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1. (WO2014209382) A KNITTING NEEDLE WITH JOINTED TIP FOR LOOP RETENTION
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CLAIMS

A knitting needle comprising:

shank portion extending along a longitudinal dimension to an end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said shank portion along a first length between said two opposite external surfaces, said first length substantially unvarying for each position along said longitudinal dimension;

first tip portion extending along a longitudinal dimension from a non- pointed end to a pointed end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said first tip portion along a second length extending between said two opposite surfaces, said second length being substantially smaller at said pointed end of said first tip portion than at said non-pointed end of said first tip portion, said second length at said non-pointed end of said first tip portion being substantially the same as said first length at said end of said shank portion; and

second tip portion being integral with said first tip portion, said second tip portion extending along said longitudinal dimension of said first tip portion away from said non-pointed end of said first tip portion in a direction opposite of said pointed end of said first tip portion, said second tip portion being movably joined to said shank portion allowing for movement of said first and second tip portions relative to said shank portion between a first position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially in alignment with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions and said non-pointed end of said first tip portion juxtaposes said end of said shank portion and a second position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially unaligned with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions.

2: The knitting needle of claim 1 wherein a shank portion extending along a longitudinal dimension to an end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said shank portion along a first length between said two opposite external surfaces, said first length substantially unvarying for each position along said longitudinal dimension comprises:

a shank portion extending along a longitudinal dimension to an end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said shank portion along a first length between said two opposite external surfaces, said first length substantially unvarying for each position along said longitudinal dimension, the shank portion extending away from said end along said longitudinal dimension to a second end having a protuberance affixed thereto.

3 : The knitting needle of claim 1 wherein a shank portion extending along a longitudinal dimension to an end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said shank portion along a first length between said two opposite external surfaces, said first length substantially unvarying for each position along said longitudinal dimension comprises:

a shank portion extending along a longitudinal dimension to an end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said shank portion along a first length between said two opposite external surfaces, said first length substantially unvarying for each position along said longitudinal dimension, the shank portion extending away from said end along said longitudinal dimension to a second end having one or more tip portions other than the first tip portion or the second tip portion affixed thereto.

4: The knitting needle of claim 1 wherein a shank portion extending along a longitudinal dimension to an end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said shank portion along a first length between said two opposite external surfaces, said first length substantially unvarying for each position along said longitudinal dimension comprises:

a shank portion extending along a longitudinal dimension to an end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said shank portion along a first length between said two opposite external surfaces, said first length substantially unvarying for each position along said longitudinal dimension, the shank portion having one or more external surfaces of a cylinder.

5: The knitting needle of claim 1 wherein a second tip portion being integral with said first tip portion, said second tip portion extending along said longitudinal dimension of said first tip portion away from said non-pointed end of said first tip portion in a direction opposite of said pointed end of said first tip portion, said second tip portion being movably joined to said shank portion allowing for movement of said first and second tip portions relative to said shank portion between a first position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially in alignment with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions and said non-pointed end of said first tip portion juxtaposes said end of said shank portion and a second position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially unaligned with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions comprises:

a second tip portion being integral with said first tip portion, said second tip portion extending along said longitudinal dimension of said first tip portion away from said non-pointed end of said first tip portion in a direction opposite of said pointed end of said first tip portion, said second tip portion being movably joined to said shank portion allowing for movement of said first and second tip portions relative to said shank

portion between a first position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially in alignment with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions and said non-pointed end of said first tip portion juxtaposes said end of said shank portion and a second position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is the substantially unaligned with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions as said shank portion being substantially perpendicular with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions.

6: The knitting needle of claim 1 wherein a second tip portion being integral with said first tip portion, said second tip portion extending along said longitudinal dimension of said first tip portion away from said non-pointed end of said first tip portion in a direction opposite of said pointed end of said first tip portion, said second tip portion being movably joined to said shank portion allowing for movement of said first and second tip portions relative to said shank portion between a first position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially in alignment with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions and said non-pointed end of said first tip portion juxtaposes said end of said shank portion and a second position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially unaligned with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions comprises:

a second tip portion being integral with said first tip portion, said second tip portion extending along said longitudinal dimension of said first tip portion away from said non-pointed end of said first tip portion in a direction opposite of said pointed end of said first tip portion, said second tip portion being movably joined to said shank portion allowing for movement of said first and second tip portions relative to said shank portion between a first position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially in alignment with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions and said non-pointed end of said first tip portion juxtaposes said end of said shank portion and a second position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank

portion is the substantially unaligned with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions as said first tip portion extending away from a first portion of the shank portion and the second tip portion extending away from a second portion of the shank portion opposite the first portion of the shank portion.

