I tested The Knitter’s Pride Zing Interchangeable Needles set made of lightweight anodized aluminum.
Thinking about an interchangeable knitting needles set? Read on.
Table Of Contents
- Knitter’s Pride Zing Deluxe Interchangeable Knitting Needles Set
- KnitPro Zing Deluxe Interchangeable Knitting Needles Set
- Is It Right For You?
Knitter’s Pride Zing Deluxe Interchangeable Knitting Needles Set Review
I’ve used a range of knitting needle materials; bamboo, laminated wood and stainless steel.
I’m always keen to try something new.
I received a message from Shalini from Knitter’s Pride.
She asked me if I’d be interested in trying out one of their interchangeable sets.
Serendipitously I’d received a message from a reader, who was thinking about purchasing the Knitter’s Pride Zing Interchangeable Deluxe Set.
They wondered what I thought of the needle set.
So Shalini organized for me to receive both the Knitter’s Pride and KnitPro versions of the Zing Deluxe Interchangeable sets.
In reviewing knitting needles, it’s difficult to be objective.
Taste is a big factor, and knitting needles suit different yarns. Here are my thoughts.
How Does It Compare?
- Made Of – Needle tips – aluminum | Cables – flexible nylon
- Length – 4 1/2” (11.5cm) (5 1/4” (13.5cm) when the metal part of the cable connection is attached)
- Sizes – US 4 (3.5mm) – Chrysolite, US 5 (3.75mm) – Amethyst, US 6 (4.0mm) – Sapphire, US 7 (4.5mm) – Iolite, US 8 (5.0mm) – Ruby, US 9 (5.5mm) – Sienna, US 10 (6.0mm) – Purple Velvet, US 10.5 (6.5mm) – Coral, US 11 (8.0mm) – Emerald
- Cord Lengths – 24” (60cm) Neon Green, 32” (80cm) x 2 Orange and 40” (100cm) Red. Make a longer cord by using the connectors
In countries other than North America, Knitter’s Pride is Knit Pro.
KnitPro Zing Deluxe Interchangeable Knitting Needles Set Review
For those outside North America, the brand is Knit Pro.
The Deluxe Set differs from the Knitter’s Pride Set, with one less needle size included.
Differences between the Knit Pro and Knitter’s Pride versions:
- The KnitPro Zing Deluxe set doesn’t include 3.75mm or 6.5mm
- The Knitter’s Pride version doesn’t have the 7.0mm
- The Knit Pro needles tips are marked in mm sizing only
- The Knitter’s Pride tips have US sizes and mm sizing
How Does It Compare?
- Made Of – Needle tips – aluminum | Cables – flexible nylon
- Length – 4 1/2″ (11.5cm) (5 1/4″ (13.5cm) when the metal part of the cable connection is attached)
- Sizes – 3.50mm – Gold, 4mm – Blue, 4.5mm – Electric Blue, 5mm – Magenta, 5.5mm – Copper Brown, 6mm – Deep Purple, 7mm – Lilac Purple, 8mm – Emerald Green
- What else is included?
- 4 cables to create needle length – 60cm, 80cm x 2, 100cm
- The length mentioned for the cables is when the needle tips are attached to each end.
- 8 end caps, 5 cable keys, 1 set of cable connectors
- Are They Comfortable? – They have a slight weight to them but this feels comfortable
- Do The Stitches Stay On The Needle? – The surface is smooth but not too slippery
- Durability – The hollow aluminum needle tip is sturdy
My Full Review – Knitter’s Pride Zing Deluxe Interchangeable Knitting Needles Set
These are superior grade lightweight aluminum. The tips are hollow and the color doesn’t extend to the tip.
The tip is silver, with no change to the smoothness. There isn’t a join so there are no snagging issues.
The points have a long taper, and the ends are blunt. A good general tip.
Each size is one color, so this saves you from having two different sized needle tips on your cord.
In the Knitter’s Pride 9 pair set, the U S5 – 3.75mm and US7 – 4.5mm are similar in color.
This isn’t a huge issue as the sizes are marked.
The mm size and US size (on the Knitter’s Pride version) are laser etched on each tip and are easy to read.
I’ve given the US number equivalent above for the Knit Pro version as it only has the mm sizing.
They’re vibrant, jewel toned colors. I enjoy working with color!
The fabric case is sturdy. The tips are held on one side of the case by thin elastic loops.
In another zippered pouch section, there are the cords, stoppers, tightening keys and connectors.
This versatile range has 9 or 8 sizes depending on the set.
Assembling The Needles
The cords screw into the needle tip.
To tighten the connection, you use the key. Put the key through the hole at the base of the cord and hand tighten it. The join is smooth.
To remove the cable from the needle tip, get out the key and turn anti clockwise to loosen.
Unscrew and put the tip and the cable back in the case. Everything is kept neat and organized.
Instructions with pictures are included for how to fix the needle tip and cable together.
Also how to unscrew the needle and cable and using the end caps.
The steps are straightforward, and the illustrations are clear.
A Little Experiment With The Connection
I knitted with the US6 (5.00mm) and the neon green cable to create 24″ (60cm).
