Review ChiaoGoo Knit Red Lace Needles

Company: ChiaoGoo

Product: Red Lace Interchangeable Needles
Price: Full Set $155.00; Small Set $89.99; Large Set $89.99 (prices may vary)

Product Includes
Size Small Set 

  • 5″ stainless steel knitting needle tips in sizes 2 (2.75mm), 3 (3.25mm), 4 (3.5mm), 5 (3.75mm), 6 (4mm), 7 (4.5mm), and 8 (5mm)
  • 3 “S” cords to make circular sizes: 24″ (60 cm), 32″ (80 cm), and 40″ (100 cm)
  • 1 “S” cord connector to join cables
  • 2 “S” cord end caps
  • Two cord keys
  • Stitch markers
  • One needle gauge/ruler
  • One fabric case for storage (black and white floral with red ribbon accent)

Size Large Set

  • 5″ stainless steel knitting needle tips in sizes 9 (5.5mm), 10 (6mm), 10.5 (6.5mm), 11 (8mm), 13 (9mm), and 15 (10mm)
  • 3 “L” cords to make circular sizes: 24″ (60 cm), 32″ (80 cm), and 40″ (100 cm)
  • One “L” cord connector.
  • Two “L” end caps.
  • Two cord keys.
  • Stitch markers.
  • One needle gauge/ruler.
  • One fabric case for storage (black and white floral with red ribbon accent)

Full Set
The full set includes all the needles and accessories from both the small and large size sets in one case.

(not available for direct purchase via ChiaoGoo)

An interesting tidbit from the manufacturer: What Does “ChiaoGoo” Mean and How the Heck Do You Pronounce It? Chiao (chau) – crafty, Goo (gu) – lady

My Review: For years I used Knit Picks Options Harmony wood interchangeable and loved them. I even wrote a review last February where I sang their praises. Unfortunately since then I began to have problems with my set. I started either losing pieces of the set or they were involved in WIPs, so I purchased new tips and cords. The newer bits that I was buying seemed to be poorly constructed compared to my original set. I don’t know if that was all in my mind or if somewhere over the years KP changed where and how their needles were made. Either way, needles were splintering and cords were pulling apart at the seams. When one cord pulled apart with over 400 lace stitches on it dumping them all in my lap I decided that was the final straw. (I saved the knitting, but it took an hour of being afraid to move for fear of everything unraveling.) I went in search of a new set of interchangeable needles. After reader reviews of various companies I settled on ChiaoGoo Red Lace needles. Turns out it was a very good selection.

ChiaoGoo Red Lace are stainless steel and I was never a big fan of metal needles. Their clicking can be too loud and they’re cold in your hands. I just always thought of them as harsh compared to a good wood or bamboo needle. Because the Red Lace needles got such good reviews I decided to cast aside my feelings for metal needles. I purchased the Red Lace interchangeables in the Small size only (needles US 2-8). It’s rare for me to knit using anything larger than a size 7 or 8 anyway. Plus I didn’t want to spend money on the full set when I wasn’t sure I’d even like them.

The Small needle set comes in the same case as the Full set, which means there are pockets for the larger tips if I wanted to add them. I was happy to see that because even though I rarely use larger needles I was still going to eventually want to have them.

*Disclaimer: The yarn in this review was received complimentary from the manufacturer for designing purposes. Reviewer was not otherwise paid, contracted, or obligated to review the yarn or product in this review.