7: The knitting needle of claim 1 wherein a shank portion extending along a longitudinal dimension to an end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said shank portion along a first length between said two opposite external surfaces, said first length substantially unvarying for each position along said longitudinal dimension comprises:

a shank portion extending along a longitudinal dimension to an end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said shank portion along a first length between said two opposite external surfaces, said first length substantially unvarying for each position along said longitudinal dimension, the shank portion extending away from said end along said longitudinal dimension to a second end having a cable affixed thereto.

8: A knitting needle comprising:

a shank portion extending along a longitudinal dimension to an end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said shank portion along a first length between said two opposite external surfaces, said first length substantially unvarying for each position along said longitudinal dimension, said shank portion including a gap located between said two opposite external surfaces extending from said end along a portion of said length of said shank portion along said longitudinal dimension;

a first tip portion extending along a longitudinal dimension from a non- pointed end to a pointed end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said first tip portion along a second length extending between said two opposite surfaces, said second length being substantially smaller at said pointed end of said first tip portion than at said non-pointed end of said first tip portion, said second length at said non-pointed end of said first tip portion being substantially the same as said first length at said end of said shank portion; and

a second tip portion being integral with said first tip portion, said second tip portion extending along said longitudinal dimension of said first tip portion away from said non-pointed end of said first tip portion in a direction opposite of said pointed end of said first tip portion, said second tip portion being movably joined to said shank portion allowing for movement of said first and second tip portions relative to said shank portion between a first position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially in alignment with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions and said non-pointed end of said first tip portion juxtaposes said end of said shank portion and a second position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially unaligned with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions, said second tip portion sized to fit in said gap of said shank portion when said second tip portion is in said first position.

9: The knitting needle of claim 8 wherein a shank portion extending along a longitudinal dimension to an end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said shank portion along a first length between said two opposite external surfaces, said first length substantially unvarying for each position along said longitudinal dimension, said shank portion including a gap located between said two opposite external

surfaces extending from said end along a portion of said length of said shank portion along said longitudinal dimension comprises:

a shank portion extending along a longitudinal dimension to an end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said shank portion along a first length between said two opposite external surfaces, said first length substantially unvarying for each position along said longitudinal dimension, said shank portion including the gap located between said two opposite external surfaces extending from said end along a portion of said length of said shank portion along said longitudinal dimension being bounded by surfaces containing one or more ridges running along said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion.

10: The knitting needle of claim 8 wherein a shank portion extending along a longitudinal dimension to an end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said shank portion along a first length between said two opposite external surfaces, said first length substantially unvarying for each position along said longitudinal dimension, said shank portion including a gap located between said two opposite external surfaces extending from said end along a portion of said length of said shank portion along said longitudinal dimension comprises:

a shank portion extending along a longitudinal dimension to an end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said shank portion along a first length between said two opposite external surfaces, said first length substantially unvarying for each position along said longitudinal dimension, said shank portion including the gap located between said two opposite external surfaces extending from said end along a portion of said length of said shank portion along said longitudinal dimension being bounded by surfaces

containing one or more grooves running along said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion.

1 1 : The knitting needle of claim 8 wherein a second tip portion being integral with said first tip portion, said second tip portion extending along said longitudinal dimension of said first tip portion away from said non-pointed end of said first tip portion in a direction opposite of said pointed end of said first tip portion, said second tip portion being movably joined to said shank portion allowing for movement of said first and second tip portions relative to said shank portion between a first position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially in alignment with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions and said non-pointed end of said first tip portion juxtaposes said end of said shank portion and a second position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially unaligned with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions, said second tip portion sized to fit in said gap of said shank portion when said second tip portion is in said first position comprises:

a second tip portion being integral with said first tip portion, said second tip portion extending along said longitudinal dimension of said first tip portion away from said non-pointed end of said first tip portion in a direction opposite of said pointed end of said first tip portion, said second tip portion being movably joined to said shank portion allowing for movement of said first and second tip portions relative to said shank portion between a first position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially in alignment with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions and said non-pointed end of said first tip portion juxtaposes said end of said shank portion and a second position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially unaligned with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions, said second tip portion sized to fit in said gap of said shank portion when said second tip portion is in said first position, said second tip portion having on or more grooves

running along said longitudinal dimension of said second tip portion to mate with one or more surfaces of said gap.

