Q: I like to make hats on 16” circulars. Is there any way to do that with this set if I purchased a smaller cable size? Should I purchase a 4” complete set to knit hats with?
A: No, you must use 4" tips to make 16" circulars. Attaching the 5" tips to an 8" cable will result in an 18" circular that is nearly impossible to knit with (can barely bring the tips together). If you only knit hats in a few different needle sizes, then it's cheapest to buy the tips and cables piecemeal rather in a set.
Q: Do the cables swivel on the Spin sets? Can the new SWIV360 cables be used both on the Twist and Spin tips?
A: Hi Marjorie, Yes, The Spin sets all have cables that spin at the join. Yes, the new SWIV360 cables coming out this summer will attach to both the Twist and Spin tips. Thank you for asking. Tracy, Handsome Fibers.
Q: What is the difference between the terms spin and twist? thank you
A: Twist refers to ChiaoGoo's line of stainless steel interchangeables. Spin refers to their line of bamboo interchangeables.
Q: hello, i am trying to decide between the chiaogoo bamboo small size interchangeables or the full set. i tend to mostly used size 2-8, so the small set would work well. what i am wondering is if the case is the same for the small and full set? so if i get the small now and want to add the large later, would i be able to combine them into one case?
A: Hi Deanna, The case is the same. The small sets have the slots and are numbered for the larger sizes on the opposite side of the US-2 through US-8 tips and are numbered US-9 through US-15. Thank you for asking. Tracy, Handsome Fibers.
Q: What's the difference between the twist and spin? From what I can tell the spin term is used for bamboo sets, and twist is used for stainless steel. I have numerous stainless steel red lace stainless circulars with a red cord but not any interchangeable sets. Considering purchasing a full set.
A: Hi Sharon,
The Twist interchangeable sets come with stainless steel tips similar to the Red Lace fixed circulars and with the same red nylon coated stainless steel cables and the Spin sets are Bamboo tips with clear poly cables like the fixed bamboo circulars that ChiaoGoo manufactures.
Both the Twist and Spin sets come in three versions.
Small set - US tip sizes 2-8
Large set - US tip sizes 9-15
Complete set US tips sizes 2-15
All of the pieces in the above three sets are available individually too and interchangeable with each other. Spin and Twist parts are interchangeable.
There is also a Twist Mini set with US tips sizes 000-1.5.
Thank you for asking.
Q: How sharp are the needles?
A: The tips on these bamboo needles are fairly standard - not particularly sharp or blunt. Generally these are considered to be sharper than Clover needles.
Q: Does this set have metal tips on both ends?
A: Hi Tammy, No this set does not have metal tips on the ends of the needles. Thank you for asking. Tracy, Handsome Fibers.
Q: Have heard many great reviews about this product, but I have also heard that the tips wear down over time. Do you have to replace them? order a new tip? How does this work? How fast do they wear down?
A: Any wood or bamboo knitting needles can wear down with use. How long it takes (or if it happens at all) will depend entirely on the knitter that is using them. Many knitters use their needles for decades or more - others wear them out within months.
Normal wear and tear is not covered by ChiaoGoo's guarantee. If the tips were to be worn down the knitter would need to purchase new tips to replace them. We have not had any customers notify us of their ChiaoGoo bamboo tips being worn from use at this time.
-Katie, Handsome Fibers