Knitting Tips: Straightening Circular Needle Cables

Circular needles have many uses besides knitting in the round. But they can be a PITA when new, due to that pesky coil and twist the cable has after being removed from the package. Actually, the cable itself is basically straight, but gets twisted from the way it’s packaged. Luckily, it’s a simple matter to uncoil them. Just heat up some water (not to the boiling point, though) and dip the cable for a second or two, then remove and gently pull it straight until it’s cooled. Be careful not to dip the needles themselves or the places where the cable is joined, to avoid damage to those parts. When storing circulars, be sure not to wind them up again, or the twistiness will again set in. Here’s a link  to instructions for an easy, no-sew storage device that you can quickly make yourself, to avoid that problem.


Updated 11/19/13

Crochet Beret

1 skein worsted weight yarn

Crochet Hook size G

Gauge: 9dc= 2inches, 7rnds = 3 inches

Crown: Chain 4. Join with slip stitch to form a ring.
Rnd. 1: Ch 3, 13 dc in ring, join with a slip stitch to top of ch-3. 14 dc counting ch-3 a s 1 dc.
Rnd 2 : Ch 3, dc in same st with ch-3, 2dc in each st around. Join each rnd with a slip stitch (sl st) to top of ch-3 , 28 dc.
Rnd 3: Ch 3, 2dc in next st, * dc in next st, 2dc in next st; rep from * around . 42dc.
Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in next st, 2dc in next st, * dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st, rep from * around. 56dc.
Rnd 5: Ch3, dc in each of next 2 sts, 2dc in next st, * dc in each of next 3 sts, 2 dc in next st ; repeat from * around.

Continued in this way to inc 14 sts every rnd, having 1 st more between incs each rnd until there are 8 (9,10)sts between incs.
Work 3 rnds even.

1st dec Rnd: *Work 8 (9,10)sts, draw up a loop in each of the next 2 sts, yo (yarn over) and through 3 loops on hook ( 1 st dec); rep from * around. Join .
2nd dec. Rnd: * Work 7 (8,9)sts, dec; rep from * around. Join.

Continue in this way to dec 14 sts every rnd, having 1 st less between decs each rnd until there are 6 sts between decs.
Headband: Work 6 rnds of one sc in each st. Join and fasten off.