Believe Interchangeable Needles Set from Knitter’s Pride Mindful Collection
PRO:Sharp, long, comfortable tipsSwivelling cords includedDurable caseLot of accessories included and high compatibility with moreCONS:Longer cords not includedScrewing system can be a little hard to useWHO IS IT FOR:Lace knittersLoose knittersKnitters in need for a complete knitting kit including accessoriesWOULD I RECOMMEND THIS KIT:Yes, definitely!
The Believe Interchangeable Needles Set: Presentation
The whole Mindful Collection from Knitter’s Pride is labelled as knitting needles specifically made for knitting lace (and everything else). They have super sharp and smooth tips that makes it easy to perform decreases, work with tiny yarns and knit stitches quickly with no hassle.
What I Think of the Believe Interchangeable Needles Set
The design of this kit and of the whole Mindful collection was obviously made thoughtfully. Every single item in the kit is in tone with the global message that they want to express with this collection: knitting is a way to find mindfulness and inner peace. The teal and white colors are all over the kit: on the case, pouches, accessories and even on the cords. The logo is a mandala, an inspirational symbol and buddhist representation of the universe. It is present on the case, pouches, end caps and needle tips. An inspirational word is also printed on each tip: explore, breathe, imagine… It’s the same word on both needles of the same size, making it easy to quickly spot the pair. The printing on the needle is very bold and hasn’t faded away so far, as opposed to most printing on the needles that I’ve used. I don’t know if they’ll stay visible forever or if they’ll disappear with a lot of use. I wouldn’t care much, but for now, I think those words are an original and pleasing touch.
Interchangeable Needles Tips
The tips included in the Believe Interchangeable Needles Set really are the highlight of the kit. They are made of steel, allowing the stitches to slide smoothly on the needles. Knitters of all levels can appreciate this characteristic, and especially knitters with some experience and a fast knitting pace. These needles will help you knit quickly! Out of the box, I thought that they weren’t so smooth. They had a somehow matt, grippy feeling. 3 weeks of knitting later, they lost most of that feeling: they became smoother and shinier. I wouldn’t say that they are the smoothest needles I worked with yet, but they are getting very smooth now.
Interchangeable Needles Cords
Interchangeable Needles System and Compatibility
As for any interchangeable needle set, the system is quite simple: you pick your needle tips and your cord, and you secure the tips on each end of the cord. Knitter’s Pride needles are secured using a screw system. Set the tip on the cord, turn and turn more, and you’re done. Wait! Not quite. You should use the included pin to turn a little more and make sure it’s really tightly screwed. This step is important: if you don’t do it, your tips might come unscrewed (been there, done that). A lot of brands use this technology, and I think it’s good, but it’s not perfect. I have a hard time finding the right balance between really tight and too tight. Unscrewing the tips can be difficult if it’s too tight, but using the pin helps.
The Believe Set comes with two pairs of (super cute) cord ends. Cord ends are my absolutely favorite extra accessories in interchangeable needle sets, and they are often sold separately. They make the best stitch holders, and they allow the knitter to put a WIP on hold while freeing the tips. The connectors are a must too, and this set comes with two. I find the other accessories (needle gauge, stitch markers and tapestry needles) to be superfluous. Most knitters already own these in several copies and I don’t see them as an added value, except for beginning knitters who are just starting to gather their equipment. I don’t think it was really needed in the kit, but I do appreciate that locking and open stitch markers are included. The ones that I already own have mastered a bad disappearing trick and I would have run out of them in the near future!