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11-17-2008, 04:17 PM
I went out and bought myself some circular needles to transfer my project to. I love these needles. I dont ever want to use straights again.:roflhard: Amazing how cool they are.

Well, I just want to know if they ever straighten up a bit. and if they do, how do you store them so that they dont curl up on you again? Is this even possible?

I want an entire set of Circulars. Any suggestions?

Thanks guys. You are all awesome!:thumbsup:

11-17-2008, 04:26 PM
Well, I just want to know if they ever straighten up a bit. and if they do, how do you store them so that they dont curl up on you again? Is this even possible?

I want an entire set of Circulars. Any suggestions?

To "straighten" them out try running very hot water over the cables. Not the needles or the join. Then hold then tight until they cool. In my experience they never straighten out just become less curly.

Some people hang the needles between uses using various frames and devices. However you store them make sure that the cable is very loosely coiled if it has to be coiled.

I prefer the the interchangeable needles. Check the shop here for some examples.

Knit Picks has interchangeable needles (http://www.knitpicks.com/interchangeable+circular+knitting+needles_NL300312 .html) in both wood and medal. You can buy the entire set of by the needles and cables individually as you need them. The set may be cheaper but buying the pieces spreads the money out over time.

I like the Boyle Needlemasters because they have a size 2, but I hate the cables. So I replaced the cables with some vinyl tubing I had and they seem to work well. Of course mileage will vary.

11-17-2008, 04:35 PM
I love my circulars too. I asked for a Boye interchangeable set a few years ago and haven't look back at my straight since. The Boye needles can be a little stiff, but overall for what they cost with a coupon or on e-bay they are a great starting point.

11-17-2008, 05:05 PM
I recommend the knitpicks set, I love mine. :)

11-17-2008, 05:08 PM

11-17-2008, 05:12 PM
I definitely want the knit picks options nickle plated set for Christmas. Aren't circulars awesome? IMHO they're the best thing ever invented for knitting. :mrgreen:

11-17-2008, 06:10 PM
I've been looking at a set of these and asked for them for Christmas. I even gave my DW the 40% off coupon the store gave me when I bought my last yarn selection. :)

I've seen a post or two that mentions the cable may pull loose, was that with an old style connector? The ones I looked at had threaded connectors.


11-17-2008, 07:08 PM
Get interchangables if you can afford it. You will save money in the long run. I am making a scarf- casted on one size larger-8, switched to 7 for the first three rows and then changed to 9 for the main part of the scarf, back to a 7 for the last three rows. All I change is the needle tips. :heart: It's great!! I have Denise and love them.

11-17-2008, 07:16 PM
I've seen a post or two that mentions the cable may pull loose, was that with an old style connector? The ones I looked at had threaded connectors.

I've had problems with the needles and connectors unscrewing. They come with a "pin" that fits in a hole in the cable and a rubber non-skid pad that is used to hold the needle. If I snug the connections with these I've never had a problem with the connection coming loose.

Jan in CA
11-17-2008, 07:32 PM
I have Denise Interchangeables, but haven't used them even once since I got my Options! (I personally do not like Boye at all, but that's just me)

As for the cable pulling loose - I have it happen just once in all the time I've had them. DH glued it back in with super glue and it's been fine ever since. I did have a few cables/needles that wouldn't screw in properly, but KP replace them immediately. Great customer service.

Oh and I use a rubbery thing to grip the needle when tightening and I've never had a needle come unscrewed.

11-17-2008, 11:13 PM

Nickel plated or wood???

11-17-2008, 11:40 PM
I agree with everyone who said Knit Picks. Needles with a really good flexible cable will spoil you for others! You don't have to do anything to straighten them. They just don't have memory.

Jan in CA
11-18-2008, 02:15 AM
Nickel plated or wood???

