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loudgrrl4_ever
« on: January 13, 2007 01:19:24 PM »

Here's the background: I have never before used circular needles. I got a needlemaster last night and I really want to try a project that's knitted in the round.

I found a project and did some math. This pattern from Lion Brand looks nice and simple, because I've used all the other techniques in the pattern. I have yarn of the same size, so I'll be using that.
Using the given gauge, the finished result should come out to about 20.5" (at 4.5 stitches an inch, and 92 CO).
The pattern is already written to be knitted in the round, but using dpns; so my question is this: How long should I make the circular needle so that it will not be awkwardly long, nor too short so that I have to cram stitches together while I knit? My options are 20", 24", and 29".
I just have never done anything similar, so I don't know if it's best to have the cord the exact length of the finished project, or if having it longer/shorter would work out better.
Thanks for any help you can provide Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2007 01:21:24 PM »

hey! i was wondering the same thing. im so mad when i see a pattern that i would LOVE To make but only hasintructions to dpn's. i just got the boye needlemaster from my aunt as a free gift! let me know if you find anything!
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2007 01:25:10 PM »

Here's the background: I have never before used circular needles. I got a needlemaster last night and I really want to try a project that's knitted in the round.

I found a project and did some math. This pattern from Lion Brand looks nice and simple, because I've used all the other techniques in the pattern. I have yarn of the same size, so I'll be using that.
Using the given gauge, the finished result should come out to about 20.5" (at 4.5 stitches an inch, and 92 CO).
The pattern is already written to be knitted in the round, but using dpns; so my question is this: How long should I make the circular needle so that it will not be awkwardly long, nor too short so that I have to cram stitches together while I knit? My options are 20", 24", and 29".
I just have never done anything similar, so I don't know if it's best to have the cord the exact length of the finished project, or if having it longer/shorter would work out better.
Thanks for any help you can provide Smiley
You always want your cord to be shorter than the actual circumference of your project-same size at the very most. Making it too big means you can't get the stitches to go all the way around and, in effect, stretch your project out. Smiley

Hope that helps, I'd choose the 20 since you said it was to be 20 1/2.
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2007 01:47:33 PM »

Would it be better if I casted on 6 additional stitches, then? It should give me about an extra inch, and the pattern should work just as well with any even number of stitches.
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2007 03:47:49 PM »

The pattern should work just the same from dpn to circular needles because you are still knitting in the round, I've never had a problem.  It's basically the same thing, its just that you have more freedom with dpns to make the circumference of what you knit however large you want (also you can always add/subtract dpns as you increase/decrease).  You just want to make sure that the circumference of what you're knitting is larger than the length of the needles (I've tried on too long circular needles before and the results are not ideal).  I'm not sure what you're making, but if you have to decrease at some point (like for a hat) I would switch to dpns once the circumference becomes too small to fit comfortably around the circular needles.
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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2007 03:52:11 PM »

You could also switch to magic loop if the needles are too long. knittinghelp.com has a good demo as do other site.

A far as the stitches getting too bunched up couldn't you switch to a longer cable or add in another legnth of cable while knitting since you are using interchangeble needles?
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loudgrrl4_ever
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2007 09:41:11 PM »

Thanks for all the helpful advice, everyone.

I have casted on for the project and knitted about 2.5 inches. I think that may be as far as I go with it, though. The pattern is so simple that I want to get some nice yarn to make the bag with, rather than the Caron Holiday yarn I'm using. Especially because I timed myself and figured out that this will be at least a 10 hour project for me; I'd like to have something nice to show for 10 hours of work.
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