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« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2006 11:25:49 AM »

When I first started knitting (about 3 yrs ago), I had a pattern that called for a 10" or maybe even an 8" circular. When I asked my LYS, the lady said no one carried those because they would hurt your hands & wrists to use them. Then she showed me how to use the DPNs.

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« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2006 11:39:26 AM »

For those of you who hate dpns (I love them, myself) have you tried the two circs method?  It's less restrictive than the one tiny circ, although I knit continental like Lothruin, so maybe the small circs are just a pain for continental knitters?
I just recently learned the two circs method and don't love it, but am glad to know it. There's a video at knittinghelp.com.

« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2006 12:22:26 PM »

I haven't tried the Clover 12" circulars (I like my sleeves to be at most 12", so it's not useful to me for that).  I did buy a few of the 8.25" circulars, and I couldn't use them at all.  I'm 21 and I have small hands, but they (the hands) kept cramping when I tried to use them.  But then I don't knit Continental... 
« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2006 02:06:29 PM »

I have a pair of Unique 4.5 mm circulars that are 40cm (that would be 10 to 12 inches). I actually just picked them up at Zellers the other day. Haven't used them yet. They were about $3.99 Canadian
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« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2006 05:21:37 PM »

i had 2  of the 12" addi circulars and they were awful to knit with (holy hand cramps !). i ended up returning them and taught myself magic loop instead. i have to say, unless you have super tiny hands, the short circulars are probably just going to feel awkward.

« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2006 08:21:55 PM »

I have 2 sets of Addi 12" circs that I got from Elann.  One of them is a US7/4.5mm which seems to be the size I need most often for sleeves.  Given my general laziness dislike of purling in stocking stitch, I quite like being able to work sleeves in the round.

The other set are a US2/2.75mm which I use for socks.  When I first started using them, I hadn't worked with that small a gauge needle in any type, and it took me a bit to get used to the teeny needle and the short cord.  But, considering that dpns on ribbing were causing me to swear like a sailor and want to never touch fibre again, I found it a good alternative.  I don't use them for everything; patterns with cabling or lace/increases and decreases are a bit frustrating on them. 

I often think I should pick up another couple of sets in other sizes.  I like the convenience and I've gotten used to the short needles. 

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« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2006 07:33:48 PM »

Ok, so i started on a hat in the round of course on my needles ... its pretty rad. I love using every kind of needle, circ, straight, dpn... I bought these needles cause i hate it when i get to the near end of the hat and i have to switch to dpns.. but i dont actually mind USING the dpns.. weird i know.  anyway.. so i got them so i could wait longer to the finishing of the hat to change to dpns. so i'm liking it. in the beginning it was frusterating to get used to so many stitches on my needles, but i like it now. mine are a size 4.  it would be cool if i could get them bigger Smiley

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« Reply #17 on: August 21, 2006 10:47:10 AM »

I have a pair of Unique 4.5 mm circulars that are 40cm (that would be 10 to 12 inches).

they would actually be about 16 inches. 1 inch = 2.5 cm


« Reply #18 on: August 27, 2006 10:57:01 AM »

I have a pair of Unique 4.5 mm circulars that are 40cm (that would be 10 to 12 inches).

they would actually be about 16 inches. 1 inch = 2.5 cm


Thanks for the conversion.  Wink
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« Reply #19 on: August 27, 2006 03:34:05 PM »

I have the mini plastic Clovers and love them for knitting wristwarmers!  I'm totally klutzy with DPNs, so these are great.  I actually went on eBay and bought them in every available size.
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