View Full Version : Bent Boye Needles
10-23-2008, 08:50 PM
I'm pretty new to knitting, but I have a set of boye straights that I really like. I was going to get a Boye Needlemaster for cheap off of ebay, but I notice that my needles, size 13 were bending under the weight of the bulky weight yarn I was using to make a sweater. This was before I even had knit very much! Is this normal? Is there a way to prevent it? Is this bad to have needles bend?
10-24-2008, 05:31 AM
There are different needles out there... and all behave a bit differently. I have a bamboo needle - one is very straight and the other slightly bent(warped). It is not making any difference in my gauge or knitting - so I just ignore it.
Slight bends(warping) or when knitting, the weight of the yarn tends to pull at the needle isn't so bad - it shouldn't effect your knitting - if it effects your knitting, find a different needle.
Some of my very small, size 1 and 2 aluminum needles have bent with use over time, but they still work.
I do find plastic needles tend to bend. Also, if you are knitting very tightly - it will pull at your needle.
10-24-2008, 11:46 AM
I have Boyes and haven't found a problem with them bending. Perhaps you are knitting tight.
10-24-2008, 12:39 PM
I have bamboo needles that are slowly bowing to my hand pressure...they will not break, but they are taking on my hand sway...
I am not a fan of Boyes at all! I think it was DF who pointed out that it was likely my tension, but I have been wearing the paint right off of them, and the feeling that comes out of that...is like nails on a chalkboard...horrible! I hate boyes and will never purchase them again...
(with the exception of a crochet needle kit, as they are not rubbing against one another constantly)
10-24-2008, 10:54 PM
I don't care for them either. The points are so sharp and I push the point on most stitches. The crochet needles are so big. Yuk. Just my opinion.