The results are in! Below are the details of some of the leading Interchangeable Knitting Needle brands and what they offer and above is a snapshot of the Vancouver Yarn poll results for the question, "which interchangeable knitting needles do you prefer?" Now, this isn't exactly scientific since there weren't many votes (75 in total). Also, I think it shows which brands people bought and were happy with, as opposed to assuming that they have tried multiple brands and 'prefer' the one they voted for. I guess that's my bad for asking the question that way. Non-the-less people shared. I received all sorts of comments on Twitter and Facebook and then did a little research to sum up what the IKN options are.
Many of these brands have several options (like nickel plated vs bamboo tips) as well as offer them in different sizes, so I tried to sum up the info to reflect the full-meal-deal option for all brands, so we can compare prices more accurately.
I hope you find this helpful :)
PS. I recently received the best early b-day gift from my mom: the Knitters Pride deluxe Dreamz set of interchangeables!!! So far I have no complaints. Now that I have these I can't wait to de-stash my bags of knitting needles!
PPS. If you're a strait needle knitter and are thinking of going circular you might want to check out Melissa's comparison post over at Misocrafty Knits