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caprig
« on: February 18, 2007 10:48:28 AM »

Hi,
I have just started knitting- never could do it with metal or plastic needles, but since discovering bamboo, I can now knit and am very happy. Grin

Anyway, I have one set of circulars which measures 18" between needles.  I thought that a set of 16" circulars would be fine because it is only a couple inches shorter. Shocked

however, after winning the auction, I found the package for the bamboo needles I have and it says that it is a 29" needle!  That must mean that they measure from tip to tip- Cry

That would mean that the 16" sets I won on ebay are useless- how can you knit with only 4" or so between needles? Huh Huh

I am so confused. Huh
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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2007 10:59:44 AM »

Not all circulars have the same length of needle.  Did the auction include a pic?  If not, try askig for one or a description of the item.  Somehow I doubt the cable is just 4" Smiley
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caprig
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2007 11:20:25 AM »

Not all circulars have the same length of needle.  Did the auction include a pic?  If not, try askig for one or a description of the item.  Somehow I doubt the cable is just 4" Smiley


Okay- I feel like such a dope but I have no stores near me and no one I can ask either.  I  have written the seller.

Can you tell me this- what is more advantageous to have- longer cords or shorter ones?  Why would you want shorter ones- what is the advantage?

Thanks- my mom knits but never has used circulars.
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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2007 11:23:11 AM »

i have a pair of 16"- takumi bamboo ones, and there is a 10" cord between them and i just measured the entire length and oddly, they are17".
however, you know that smaller circs are better then big, because if thepiece gets smaller then 29", the 16" ones will do fine. does that make sense?
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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2007 11:26:02 AM »

i have a pair of 16"- takumi bamboo ones, and there is a 10" cord between them and i just measured the entire length and oddly, they are17".
however, you know that smaller circs are better then big, because if thepiece gets smaller then 29", the 16" ones will do fine. does that make sense?

Okay, then perhaps I will be fine- I just panicked because I got 10.5 needles and if the cord was only 4" then I could not use them!  I hate feeling stupid about this stuff.

Maybe the shorter ones will be fine.

I won 10-15 all of the sizes.  The photo of them looks like they might only be about 6 or 7" long cord, but not sure- it is hard to tell.

Hopefully the seller will be nice and able to help me.

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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2007 05:50:59 PM »

If they're 16" total length, that would be okay for a lot of knitting -- hats, mittens/handwarmers, sleeves. If you're going to do a sweater, you may want to use 29" for the body, but 16" will be good for the sleeves and neckline.

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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2007 06:00:22 PM »

I don't think that different sized circulars are really better or worse.  it depends what you want to knit.  as soozeq says, shorter circulars are good for knitting things that have a smaller circumference, while you would use larger circulars for things with a larger circumference.  bigger circulars are also good for knitting extremely large flat pieces because they help to carry the weight better.  does that answer your question?  I'm not really sure what you're asking.
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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2007 06:04:51 PM »

I don't think that different sized circulars are really better or worse.  it depends what you want to knit.  as soozeq says, shorter circulars are good for knitting things that have a smaller circumference, while you would use larger circulars for things with a larger circumference.  bigger circulars are also good for knitting extremely large flat pieces because they help to carry the weight better.  does that answer your question?  I'm not really sure what you're asking.

The thing is this- I am just starting knitting- don't have a lot to invest in needles- and want the most versatile collection I can have to do as much with as I can.

If 16" are only good for really small things, then that will limit me to that- but if the longer ones are better because you can do small or large things on them, then that would be the most economical for me at this point.

Is that clearer?  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2007 06:23:40 PM »

I'd say get a length somewhere in the middle.  With magic loop, you can knit small circumferences comfortably, but you'd still have enough space for something bigger.  In fact, if you're comfortable with magic loop, you could buy really big needles and use magic loop for everything except maybe the bodies of sweaters and shawls or something.

To tell the truth, though, the length of the cord makes surprisingly little difference (at least to me).  For example, I knit an entire sweater on a 22" circular and had no problems.  It got a little scrunched in the bigger parts of the body, but I got used to it, and it was cheaper than buying more needles.
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« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2007 06:42:05 AM »

I think it would be better to go on the smaller side, too.  You can scrunch your stitches together on a shorter needle, but if your needle is too big, you won't be able to stretch the stitches out enough to join in the round.  In other words, you can more easily knit larger circumferences on shorter needles (within reason) than you can knit smaller circumferences on longer needles.

I hope that makes sense and that whatever needles you did get will work out okay for you Smiley
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