12: The knitting needle of claim 8 wherein a second tip portion being integral with said first tip portion, said second tip portion extending along said longitudinal dimension of said first tip portion away from said non-pointed end of said first tip portion in a direction opposite of said pointed end of said first tip portion, said second tip portion being movably joined to said shank portion allowing for movement of said first and second tip portions relative to said shank portion between a first position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially in alignment with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions and said non-pointed end of said first tip portion juxtaposes said end of said shank portion and a second position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially unaligned with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions, said second tip portion sized to fit in said gap of said shank portion when said second tip portion is in said first position comprises:

a second tip portion being integral with said first tip portion, said second tip portion extending along said longitudinal dimension of said first tip portion away from said non-pointed end of said first tip portion in a direction opposite of said pointed end of said first tip portion, said second tip portion being movably joined to said shank portion allowing for movement of said first and second tip portions relative to said shank portion between a first position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially in alignment with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions and said non-pointed end of said first tip portion juxtaposes said end of said shank portion and a second position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially unaligned with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions, said second tip portion sized to fit in said gap of said shank portion when said second tip portion is in said first position, said second tip portion having one or more ridges

running along said longitudinal dimension of said second tip portion to mate with one or more surfaces of said gap.

13 : The knitting needle of claim 8 wherein a shank portion extending along a longitudinal dimension to an end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said shank portion along a first length between said two opposite external surfaces, said first length substantially unvarying for each position along said longitudinal dimension, said shank portion including a gap located between said two opposite external surfaces extending from said end along a portion of said length of said shank portion along said longitudinal dimension comprises:

a shank portion extending along a longitudinal dimension to an end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said shank portion along a first length between said two opposite external surfaces, said first length substantially unvarying for each position along said longitudinal dimension, said shank portion including a gap located between said two opposite external surfaces extending from said end along a portion of said length of said shank portion along said longitudinal dimension, the shank portion extending away from said end along said longitudinal dimension to a second end having a protuberance affixed thereto.

14: The knitting needle of claim 8 wherein a shank portion extending along a longitudinal dimension to an end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said shank portion along a first length between said two opposite external surfaces, said first length substantially unvarying for each position along said longitudinal dimension, said shank portion including a gap located between said two opposite external surfaces extending from said end along a portion of said length of said shank portion along said longitudinal dimension comprises:

a shank portion extending along a longitudinal dimension to an end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said shank portion along a first length between said two opposite external surfaces, said first length substantially unvarying for each position along said longitudinal dimension, said shank portion including a gap located between said two opposite external surfaces extending from said end along a portion of said length of said shank portion along said longitudinal dimension, the shank portion extending away from said end along said longitudinal dimension to a second end having one or more tip portions other than the first tip portion or the second tip portion affixed thereto.

15: The knitting needle of claim 8 wherein a shank portion extending along a longitudinal dimension to an end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said shank portion along a first length between said two opposite external surfaces, said first length substantially unvarying for each position along said longitudinal dimension, said shank portion including a gap located between said two opposite external surfaces extending from said end along a portion of said length of said shank portion along said longitudinal dimension comprises:

a shank portion extending along a longitudinal dimension to an end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said shank portion along a first length between said two opposite external surfaces, said first length substantially unvarying for each position along said longitudinal dimension, said shank portion including a gap located between said two opposite external surfaces extending from said end along a portion of said length of said shank portion along said longitudinal dimension, the shank portion having one or more external surfaces of a cylinder.

16: The knitting needle of claim 8 wherein a second tip portion being integral with said first tip portion, said second tip portion extending along said longitudinal dimension of said first tip portion away from said non-pointed end of said first tip portion in a direction opposite of said pointed end of said first tip portion, said second tip portion being movably joined to said shank portion allowing for movement of said first and second tip portions relative to said shank portion between a first position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially in alignment with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions and said non-pointed end of said first tip portion juxtaposes said end of said shank portion and a second position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially unaligned with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions, said second tip portion sized to fit in said gap of said shank portion when said second tip portion is in said first position comprises:

a second tip portion being integral with said first tip portion, said second tip portion extending along said longitudinal dimension of said first tip portion away from said non-pointed end of said first tip portion in a direction opposite of said pointed end of said first tip portion, said second tip portion being movably joined to said shank portion allowing for movement of said first and second tip portions relative to said shank portion between a first position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially in alignment with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions and said non-pointed end of said first tip portion juxtaposes said end of said shank portion and a second position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is the substantially unaligned with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions being substantially perpendicular with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions.

