slightly baudy warning.

I'm finishing a sweater in Rowan Big Wool for a client. It is knit on US 15's. I feel like I am knitting with Dildos. Very pointy, cheap, hollow, plastic dildos. Ick ick ick.

I think I just may have to knit some socks on 1's after this, to detox.

Does anyone remember a couple years ago...Vogue Knitting had a little magazine "for men who knit" and the editorials showed like a shirtless guy knitting what could only be a hammock with what looked like broomsticks. As we said in the LYS at the time:


I have some big-ass yarn at home I bought by mistake, off of E-bay. I'm tempted to see if I can knit a pullover for myself, and how long it would take. Hmmm.


Bill's picture

Tsk, Tsk, time, let me loan you my rosewood circulars...LOL

scottly's picture

OMG, I actually have a pair of those, they're hot pink. I vaguely remember thinking that they must have a dual purpose. I've used them once..... as knitting needles that is.

eyedoc's picture

Please......try out some "Speed Stix"

I hate them, hate them, hate them! They correspond to size 50!! Absolutely ridiculous to try to work with as knitting needles... hmm, haven't tried them for anything else though! :)


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MMario's picture

Like that....

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

I love my size 50's, even had someone make a bigger size for me they are about 4 feet long. I love using multiple strands of yarn on them.

I love the Bigger needles you get done so much faster. You would be suprised how fast you can knit an afghan with them, and a great way to use up lots of extra yarn.

Tom Hart's picture

When I was first learning the knit stitch and the purl stitch, when it was all brand, spanking new and unfathomable, I used size 17's and big ropey yarn to better see what it was that I was doing.

MathewGnagy's picture

Hah hah!

Aint gonna happen in my home...10 1/2 is as big as I got ;)

If I go any bigger I feel all clumsy, like I am trying to knit with harpoons.

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albert's picture

Most men would be quite satisfied with 10 1/2.

grandcarriage's picture

ROFLMAO!!!!!! Touche`! You have said a mouthful and then some, dear friend.

jessemkahn's picture

10 1/2 would definitely be a mouthful.

Kerry's picture

Wicked wonderful Albert :)

grandcarriage's picture

I'm tempted to try to design something I would actually wear, on giant yarn/needles...but I fully agree...The first time I picked up my client's knitting and these needles, I thought I was knitting with broomsticks (or dildos).

MathewGnagy's picture


fine then sexy man....shall I challenge you to a design-off!

we both design and knit super large gauge....say needles size 15 or bigger...sweaters and then have a 3rd party judge them....a panel of 3 judges perhaps? we'll see who comes out on top!! ;)


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PieintheSky88's picture

I know what you mean. I've been working (I use that term loosely as I've been busy at school) on a pullover on 13s, and I remember picking up a set of 9s after working on the sweater and it felt like I was holding toothpicks. So bizarre...

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NonStopAndrew's picture

I knit a short scarf for my Aunt for Christmas on 15's and then immediately went back to my socks on 0's. I can not tell you how much better I felt with the 0's, though there was a few seconds of 'damn, I forgot how small these are."

beknitted's picture

I would find some Skacel's in the right size and go with those. At least they're metal and feel good in the hand. Btw, I never use straight needles, mainly circulars because they make the fabric have a softer hand...

grandcarriage's picture

I don't get the softer hand on circulars to explain.

These needles belong to the client, otherwise I wouldn't have used them. The nice thing about them being hollow is that they were very light. What I didn't like is that the tips were kind of turkey baster shaped: almost like a funnel: the taper was very slight for about an inch, and then got fat very quickly...not a great plan for thick yarns.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

It felt like toothpicks and thread for my size 1 sock needles after my #9s and worsted also. I have to agree with Bill...if you are going to use needles that big, nice wooden ones would definitely be an improvement. [Strictly for knitting, of course. Otherwise, you risk injury. Most especially with #50s.] BTW - Remember that Vogue article also. Similar thoughts - It is the quality of the knitting that counts, not the size of the needles and yarn. Some editor must have thought it made the concept of a man knitting more Butch that way. How silly. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Aaronknits's picture

Hmm, I never thought of knitting needles as dildos or dildos as knitting needles. I guess I've already got a pair of double pointed ones in a drawer under the bed. They're different sizes though. Might make for some odd knitting.

grandcarriage's picture

Oh my...that was TMI.

dannvictoria's picture

You know, If you used dildos instead of hollow plastic needles, the wool wouldn't fall of the end so much ;-)

bkeith's picture

Yeah, but it's tough to prevent dropped stitches when your hands are vibrating.

grandcarriage's picture

ROFLMAO. That might do wonders for sore tired hands!

Thomasknits's picture

Knitting needles is one place where I am definitely no size queen. The smaller, the better. Like cell phones.


Thepook's picture

Late in weighing in, but just last month I did a top down raglan pullover out of Sirdar's Big Softie yarn. For about a men's medium, it took me exactly a week to complete it. Cast on on a Tuesday and bound off the last sleeve the following Tuesday and didn't even feel like I was breaking a sweat. I put a twisted stitch pattern into it and have gotten a few compliments. So it really wouldn't take very long to do these. Pics will follow, have to find the camera. The yarn is a 51% wool/49% acrylic and feels great. I washed it on gentle and dried it on low for about an hour with some towels and it survived with no shrinking/felting. I was pleased.