Lykke Knitting Needles – Your Complete Guide

By Jodie Morgan | Updated: | Published:

Lykke gets its name from a Scandinavian word meaning happiness.

Lykke make a high-quality, durable, highly rated knitting needle to last for years to come.

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This post was updated 22 Aug 2022

Made in Nepal. All their products are handmade with local materials by local craftspeople. They support their employees and their families in a variety of ways and help the environment too.

Their range includes interchangeable knitting needle sets, double-pointed needles, and straight needles.

They are distributed by Knitting Fever Inc in North America.

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Lykke Interchangeable Needles

Lykke Driftwood Interchangeable Knitting Needles

Lykke Driftwood Interchangeable Knitting Needles

The “Driftwood” needles are made of smooth birch with a beautiful grayish finish that varies with the wood grain. The tips have a short taper with a blunted point.

The black metal endcaps have the sizes etched into them, not printed, and a smooth join to the cables. The black plastic cords are smooth and flexible.


  • 12 Needle Pairs- US4-US17
  • Cord Lengths Included – 5 cords (two 24″, two 32″, one 40″)
  • Needle Tips Are 5″ Long
  • Made From – birch wood
  • Accessories – comes in a grey faux denim fold-up case with elastic perfectly matched to the size of each needle pair for a snug fit, 4 keys, 2 cord connectors and 4 stoppers.

Hardwood whose durability is on par with maple in terms of density and bending strength.

The wood quickly adjusts to your body temperature.

Yarn slides smoothly, without much friction or sticking.

Some knitters found the smell of the case they come in very strong. A chemical/factory smell. This required some days for them left outside the house (a garage), for the smell to dissipate.

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Lykke Indigo Interchangeable Knitting Needles

Lykke Indigo Driftwood Interchangeable Gift Set in Indigo Denim Pouch

Needle tips are made of the same birch wood as the ‘Driftwood’ Set but are dyed indigo. The sizes of the screw-in needles are in metric and US and are laser inscribed on the needles.

The warming wood helps knitters with arthritic hands

The needle hold slippery yarns

The stickier needles make it very easy for beginners to knit

Fast knitters may not like it because of the grip on the surface.

The cable color is dark and can make counting stitches difficult on the cable

A downside for lace knitters are the tips – they’re more rounded than sharp, so a bit more challenging to insert the tips into stitches, such as k2tog and ssk.


  • Needle Sizes Included – 12 Knitting Needle tips: US 4 (3.5 mm), US 5 (3.75 mm), US 6 (4.0 mm), US 7 (4.5 mm), US 8 (5.0 mm), US 9 (5.5 mm), US 10 (6.0 mm), US 10.5 (6.5 mm), US 11 (8.0 mm), US 13 (9.0 mm) , US 15 (10 mm), US 17 (12 mm)
  • Cord Lengths Included – 5 Cords: 2 x 24″ (60 cm), 2 x 32″ (80 cm), 40″ (100 cm)
  • Needle Tips Are 5″ Long
  • Made From – Birch Wood
  • Accessories – It comes with eight stoppers, two connectors, and four cord keys.

Lykke Umber Interchangeable Knitting Needles

Lykke Umber Interchangeables

The Lykke Umber Set has golden brown needle tips and a mustard colored pouch. This set has shorter tips included at 3.5 inches.


  • Needle Sizes Included – 9 Knitting Needle tips: US 3 (3.35 mm), US 4 (3.5 mm), US 5 (3.75 mm), US 6 (4.0 mm), US 7 (4.5 mm), US 8 (5.0 mm), US 9 (5.5 mm), US 10 (6.0 mm), US 10.5 (6.5 mm)
  • Cord Lengths Included – 4 Cords: 2 x 16″ (40 cm), 1 x 20″ (50 cm), 1 x 24″ (60 cm)
  • Needle Tips Are 3.5″ Long
  • Made From – Birch Wood
  • Accessories- 8 Stoppers. 4 Cord keys. 2 connectors

If you like doing smaller circumference projects, these are a great size tip

The feel of the wood is smooth, has grip but not too grippy

Tips are pointed but not sharp. Some knitters did not like the cables as they weren’t flexible enough.

The cord connectors to make longer cords are a little bulky.

Lykke Grove Interchangeable Knitting Needles

Lykke 3.5

Smaller tips with an interchangeable set. Lovely bamboo needles.

Smooth finish and warm to the touch. Short tapered tip with sharp but not too sharp point.

The cord connectors can seem bulky when making a longer cord.


  • 9 pairs of needle tips in sizes – US 3 -(3.25mm) to US 10.5 ( 6.5 mm)
  • Cord Lengths Included – 16″ (2), 20″ (1), and 24″ (1) Length indicated when cord is assembled with two needle tips, from tip to tip.
  • Needle Tips Are 3.5″ Long
  • Made From – Bamboo
  • Accessories – 2 Connectors, 4 keys, 8 stoppers

Lykke 3.5″ Driftwood Interchangeable Circular Knitting Needle Set

Lykke 3.5

This set is the “Driftwood” short tips. They’re great for making smaller circumference projects such as hats, mittens, and gloves.

Yarn slides smoothly, without much friction or sticking. Warm in the hand

Lovely grey “driftwood” finish and the tip is sharp enough for lots of different yarns

When two cords are joined with the connector, the connector looks bulky.


  • 9 pairs of needle tips in sizes – US 3 -(3.25mm) to US 10.5 ( 6.5 mm)
  • Cord Lengths Included – 2 Cords for 16″ length, 1 cord for 20″ length, 1 cord for 24″ length
  • Needle Tips Are 3.5″ Long
  • Made From – birch wood
  • 2 Connectors, 4 Keys, 8 Stoppers, Grey Denim Case

Lykke Double Pointed Needles

6″ Double Pointed Needles (US 0-5)

6" Double Pointed Needles (US 0-5)

6″ Double Pointed Needles (US 0-5)

Lykke double pointed knitting needles made of strong birch wood, the needles are very smooth and light weight.

