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Jun 15, 2019 08:46:11   #
Bonnniemay
 
I want to thank all those who responded to my question on circular needles. I have some serious shopping to do. You have come to my aid a few times before. I thank you all again. Bonnie
 
Jun 15, 2019 08:53:13   #
mmpaladino
 
I just dip my cord into a bowl of boiling water and they straighten out. I do this with expensive and very inexpensive needles. Has always worked. Would not spend money on new needles until you try this.
Jun 15, 2019 08:57:01   #
Lilyan (a regular here)
 
I often put a bead or button on the cord to weight it so it does not curl while I am working.
Jun 16, 2019 10:25:15   #
shad88 (a regular here)
 
Any heat given to the circular part will help straighten it, even sitting on it a while. Just hold it under the tap water hot for a moment will also work.
Pat.
Jun 16, 2019 10:41:21   #
cbjllinda
 
I tried all of these fixes with cheap needles and finally gave up and bought some decent ones have not been sorry and would never go back to the others its just not worth it in the end. if you spend a lot of time knitting you want it to be a pleasant experience and you don't want to be fighting a cord all the time. Its cheaper in the long run to buy a good set but if you can't afford that then buy one or two good needles in the sizes you most often use .
Jun 16, 2019 11:33:38   #
conch72
 
Chiagoo red lace circular needles are the best with regard to the curling aspect.
 
Jun 16, 2019 11:47:20   #
Nilda muniz (a regular here)
 
That is a great idea. Thank you.

Lilyan wrote:
I often put a bead or button on the cord to weight it so it does not curl while I am working.
Jun 16, 2019 12:42:22   #
JTM (a regular here)
 
Bonnniemay wrote:
I want to thank all those who responded to my question on circular needles. I have some serious shopping to do. You have come to my aid a few times before. I thank you all again. Bonnie


Although using hot water to allow the "curl" to straighten out will work...it is only a temporary solution. Once the cord cools, often it will simply curl right up again, even with good quality circulars. IMHO the very best circular cable is the ChiaoGoo Red Twist style cable... found on ChiaoGoo stainless steel circulars and with interchangeable needles. The Red Twist interchangeable cables can also be used with their bamboo tips. I have a full set of ChaioGoo Interchangeable stainless steel needles as well as the equivalent of a small set of bamboo tips to go with, just in case I prefer to use them with super slippery yarn. I do not care at all for the Spin style cords that usually accompany the Bamboo set, simply because of the curl, and the "step" between the metal connector and the cable itself (that is the part that allows the spin to actually work)
Jun 16, 2019 14:15:59   #
hildy3 (a regular here)
 
I must be the only one who works with the coil in the palm of my hand. Have you tried it?
Jun 16, 2019 14:24:23   #
Knitting in the Rockys (a regular here)
 
hildy3 wrote:
I must be the only one who works with the coil in the palm of my hand. Have you tried it?


You are not the only one. I inherited all of my mother's and my grandmother's knitting needles. Those early circular needles are very tightly curled but I still use them and I'm not going to spend money to replace them since they are perfectly usable as they are. I'd rather spend money on yarn.
Jun 16, 2019 14:36:49   #
hildy3 (a regular here)
 
Knitting in the Rockys wrote:
You are not the only one. I inherited all of my mother's and my grandmother's knitting needles. Those early circular needles are very tightly curled but I still use them and I'm not going to spend money to replace them since they are perfectly usable as they are. I'd rather spend money on yarn.


Thx for letting me know and agree, money for more needles!
 
Jun 16, 2019 23:21:53   #
Nanamel14 (a regular here)
 
JTM wrote:
Although using hot water to allow the "curl" to straighten out will work...it is only a temporary solution. Once the cord cools, often it will simply curl right up again, even with good quality circulars. IMHO the very best circular cable is the ChiaoGoo Red Twist style cable... found on ChiaoGoo stainless steel circulars and with interchangeable needles. The Red Twist interchangeable cables can also be used with their bamboo tips. I have a full set of ChaioGoo Interchangeable stainless steel needles as well as the equivalent of a small set of bamboo tips to go with, just in case I prefer to use them with super slippery yarn. I do not care at all for the Spin style cords that usually accompany the Bamboo set, simply because of the curl, and the "step" between the metal connector and the cable itself (that is the part that allows the spin to actually work)
Although using hot water to allow the "curl&q... (show quote)


I am the same, I love my ChiaoGoo needles they are ready to use straight from the case for whatever knitting I plan, I often use the magic loop..I've bought a heap of extra cables so I have what I need.... I've been buying the bamboo tips in my most used sizes so I have them to use for any slippery yarns like silk
I am so glad I read about them on here
Jun 17, 2019 06:31:59   #
Stephie
 
I'm with you! I bought several sets of cheap bamboo needles, which are ok, but the tubular cable sometimes seems sticky. I now buy only 40-60 inch lengths too as the extra length helps relax the cable. Knit Picks makes a good needle, but my favorite now is Chiao Goo Red Lace. The cable is coated so it is smooth and super flexible. With the long cable, I use the magic loop method so I can make anything and never use double pointed needles.
 
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