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Since purchasing the stitch holder kit, I've used several of the stitch holders already. They are far sturdier than some cheap plastic things I was using before, and I have several stored on my magnetic wristband (also from cocoknits) for handy access. I'm using two shapes on one pattern to keep track of rounds and decreases. So helpful.
I admit that the 'locking' holders don't really work for me. I spiral them in but they keep coming out as I knit. I'm probably missing a technique for using them.
Picking up stitches from a piece of scrap yarn is annoying and time-consuming. The stiffness of the Cocoknits leather cord saves me all that annoyance. It’s everything they say it is. Gonna keep these forever!
And yes, getting the end of the cord into that teeny hole at the end of the needle is a bit tricky. I used scissors to diagonally snip the end of the cord, after which it easily went into the hole.
Although I think the stitch holder is a good idea, I found the leather cord to be rough edged and stiff. It's difficult to thread through the stitches and its also difficult to knit the next row because the threaded stitches are very tight with the leather threaded through them. A bigger problem is that it's very difficult to get the leather into the needle edge. I couldn't get the leather into one needle at all and once I was able to get a small tip of leather into the second needle, it kept falling out as I threaded it through my stitches.
I'm sorry you're struggling with this stitch holder! The inside of the needles are threaded, so you can actually screw the cords into the needles. That should help with them falling out.
If you'd like to return it, please contact the shop and begin the process. Thanks for your review! -Laura
Cocoknits Stitch Holder Kit
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