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Old 01-22-2008, 11:02 AM   #1
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Problem with my Denise Interchangeables
Does anybody else have trouble with the needle becoming detached from the cable? I was knitting a lace pattern on my size 5's and the needle became detached four times. Finally, I had to rip and rip because the yarn overs were too difficult to retrace.
Am I the only one to have this situation pop up? I've used my Denises many times -- to make the Pi shawl, for instance, when I've had to pull many stitches along. Is it because it was on a 5, and the needle was too small compared to the cable?
Is it any more secure to knit with interchangeables like the Harmony, where you use a cable key instead of just clicking them together?
Is it only needle lust that makes me yearn for a better way?
Thanks for any input!
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Old 01-22-2008, 11:48 AM   #2
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I have had that problem. I really like my Denise set, but, I can't always count on it. When I'm doing a bigger project, I use my Boye set...I like the grip pad and tightening pin you use to screw the needle onto the cable. Occasionally the cable will start to come loose, however, you can feel the cable loosening from the needle before it totally falls off and can tighten it before you drop any of your stitches.
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Old 01-22-2008, 11:49 AM   #3
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I never had any trouble with my Denise needles when I made sure that they clicked into place. Are you using the same cable when that happens? Just wondering if there is a piece of your set that is defective. They do have a warranty on them so if you can pinpoint it to a certain piece you could get a replacement for it and see if that works.
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Old 01-22-2008, 11:57 AM   #4
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I did what the instructions said to do and bent a paper clip. When I put the needle into the cable, I put the paper clip in the little hole and use it to click the needle 1/4 turn to make sure it is locked in. I have never had a problem with the needles coming loose. I keep the paper clip in the case with the needles so that I always have it when needed. Give that a try and see if this helps you. If that doesn't work, contact the company and they will gladly replace the cable that is not working for you. There is a full lifetime guarantee on the whole set, so you won't have any problem getting the cable replaced. The 1-800 number is on the instruction booklet you received with your set. Good luck!
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Old 01-22-2008, 11:59 AM   #5
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I had a similar problem when knittng a skirt w/cotton and, well, it was a plus size so there were LOTS of stitches! I chalked it up the the cotton yarn not sliding smoothly and having to push it around.

They were quick to replace the 2 cables I messed up.

I've not had any problems with any other projects.
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Old 01-22-2008, 12:39 PM   #6
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yes and they will replace those parts
[quote=Carol;1047804]Does anybody else have trouble with the needle becoming detached from the cable? I was knitting a lace pattern on my size 5's and the needle became detached four times. Finally, I had to rip and rip because the yarn overs were too difficult to retrace.
Am I the only one to have this situation pop up? I've used my Denises many times -- to make the Pi shawl, for instance, when I've had to pull many stitches along. Is it because it was on a 5, and the needle was too small compared to the cable?
Is it any more secure to knit with interchangeables like the Harmony, where you use a cable key instead of just clicking them together?
Is it only needle lust that makes me yearn for a better way?
Thanks for any input!

You can email or call them!! they are very nice and will replace parts a NO charge!!! with a smile
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Originally Posted by Mirl56 View Post
I had a similar problem when knittng a skirt w/cotton and, well, it was a plus size so there were LOTS of stitches!
I am knitting the Cameo Shell Stitch Shawl right now, with worsted weight yarn, at this point I have 260 stitches across the needles and cables and I am having no trouble with the needle tips coming loose.

Give the paper clip trick a try and see if it helps you!

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Old 01-22-2008, 01:03 PM   #8
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If you search you will see there are LOTS of complaints about Denise needles coming apart. I only used my for a few months before I got so tired of them popping apart that I gave up on them and ordered Options. So far my Options have never come apart.
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Thanks everyone!
I feel like I've been pretty scrupulous about the "click". I tug and tug and it feels secure, then I knit for an hour or two and presto -- the needle detaches.
I think I'm going to contact Denise and see about getting the cable replaced. In the meantime, I think I'll buy a shiny new #5 with attached cord.
I may also look into the Harmony set more, because I would prefer the wiggle warning before it just comes apart. Plus, they look cool and I'm a needle glutton.
Thanks again!
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I have NEVER had any trouble with my Denise needles. If you are having trouble and you followed the directions, you should definitely contact Denise and ask for a replacement. Let's face it, these puppies aren't cheap.
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