Needles have both US and metric sizes etched on the needles.

Each DPN has the needle size engraved on the central metal band.

The join is extremely smooth, you don’t notice the yarn passing over it. Some knitters may find the point a little blunt.


  • 5 each of 8 Needle Sizes Included – US 0 (2.00 mm), US 1 (2.25 mm), US 1.5 (2.50 mm), US 2 (2.75 mm), US 2.5 (3.00 mm), US 3 (3.25 mm), US 4 (3.50 mm), US 5 (3.75mm)
  • Needles Are 6″ Long

6″ Double Pointed Knitting Needles (US 6-13)

6" Double Pointed Knitting Needles (US 6-13)

Lovely look and feel. Easy to read sizes on each needle

The larger sizes might be awkward to use at first.


  • Needle Sizes Included – 8 sizes: 5 pieces per size, US 6 (4.00 mm), US 7 (4.50 mm), US 8 (5.00 mm), US 9 (5.50 mm), US 10 (6.00 mm), US 10.5 (6.5 mm), US 11 (8.00 mm)
  • US 13 (9.00 mm)
  • Needles Are 6″ Long
  • Made From – Birch wood

Lykke Straight Needles

10″ Straight Needles Set

Lykke 10

The Driftwood Single Pointed Needle Set 10″ / 25 cm includes the sizes below. The end tips have the sizes clearly marked.

Lovely smooth surface. If you enjoy using wooden straights, these will become your favorites.

Might be too short for some knitters.


  • Needle Sizes Included – US 4 (3.5 mm), US 5 (3.75 mm), US 6 (4.0 mm), US 7 (4.5 mm), US 8 (5.0 mm), US 9 (5.5 mm), US 10 (6.0 mm), US 10.5 (6.5 mm), US 11 (8.0 mm), US 13 (9.0 mm) , US 15 (10 mm), US 17 (12 mm)
  • Needles Are 10″ Long
  • Made From – Birch wood

Lykke 14″ Straight Needles

Lykke 14

These needles are made of strong birch wood. They’re very smooth and light. With their warm character they look so gorgeous.

Lovely smooth finish and appealing to the eye. Great for all sorts of knitted projects. Beginner knitters would find these too long.


  • Needle Available – S 2 (2.75mm), US 2.5 (3mm), US 3 (3.25mm), US 4 (3.5mm), US 5 (3.75mm), US 6 (4mm), US7 (4.5mm), US 9 (5.5mm), US 10 (6mm), US 10.5 (6.5mm), US 11 (8mm), US 15 (10mm)
  • US 17 (12mm)
  • Needles Are 14″ Long

Your Questions Answered

Where Are Lykke Needles Made?

Lykke Needles are made in Kathmandu, Nepal. Production of the needles do not rely on mechanical processes. Instead, their products benefit from the skilled work of Nepalese craftspeople.

How Do You Use Lykke Interchangeable Needles?

Using Lykke Interchangeable Needles is just like using any circular knitting needle. They’re perfect for knitting in the round or you can also knit back and forth if you choose.

How Do You Pronounce Lykke Needles?

Most people in North America pronounce it as “Like-a” or “Lick-a”. Being a Danish word for happiness, it’s pronounced as “Luu-kah”.

How Do You Secure Lykke Interchangeable Needles?

To secure Lykke Interchangeable needles , put the little key through the hole in the end of the cord, and hold on to it as you’re screwing on the tip.

How To Assemble Lykke Circular Needles

To learn how to assemble lykke knitting needles, follow these steps:

  1. Choose the needle tip size pair
  2. Choose the cable length you want to use
  3. Put the little key through the hole in the end of the cord and hold on to it
  4. Screw in the tip to the end of the cord
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the other needle tip and end of the cord.

Hopefully, this post helped you discover the range from this excellent company priding itself on ethical, sustainable practices, and making great needles. Plenty of choices to suit any knitter.

Which brand of their selection appeals to you most? Have you used Lykke needles before? If so, what do you like about them? I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.

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About The Author

Jodie Morgan From Knit Like Granny

Jodie Morgan (Author & Founder) | Lives In: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Author: Jodie Morgan is a passionate knitter and blogger with 40+ years of experience currently living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Taught by her mother and wonderful grandmother “Mama”, she fell in love with crafting from a young age. When she’s not knitting, you’ll find her enjoying a cup of coffee with cream, or sharing helpful resources and tips with the online knitting community. Get to know Jodie and the team on our meet the team page.

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  1. Hi Jodie.

    I received my order of interchangeable needles and the cords do not match what stated in the description of the set.

    My cords when attached to the needles measure 24″, 32″, and 40″.

    I wanted and needed the shorter cords-the ones that measure 16″ and 20″ when attached to the needles.

    I did not see a place to order just the cords on the site. Please email me at (email address not displayed by editor) Thank you

    • Hi Barbara.

      Would you be able to share which set you purchased? I have emailed you as well.

      Did you get the 3.5 inch tips or the 5 inch tips? The 3.5 inch tips are the only ones that will make a 16 inch and 20 inch length. The 5 inch tips don’t have a corresponding cord to make them a 16 inch length and 20 inch length.

      I’ve found cords to make a 16 inch length and 20 inch length with the 3.5 inch tips on Etsy

      Hope this helps.



  2. Just sharing some information, lykke needles are not made from laminated birch wood, it is solid birch. They are very natural and beautiful


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