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ABC's Mom
04-03-2011, 02:08 PM
Hi everyone,
I am looking for the maker of plastic circular needles that were made probably 20 years ago. I found these needles in my long forgotten stash that I used many years ago. These needles are molded as a single piece therefore the the transition from the cord to the needle is the smoothest I've seen yet. These are a white plastic with a slight bend in the needle about an inch from the cord. The gal at the local yarn shop said she recognized the style but couldn't remember the name of the maker. Does something like this even exist any more?
Thanks for your help.

fatoldladyinpjs
04-03-2011, 02:49 PM
I have one similar to it that I purchased at a thrift store. I have the original package. Mine is the Hero Nylo-Hoop one piece nylon circular needle. It was manufactured by the Hero Manufacturing Co, Inc. in Middleboro, Mass. It says Patent Applied for Article Number 301. You can probably get more info on this from the US Patent Office online.

I'm not finding out a whole lot about this company. As near as I can figure, this company was in business in the late 1930's. This website has an old vintage Weave It book from them with a date of 1937. I'm guessing the needles were from that time period.

http://www.eloomanation.com/projects.php

Here's a picture of the one like mine. Is this it?
http://knitting-needles.net/2-boye-crochet-hooks-5-8-hero-nylo-hoop-needle/

These needles must have been cutting edge technology. I think this was about the time nylon was invented. Your needles are 80 some years old. Congratulations on a great find!

mjrekedal
04-03-2011, 05:05 PM
I have just joined this forum, a crocheter trying my had at knitting, and I'm amazed that I can actually answer! I inherited my mom-in-law's knitting material, including her circular needles. Hers are Susan Bates by C.J. Bates & Co, Chester, Conn. 06412. They look like the photo sent in by fatoldladyinpjs, but are in either pink or steel gray. Hope this helps in your search.

suzeeq
04-03-2011, 06:09 PM
Yep, I have a couple of them, I think both are Susan Bates nylon not plastic needles. Boye might also have made them too. You may be able to find some on ebay if you'd like to get more. I agree, they're great needles. Mine are size 13 and 15, I did have 10s but they kept getting chewed by the cats and would split and splinter. That happened to 2 of them.

ABC's Mom
04-05-2011, 11:27 AM
I have one similar to it that I purchased at a thrift store. I have the original package. Mine is the Hero Nylo-Hoop one piece nylon circular needle. It was manufactured by the Hero Manufacturing Co, Inc. in Middleboro, Mass. It says Patent Applied for Article Number 301. You can probably get more info on this from the US Patent Office online.

I'm not finding out a whole lot about this company. As near as I can figure, this company was in business in the late 1930's. This website has an old vintage Weave It book from them with a date of 1937. I'm guessing the needles were from that time period.

http://www.eloomanation.com/projects.php

Here's a picture of the one like mine. Is this it?
http://knitting-needles.net/2-boye-crochet-hooks-5-8-hero-nylo-hoop-needle/

These needles must have been cutting edge technology. I think this was about the time nylon was invented. Your needles are 80 some years old. Congratulations on a great find!


Thanks for your prompt reply. These look like the ones I found in my stash. I'm not sure where they came from, unless I rescued them from my grandmother when she moved to Oregon from MI back in the 80"s. She is the one who originally taught me how to crochet. No mean feat since she was a right hander and I'm a lefty! Mine are a size 10 and I really like them as there is no catching on the cord. I'll keep looking to see if I can find any more of them at estate sales, etc.

cheley
04-05-2011, 12:29 PM
Thanks for your prompt reply. These look like the ones I found in my stash. I'm not sure where they came from, unless I rescued them from my grandmother when she moved to Oregon from MI back in the 80"s. She is the one who originally taught me how to crochet. No mean feat since she was a right hander and I'm a lefty! Mine are a size 10 and I really like them as there is no catching on the cord. I'll keep looking to see if I can find any more of them at estate sales, etc. Look at what I have in my stash!!!! Check out the price!!! I think this is what you mean?:hug: Sorry bout the flash, It is a Romaxe Deluxe Nylon Circular mine is a US4 29"...I am pretty sure I found it on Ebay...
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5177/5592726786_e802a6eed7_m.jpg

KatzKnitter
04-12-2011, 02:25 AM
Try Ebay. I just bought Boye Balenes there, and they've been discontinued for a while.

