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Needlemaster 40-Piece Interchangeable Aluminum Knitting Set
- Boye needlemaster interchangeable knitting set
- 8 Sets of aluminum single-point knitting needles, with cable lengths 20-inch, 24-inch, 29-inch and 36-inch, and travel case
- Includes 4 stitch holders (button) and 2 cable couplers
- Make regular circular knitting needles, straight flexible needles, even elongate the cables with couplers. This set provides infinite possibilities for any project you fancy.
- Founded in 1906, Boye Needle Company was the first American manufacturer of crochet hooks and knitting needles.
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Boye Needlemaster Interchangeable Knitting Set features circular and flexible straight needles sizes 2-15, 4 cable needles and travel case. Needle master assembly instructions
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Boye NeedleMaster Interchangeable Knitting Set, 40-piece.
The Boye NeedleMaster Interchangeable Knitting Set is a complete set, perfect for making circulars, flexible straight and stitch holders. The unmatched versatility and convenience of this comprehensive kit makes it the perfect set for beginners and intermediate knitters. The interchangeable points and flexible cables are easy-to-use and allow you to switch between straight needles or circular needles as well as stitch holders, all of which are included in your kit. The red pebble grain faux leather carrying case with zippered closure holds 26 needles and 4 cables neatly in place. Numbered placement keeps needles organized and easily identifiable with embossed numbers on the inside of the case. It also features 3 see-through pockets for buttons, cable couplers and gripper.
The red faux leather case features a rich pebble grain finish embossed with the Boye logo. Zippered closure and interior needle holders keep everything neatly in place. Embossed numbers above every needle clearly identify size. Clear pockets conveniently display additional accessories
Metal Knitting Needles
In addition to clear labeling within your carrying case, needles are identifiable by color. Each set comes in stunning metallic colors, including silver, light green, royal blue, electric blue, purple, rose gold, gold and emerald green.
- Metal knitting needles 2 – 15 (2.75 – 10 mm)
- Cable lengths (20 in., 24 in., 29 in., 36 in.)
- 4 stitch holder buttons
- 2 cable couplers
- Carrying case, 7.5 in. x 8.5 in.
Clear cables feature a metal connector with a screw top the fits seamlessly with each needle. Fit needle to connect with a simple turn of the wrist. Needles lock securely in place, creating a seamless connection. Included cable couplers join multiple cables to create an extra-long cable
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Then I found Chiaogoo cables (http://www.amazon.com/ChiaoGoo-Interchangeable-Knitting-Needle-7514-S/dp/B00C1QO3AE?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00)
and connectors (http://www.amazon.com/ChiaoGoo-Cable-Connectors-Small-2-Pkg/dp/B00RGFX7ZM?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00).
The ones that are sized for "small needles" fit the Boye needle tips perfectly. However, the screws on the Boyes are English (I think they're 2/56) and the screws on the Chiaogoo are metric, meaning they screw in nicely up to a point, and then get harder as the threads deform slightly. This acts kind of like a lock washer, making it very difficult to come unscrewed by itself, but it also means you don't want to take it apart and put it back together repeatedly. My solution was to get a set of connectors for each pair of needle tips and leave them permanently attached -- you can even add a drop of super glue if you want to be sure that it's permanent. This has the added benefit that I now have slots for the tightening tools on both sides, the needle side and the cable side. I have now done several projects and have not had any connections come undone on me, plus everything about these cables is incredibly smooth, and the cables come in many different lengths. In the attached picture you can see my needles, with the permanently attached connectors, next to the Chiaogoo cables.
I am now really happy with my needles -- too bad I had to go through this much to get a set that finally works so well!
I looked up replacement of the items because my fiance was hurt that he bought what he thought was the greatest Christmas gift (it would have been if it worked better!) and it caused me so much grief and I wanted to make it work but it's like $10/$12 for the needles and another $10/$12 for the cable.
-This purchase was made roughly 4-5 years ago, and my set came with 12, 16, 20, & 24 inch cables (I'm actually starting to think I might have had an additional cable too, maybe a 10") and I noticed this set only comes with 3 circulars, so hopefully they've made changes which includes reinforcing the metal that makes the connections. Because it was such an awesome gift I was very careful, I wasn't pulling on it, or stressing it at the connections, and it felt like it just became almost like aluminum and just bent SO easily, I felt sick when it happened.
So yeah its an awesome set for a beginner/intermediate user who's interested in different projects that would need many different size needles, but just be VERY careful.
As you become more serious, though-- dare I call it Knitpicky?-- there'll be things that might lure you away from this, your first set. Many people end up preferring bamboo or wooden or plastic needles, for example; these are metal. Others want to learn new techniques for knitting small items, like the Magic Loop method; this set isn't compatible with that. A lot of knitters end up opting for other needle systems, like the Denise system or the Knitpicks Options system. (If you want to read a good comparison between the Denise and the Boye systems, look up the review at knitty dot com by Amy Singer).
But why worry about all those possibilities just now? If you're beginning, this set will serve for quite some time. You can upgrade later with all the money you saved from not having to buy individual sets of needles for each of your first few projects.
But I still haven't upgraded mine, and it's been five years now.
ps-The coming-unscrewed problem other reviewers mention can be avoided by using the included tighteners religiously whenever you start a new project (I don't, because I'm lazy and impatient, and still rarely have problems).