A while ago, I wrote a review covering the KnitPro Zing range as it was at the time. Since then, KnitPro have also added interchangeable tips to the range, so it’s time update my original post and give them a review!
As with other needles in the range, the Zing interchangeable needles are lightweight metal needles that are colour coded by their size. I have a pair of 4mm tips, which are coded in a lovely blue colour. When I first got the needles, I actually thought that they were broken, because the cable end of the needle doesn’t have a chromed end as I expected.
Instead, the needle terminates in the same colour as the body of the needle. It seems a bit silly now, but I spent about an hour online comparing different sites to see what was up with my needles!
Once I was satisfied that the needles were, in fact, complete, it was time to test them. The Zing interchangeable needles use the same cable as other KnitPro needles, so if you already have some of their interchangeables you have a head start. The needles fit securely on the cable, with a very smooth join that makes it easy to move stitches from the cable to the needle. I tested them knitting flat and using the magic loop technique and they performed well. The needle tips are very light and are quick to warm in your hands, which meant that I didn’t get cramp like I do when I use Nova needles. However, they do suffer from the same problem which I have with other KnitPro interchangeable needles, which is the tip coming unscrewed from the cable during use. I’m not sure if that’s because I knit continental, but it drives me all shades of crazy when it happens – usually in the middle of a row.
The points are reasonably sharp, but I think for lace I would lean more towards KnitPro Symfonie or HiyaHiya needles, rather than use the Zings. Another feature that I like about the Zing needles is that the joins between the different parts of the tip are almost imperceptible. In the past, I have used the KnitPro Karbonz needles and have had issues with yarn snagging between the body of the needle and the tip, fortunately, this isn’t an issue here!
Another issue that I have had with KnitPro needles in the past, is the size rubbing off, sometimes after very light use. Happily, the size is laser etched into the Zing tips, something that is repeated across the whole range. I hope that it will be rolled out to some of the other needles in the KnitPro catalogue in the future! *cough cough Symfonie*
So that’s about it for me on the subject of KnitPro Zing interchangeable tips. In conclusion, they’re lightweight metal tips with a very smooth join to the cable and are lovely to use. I’m a big fan of the whole Zing range and these needle tips are a fantastic addition and make the range even more versatile. The Zing needles are very affordable and would make a great backbone for any knitter’s needle collection, being durable workhorses that can tackle all but the most fiddly of lace. I have seen some bloggers who could make lace work with the Zings but unfortunately, I’m not one of them, as the tip is just not quite sharp enough for my liking. I love the bright colours and will definitely be adding more needles from the whole range to my collection – although I think I’ll stick to my HiyaHiyas for the really fiddly stuff.