flhusker
04-12-2011, 08:59 AM
I still have some of these and still use them. I bought mine back in the 60s or early 70s and they are Susan Bates. I love them.
Flhusker

Laceluvr
08-09-2013, 04:00 PM
Hi,
There were several makers of the nylon circular needles. I have several that I bought in the late 60's & 70's from the Super Yarn Mart (a chain of stores that sold yarn/knitting/crochet & neelework supplies). Some were made by the Hero company which is no longer in business. Most of the ones I bought were from the Boye Co. & also Susan Bates made them, and also Marcia Lynn. I have emailed Susan Bates to see if they had any old backstock of these needles for sale. I also asked if they would consider making them again. I got no response, so now I Google "vintage nylon knitting needles" and have bought some on the internet (Etsy.com is a good source). These all nylon knitting needles are my favorites as they are perfect for lace knitting which is what I love to knit the most. Since they are one continuous length of nylon, they have no join that can snag the delicate mohair and fine wool yarns that are used for lace knitting. Perhaps if we could get enough people to write to Susan Bates, they could be persuaded to re-manufacture them. In the meantime, I will search the internet and haunt yard sales to find them. They are well worth the effort.

artsy1
08-10-2013, 01:59 AM
i found these listed on ebay,
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vtg-Hero-Nylo-Hoop-Circular-Needle-29-Size-3-Green-NIP-/321096309253

might check there too

Hi,
There were several makers of the nylon circular needles. I have several that I bought in the late 60's & 70's from the Super Yarn Mart (a chain of stores that sold yarn/knitting/crochet & neelework supplies). Some were made by the Hero company which is no longer in business. Most of the ones I bought were from the Boye Co. & also Susan Bates made them, and also Marcia Lynn. I have emailed Susan Bates to see if they had any old backstock of these needles for sale. I also asked if they would consider making them again. I got no response, so now I Google "vintage nylon knitting needles" and have bought some on the internet (Etsy.com is a good source). These all nylon knitting needles are my favorites as they are perfect for lace knitting which is what I love to knit the most. Since they are one continuous length of nylon, they have no join that can snag the delicate mohair and fine wool yarns that are used for lace knitting. Perhaps if we could get enough people to write to Susan Bates, they could be persuaded to re-manufacture them. In the meantime, I will search the internet and haunt yard sales to find them. They are well worth the effort.

ArtLady1981
08-10-2013, 03:19 PM
I love those vintage pink nylon circs! I have a couple of them!

My 16" US5 Susan Bates (white nylon) still has the original packaging!
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3716/9478826627_618d5809f1.jpg

My Boyes (pink nylon) are both 24", US 5 & US6.
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2877/9481619830_8425d4246c.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3684/9478826731_94121a072d.jpg

You're quite right. They are very easy to use. The "join" is absent, and no snagging EVER! Ya hafta soak them in HOT water before using them, to relax those cords. But they respond well.

Ebay is selling them today. A whole batch of the Marcia Lynns (http://www.ebay.com/itm/8-Circular-Knitting-Needles-Vintage-In-Package-Marcia-Lynn-/370870522833?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item56599b13d1) for $7.99 if you want them NOW. The "bid" is $5.99 at the moment. They look just like my white nylon circs.

Here is a baby blue US6 Susan Bates nylon circ (http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-29-No-6-SUSAN-BATES-CIRCULAR-KNITTING-NEEDLE-2806-/281095750049?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item41729cc1a1)for sale on Ebay! $3.25
And here is a size US4! (http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-29-No-4-SUSAN-BATES-CIRCULAR-KNITTING-NEEDLE-2799-/281095750054?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item41729cc1a6) $3.25

You simply cannot beat the price, even with a little shipping!

Here are some white Susan Bates circs (http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-16-No-10-1-2-SUSAN-BATES-CIRCULAR-KNITTING-NEEDLE-3143-/281133028759?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4174d59597).

I typed VINTAGE CIRCULAR KNITTING NEEDLES in the eBAY search engine, and up popped slugs of old-timey circs. Very affordable priced, too.

You should be able to eventually get all the sizes and lengths you need. There must be a lot of old gals like me (and older) who are pushing off, and their children are giving all their mother's old circs to Good Will, etc. I think these Ebay vendors must search all the Thrift Stores for these old timey circs, etc.