As an experiment, I attached the tips to the cord without using the key to tighten the connection.
On the 3rd row of my swatch, the tip and cable unscrewed. I screwed the tip and cable again and used the key.
I continued knitting, and the join didn’t unscrew.
Use the keys before you start your project!
Each cable connection piece has a life line hole. It makes knitting a complicated pattern easier.
What I Loved
The surface is smooth, and the colors are gorgeous.
The tips are flawlessly tapered and they have a medium point.
The needle size etched on each tip helps with easy identification. As does the different color for each size.
It feels as though there is a slight coating on the surface. It’s interesting to see if this changes and is less noticeable.
Made from aluminum and there’s a slight weight to them.
Particularly the larger sizes in this set, 6.50mm and 8.00mm. They’re strong and durable.
Having completed a pair of socks using tiny stainless steel needles, I noticed a big difference with the Zing Needles.
I expected this, and once I adjusted to using larger needles again, they felt light.
Do you use the tips of your index finger to push down on your tips as you knit?
You’ll notice the point, but it’s not super pointy. I attempted to knit without doing this. It takes more practice.
Some people find these the perfect points for lace projects.
I prefer a sharper point than the knitters pride needles for lace knitting.
There was no splitting on my yarn when getting into the stitches.
One thing I noticed is a ‘zing’ sound when the needles rub together.
I don’t mind this but it is something to consider if you don’t like noise from your tools.
Knitters with arthritis found working with the Zing needles comfortable.
Most knitters say they knit faster with these needles, as the metal surface helps with speed.
Beginners may find these too slippery.
There may be wear and tear on the surface over time, other customer reviews have said as much.
I’m careful with my tools so I hope this won’t be a problem.
The four cords are brightly colored and made of thin flexible nylon.
They have a slight memory. If you left them under something heavy in a bent position, it’d kink.
People recommend placing cables in hot water for a short time to make the nylon flexible again and to remove the kink.
The join where the cable meets the end connection piece is smooth and doesn’t snag the yarn.
When the tip and cable are joined, it too is smooth.
I often knit using the Magic Loop method, so not having any back ups of stitches is an advantage. These will be ideal for Knitting hats in the round.
As I worked back and forth on a flat fabric, the cord did not fight me.
It didn’t twist or kink, and I felt it supported the weight of the fabric well.
I appreciated the inclusion of cord connectors. Longer cables are excellent for knitting bigger projects.
The stoppers are handy for holding live stitches.
You unscrew the needle tips from each end of the cable and screw on the plastic caps to each end of the cable.
The fabric case is padded. The inside is pale gold, and the outside has thick appealing navy blue and red stripes.
The zipper has a metal ring attachment for easy opening and closing.
There’s a clear plastic pouch with a zipper inside the case for keeping the cables, stoppers, keys and connectors.
Each needle is held in place with a thin, stretchy rubber loop on one side of the case.
Getting the needles in and out of these loops is easy. The larger needle tips are bulkier, so are harder.
The compact case is great for knitting on the go.
I noticed a chemical smell on the case when I first opened it. This lessens with being out in the open air.
These colorful needles are designed for knitters who enjoy lightweight metal needles.
In the past, the fabric case had a transparent plastic front. Now it’s fabric.
The needles were held on a separate card with black elastic loops.
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KnitPro Zing Interchangeable Deluxe Set
Knitter’s Pride products are guaranteed for one year from purchase against any manufacturing defect.
Knitter’s Pride has retailers stock their products.
First seek a replacement from the store you bought it from. They don’t provide this?
Get a replacement for the defective product from the company here.
Buying from online platforms like Amazon and eBay?
Check the returns policy as Knitter’s Pride doesn’t honor replacements for these purchases.
Is It Right For You?
You’ll enjoy these needles if you love to knit with metal and color!
The interchangeable needle tips are grippy with a medium-sharp point and affordable.
The smooth join between tip and cable keeps your stitches gliding.
The case keeps everything organized.
The convenience of having the right size needle for your different parts of your project is handy.
Knitter’s Pride needles are quality tools. Knitter’s Pride offers Zing Double Pointed Needles, Fixed circulars and straights.
Are Lykke And Knitter’s Pride Interchangeable?
The cables and tips of Lykke and Knitter’s Pride are interchangeable.
Other brands such as Knit Picks interchangeable needle set also work with Knitter’s Pride interchangeable needles.
How Do You Tighten Knitter’s Pride Interchangeable Needles?
To tighten Knitter’s Pride Interchangeable needles, use the wire key and insert into the hole in the metal part of the cable.
Hold and tighten the connection between the tip and cord.
What if I’m Used To Wood Needles?
If you knit with a polished wood surface you notice a difference with these interchangeable circular needles.
Zing circular knitting needles are lightweight but the metal surface takes time to adjust to.
Tighten the connections each time you pick up your project.
This saves you from having them unscrew during your knitting.
I enjoyed using the Zing Circular needles.
They’re excellent value for money as a set of metal circular interchangeable needles. I highly recommend them!
Interchangeable Needle sets make great gifts!
Have a set? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave me a note below in the comments section.