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    Plastic straight knitting needles.

    Does anyone know where to purchase plastic straight knitting needles in small sizes - 3, 4, and 5? My friend's son works with jurors, who are always bored waiting for possible being chosen for a jury. He has gotten permission to supply knitting/crocheting supplies. We found blunt scissors, plastic sewing needles, and plastic crochet hooks, but can't find the knitting needles. The plan is to supply easy patterns to make hats for preemies and donate them to the hospital.

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    Found some:
    http://www.yarn.com/webs-knitting-needles-plastic/
    http://www.yarn-store.com/knitting-n...oint-pg02.html
    http://www.amazon.com/SG-Colorful-Pl.../dp/B00FYO4QQQ
    http://www.amazon.com/Susan-Bates-10...dp/B000QHIGPI/

    Edit: I see you need the small sizes, which are harder to find. Here are some more options:
    http://www.amazon.com/14-Inch-Plasti.../dp/B0051OU4KQ
    http://store.knitting-warehouse.com/075486.html

    Is there any chance they could use bamboo needles instead? Bamboo needles would be much nicer to work with, and possibly easier to find.
    Last edited by Prism99; 06-03-2014 at 12:46 PM.

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    what a great idea!
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I'll look at them more carefully - I found some of those sites, but could not find the smaller needles. I'll ask about the bamboo. That's a good idea.
    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    Found some:
    http://www.yarn.com/webs-knitting-needles-plastic/
    http://www.yarn-store.com/knitting-n...oint-pg02.html
    http://www.amazon.com/SG-Colorful-Pl.../dp/B00FYO4QQQ
    http://www.amazon.com/Susan-Bates-10...dp/B000QHIGPI/

    Edit: I see you need the small sizes, which are harder to find. Here are some more options:
    http://www.amazon.com/14-Inch-Plasti.../dp/B0051OU4KQ
    http://store.knitting-warehouse.com/075486.html

    Is there any chance they could use bamboo needles instead? Bamboo needles would be much nicer to work with, and possibly easier to find.

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    Wow what a great idea. My DD is a NICU nurse. Shall have to suggest this venue to her.
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    what a nice thing to do. get those men knitting too
    put off till tomorrow what you can do today, and if you procrastinate long enough, you may never have to do it.

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    Why not use 24 inch circular needles. I never use straight anymore. I find the circular easier to handle without the long ends weighing down and getting in the way. Also, you'll always have a pair since you can't lose one needle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt1950 View Post
    Does anyone know where to purchase plastic straight knitting needles in small sizes - 3, 4, and 5? My friend's son works with jurors, who are always bored waiting for possible being chosen for a jury. He has gotten permission to supply knitting/crocheting supplies. We found blunt scissors, plastic sewing needles, and plastic crochet hooks, but can't find the knitting needles. The plan is to supply easy patterns to make hats for preemies and donate them to the hospital.
    What a fabulous idea! You might even have them make 6" blocks of knitting or crocheting to then be joined into an afghan. Kudos!

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    The problem I am encountering when trying to knit newborn hats is that you need to knit "in the round" to prevent seam in the back of the hat. This requires using three double pointed needles or two sets of circular needles. Even a short circular needle won't work because of the decreased number of stitches at the crown of the hat.
    Probably should go with 16 inch plastic circular needles per a local knitting instructor.

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    Can hats be crocheted rather than knitted? Seems to me it would be easier to teach, plus crochet hooks are easy to find in plastic.

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    I'm not a knitting expert, but aren't 24 inch circular needles too long to make a preemie hat? Perhaps I don't understand how you use them. We talked about double pointed needles, but thought the easiest pattern would be to knit a flat hat and sew up a seam.
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun View Post
    Why not use 24 inch circular needles. I never use straight anymore. I find the circular easier to handle without the long ends weighing down and getting in the way. Also, you'll always have a pair since you can't lose one needle.

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    OH, I like this afghan idea. I'll suggest that.
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmom04 View Post
    What a fabulous idea! You might even have them make 6" blocks of knitting or crocheting to then be joined into an afghan. Kudos!

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    I knit 3 needle patterns and use bamboo double pointed needles. I was used to using metal ones and when I went to buy a set all they had was bamboo so bought those. I really like those much better.

    Would they consider a wooden needle a weapon? I'm assuming that is why you need plastic rather than metal.

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    I don't know where you live but if it is in a cold climate then mittens are a good option too. There are patters for two needle mittens that are easy to make. When I taught people how to knit I used a two needle mitten pattern. It has everything you need to know. Knit and Perl in the ribbing, increasing and decreasing for the thumb and tip of mitten, sewing up a seam plus they are small enough project it doesn't take forever to get them done. Shelters where it gets cold can always use mittens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt1950 View Post
    I'm not a knitting expert, but aren't 24 inch circular needles too long to make a preemie hat? Perhaps I don't understand how you use them. We talked about double pointed needles, but thought the easiest pattern would be to knit a flat hat and sew up a seam.
    You can knit a flat piece with circular needles. Just don't join the stitches and knit back and forth. I was formerly a knitting instructor and taught many people to knit that way. 24 inch is the the least awkward, 16 inch too short and 36 inch too long.
    Last edited by quiltsRfun; 06-05-2014 at 09:32 AM.

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