A sword or a knitting needle? Lykke knitting needle review

I want a sword not a knitting needle -Kalen.” — David Eddings

I have had my set of Lykke interchangeable needles for a year now and have knitted all sorts of things with them. From small circumferences on sleeves and hats, to full on bottom up jumpers and brioche scarfs.

The main thing I have not knitted with them is socks, however. This is due to the fact that the needle set starts at 3.5mm needles and I like to knit my socks on 2.25 to 2.5mm needles.

But fear not, I managed to buy some 2.25mm and 2.5mm needles while I was in Philadelphia in November. As soon as I have used them I will review them too.

Lykke 5″ interchangeable needle set


I got this 5″ interchangeable set as a present last Christmas and was over the moon. I am always nervous asking for something a bit pricey and then possibly not liking them as I had no chance of seeing the needles in person before getting them. Mine are in the grey denim look case and are stunning to look at. The case they come in is lovely and sturdy and the needles are smooth and kind of shimmer in the light.

From the Lykke website:

Named after the Norwegian word for happiness, LYKKE Crafts combine high quality materials and thoughtful design to produce beautiful, durable, happy-making knitting needles.

A great detail I love and will judge all needles from now on by is that the needle size is etched into the black metal and painted in a contrasting colour. So far I have not noticed any wear and tear on these. On other needles I have used in the past the size was merely painted on and was rubbed off after a few uses.

The cables are lovely soft nylon cables and the set includes several sizes. It comes with 5 different cables; two 24″ cables, two 32″ cables and one 40″ cable. Also included are 4 keys, 2 cord connectors (for joining cables together) and 4 stoppers.

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My parents spoiled me, giving me “Woolens” and these needles for Christmas 2016.

So far I have knitted a cabled cowl and a couple of cabled and textured hats using these from beginning to end. I am now in the middle of using them for a worsted weight cardigan and DK weight brioche scarf as well.

They are very versatile and smooth and suit all different types of yarn. I have had no issues with 100% wool, 30% silk mixes or 100% merino. The tips are not the sharpest or dullest. They are kind of in the middle. I have not attempted any lace work but fear it may be a tad tricky with these needles. My friend who is an avid lace knitter much prefers metal needles for lace anyways. I am yet to try lace knitting so cannot comment more than that. Cables and basic increases and decreases seem to work well though. So not too blunt or overly sharp.

In terms of look and feel and style these are amazing. I am a huge fan. I do love knitting with wooden needles in general and these are a joy to use. However in the UK they are currently still hard to get. Especially if you need other bits and pieces that may be outside of the set, such as an extra pair of needles or a cable. I am not sure there is somewhere currently?

Price wise these are pricey if compared to a knitPro set but comparable to a Chiaogoo interchangeable set and come with a good variety of cable accessories.

So using them over an 11 months period, I have had no issues with the connectors and needles coming undone while knitting in the round. This has been a relief as even with using the turn keys I have had pother sets come undone in the past and then the yarn gets caught in the gap created.

The Lykke needles have been reliable and fun to use. I also haven’t seen much wear and tear even though I mostly use 4mm to 5mm needles on a regular basis. I actually gave away my knitPro wooden needle set to a friend who was learning to knit as I don’t need 2 sets of wooden needles and these will do perfectly til the end of time. 🙂

Yarn shopping in Philadelphia

As part of the travels I mentioned, I was lucky enough to go to Philadelphia and have a couple of days off strolling around.

To my own shame one of the first two things I figured out was where the nearest yarn shops and cafes were. Coffee and knitting are very important to my well being. 🙂

In terms of yarn shops I picked two to go to.

  1. Yarnphoria
  2. Loop

First we went to Yarnphoria. This shop contained all sorts of yarn weight and also had a little doggy in a knitted or crochet jacket. (I can’t remember now).

I was super impressed with the choice of Freia yarns and have been hoping to see the bulky weight in real life. They also stocked lovely hand painted yarn. All I bought was some orange sock yarn though. I was a bit overwhelmed and jet lagged and also just too excited to be in Philadelphia.

The day before I left I had another day to wander around and we went to Loop. Now what an experience. It was bright and airy and so colourful. A highlight was that they stocked loads of Brooklyn tweed yarns and also Lykke sets and singulars.

I have been looking for some wooden sock needles. The cheap knit pro ones I had snapped unfortunately and the super glue didn’t really work. I hope these will be sturdier but I will find out soon enough. 🙂

Otherwise I also treated myself to a Lykke crochet hook set and some Quarry in colour Slate to make my dream chunky cabled cardigan. Probably for next winter considering the slow rate I am going at the moment.

Philadelphia has even more yarn shops but I just did not have time or money to visit them all. Ha! But I am glad I went to these two at least.

Have you been to Philadelphia and yarn shopped? Any other favourites?