When knitting top-down, seamless sweaters, there comes a point when you need to take your sleeve stitches off onto a holder. Safety-pin type stitch holders don’t work for this. Scrap yarn works, but tends to slip up into the stitches, making the job of getting each stitch back onto a needle laborious. You can leave them on a spare circular needle or cord – but it’s challenging to have needles and cord hanging everywhere. I found that a leather cord had the flexibility of yarn, but was firm enough to keep the stitches from disappearing up into themselves. The interior-threaded needle means you can knit onto and off of the cord – like a leather circular needle. The needles screw onto, and off of, the leather cord.
Needles made of nickel plated steel
Long Cord holds sts of sweater body – 59"/150 cm
Short Cords holds sts of sleeves – 29.5"/75 cm
Two interior-threaded needles
Three lengths of leather cord
one long (59"/150 cm)
two short (29.5"/75 cm)
How to Use
Use the Stitch Holder Kit in lieu of scrap yarn whenever you need to hold live stitches. The threaded needles allow you to knit off of your leather cord.
Keep the contents of your kit in the reusable kraft drawer, lined with 100% wool felt.
Just like hands, leather can get dry & needs moisturizing. We suggest treating the cord with Thread Magic or another thread conditioner to keep your cords smooth and limber.
Screw the needle on only until it is attached to the cord. If you continue to over-screw, you risk breaking the leather inside the needle.
Snipping the end of your leather cord at an angle will facilitate attaching the needle.
Leather has a grain, so be sure to "go with the grain" when sliding stitches on & off the cord.