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DPN Natural

Chiaogoo DPN Natural

The Chiagoo Double Pointed Needles Natural are made from Bamboo. The natural color of the bamboo is kept. A great range perfect for knitting in the round. Socks, hats, mittens, gloves, wrist warmers and cowls.

  • The Following Sizes Available – US 0 (2mm) – US 13 (9mm)
  • 6″ (15cm) Long
  • Made From Bamboo

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Highly polished surface

Cons

  • People may find them a bit long.
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Chiaogoo Circular Needles

SS Red Knit Circulars

CHIAOGOO 40-Inch Red Lace Stainless Steel Circular Knitting Needles, 2.5/3mm

These stainless steel knitting tip circulars have a red nylon cord with smooth join between the tip and cord.

I have a Chiaogoo circular knitting needle US1 (2.25mm) with a 47″ (120 cm) nylon cable I’ve knitted socks on.

I found creating stitches very easy with the sharp point. The surface of the stainless steel helped the stitches move easily. I love my chiaogoo needles.

The join between the needle and the cable is very smooth.

The only thing initially a little uncomfortable was the point digging in my index finger as I pushed the needles. My finger got used to it and it wasn’t a problem.

I enjoy knitting with these circulars.

A huge range of sizes and the circular lengths available are 16″ (40 cm), 24″ (60 cm), 32″ (80 cm), 40″ (100 cm), 47″ (120 cm) and 60″ (150 cm).

Pros

  • Smooth join between nylon cables and needle
  • Slick surface of the needles
  • Long tapered sharp points

Cons

  • If you push needles with your index finger you might the points uncomfortable. Use a sewing thimble to protect your finger.
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Your Questions Answered

Where Are ChiaoGoo Needles Made?

Chiaogoo Needles are made in Hangzhou, China. Their knitting needle designs are created in Troy, Michigan.

ChiaoGoo was started by four brothers raised in China’s “Bamboo Capital” of Linan. A combination of their mother’s knitting needs and father’s bamboo craftsmanship led to the foundation of the ChiaoGoo brand.

ChiaoGoo means “highly skillful and crafty lady,” to honor their mother’s talents.

Hopefully this helpful guide to their complete range allowed you to find the best Chiaogoo needles to suit your preferences.

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