Wednesday, May 30, 2007

QUICKtip: controlling extra-long cables

If you are working with an extra-long circular needle (like for "magic loop" or back and forth knitting) the trick of inserting your hand into the loops of excess cable will stop the cable from whipping around with every stitch, whacking everything around you.

This trick works very well with the newer flexible no-memory cables, such as with Addi Lace needles (illustrated). It works less well with old-fashioned nylon cables, but your seat mate on that next flight will still thank you.

(This is a 47" needle being used "magic loop" style to knit a hat.)



marjorie said...

That is cool. I can't believe I didn't think of it!

May said...

I'm trying it today with my lace needles. It doesn't bother me, but I do much prefer having better control of my needles. Thanks for the tip!

Clair St. Michel said...

i agree with marjorie--this is so simple, and so handy, but i never thought of it! thank you tech!

Alexandra said...

Thx for this great tip. Using it right now as I knit my beanie using travelling loop on my 47" cable. Just came to your blog again. Always find such helpful info. Thx again.