Addi Click Lace Interchangeable Needles – Review

Knitting lace shawl is one of the most satisfying activities. It’s time consuming, but light and portable – that is why lace knitting is ideal for long-haul travel. I didn’t always like knitting lace. In fact I didn’t like it at all at first because the ordinary needles were too blunt to catch a fine thread of yarn; I couldn’t get a nice rhythm when I knitted lace. When I first encountered Addi lace circular needles, my mind was blown away. Now you can get a whole set of Addi Click Lace Needle Kit. So today I am going to review this amazing sets of needles.

Addi Click Lace Interchangeable needles: A must have item for the winter.

Addi Click Lace Interchangeable needles: A must have item for the winter.

I have already reviewed the standard Addi Click needles Feb 2010 so I won’t repeat what I have already said about the basic mechanism of Addi interchangeable needles. In this review, I will concentrate more on the additional features and “lace-knittability” (LOL) compared to the standard one.

Case

There are two new features that differ from the standard Add Click. The first difference is that the case has a nice textured faux leather instead of the smooth mat finish. The second is that there is a zipper pocket at the back of the case where you can put the spare cords and other knitting notions.

Inside of the case

Inside of the case

Needles

There are 8 pairs of needles from 3.5 – 8 mm thickness while there are 10 pairs for the standard one (i.e. you have 10 mm needle in the standard set but I guess you wouldn’t be needing such thick needles for lace…).

Instead of 1 pair short of the needles, you have 5 cords (as supposed to 3) of length 40, 50, 60, 80 and 100 cm. They are very flexible to use. The connectors are identical so I can use the red cord with the standard needles and vice versa. Having a very short cord such as 40 and 50 cm, my lace project would be nice and compact to carry in my bag. Which is also very good πŸ˜€

Even though it's plastic, it is very bendy and soft. I love the contrasting red colour.

Even though it's plastic, it is very bendy and soft. I love the contrasting red colour.

Usability

The needles are much shorter than that of the standard needles. I am not sure of the significance of it but I don’t feel an disconfort in using shorter needles. In fact, I prefer it shorter because I can tuck the whole thing much more compact into my bag to carry around.

The needles are also sharper. This is what I LOVE about the lace needles. It picks up the finest thread of yarn with no problems. What is great about the Addi lace needles are that it is not too sharp that it would split the yarn.

Length comparison

Length comparison

Tip Comparison

Tip Comparison

Good knitting needles allow you to knit much more effectively with a nice rhythm (you can imagine a very good knitters knit fast with constant clicks. I find this so soothing). Lace projects are one of the most time consuming knitting project. They are also quite difficult to mend if you knit a wrong stitch down the row. I feel that Addi lace needles totally improve your knitting efficiency. I can definitely feel the difference.

So what now?…

A new version of Fallen Leaf Shawl is on its way! :D

A new version of Fallen Leaf Shawl is on its way! πŸ˜€

Knit more laces! πŸ˜‰

Responses to “Addi Click Lace Interchangeable Needles – Review”

  1. Serena

    Thank you for this wonderful review! The right needle tips make ALL the difference when knitting lace. I almost gave up on my first lace project until I got pointy-tipped needles. I would love to get a set of these Addi Lace needles!

    • kyoko

      Hi Serena!
      I know exactly what you mean. I nearly gave up on my first lace project too (LOL). Also when you knit lace with Kidsilk Haze, using bamboo needles really help. I just don’t know why but it tend to have a better “grip” on the needles. πŸ˜€
      If you know anyone who has the set, try and see if it’s worth it. To me, I love the fact that they have larger range of cords from short to long. πŸ˜€ Right now I am using 50 cm and it fits well in my bag πŸ˜‰
      x
      Kyoko

  2. Mary

    Hi Kyoko!

    The Addi lace needles sound great. As you know I’m knitting my first lace shawl at the moment and I agree with everything you have said. It is important that you use the right needles. Mine are good, but I did make a small error at the beginning of the pattern which I couldn’t undo, but it’s not too bad. Looking forward to your new shawl pattern. Once I’m more confident knitting lace I’ll definately try it out.

    Mary

    • kyoko

      Hey Mary!
      At first I was a little scared to do the lace because I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not. But after making one and I was totally hooked. It’s just the time involved in making a big beautiful lace shawl. I just need a long haul flight to Japan again to do it!
      x
      Kyoko

  3. stephanie

    Hi Kyoko!
    I’m such a knitting novice, that I didn’t know there were needles for lace knitting. My lists of what I want to learn just keep growing and growing! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing this info.

