knittingneedles2Over the years we have been trying out all of the interchangeable knitting needle sets. We've done Knit Picks, Knitter's Pride, Denise, Addi Clicks and now we've finally gotten the chance to review the Lantern Moon interchangeable knitting needle sets in both rosewood and ebony. Last winter Craftsy had a sale on this set so I snapped up a set to give them a try.

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The Lantern Moon sets are some of the most intriguing interchangeable knitting needles on the market for two reasons: firstly they are the most expensive and secondly the needles are handmade with ebony and rosewood. These two attributes make you wonder are the needles worth the price and what exactly makes Rosewood and Ebony so luxurious for a knitter? Read on to find out.

The Lantern Moon Interchangeable Knitting Needle Set Contents:

Rosewood $231.00

  • US 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5, 11, 13 needle sizes
  • 16", 26", 32" and 40" cords.
  • Silk carrying case
  • Tightening Tool

Ebony $290.00

  • US 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5, 11, 13 needle sizes
  • 16", 26", 32" and 40" cords.
  • Silk carrying case
  • Tightening Tool 

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The Lantern Moon interchangeable knitting needle sets are comparable in terms of what they offer as part of a set. You can't get the smaller sized needs, like in size 3 or smaller, which means that this set would not be good for a lace knitter. However the needles on offer are great for anything that you don't need a very small needle for. The set also includes a beautifully made silk carrying case, with room for all of the individual needle tip pairs and cables.

The tightening tool is my favorite out of all of the interchangeable knitting needle sets that require a tightening tool. All the other tightening tools are glorified safety clips. They are so easy to lose. I had four tightening tools for the Knitter's Pride and Knit Picks needles when I purchased them a year ago and now I only have one left. Lantern Moon's tightening tool is sharp, so you'll definitely want to keep it out of reach of children, but it's handy-dandy wooden handle makes it easy to find and easier to tighten your interchangeable knitting needles.

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Materials

Needle Tips

I've often wondered why rosewood and ebony have been considered luxury materials, now that I've used both the rosewood and ebony Lantern Moon interchangeable needles I have a much better idea. You will not find a smoother surface on another pair of knitting needles, interchangeable or not. I've long been a fan of knitting with bamboo knitting needles for their lightness and the kind of traction you get as the yarn passes over the needles, however rosewood has that same lightness, but with a smoother surface, even smoother than metal. It's the same story with the ebony needles, lightweight, hard surface that is super smooth.

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The needle quality is excellent. The join fits seamlessly to the needle tip. There isn't even the slightest semblance of a catch anywhere. The stitches flow quickly and smoothly. That's probably the reason they don't have lace sizes -it would be really difficult to have a join as smooth as these in the smaller sizes. These are not the pointiest knitting needles, they have what I would consider to be a medium tip, not too sharp and not too dull. To give you some context, I consider the Clover bamboo needles to have super dull points, while the Addi Lace needles have super pointy needle tips. The Lantern Moon needle tips land squarely in the middle between these two extremes and would work great for the average knitter.

Cables

The only area where I'm a little disappointed is in the cables. They are not as flexible as I would like. I'm sure that if I tried to steam the cables a bit they might loosen up a little, but having spent so much money on the needles I'm hesitant to do so. The stiffness did not affect my knitting. I used the needles on my Shakespeare Cardigan and they cast on stitches with a finicky wool/cashmere/silk tweed without a single problem. It felt good to pair a special yarn that I had been waiting for years to knit with a pair of extra special needles. It did feel luxurious. I didn't think a pair of knitting needles could have that effect on me, but they did.

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Silk Interchangeable Knitting Needle Case

The Lantern Moon case that comes with their needle sets is one of the best on the market. The needles easily stay in their little slots, there's room for extras and it's lightweight -I definitely prefer it over the classic Denise plastic case, or even the Addi Cases. I would go so far as to recommend buying the cases on their own for whatever interchangeable knitting needle set you buy. They make your interchangeable needles that much more fun to carry around.

Conclusion

The Lantern Moon Interchangeable Knitting Needles are fabulous. They go above and beyond and truly feel like a luxury set of knitting needles. They make an excellent gift for the knitter in your life. If you want something extra special to complement your knitting this is the set for you. They have the best tightening tool, the best carry case and feature excellent craftmanship. The ebony and the rosewood both add to your knitting experience, offering a super smooth contrast to whatever yarn you're using. The only downsides to these needles is that the cables are rather stiff, but not enough to interfere with your knitting, also they don't have the smallest sizes which is a downer for lace knitters.

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