FOUR clever things to do with your Interchangeable needles


:slight_smile: I’m with you now. That makes much more sense!


another use for your interchangeable needles???



Ooh, is that pattern online?


GREAT job, Wendie!


unfortunately no, it’s an Erika Knight pattern (I talk more about it here). It’s a very pretty pattern - I wish I could post the picture from the book, the baby wearing the bonnet is just so gosh darned cute!


I do #1 too (using two different sized tips to fake two circulars) on my Denise set. The only problem: I’m a fairly loose knitter, so I’m often using #5s, which is the smallest size you get in the Denise set.


I realize this is WAY after the fact, but thank you for those tips! I received the Denise needle set as a gift a few weeks ago and enjoy it, but I was wishing I had some DPNs to make I-cord with (as a relatively new knitter, I haven’t yet moved into using DPNs, though I plan to soon), and now I can do it!

Also, I wanted to thank you, Amy, for your terrific videos! I am a lifetime crocheter and always struggled with knitting; I could DO it (knitting English), but didn’t enjoy it and never sought to really improve my skills. After looking at your videos awhile back I decided to try knitting Continental style and everything finally clicked into place! I’ve been knitting up a storm ever since. So, thank you, thank you, thank you!


Patricia :smiley:


I love using the cables as stitch holders. When I need to knit that part, I just snap my ends to the right cable. I especially love it because I tend to twist stitches or split the yarn when I use a traditional stitch holder.


So has anyone with Denises actually tried the lifeline trick? I would hate to try it and then have the tip come off in my work! :shock:


I have a question about this idea for you folks who have done it.
Because there is a smaller needle on one end, and you slide back and forth, won’t you be knitting onto the smaller needles every other time?
Or are you stopping and changing needle ends?
I checked the video and saw that yes, you are working off one needle then the other.
I don’t see that every time you are working off the right needle. It is once working off the right needle and next working off smaller needle.
Where am I confused?




I would also like to know the answer to this question. Anyone???


I read about this last night and have been trying it very successfully today (despite 4 false starts with the pattern, but that had nothing to do with this method!).

For those that asked about it in the above two posts, here’s how you do it…

  1. Makek up the two circulars with mis-matched needles (e.g. each cable has a no.4 and a no.5 on it)
  2. Cast your stitches onto the correct needle - in this case a no.5
  3. Move half your stitches onto the wrong needle of the second circular
  4. Knit as normal with the two circulars (see Amy’s video if you need to)

You will always have your stitches you are knitting on the smaller needle and those you just knitted will be resting on the correct size needle.


Yes yes, thank you n0nnahs for answering this, sorry we left you waiting Katy and Quietheart. It does work out when you do it. Quietheart, there is no working back and forth in this case, because your knitting in the round. This method is for knitting in the round when the piece is too small for the smallest cable.

  1. Inserting a lifeline There’s a big shortcut you can use with interchangeable needles, if you’re doing lacework and want to insert a lifeline (what’s a lifeline? Video on this page). Instead of threading a tapestry needle with cord and running it through the stitches, you thread the Knitting Needle itself, and let it work the cord in as you knit! There’s a little hole in the Boye set (you know, that hole that the tightening tool goes into) that could have been designed for this purpose!! I haven’t tried it, but I’m thinking you could slip the cord into the hole of the denise needle before locking it onto the cable. …Hope that makes sense, what I’m talking about.

Okay I fully comprehend items 1 & 2 (and have put them to use), but I just can’t get my head around this one! I pushed all my stitches from the right needle onto the cable and threaded the hole (I have the Boye set) with a piece of cotton and pushed my stitches back up. Of course this only worked for the few stitches that got caught up in it as I pushed them back over the hole. However, when I was knitting the next round, the thread got passed through and now there’s a lifeline for most of that round. Problem is, I don’t know how it happened!

Can anyone give me some better instructions on this?



:roflhard: my sentiments too :wink:

Great tips, thank you Amy =D I am a tight knitter and the idea of switching tips sounds great :slight_smile:


[FONT=Arial]I don’t know what I would have done without Amy’s lifeline hint. I am such a clutz if I have to frog and then try to get the loops back on the needle properly. I drop stitches and get frustrated. So I routinely thread some contrasting lifeline yarn into my work every few inches or so. That has saved me soooooo many times! But sometimes the yarn leaves residue fibers so I was brainstorming trying to figure out if I could use heavy fishing line or….?? Then I ran into this thread and it just seems like a perfect idea to use the cable from the interchangeable needles! I have not seen either the Denise or the Boye set in person so am wondering which would be best for use as lifelining. Which one has the skinniest cable? Are the needle/cable joins smooth? Which one should I choose!? I am gaining quite a collection of Addi Turbos, which I love, so probably would use the Denise or Boye set mostly for the tricks in this thread…[/FONT]

[FONT=Arial]Thanks for any thoughts ….[/FONT]



:happydance:i just finished knitting a hat, and used the two circ method amy mentioned. the needles i was knitting the hat on was 11 us. and the other size i added on to make two circs were 5s. it was no problem and didnt effect the way the hat looks at all.


Wow, I just found this post and thank you for the great info!!


yes good idea amy!


I may be a little slow, because I don’t get what the point of the hole in the needle is in the third idea. I knit on interchangeables, so I really want to understand this.