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    They are almost like circular needles (I have a pair) and all are right in that they are extensions of straight needles, but allow the 'bulk of the stitches' to lay in the lap, while one is knitting. They are great to use. Lucky you
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    As I read your post, you are saying that each needle has a circle at the end of the needle instead of a caplike ending that normal needles have?
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    Go to Knitting Paradise on the net. There is someone who will tell you about the needles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    I'm just guessing here . . . but am thinking maybe they're made for very large (wide) pieces. As the stitches build up, they could slide along the cable, allowing the needle to hold more. As they're removed, they would slide back onto the "needle" section. The circle would be to keep them from sliding off. Like I said, it's just a guess . . . . I'm a crocheter but have used cabled hooks, for "longer" double-ended hooks (cable between the two ends), and know those cable can hold LOTS of stitches.
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    Sounds like jumper needles to me. Answers are correct that state they are used for large projects. Allows the project to gather on the 'cable' without having to have very long needles or making a large project in sections.

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    Are these the needles in question? http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-VINTAGE-...-/350589299172
    Deanna in SE Michigan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cottage Dee View Post
    As I read your post, you are saying that each needle has a circle at the end of the needle instead of a caplike ending that normal needles have?
    Yes, these needles are plastic with a metal head in front and a little round disc on the end. They are flexible and like circular needles except for the little disc at the ends. I think I picked them up at a yard sale a long time ago. They are made by Boye and come in pairs as though they were straight needles.

    I only use these if I don't have the size I need in the circular needles. These are better than the straight needles as they don't get in the way of your chair arm, etc.

    Well, I learned something I didn't know. They do have a name and yes they look like these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-VINTAGE-...-/350589299172

    Mystery solved!!! lol
    Last edited by maryb44662; 10-03-2012 at 08:24 AM.
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