17: The knitting needle of claim 8 wherein a second tip portion being integral with said first tip portion, said second tip portion extending along said longitudinal dimension of said first tip portion away from said non-pointed end of said first tip portion in a direction opposite of said pointed end of said first tip portion, said second tip portion being movably joined to said shank portion allowing for movement of said first and second tip portions relative to said shank portion between a first position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially in alignment with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions and said non-pointed end of said first tip portion juxtaposes said end of said shank portion and a second position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially unaligned with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions, said second tip portion sized to fit in said gap of said shank portion when said second tip portion is in said first position comprises:

a second tip portion being integral with said first tip portion, said second tip portion extending along said longitudinal dimension of said first tip portion away from said non-pointed end of said first tip portion in a direction opposite of said pointed end of said first tip portion, said second tip portion being movably joined to said shank portion allowing for movement of said first and second tip portions relative to said shank portion between a first position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially in alignment with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions and said non-pointed end of said first tip portion juxtaposes said end of said shank portion and a second position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is the substantially unaligned with said longitudinal dimension of said first and second tip portions as said first tip portion extending away from a first portion of the shank portion and the second tip portion extending away from a second portion of the shank portion opposite the first portion of the shank portion.

18: A knitting needle comprising:

a shank portion extending along a longitudinal dimension to an end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said shank portion along a first length between said two opposite external surfaces, said first length substantially unvarying for each position along said longitudinal dimension; and

a tip portion extending along a longitudinal dimension from a non-pointed portion to a pointed end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said tip portion along a second length extending between said two opposite surfaces, said second length being substantially smaller at said pointed end of said tip portion than at said non-pointed portion of said tip portion, said second length at said non-pointed portion of said tip portion being substantially the same as said first length at said end of said shank portion, said tip portion being movably joined to said shank portion allowing for movement of said tip portion relative to said shank portion between a first position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially in alignment with said longitudinal dimension of said tip portion and said non-pointed portion of said first tip portion juxtaposes said end of said shank portion and a second position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially unaligned with said longitudinal dimension of said tip portion.

19: The knitting needle of claim 18 wherein a tip portion extending along a longitudinal dimension from a non-pointed portion to a pointed end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said tip portion along a second length extending between said two opposite surfaces, said second length being substantially smaller at said pointed end of said tip portion than at said non-pointed portion of said tip portion, said second length at said non-pointed portion of said tip portion being substantially the same as said first length at said end of said shank portion, said tip portion being movably joined to said shank portion allowing for movement of said tip portion relative to said shank portion between a first position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially in alignment with said longitudinal dimension of said tip portion and said non-pointed portion of said first tip portion juxtaposes said end of said shank portion and a second position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially unaligned with said longitudinal dimension of said tip portion comprises:

a tip portion extending along a longitudinal dimension from a non-pointed portion to a pointed end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said tip portion along a second length extending between said two opposite surfaces, said second length being substantially smaller at said pointed end of said tip portion than at said non-pointed portion of said tip portion, said second length at said non-pointed portion of said tip portion being substantially the same as said first length at said end of said shank portion, said tip portion being the movably joined to said shank portion allowing for movement of said tip portion relative to said shank portion between a first position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially in alignment with said longitudinal dimension of said tip portion and said non-pointed portion of said first tip portion juxtaposes said end of said shank portion and a second position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially unaligned with said longitudinal dimension of said tip portion being rotatably joined.

20: The knitting needle of claim 18 wherein a tip portion extending along a longitudinal dimension from a non-pointed portion to a pointed end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said tip portion along a second length extending between said two opposite surfaces, said second length being substantially smaller at said pointed end of said tip portion than at said non-pointed portion of said tip portion, said second length at said non-pointed portion of said tip portion being substantially the same as said first length at said end of said shank portion, said tip portion being movably joined to said shank portion allowing for movement of said tip portion relative to said shank portion between a first position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially in alignment with said longitudinal dimension of said tip portion and said non-pointed portion of said first tip portion juxtaposes said end of said shank portion and a second position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially unaligned with said longitudinal dimension of said tip portion comprises:

a tip portion extending along a longitudinal dimension from a non-pointed portion to a pointed end and having a transverse dimension being perpendicular to said longitudinal dimension, said transverse dimension extending between two opposite external surfaces of said tip portion along a second length extending between said two opposite surfaces, said second length being substantially smaller at said pointed end of said tip portion than at said non-pointed portion of said tip portion, said second length at said non-pointed portion of said tip portion being substantially the same as said first length at said end of said shank portion, said tip portion being movably joined to said shank portion allowing for movement of said tip portion relative to said shank portion between a first position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially in alignment with said longitudinal dimension of said tip portion and said non-pointed portion of said first tip portion juxtaposes said end of said shank portion and a second position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is the substantially unaligned with said longitudinal dimension of said tip portion as said first portion of said tip portion extending away from a first portion of the shank portion and a second portion of said tip portion extending away from a second portion of the shank portion opposite the first portion of the shank portion.

