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« on: May 17, 2014 06:26:14 AM »

So I started out with the tunisian stitch a little while ago to do some colorwork, but all I have for a hook is the kind that's about 12" long with a stopper on the end, which really limits what I can do with it. I was looking at getting a set with cables, and I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations. I usually use bamboo or other wood hooks, the only time I use metal is when I am using the teeny tiny ones for snowflakes and such. I was looking at a set of bamboo hooks with cables on ebay, like this set

Has anyone used this type before with the bamboo hook and the plastic tube? Did your yarn slide over the plastic ok? I just find the metal hooks so heavy, especially when I like to crochet for hours at a time. Any advice/recommendations are appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2014 08:00:21 PM »

I really am not a fan of the tube. Things never slid well on mine, or the tube popped off the hook, you only get one length really, and you really are limited in stitch size by how damn big that tube is.

Plus, you've got all those hooks and tubes to deal with, and they take up a lot of room!

If you're serious about investing in a set of cabled Tunisian hooks, I have the Knitter's Pride Dreamz set and love them. You get multiple lengths of cable, warm and smooth wood hooks that are interchangeable, and the cables are slim but strong. I've never had issues with my work snagging on them and they take up much less room than a big glob of tubing.
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2014 04:10:22 AM »

What's the cable like on the KP ones? Like what's it made of? I never even thought of those. I have a set of the Symfonie Rose regular hooks that I loooove so I wouldn't mind another KP set. They're kinda pricey so I would have to wait till after my wedding next month, but might be worth the wait.
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2014 02:35:06 PM »

Hm, well, it's a nice, slick synthetic, which I like because I've never had issues with yarn getting hung up on it. It's strong but quite thin, and I was pleasantly surprised at how pliable it was, much more so than a lot of circular needle cables I've run across. I'm not sure whether it can be steamed because I've never tried, since I never found the need to. It's always been quite cooperative, it curls but doesn't do that violent spring-back thing.

The set comes with either three or four different lengths, I forget which, plus extra end caps so that you can store your project on the cable without it unraveling, and without risking damaging a hook. I know they also sell the hooks individually, in case you need to replace one for whatever reason.

I've found that the hooks attach securely and aren't a pain to change out, which is nice! I think the longest cable the set comes with is 42", but I know you can buy couplers to join lengths together at yarn.com. I assume that they're universal across all of KP's cables, whether for knitting or crochet.

I would say that if you like KP products, it's absolutely worth it.
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