I like the nickle plated, but I know people who prefer the wood. It's really personal choice. I suggest just ordering one set of needles and a cable of each to see which one you prefer. I ordered size 7 and 8 needles and 24 in cables to see if I liked them. After that I bought the whole set. And since then I've added to them. :teehee:

11-18-2008, 08:44 AM
OPTIONS! Either nickle or wood - whichever. They're both wonderful and makes knitting even more enjoyable, fun and easy than ever! PLUS they save you SO MUCH money!

11-18-2008, 10:09 AM
I have the wood interchangeables, and the nickel plated non-interchangeable sock sized circs. I LOVE the wood needles, but I find it hard to see tiny sock stitches on multi-colored needles, so the nickel plates work better for socks, IMO.

11-18-2008, 10:21 AM
I have learned not to fight the natural curve! I wind them into a circle, tuck in the points and hang them from a straight needle in my needle vase arrangement.

11-18-2008, 01:03 PM
I have the Boye interchangeables and LOVE them. I adore metal needles, you couldn't pay me to use wood or resin, and like a previous poster said, with the non-skid pad and the pin you can make sure that the whole thing doesn't come apart.

11-18-2008, 01:20 PM
I love my KP Options and the little storage notebook for them too. I did have trouble with the first set coming apart -- not the screw part after I learned to really tighten it well -- but with the plastic cable detaching from the metal tip -- it happened on 2 sets. I just called and KP sent me a replacement ASAP and I haven't had problems with the new set. Maybe they had defective glue or something for a 'batch'. The customer service was really nice and when I complained I wasn't going to be happy with the set if it continued she indicated they would take back the set no problem due to it's defectiveness. Very nice.

11-18-2008, 01:41 PM
A tip for straightening out curling circs is to heat them by runing them over the top of a lamp. Don't touch the cord to the bulb, just near enough they get warm, and hold them straight.

11-18-2008, 01:43 PM
Adrianne, I've heard that that is typically how Knitpicks handles complaints. Their customer service is apparently really really good. When something about your Options set is not satisfactory they send you replacements without any kind of hassle.
I'd really like a set as well, but Boye was within my budget and Options (for now at least) is not.

11-19-2008, 06:17 AM
I prefer the bamboo needles to warm my hand in winter. And i'd like my circular bamboo needles from 8season-knitting.com

11-19-2008, 09:31 AM
Someone mentioned the needle holder that come with the KnitPick interchangeable needles. If you check your local sporting goods store they often will have a Tackle Binder that is very similar. Bass Pro Shops has one online:


Web Page (http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_37107_100011010_100000000_100011000_100-11-10) for this binder.

Make sure that you pick up extra pages for the cables and other odds and ends.

11-19-2008, 09:41 AM
Hi! :waving:

These have my vote - I LOVE them! Lots of value for the money and an awesome selection of additional long cables you can add as you go.

To get a good tight fit when changing needles, I put the pin in the little hole and then use one of those rubbery circles you can get for opening jars, hold it over the needle and twist. Works great for un-twisting, too! I keep one in the case with my set.

Have fun "going 'round in circles!" :clink:


11-20-2008, 11:53 AM
i use an Optimus Svea camp stove to straighten my addi Turbos
i get the flame a-kickin' and then while holding the needles straight i run the cable back and forth through the flame (yes i said through) smoothly and quickly a couple of times then check to see if its still curling and check with my fingers to see if its cool enought to run again if nessecary once done i hand all my needles from peg in the wall so they just hang in half.

11-20-2008, 04:37 PM
Nickel plated or wood???

I love my Denise set, they are plastic, and store in the box in a way that they are not coiled. They are so convienient to use. If you decide to put a project aside you can take the needle tips off and put little end on to keep your work on the cable but use the needles for another project. I do prefer knitting with wood or bamboo though, the circular needles I bought before I got my set are bamboo, stitches don't slide off the end accidentally. But Whichever way you go, the sets are better value then trying to collect one of each size. Have fun with them!:knitting: