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soon2bmommy 05-10-2010 09:11 PM

Circular Needle Annoyance - Help Wanted
:wall: I have a new pair of metal circular needles that I was going to use to knit a baby hat on. But the stupid plastic cord that goes between the 2 needles is so looped that it keeps getting in my way and is interfering with my knitting. Is there any technique or method to get the plastic part to straighten out? Very annoying.

Thank you!


N0obKnitter 05-10-2010 10:09 PM

I have some .99 circs that twist up horribly...since you're already knitting on the circs, when you get to the end, carefully untwist the cable. HTH.

When you can, I recommend getting higher quality circs, ie: Knit Picks (I got Options and I love them) no twisting with them...

Crycket 05-10-2010 10:20 PM

I believe I have heard it is useful to run the cord under some hot water, that should help loosen them up a bit...

hookedonknitting 05-10-2010 11:59 PM

Like Crycket said steam or hot water will do it then lay over your sofa arm :) Mine did that too now they are great!

Jan in CA 05-11-2010 12:12 AM

Doing as suggested will help, but they still won't be as pliable as you'd like. I finally just bought the Knitpicks Options and love them!

RuthieinMaryland 05-11-2010 12:22 AM

Curling cables...
Hi! :waving:

Curling cables nearly annoyed me to death!!! What a nerve-wracking way to try to knit!

Later, when I got my Knit Pick Options, that problem went away. But in the meantime, there I was trying to knit socks with this horribly looping cable. And to finish my project I had to use what I had on hand. So..... I read about the value of boiling water!

I put a small pot of water on the stove and when it came up to the boil I plunked my cable down in the bubbling water and swished it around. Don't put the part that connects to the needles into the water, just most of the cable.

I kept taking them out and re-plunging them in until I could feel a difference in the coil of the cable. It wasn't a perfect (or a permanent) solution but it got me through the project. When the coil started to tighten again after a couple hours knitting I just cranked up the water pot and put the cable back in its "hot tub"!

Hope this helps!

Ruthie :hug:

suzeeq 05-11-2010 08:23 AM

The hot water bath works - leave the cords only in for a couple minutes, then take them out and let them cool while holding them out straight. You can do this another time or two if you want, but let them cool between baths.

N0obKnitter 05-12-2010 07:06 PM

I had only temporary success with the hot water method...

N0obKnitter 05-12-2010 07:08 PM

Whatever I was knitting on the .99 circs, I knitted onto the corresponding sized Options needle/cable...pretend like you're knitting on straights (I had a brainfart and thought I had to do something "special" to switch from one circ to the other...durr me so smart college student.) lol

suzeeq 05-12-2010 11:43 PM

It gets everyone the first time they have to /want to switch needles.

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