21 : A knitting needle comprising:

a shank portion extending along a first longitudinal dimension to an end; and

a tip portion extending along a second longitudinal dimension from a non- pointed portion to a pointed end, said tip portion movably joined with said shank portion to allow for positioning between a first position

where said tip portion is being movably engaged with said shank portion forming a structure with substantial alignment between said first longitudinal dimension and said second longitudinal dimension and with a transverse dimension perpendicular to said first and second longitudinal dimensions, said transverse dimension with substantially unvarying length between opposite external surfaces of said structure along a first portion of said first and second longitudinal dimensions and substantially continuously decreasing length along remaining of said first and second longitudinal dimensions to said pointed end, and between a second position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially unaligned with said longitudinal dimension of said tip portion.

22: The knitting needle of claim 21 wherein a tip portion extending along a second longitudinal dimension from a non-pointed portion to a pointed end, said tip portion movably joined with said shank portion to allow for positioning between a first position where said tip portion is being movably engaged with said shank portion forming a structure with substantial alignment between said first longitudinal dimension and said second longitudinal dimension and with a transverse dimension perpendicular to said first and second longitudinal dimensions, said transverse dimension with substantially unvarying length between opposite external surfaces of said structure along a first portion of said first and second longitudinal dimensions and substantially continuously decreasing length along remaining of said first and second longitudinal dimensions to said pointed end, and between a second position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially unaligned with said longitudinal dimension of said tip portion comprises:

a tip portion extending along a second longitudinal dimension from a non- pointed portion to a pointed end, said tip portion movably joined with said shank portion to allow for positioning between a first position where said tip portion is being said movably engaged with said shank portion forming a structure with substantial alignment between said first longitudinal dimension and said second longitudinal dimension and with a transverse dimension perpendicular to said first and second longitudinal dimensions, said transverse dimension with substantially unvarying length between opposite external surfaces of said structure along a first portion of said first and second longitudinal dimensions and substantially continuously decreasing length along remaining of said first and second longitudinal dimensions to said pointed end, and between a second position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is the substantially unaligned with said longitudinal dimension of said tip portion being rotatably joined.

23 : The knitting needle of claim 21 wherein a tip portion extending along a second longitudinal dimension from a non-pointed portion to a pointed end, said tip portion movably joined with said shank portion to allow for positioning between a first position where said tip portion is being movably engaged with said shank portion forming a structure with substantial alignment between said first longitudinal dimension and said second longitudinal dimension and a with transverse dimension perpendicular to said first and second longitudinal dimensions, said transverse dimension with substantially unvarying length between opposite external surfaces of said structure along a first portion of said first and second longitudinal dimensions and substantially continuously decreasing length along remaining of said first and second longitudinal dimensions to said pointed end, and between a second position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially unaligned with said longitudinal dimension of said tip portion comprises:

a tip portion extending along a second longitudinal dimension from a non- pointed portion to a pointed end, said tip portion movably joined with said shank portion to allow for positioning between a first position where said tip portion is being movably engaged with said shank portion forming a structure with substantial alignment between said

first longitudinal dimension and said second longitudinal dimension and with a transverse dimension perpendicular to said first and second longitudinal dimensions, said transverse dimension with substantially unvarying length between opposite external surfaces of said structure along a first portion of said first and second longitudinal dimensions and substantially continuously decreasing length along remaining of said first and second longitudinal dimensions to said pointed end, and between a second position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is the substantially unaligned with said longitudinal dimension of said tip portion as a first portion of said tip portion extending away from said first portion of said shank portion and a second portion of said tip portion extending away from a second portion of said shank portion opposite from said first portion of said shank portion.

24: A knitting needle comprising:

a shank portion extending along a first longitudinal dimension to an end; and

a tip portion extending along a second longitudinal dimension from a non- pointed portion to a pointed end, said tip portion mo vably joined with said shank portion to allow for positioning between a first position where said tip portion is movably engaged with said shank portion forming a structure with substantial alignment between said first longitudinal dimension and said second longitudinal dimension, and between a second position where said longitudinal dimension of said shank portion is substantially unaligned with said longitudinal dimension of said tip portion as a first portion of said tip portion extends away from said shank portion in a first direction and a second portion of said tip portion extends away from said shank portion in a second direction opposite from said first direction.