    • kyoko

      Hi Stephanie!
      I actually didn’t know until several years back that Lace needles existed! It’s amazing what’s available for knitting needles: I have seen square, hexagonal needles etc. The list goes on.
      I still remember your wonderful cable scarf you made last year! πŸ˜‰
      x
      Kyoko

  4. Pili

    Oh my Kyoko! It looks lovely! And I’m learning so much reading this kind of posts! I had no idea there were special needles for lace knitting!

    I hope everything is going great with the new house and that you guys can move into it as soon as possible! Have a great weekend, Kyoko!

    • kyoko

      Hey Pili!
      Thank you for your sweet comment πŸ˜€
      Right now, I am having such a battle with the builders. But I know it will be OK in the end. I just must make sure that I keep cool and logical. Can’t wait to move in!
      x
      Kyoko

  5. Hi Kyoko
    that is lovely , I love Addi needles so much
    your shawl looks lovely !!!
    XOXO from Paris

    I m rukiette 75 from raverly πŸ™‚

    • kyoko

      Hello my fellow Addi fan! πŸ˜‰
      I am the same I just love my addi needles so much. I cannot live without them! (LOL).
      I think it’s the way that Addi needles are not too blunt but not too sharp that I love about it.
      It must be freezing in Paris? It is getting very cold over here. It’s a good weather to knit πŸ˜‰
      x
      Kyoko

  6. Leela

    Thank you for pushing me over the edge! Happy 45 birthday to me. I bought them and I’ll leave them wrapped for my birthday. My husband will feel so pleased with himself for thinking of such a thoughtful gift.

    • kyoko

      Hi Leela!
      How fabulous! πŸ™‚ Happy birthday to you πŸ˜€
      Addi Click makes such a wonderful and special gift for knitters doesn’t it? I can’t live without them.
      Hope you have a fab time.
      x
      Kyoko

  7. Nikki

    So right now I am torn between this set and the newer set which provides longer needle tips and lifeline cords. However, with the longer tips, it doesn’t allow for the shorter 16″ and 20″ cords to be used. So my concerns are: Do the shorter needle tips make it harder to knit or cause pain or discomfort or awkwardness in any way? Or do you think the longer tips with the lifeline cords would be worth it over this older set?

    • Kyoko

      Hello Nikki!
      Shorter tips are easier to carry around but I do find longer tips easier to knit. I think it depends on people’s preference though :). I just find it that I can have a better grip when using a longer needles.
      For example, it’s convenient for me to have more longer cords than shorter ones because I tend to use magic loop method frequently for various projects. I think it’s more versatile.
      I do however make sure that I keep the shorter cords because they are good to keep the stitches resting.
      Hope this helps.
      If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!
      Kyoko
      x

  8. linda

    Thank you for this review, Kyoko!

    I have been considering buying Addis, as I am not impressed with my Knitpro. Especially after buying the wooden Symphonies for a trip and breaking 2 before even leaving!!! And the third pair have an annoying gap before the metal join that laceweight gets caught in. Hideous.

    I have a pair of Addi circulars that I bought, but find them a bit blunt and was worried the regular set would be the same.

    After looking at your (fantastic) image of the two side by side I think the lace ones would be fine for regular use. The metal Knitpros I have right now are quite sharp, so figure the lace ones wouldn’t be any harder on the hands looking at your image.

    Off to buy them as my birthday gift. (I see I am not the only one who has had this fabulous idea!!)

    ;-D

    x

    • Kyoko

      Hi Linda!
      Thank you for the comment!
      I have both sets (knitpro and addi) and use them.
      Generally I like to knit with metallic needles for me to get the right tension, but I use wooden needles for lace.
      It’s very easy to change the needles with Add and I like them. Hope you enjoy the needles!
      x
      Kyoko

  9. Tania

    Sorry to comment on an old blog post

    Gosh, these are so beautiful! Your review is definitely one of the most comprehensive I’ve seen, thank you!

    As a fellow Londoner, I was wondering where you got these, as there are many places out there but I’m not totally safe feeling with any of them!

    • Kyoko

      Hi Tania,
      Thank you for your lovely comment! I think you can get these needles from various online shop including amazon.
      x
      Kyoko

      • Tania

        Thank you so much for replying, and duh! I can’t believe I didn’t even try amazon!

        Thanks again, love your blog (and desperately need to find a baby to make that cable jacket for!)

        Tania

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