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Very long steel Knitting Needles 36 cm 14.1 inches long RARE for guernseys, ganseys, Fair-Isle, in sets of 4 or 5; 1.75mm - 5mm post-free UK

Very long steel Knitting Needles 36 cm 14.1 inches long RARE for guernseys, ganseys, Fair-Isle, in sets of 4 or 5; 1.75mm - 5mm post-free UK

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  • Materials: steel, paper plastic wrapping
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Long 14 inch Metal Knitting Needle 1.5mm to 5mm for Knitting Guernseys, Ganseys, Sweaters, Jumpers, Fair Isle, Sanquhar gloves, and Lace and Shawls

I am selling these needles now in sets of 4 or 5. I discovered that selling them singly just confused knitters whose first language was not English and these customers felt disappointed as they tended to order 1 needle.

I have sourced these lovely long knitting needles from my suppliers in the Far East. These needles are full-length for knitting all kinds of big garments, especially for guernseys (also known as ganseys and knit-frocks) as each needle will hold around 100 stitches. For the bigger needles or looser tensions, you may find a few stitches sliding off the ends of the needles as they are resting, and the way to avoid this is to weave a strong thread or yarn in and out of the hemline and draw it up it fairly tightly into a bow. This will keep the knitting from stretching outwards. As the work progresses, tie another strong yarn higher up the knitting, a few inches below the needles. This is a traditional method of preventing the work springing out of control when the garment is getting heavier and any garter stitch or moss-stitch-type technique will not then 'expand' the work off the needles.

These needles will also suit knitters who prefer not to work with circular needles; and those who use a knitting belt or knitting stick.

My picture shows 100 stitches cast on to a 3.25 needle using 5-ply guernsey (gansey) British wool.

I have used these needles extensively for the past 18 months and they are a joy to work with. They are not highly polished so stitches do not slide off the needles uncontrollably. There is a tiny bit of grip which helps control the stitches; whereas the polished metal needles so often sold will sometimes fall out of your hands, or drop their stitches off, especially at the beginning and ending of a row.

Be aware that these needles are made from hollow steel rod and so are a lighter weight than many old traditional solid steel needles. These are not the same as the old heavy polished solid stainless steel needles of yesteryear which are now difficult to source, but these modern needles are nevertheless a quality product.

The needles are manufactured in old British sizing, which translates as follows:

Old UK and China No. 6 - US 8 - 5 mm - Japan 10 is 5.1 mm

Old UK and China No. 7 - US 7 - 4.5 mm- Japan 8

Old UK and China No. 8 - US 6 - 4 mm - Japan 6 to 7

Old UK and China No. 9 - US 5 - 3.75 mm - Japan 5 is 3.6 mm

Old UK and China No. 10 - US 3 - 3.25 mm - Japan 4

Old UK and China No. 11 - - 3 mm- Japan 3

Old UK and China No. 12 - US 2 - 2.75 mm - Japan 2

Old UK and China No. 13 - US 1 - 2.25 mm

Old UK and China No. 14 - US 0 - 2 mm - Japan 0

Old UK and China No. 15 - US 00- 1.75 to 1.85 mm

Old UK and China No. 16 - US 00 - 1.5 to 1.75 mm

Some of the packs are printed with China (or old UK) sizing.

I am especially delighted to offer the two thinnest sizes as these are very difficult to find nowadays. In previous generations, they were used to knit fine stockings and infants' clothing in the days when nursemaids and governesses were employed, and had the luxury of time to work to a small gauge of around 11 stitches to the inch; thus advertising to the world the prosperity of their employers. Today, these sizes of needles are much sought after for knitting Sanquhar gloves and miniature knitting for dolls house families; and my own www.woollywoodlanders.co.uk collectors' items. Shorter dpn. needles are listed elsewhere in my shop including the thinnest 1.85 mm and 1.75 mm sizes.

Please search for my new listings of knitting belts, hand stitched in Britain of leather and stuffed with traditional professional-standard horsehair.
Long 14 inch Metal Knitting Needle 1.5mm to 5mm for Knitting Guernseys, Ganseys, Sweaters, Jumpers, Fair Isle, Sanquhar gloves, and Lace and Shawls

I am selling these needles now in sets of 4 or 5. I discovered that selling them singly just confused knitters whose first language was not English and these customers felt disappointed as they tended to order 1 needle.

I have sourced these lovely long knitting needles from my suppliers in the Far East. These needles are full-length for knitting all kinds of big garments, especially for guernseys (also known as ganseys and knit-frocks) as each needle will hold around 100 stitches. For the bigger needles or looser tensions, you may find a few stitches sliding off the ends of the needles as they are resting, and the way to avoid this is to weave a strong thread or yarn in and out of the hemline and draw it up it fairly tightly into a bow. This will keep the knitting from stretching outwards. As the work progresses, tie another strong yarn higher up the knitting, a few inches below the needles. This is a traditional method of preventing the work springing out of control when the garment is getting heavier and any garter stitch or moss-stitch-type technique will not then 'expand' the work off the needles.

These needles will also suit knitters who prefer not to work with circular needles; and those who use a knitting belt or knitting stick.

My picture shows 100 stitches cast on to a 3.25 needle using 5-ply guernsey (gansey) British wool.

I have used these needles extensively for the past 18 months and they are a joy to work with. They are not highly polished so stitches do not slide off the needles uncontrollably. There is a tiny bit of grip which helps control the stitches; whereas the polished metal needles so often sold will sometimes fall out of your hands, or drop their stitches off, especially at the beginning and ending of a row.

Be aware that these needles are made from hollow steel rod and so are a lighter weight than many old traditional solid steel needles. These are not the same as the old heavy polished solid stainless steel needles of yesteryear which are now difficult to source, but these modern needles are nevertheless a quality product.

The needles are manufactured in old British sizing, which translates as follows:

Old UK and China No. 6 - US 8 - 5 mm - Japan 10 is 5.1 mm

Old UK and China No. 7 - US 7 - 4.5 mm- Japan 8

Old UK and China No. 8 - US 6 - 4 mm - Japan 6 to 7

Old UK and China No. 9 - US 5 - 3.75 mm - Japan 5 is 3.6 mm

Old UK and China No. 10 - US 3 - 3.25 mm - Japan 4

Old UK and China No. 11 - - 3 mm- Japan 3

Old UK and China No. 12 - US 2 - 2.75 mm - Japan 2

Old UK and China No. 13 - US 1 - 2.25 mm

Old UK and China No. 14 - US 0 - 2 mm - Japan 0

Old UK and China No. 15 - US 00- 1.75 to 1.85 mm

Old UK and China No. 16 - US 00 - 1.5 to 1.75 mm

Some of the packs are printed with China (or old UK) sizing.

I am especially delighted to offer the two thinnest sizes as these are very difficult to find nowadays. In previous generations, they were used to knit fine stockings and infants' clothing in the days when nursemaids and governesses were employed, and had the luxury of time to work to a small gauge of around 11 stitches to the inch; thus advertising to the world the prosperity of their employers. Today, these sizes of needles are much sought after for knitting Sanquhar gloves and miniature knitting for dolls house families; and my own www.woollywoodlanders.co.uk collectors' items. Shorter dpn. needles are listed elsewhere in my shop including the thinnest 1.85 mm and 1.75 mm sizes.

Please search for my new listings of knitting belts, hand stitched in Britain of leather and stuffed with traditional professional-standard horsehair.

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