Originally Posted by mojo11
I've split yarn with a US 17 (he said, shamefaced). I remember staring at it, slack jawed in amazement.
That's frustrating but splitting the yarn with US 2 or smaller needles and trying to fix it is much worse IMO. At least with yarn you'd use US 17s with you can see what happened.
Other than some yarns that seem to arrive split (Caron Simply Soft comes to mind, and yarns like Homespun that split and are fuzzy too) IME splitting is mostly a matter of I should knit more loosely to lessen the tension on the yarn as it's worked and make it easier to actually get the needle through the stitch. I'm working on it. If I don't knit so tightly then even with the yarns that aren't as tightly twisted, I can get the needle through the stitch and leave the yarn intact more easily. Like I said, I'm working on it. Why does knitting bring out the control freak in me? That's a rhetorical question BTW.
Moral: don't strangle the poor, innocent yarn.
Cut it some slack...in a manner of speaking.