when circular needles get twisted

recently, i talked about the different types of knitting needles. for a refresher, read knitting needles 101. (link opens in a new window)

i store my circular needles in their cases, which keeps them tidy, and i can know their size at a glance…

circular needles in their case

but it causes them to look like this before i start a project:

knitting needles circular coil

which can be a little maddening. remember telephones with cords? and how the coil would sometimes come undone and kink a little? equally maddening.

here’s what i do…

i run them under super-hot water.

if it’s a particularly stubborn set, i’ll soak it in boiled water for a few minutes.  then i hold the needles in my hands and stretch out the connecting line. while i’m pulling it taut, i run it under cold water to set it in place.

it usually lays a lot flatter and behaves as i cast on my stitches for a new project.

knitting circular needles

a little less maddening.

slow mo replay?


circular needles


flat circular needles all better imadeitso.com

do you have any tricks for dealing with coiled circulars? how do you store yours? is there a brand you use that avoids this problem altogether? i’d love to hear more…

(actually, if you’ve got nothing to share about needles and just wanna talk knitting… i’m your gal. if you’re on ravelry and want to share your username with me so i can stalk admire your projects, link me up!)

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11 Responses to when circular needles get twisted

  1. I am not home but I bought a brand of circulars last month that is AWESOME. The cord is so soft and untwisty and I don’t think there was a snag spot where the cord and needle met.

    You can look me up on Rav. I just changed my name there to match.

  2. Angela says:

    I have been enjoying your knitting tools posts. Not because I knit, I don’t. I don’t even have the tiniest desire to learn how. But I thrifted a box with about 25 pairs of knitting needles in different colors and sizes, including about 6-8 circular knitting needle sets and a handful of other knitting doodads. I think the needles look pretty in a jar, like a vase of flowers. Maybe all that I’m learning from you will start to fester in my head long enough to make me want to learn how one day.

    • imadeitso says:

      thanks angela. i think there’s something so comforting about knitting. you might get a kick out of any of yarn harlot’s books about knitting, where she goes on (and on and on) about her obsession. you may be able to relate to her in that sense, with the hunt for the right yarn and so on. she also decorates her house with skeins of yarn… inadvertently. she’s simply run out of room to store it all ;) fun stuff.

  3. Jess says:

    I didn’t even know there WAS such a thing as circular needles! Learn something new every day :)

    • imadeitso says:

      i know, me too! you know how i posted the peacock pic the other day? and shannon/googiemomma came by and said they’d seen a white peacock? well i’d never even heard of one, but today at the park, what do we see but an all white peacock! turns out it is not an albino (an albino’s eyes would be red), but just a genetic mutation, a recessive trait. it was beautiful. //end geekout. and to make this at least yarn-related… free amigurami peacock pattern.//really end geek out this time

  4. Debbie R. says:

    Anna there is only one circular needle that you need to own and it’s the Addi Turbos. They are beyond amazing and worth every cent. They are like butter. They are the Mercedes of needles. Rosewood are also worth looking into. Go get yourself some new needles this weekend.

    • imadeitso says:

      so…..no more throwing chairs? :( hehe.. i was leaning towards the addis, but wanted to be sure before making the investment. i think you’ve convinced me debbie. and great hearing from you, old friend.

  5. Marti says:

    I will second the comment on the Addi’s. I balked at them at first, do to the increased cost and the fact that I had many pairs of perfectly serviceable needles already. But as an indulgence for a special project, I bought a pair of Addi lace needles and now sort of wish I’d never even picked them up :) They’re fantastic. I’ve since bought two more pairs of lace circulars and they are far and away my favourites to work with.

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