I'm working with a very futzy lacewweight yarn for a Wedding Shawl for my granddaughter. Gah. Laceweight and I don't gel. These old hands prefer dk, worsted, aran and bulky yarns.
Anyway, I want to tell you...I have a few pairs of the Cubics circulars...and after fighting with several brands of circs...I landed on these as the PERFECT NEEDLE to work with laceweight yarn, on top of a lacey pattern stitch.
The yarn doesn't slip and slid around with these Cubics needles.
The futzy technique required in the Saturday Lace portion of the shawl (slip 2 together knitwise onto the right needle, knit the next stitch, pass the 2 slipped stitches over the knit 1) is very aggravating...the scooping of 2 stitches together knitwise is hard to do cuz the right needle tip wants to glance off the left needle...but the square shape of the Cubics creates a little space for this maneuver to be executed.
Well, long story short...the Cubics saved me from tossing this whole thing in the garbage bin. Saved me in several ways: the yarn doesn't slip around and off the needle. the maneuver described above is easier, the needle tip is just pointy enough, and the base of the needle tip is nice and smooth...queuing the stitches is a breeze.
Even my Signature Needle circ was a putz. There is a slight hump at the base of the needle shaft that would make queuing the stitches a PITA.
I am tempted to purchase the whole darn set of Cubics interchangeables. I only have about 4 pairs of Cubic 'set circs' at the moment. As soon as I get more allowance in the budget....
The Cubics needle tips don't tend to split this yarn's two strands!
Here is the shawl. And here. It can be done with dk weight (as shown in the photos), or laceweight.
I'm using laceweight because I think it's dressier for a Wedding Shawl...and I had the yarn in my Stash.
Here is a girl that did hers in laceweight. But most of the Rav knitters have used heavier yarn, like the dk or fingering. Her's look a bit sporty because of the variegated yarn, but I think it's beautiful!
Here is a white laceweight shawl that I think is inspiring! She looks so beautiful. I don't think my shawl will be this long. It won't come down to my granddaughter's wrists. But I haven't blocked mine, I have no idea how much it will grow when it's been soaked and pinned out. I don't want it to be wrist-length. My granddaughter is small, and it's a summertime wedding. The shawl might be useful in the evening. Or not, but she'll have it. In Seattle, it can be blustery and rainy in mid-July! :pout:
The Weekend Shawl pattern is available at Rav. I don't consider it a "weekend" project...at least NOT WITH MY YARN! It is slooooow going, let me tell ya. But, it is a very very easy pattern. Starting out with plain st st, that increases from 33st to XXX stitches. Then so many rows of Saturday Lace pattern. Then finally, so many rows of Sunday Lace. It's a nice pattern IMHO.
Anyway, my point of this thread...you'll[COLOR=Red] LOVE CUBICS[/COLOR] CIRCULARS, now available in our KnittingHelp Shop!