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Circular knitting needles?

March 14th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Knitting On Circular Needles

I’m using circular knitting needles to make an afghan, but they keep twisting and making it difficult to actually knit. I’m constantly untwisting them.

Any suggestions on how to stop them from twisting?

Thank you

You can soften them up first by putting them in warm water and letting them "rest" before using, if these are plastic or polymer needles/cables.

But some brands twist more than others; they are not all made the same way and some brands are "better" than others in that they are smoother at the join of the needle to cable, make less noise as you click the needles together while working stitches, etc. It’s personal preference as to which ones you buy and use most often.

As for twisting as you work, sometimes this is due to the way you are holding them and working stitches back and forth on them.

Here is a video free online to watch, on ht properly use these needles; maybe this will help get them to stop twisting:

http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/advanced_techniques/

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 zmanryan2 // Mar 14, 2010 at

    don’t use them return them and get your money
    must not be your thing
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  • 2 bookratt // Mar 14, 2010 at

    You can soften them up first by putting them in warm water and letting them "rest" before using, if these are plastic or polymer needles/cables.

    But some brands twist more than others; they are not all made the same way and some brands are "better" than others in that they are smoother at the join of the needle to cable, make less noise as you click the needles together while working stitches, etc. It’s personal preference as to which ones you buy and use most often.

    As for twisting as you work, sometimes this is due to the way you are holding them and working stitches back and forth on them.

    Here is a video free online to watch, on ht properly use these needles; maybe this will help get them to stop twisting:

    http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/advanced_techniques/
    References :

  • 3 E Yow // Mar 14, 2010 at

    Some brands of circulars come with stiffer cables than other brands. One way to straighten them out is to run hot water over the cable (you’ll have to remove the needle from the work first) and hold it out straight, and when you remove it from the hot water hold it for a few seconds until it cools down. That will help a great deal.

    I’ve found that the cables on Addi Turbo or Addi Natura needles are much more flexible than Susan Bates or Clover. The Addis are more expensive, but way less annoying.
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    I teach knitting

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