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« on: March 07, 2007 08:23:21 PM »

So... I'm not a newbie knitter, with some determination I can generally manage most knitting instructions these days, and I'd love to try socks. The problem being that I hate dpns with an all consuming passion. If I need to use them, to do the tops of hats and so on I will do, but I tend to avoid patterns that call for using them. So my question is, is it possible to buy circular needles small enough to knit socks and the like?

Thanks in advance.

« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2007 08:33:57 PM »

Yes, but you might have to order them. I have a pair of us 1#s, But I got them along time ago when most stores carried all the small sizes.
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2007 08:59:19 PM »

You could check out techniques for using two circulars or Magic Loop. I've never tried the tiny circulars but the comments I've heard didn't make them sound very easy to work with - I think you have to have a cetain amount of length in order to move the needles around.

Magic Loop is my favorite.

Check out  knittinghelp.com - Small Diameter Circular Knitting for video on both methods.
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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2007 09:01:48 PM »

Knitpicks sells plain circulars in the sock-knitting range. (1's to 3's for certain, may have 0's (American sizes)) I was considering picking some up myself - I'm a fan of 5-needle socks, but I would be interested in giving the 2-circ method a try, just so I could try on socks in progress.
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2007 09:15:26 PM »

I have to say I aggree with Elijor.  The magic loop technique is pretty easy and much easier to manipulate than tiny circular needles.  You may also find that dpn for sock making are a bit easier because they are shorter than the dpn you would use for a hat.
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2007 09:42:38 PM »

I used to hate DPNs too, and thought that small circulars would be the way to go.  Turns out, I hate small circulars even more than I hate DPNs (especially once I figured out how to fix my laddering problem).  I have rather small hands, and they still cramp up when using the circulars. 

I think magic looping is the way to go. 

As an aside, does anyone magic loop with their Denise circulars?  I've never tried it because I worry it'll break (especially since I don't have the optional long cords and just joined two cords together).  And the cord is just so darn wide.... 
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2007 04:04:08 AM »

There are some 8" circs out there that can be used for socks, but I've never heard of anybody liking them. the ones I saw were made by clover, and as far as I can understand, they're getting difficult to find. There are also some 11" stretchy circulars that are made for sock knitting, or you can use a 12" addi circ.

there are also the 2-circ method and magic loop methods, which you can do both one sock at a time or both socks at a time. The 8", 11"and 12" above can only be used for one sock at a time.

« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2007 04:06:56 AM »

I recently learned the magic loop on my knitpicks circular US1's...I like it better than using dpn's for socks, because I don't get the ladders I get with my dpn's.  But my first sock is coming along nicely....

« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2007 06:04:22 AM »

I've been a knitter for a long time but when I wanted to try socks, I found I had never really mastered my dpns (much swearing and throwing of yarn).  I bought a 12" addi circ from Elann (in US2 size) and tried it.  It took some getting used to, but I found the process MUCH easier than the swear-inducing (at the time) dpns.  (I use 2 dpns to do the heels and toes though)

I've since then gotten the hang of my dpns, but I still love my 12" sock circ from Addi.  I have one in a US7/4.5mm size also that works great for sleeve cuffs in the round.  The only time I haven't used the 12" circ for socks was when there was lace involved as the addi tips are more rounded than my pointy dpns. 


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« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2007 10:00:00 AM »

Magic Loop, another shortening technique for longer circs, or the 2 circ method.  No matter how short the circs (and I've only seen them go down to 8"), they won't allow you the full flexibility to decrease down to 0 stitches if necessary, and those other techniques will.  Which, while not of much importance if you're grafting your toes, or working toe up, is handy for gloves (fingers, unless you like making I-cord fingers) and hats, as well as toys.
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